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Raging Against Self Defense: A psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality, By Sarah Thompson, M.D.

Read the whole thing…and this is a companion piece that is worth a read as well.

Communicating with anti-gun people

How can you communicate more effectively with an anti–gun person who is using unhealthy defense mechanisms? There are no quick and easy answers. But there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Anger and attacks do not work

Most gun owners, when confronted by an anti–gun person, become angry and hostile. This is understandable, because gun owners increasingly face ridicule, persecution and discrimination. (If you don’t believe this, ask yourself if anyone would seriously introduce legislation to ban African–Americans, women, or Jews from post offices, schools, and churches. Even convicted felons aren’t banned from such places – but peaceful armed citizens are!) But an angry response is counterproductive.

It’s not helpful to attack the person you’re trying to persuade. Anything that makes him feel more fearful or angry will only intensify his defenses. Your goal is to help the person feel safe, and then to provide experiences and information that will help him to make informed decisions.

Be Gentle

You should never try to break down a defense mechanism by force. Remember that defense mechanisms protect people from feelings they cannot handle, and if you take that protection away, you can cause serious psychological harm. And because defe

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3 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. heh…Crazy is alright in my world as long as they know to stay the hell away. But when they start asking me to live by their rules well…Houston we have a problem.

    1. Pierre on January 12th, 2013 at
  2. I’m too busy working and prepping to bother with some witless “anti-gun” imbecile. They want to be target practice? They want to confront a home invasion armed with a rusty butter knife? Fine..let ‘em

    These daft fuckers are soon going to see the proof that Darwin was right

    2. SonOfSam on January 12th, 2013 at
  3. Wow. Amazingly well written and expert advice. Well worth the time to read.

    3. Larry on January 11th, 2013 at