Gun Control Advocates Understand The Issue Just Fine: It’s The Other Side That Doesn’t

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I promise that not all of my posts will be about guns, but I just got back from the March For Our Lives and had some thoughts.

In a section of my last post, I wrote about the constant lecturing and nitpicking that pro-gun folks are waiting to give gun control advocates when they get certain details about guns wrong. It’s annoying and mostly useless, I argued, but just try to get the details right and then you won’t have to worry about it. It’s been a few weeks since I wrote that, and in that time, young people (mostly high school students) across the country have protested, marched, walked out and led a national conversation on gun control that is bigger than any we’ve seen in recent memory. And since the mantle of the gun control issue has been taken up and is now held by young people, the detail nitpicking and condescending lecturing has gone from an annoying online trend to the dominant strategy of the pro-gun right.

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Let’s Get Political

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When I’ve got a lot on my mind and I can’t make the topic work for a song, social media is the outlet I often turn to. I know that I’m nothing more than a goldfish yelling into the surrounding ocean, but it’s cathartic and necessary for my sanity. This current political climate has created a permanent fog of anger and desperation among those of us that care about the direction of the country. Channeling that anger and desperation into something positive is what we should strive for, but the expression of frustration and establishing political positions is useful as well.

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