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  •  Understood (3+ / 0-)
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    KVoimakas, FrankRose, Snuffleupagus

    I am also surrounded by a sea of red, and while a minority of them are virulently anti-social conservatives and a few are genuine conspiracy nuts, most of them, while still conservative and often gun owners, are genuinely decent people who I just happen to disagree with.

    So, characterizing them as "gun nuts" and disparaging "gun culture" is a non-starter. For a lot of people here on Kos, those terms refer to people they have never seen outside of YouTube snippets and Rachel Maddow segments. For me, they are people I personally know.

    Some of them are hyper-polarized and as irrational on the right as some people here are on the left, but by and large, these conservatives want gun safety, safe schools, reduced violent crime and everything else that liberals want. They just have different priorities and beliefs on how these things can be made to happen.

    Turning all of them into "gun nuts" as the default state of the political discussion is counter-productive and I wish more people here could see that.

    They can be "reasonable gun owners" and still disagree with some of the positions proposed on this side of things.

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