Dealing with a family member that is anti-gun
I apologize if this topic has been posted. I did try to use the search feature and maybe I wasn't searching for the right terms. Searching for 'family' in the title brought up a lot of hits like welcoming a firearm to the family, heh.
Anyways, I have a brother in-law that is as anti-gun as you can get. Kind of an ironic backstory on him though. He actually used to own a handgun, but after he and his wife got into an argument about him getting caught having an affair, he went nuts and starting waving his gun around his wife and child like he was going to kill himself or something. His wife called the cops on him and he was locked up for 3 days. He was clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He now has a 5150 on his record and is not allowed to own a firearm (thank goodness). This was back in 2008. Since then, ironically enough (or conveniently enough depending on how you want to look at it), he is now anti-gun. A couple of weeks after the Sandy Hook incident, he and I started to get into a bit of a debate about gun-control and I should have seen this coming, but rather than having a civil debate, he quickly felt defeated and resorted to name-calling. At that point, I blocked conversation from him after repeated attempts for him to just drop it. Now he's telling my wife's family members that I'm an extremist gun idiot and making other personal attacks on me. I am a responsible gun owner. My guns are locked up in a safe, I've taken firearms and NRA classes and am waiting on my CCW permit, etc. Contrary to him, I'm mentally stable, have an impeccable background (besides a couple of speeding tickets), and have a working moral compass (haven't cheated like he has).
I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice in terms of how you deal with an in-law in this situation. A lot of these comments he is making, he is making to my wife's family members. I'm trying my best to take the high road and not slander him as I don't think a lot of his family members know that he has a 5150, has cheated, and has been clinically diagnosed with being bipolar, but man, it is taking everything that I have to try to take the high road here to not let his family members know the other side of the story.