Guns Down author Igor Volsky has his own vision for what it means to be a patriotic American. How great is that?
…Eighty percent of the (American) Rifleman editorials that portrayed gun owners as being under threat used identity language that portrayed gun owners in a positive light. of the pro-gun letter to the editors Lacombe analyzed, 64% relied on identity language. The NRA’s members were internalizing and echoing its message.
This explains a lot, but it also holds some lessons for gun control advocates.
All too often we use wonky language and stats to explain why we support this law or that. But maybe what we need to do is reclaim and redefine what it means to be a patriotic American as it relates to gun ownership.
Being a patriotic American means raising the standard for how firearms are produced and purchased. The firearms industry must be regulated. And people who choose to own a firearm should prove to their neighbors and their communities that they could own one responsibly.
These are the building blocks for a new American future, one with fewer guns in circulation.
– Igor Volsky in What Gun Control Advocates Should Learn from the NRA