By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- dis·arm·ist (ds-ärm st) alt. dis·arm·en·ter (ds-ärmn-tr)
- A political operative who works to disarm political opposition through the use of irrational and/or emotional arguments.
- A person who believes that disarming citizens will reduce crime or unjustified violence, in spite of contrary evidence or facts.
- A person who wishes to disarm others because they do not trust themselves to bear arms responsibly.
Disarmists often claim that armed citizens are afraid, fearmongers, or cowardly. All of these accusations are projections of the disarmists’ own fears. Most armed Americans are less fearful than those who wish to disarm them, but both sides have fears, just of different things and/or groups.
Who or what do the disarmists fear, and who or what, do the second amendment supporters fear?
Second amendment supporters fear: Tyrannical governments
Disarmists fear: Limited government.
Second amendment supporters fear: Criminals
Disarmists fear: Their fellow citizens.
Second amendment supporters fear: Terrorists
Disarmists fear: Their fellow citizens
Second amendment supporters fear: Being helpless
Disarmists fear: Being responsible for self defense
Second amendment supporters fear: Being disarmed
Disarmists fear: Guns
These different sets of fears stem from different assumptions about the nature of reality. If these assumptions reflect deep seated, basic beliefs that form the core of a persons’ understanding of the universe, they are almost impossible to change with mere facts or ordinary evidence. But facts have a way of overcoming false beliefs over time, because a new generation does not have the same accumulated investment in beliefs that the old generation did.
The idea that fellow citizens are more to be feared than criminals and terrorists stems from a discredited theory that the groups are all basically the same. You often see it in comments on stories about citizen disarmament.
A second amendment supporter will write: You do not have to fear law abiding citizens.
A disarmist will reply: They are only law abiding because they have not committed a crime yet.
The disarmist theory is the progressive elite theory of homicide: murderers are just ordinary people who “go off” while a weapon is present, and kill someone. We now know that is not correct for the vast majority of murderers.
The opposing theory of homicide is the “Trust the People” model. In it, most murders are committed by a tiny group of violent people who are easily identified in society by their violent past records. Most citizens do not commit violent crimes, and will never commit violent crimes. This model has been validated by the work of Professor David Kennedy, co-chair of the National Network for Safe Communities.
Only a small percentage of the population are hardcore disarmists that operate while rejecting facts and logic that disagree with their core beliefs. Most supporters of citizen disarmament have not been exposed to the arguments put forward by second amendment supporters. When they hear and read the actual arguments, they often become neutral, or converted to second amendment supporters.
It is common for supporters of citizen disarmament to be converted to second amendment supporters, especially among academics who study the issue. It is exceeding rare for the opposite to occur. Every time a new proposition is proposed to advance the disarmists agenda, more second amendment supporters are created, in three stages.
- First, a new push for restrictive legislation is mounted, based on emotion driven fear.
- Second, the issue is debated in the media, online, and in person. Facts are presented.
- Third, some percentage of people who were uninformed, become educated, and converted from the disarmist camp to second amendment supporters. This ratchet effect is how support for a ban on handguns has dropped from 60 percent in 1959 to 26 percent in 2014.
Both groups have fears. But the facts have been in favor of the second amendment supporters, and have discredited the theories of the disarmsists. It is why the disarmists advise all their followers to use emotion, and to pass legislation quickly, before it can be debated.
c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch
About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.