Preface: I post this with a bit of trepidation, I am not trying to inflame political rhetoric or a flame war.
I would like some serious thoughts on the subject of why more liberals do not feel comfortable around pro-gun people.
Here is my pet-peeve - not about this forum specifically but about "Gun people" in general:
Now I own guns, I love guns, I have CCW, I believe in the 2nd Amendment - I AM NOT A REPUBLICAN. It seems everywhere I go that is "gun-friendly" it is assumed that people are republican or right-wing libertarian.
I consider myself a LIBERAL - I believe that it is essential to extend the utmost of civil and human rights to each individual even if it means living in a little more danger - because by doing so I guarantee the rights of everybody else. I belong to the NRA and the ACLU (although the ACLU is lapsed at the moment). I believe it is a vocal minority of the LEFT that is Anti-gun (ala Brady center, AWB, media). I don't understand why the NRA focuses most of its effort on getting Republicans elected - why don't they try to find pro-gun Democrats? I don't understand why so many politicians are so keen to protect hunting and sporting, but not the principles enshrined in our own declaration of independence ("When in the course of human events...").
I have struggled for years to flesh out my own thoughts on this and I could write a book, but not here. Also I am afraid people see a gun-toting liberal as a revolutionary - which I am not. But it is precisely the fact that we could overthrow the government that gives the government and our system of democracy its credibility.
I believe some of you may have thought about this before, and look forward to your insight.
That said, I am now probably on some NSA watch list.