I am with you, and I am actually a liberal on most issues.
A telling moment for me was when Debbie Wassermann Schultz confronted the Florida delegation to the Democratic Convention in 2016.
The Florida delegates were not on board with Hillary Clinton’s position on gun control. Not surprising since Florida was the state than kicked off the new wave of concealed-carry laws in the late 20th Century and for a number of years had higher percentage of its adults with permits than any other state.
According to reports I saw, Schultz told the delegates that if they didn’t toe the line, they they might as well not even come to the convention.
As I see it, the biggest challenges we face are access and the NRA. We need access to channels of communication to get our point of view heard. The media eagerly reports every brain fart that comes out of a Bloomborg’s mouth but ignores the possibility that there might be a different perspective of disagreement.
And it’s bad: a few years ago, Katie Couric had a TV special called “Under the Gun.” A pro-gun group was invited to be a part of the discussion. The producer of the special actually edited in dead air to make the group’s response to a question seem confused or uncertain. The group sued Couric and her producer and Couric was forced to admit the deception and apologize. But as far as I know, the admission and apology were never aired.
To whom are we supposed to appeal? Rush Limbaugh? Alex Jones?
How do we break down the echo chamber?
The other challenge, as much as I hate to admit it, is the National Rifle Association. The NRA has its theme and it’s sticking to it — even if it’s irrelevant. The NRA is not engaging the Bloomborgs; the two groups are talking past each other, each preaching to the choir. The problem is that the NRA either doesn’t know who is in its choir or doesn’t care.
The Gun Owners of America aren’t much help, either. The “no compromise” assertion that all gun laws are unconstitutional makes them too easy to dismiss and complicates alliances.
Alliances are important, too. The Bloomborgs go by many names, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords Law Center, the Brady Center, etc., but they all have the same message and the same agenda.
United they stand; divided, we fall.