Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Psychiatric Analysis of the Anti-Gun Crowd

This was linked at SayUncle and it's a gem. A Psychiatrist looks at the Anti-Gun Mentalitiy.

"You don't need to have a gun; the police will protect you."

"If people carry guns, there will be murders over parking spaces and neighborhood basketball games."

"I'm a pacifist. Enlightened, spiritually aware people shouldn't own guns."

"I'd rather be raped than have some redneck militia type try to rescue me."

How often have you heard these statements from misguided advocates of victim disarmament, or even woefully uninformed relatives and neighbors? Why do people cling so tightly to these beliefs, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that they are wrong? Why do they get so furiously angry when gun owners point out that their arguments are factually and logically incorrect?

How can you communicate with these people who seem to be out of touch with reality and rational thought?

One approach to help you deal with anti-gun people is to understand their psychological processes. Once you understand why these people behave so irrationally, you can communicate more effectively with them.

I'll remain skeptical about comminicating with them, effectively or otherwise. But after hearing for so long the pseudo-psychiatric analysis of gun owners, it's at least fun to see someone push back with analysis of the opposition.

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