How to Change Minds about Self-Defense

By Rob Morse

Slow Facts
Slow Facts

California – -(  Originally published on ClashDaily.

There is a huge gulf between conservative author Doug Giles and author Liberal Chick.  We’ve seen them go at it, and frankly I’m tired of their arguing.  Let’s see if we can actually change someone’s mind even if only by a small amount.  To do that, we need to do more than exchange sound bites from each extreme.  Each one thinks their position is both obvious and correct.  We forget how much they disagree.  We all have friends like Doug and Liberal Chick.

I’ll fill in the steps between them so we can see how far apart L.C. and Doug really are.  It is a huge jump to change Liberal Chick into an advocate for self-defense like Doug.  We have to take her from where she is today.   That is true with Liberal Chick, and true with everyone we meet!  She will only change her mind one small step at a time.

Let’s label a few of the steps. We’ll start with Liberal Chick and end with Doug Giles.

How to Change Minds about Self-Defense
How to Change Minds about Self-Defense

This broad range of opinions is why the casual conversation about self-defense doesn’t work.  We only change someone’s opinion by moving them to the next step.  The best we can do is learn what someone believes and show them the way.

What do you believe and what would it take to change your mind?

We only change someone’s opinion by moving them to the next step.  The best we can do is learn what someone believes and show them the way.
We only change someone’s opinion by moving them to the next step. The best we can do is learn what someone believes and show them the way.


About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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(yawn) oh…it’s the paranoids again. Hey, don’t look behind you! Hehe, heh, heh. So you want to play with your guns, I won’t stop you. Although – truth be told – I’d feel safer if ALL of your guns were registered, you instructed and licensed, and required to carry gun liability insurance – that done – buy a frickin’ howitzer for all I care. You can think criminals are stalking you, or just around the corner, and who is that dude wearing that hoodie. Fear is a choice, based on weakness. Wearing a gun is not going to help you… Read more »


“You can never argue emotion.” Right! So get them to the range and let them feel what it’s like to shoot a gun! Appeal to their sense of “fairness.” You’ll convert every one.


This is a good article but it really isn’t about “How to Change.” It shows many recognizable points along the spectrum that ranges from fantasy to reality vis a vis guns. Whether Liberal Chick is real or not, the “True Believers of Fantasyland” hold many of the beliefs (fantasies) that are attributed to her. I know because I have friends and relatives who really can’t discern the difference between what is real and what is fantasy when it comes to guns. Believe me it will take a really frightening personal dose of reality one day (or a miracle) to change… Read more »

El Heffe

Liberal Chick, is a troll. She’s not even real. You’re helping her persona make money and she doesn’t even believe any of that crap; the outrageous hashtags and contradictory claims. I can’t believe how many people fall for this stuff. Watch some of her videos on facebook and tell me if you think she’s serious. If you do. I would like to tell you about an interesting investment opportunity…

Big Bill

Evidently, too many people (including Rob) don’t understand that Liberal Chick is a satirist.
While I am certain that some Left wingnuts are totally stupid, I am surprised that so many on both sides don’t get what she’s doing.


I recently subscribed to this site and after looking at some of the articles was so impressed by the rational, common sense approach that I quickly recommended it to a number of my friends. Keep up the good work!


I have read countless stories about Liberal Chicks who sadly were raped and/or beaten within an inch of their lives. After they recover, they commit to never becoming a victim again. They learn self defense, purchase a gun, and learn how to use it.

I have yet to hear of a gun owning, NRA member, constitutional conservative join the MOMS or Bloomberg crowd.

I think Liberal Chick operates emotionally, not rationally. You can never argue emotion.


Well, as a former cop from an anti-gun city I’d say you pretty much summed it up perfectly. What drives this home even more is when the attacker uses a knife and the woman has pepper spray and it does her absolutely no good. I have seen the bloody masses that used to be beautiful women so many times in the hospital and in the morgue that I’ve given up being angry. I used to want to drag anti-gun women down to the morgue and tell them “that can be you at any moment”. Now I just don’t care anymore.