By Mark Walters
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Sadly, I was right. I’m referring to my talk at the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) held this year in Dallas, Texas over last weekend.
Each year I am honored to share the stage with fellow panelists, AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News and Stephen Gutowski, writer at Free Beacon. These are award-winning, accomplished men whose opinions matter to millions of Americans.
Our discussion panel is titled “Gun Rights from a Media Perspective,” and we each get ten minutes of microphone time to address the hundreds of attendees. (watch video below )
If you know anything about me, you certainly know that I hate the mainstream media, for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that they hate us. During my address, I used several personal examples to highlight how the media sway public opinion on our gun rights. Towards the end, I mentioned to the group that we would see another vicious shooting carried out by a deranged individual and we could expect the media to train their sights on America’s law-abiding gun owners as never before.
Less than 36 hours after I spoke last Saturday afternoon, my prediction rang true, and here we are, the media in a frenzy and the loony left, completely unhinged.
Since returning home on Monday this week, I have been inundated with national and international media requests, appearing on numerous radio programs including my friend Mike Gallagher (The Mike Gallagher Show) and BBC World News Television, among several others. (The British are fascinated by our “gun culture”)
During a couple of those international interviews (BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show and BBC Global TV with Mathew Amroliwala), I was pitted against a couple of gun-grabbers, one an American ex-pat playwright now living in the UK and another a Georgetown University professor.
To be fair, both individuals were very friendly and in fact, the ex-pat from the UK not only wholly understood our right to bear arms but she also (quite eloquently) expressed why neither our second Amendment nor our guns, are going anywhere.
That didn’t stop her from vehemently disagreeing with me when I mentioned that this event, once again, highlighted the utter failure of what the left refers to as “gun control.” Like her, the Georgetown professor also gave the typical knee-jerk reaction from the radical left that we needed to “do something” and when pressed, claimed the typical default of “background checks” and reinstating what he claimed was the wildly successful 1994 Clinton “assault weapons ban.”
Nothing about the lefty reaction is shocking, in fact, it’s predictable. Why? Because the left operates from emotion, not rational thought. We’ve all been taught from the time we were young not to make decisions when we’re upset, emotional, etc. because we aren’t thinking clearly. It’s not rocket science. As adults, we know (or should know) better than to send emails when we’re pissed off, for example. We know to wait until we’ve calmed down lest we make a stupid decision. Sound familiar? Rational people know to calm down before making a decision that might have unintended consequences due to our emotions, but the left isn’t logical.
So how do we, as rational people capable of critically thinking about an issue such as the actions of a madman, deal with the illogical left who are incapable of the same?
It’s not that difficult, especially now that the failures of “gun control” are glaringly evident every time a psychopath passes one of their suggestions such as “background checks” or advances on a “gun-free zone” to carry out his evil deed.
The formula is simple. If you’re talking to say, Jimmy Kimmel, (make sure to wait until he stops crying) then ask him, calmly and coolly for his suggestions. Sincerely tell him you’re interested in his proposal that would prevent the next madman from acting out. Ask him rationally, to explain what he means when he says we “need to do more.” Ask him what “more” is then tilt your head slightly, squint your eyes, and listen to him. Show him that you care about his response. Ask him to point out the strong gun control law working elsewhere that Nevada should have on its books that would have stopped the monster at Mandalay Bay from carrying out his atrocities. Tell him you are open to “having this discussion.”
When he defaults to “universal background checks,” (which he will) point out that they didn’t stop this one so what makes him believe they will stop the next one? Mention the location of every other killer, remind him that they too, passed the same federal “background checks” and ask him again to point out the law that WILL work, that currently works and ask him to point out the city where it is working. Frustrated at himself for his inability to do so, you can now begin working to extract the truth from him. You can begin leading him down the road that will take him to bringing up Australia and England and their “successful “gun control” laws. Once he does, you can reel in your catch. Remind him that those aren’t “gun control” laws but rather, outright bans on ownership of guns enacted through forced confiscation to which you can follow up by asking him if that is indeed what he is suggesting? He will stare at you like a stupid animal, and you will know by the look on his face that he is exposed and he knows it.
Relish that fact. Understand that America knows that gun control is failed policy and now is the time to extract the truth from these crybaby’s, that what they truly seek is outright banning and confiscation of your firearms. Now is the time to get them to admit as much. The same technique will work against anyone who feels rather than thinks.
Go get em and have fun doing it!
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)