Found at Robb’s as we were discussing the willful ignorance of people who niether know, nor care who Joseph Goebbels was.
Part of it is a class aspiration. Think a British gentleman taking pride in his ignorance of how a boiler works.
*Of course* he doesn’t know such dirty low brow things work.
Another factor is fear. A fair fractions of Antis have friends. Friends who were good and anti-gun, friends who started learning about guns… friends who then started going to the range…
Friends who swore when they bought a gun that it was okay, that they sill supported “common sense laws” or “keeping guns away from the wrong sort.”
Friends who eventually became pro-gun.
And for the anti looking on in horror at the transforamtion… what started it all?
Why learning about guns.
I certainly agree that they see going to the shooting range, or even reading up on information on “politically Correct” guns like the Winchester Model 70 differ from guns like the AR-15 (or God forbid even know what the always ban-compliant M1A is) as “low” behavior beneath them.
I question if they indeed have seen friends and acquaintances change their mind on gun control. True believers like people who want to become active members of groups created by Bloomberg tend to, in my experience, be denizens of the Ivory Tower. Not only would reading ballistics data, and taking means to understand what those numbers mean, or throwing on eyes and ears and firing their first shots be “low” activities, but also associating with people who would be willing to stoop to that level are beneath them.
Now this isn’t EVERYBODY who may stand up for gun bans, or mandatory background check laws, or vote for a politician who is actively anti-gun. But I would say it IS everybody who is willing to run an anti-gun blog, or put on a T-Shirt for an Anti-Freedom PAC and go out for a rally flanked by armed guards payed for by Bloomberg.
There is a reason why reading anti-gun writing you get the distinct feeling that they want a civil war. They have “othered” our side so much that they won’t even speak to them.