I had a fascinating conversation with a friend of mine who is a very liberal attorney today. I asked him if the events that played out in Boston over the last 24 hours had made him reconsider his anti 2A position. He said that not only had it not changed his position, but rather confirmed it.
I simply couldn't get my head around that statement until I asked a bunch of follow up questions. His position boils down to one of reliance - when pushed directly, he embraced the idea of being reliant on other people to protect him and help him if he or his family is ever in need. The fact that he estimates police response time in his area at 3 to 5 minutes or more didn't phase him. He accepts that his fate is in others hands and wants no part of protecting his family.
Further and most importantly, he is afraid that BG's will take guns away from GG's and that is the reason he believes in gun control. He didn't care that I disagreed and when I pushed him on why his opinion should impinge my rights, he said because my position somehow endangers him.
Other than calling him a sheep and continually explaining that I don't believe the same thing, I believe it is not only my right, but my obligation to protect my family and that our founders agreed with me, how do you convince someone who sees the world so differently? Once someone has lost the desire to protect themselves or their family, they are lost.
This mentality completely blows my mind.