So much of the anti-gun position is the old double standard. It's that attitude that they can defend themselves, but we're not capable of doing so. The example that comes to mind is the North Carolina State Senator that has been anti-gun his entire career, and last Dec. he shot an intruder in his house. (Anti-Gun Senator Shoots Intruder - Smart Girl Politics) It's that "don't do as I do but do as I say" kind of thinking that touches me off. I have much more respect for an anti-gunner that is true to his beliefs than to these hypocritical Anti's. The Rosie O'donnell theory of anti-gun, but yet she has Armed bodyguards. OK for her to be safe...shes famous. :aargh4:
Uneducated people can be educated. People with an agenda are dangerous.
He pretends to be anti? He isn't very educated then if he is pro gun but writes anti just for better ratings. If he is really pro gun he would be educated enough to realize he is only hurting those that aren't antis.
Neither is worse than the willfully ignorant.
I have never really met or known many people who grew up around guns or watching the old time western movies who were totally anti-gun. The few who were seemed mostly afraid of the noise associated with firing a hand gun. I could relate to deep philosophical feelings against taking another human life but most dedicated anti's simply cannot give a coherent reason for their belief's. Politicians don't count because, as everybody knows, they are hypocrites when it comes to doing as they say but not as they do, ditto Hollywood icons. So what is the most common explanation by the anti's? Ex: My mother/father was scared by a gun. I was scared by a gun. I heard of someone who was scared by a gun.
OP: In my mind I can visualize you having the same conversation with her about using Bounce fabric softener sheets in the dryer:
Lima: I like to use dryer sheets to soften my clothes.
Grandma: I just don't feel comfortable putting those things in my dryer.
Lima: But Grandma, they're just as effective and they're way more convenient that liquid fabric softener.
Grandma: I suppose... but I just don't feel comfortable putting those things in my dryer.
Lima: And it's a big advantage that the kids can't drink them by mistake, like they can with liquid fabric softener.
Grandma: Well that's a good thing... but I just can't see putting those things in my dryer.
you can't use rational persuasion to change a persons mind on something they didn't use rational thought to reach their opinion.
How would Grandma feel if you said there were NO laws to regulate guns? If you said to her "anyone can have a gun including a felon. You can have guns any place any time and buy as many as you want."
I have been called an anti on this site for suggesting we retain the same laws that you have mentioned to your grandmother that verify responsible behavior.
You will never get everyone to like guns but having the regulations you mention will give grandma some piece of mind and will not hurt gun owners one bit.