One of the main points of the story is that the pro-gun bloggers are far more numerous than their anti-gun counterparts.
No matter where you look on the Internet these days, bloggers are mucking it up, taking on the big bad “mainstream media” with a mad mix of polarization, cheerleading, and snark. But just as lefty bloggers got the word out about the promise of Barack Obama during last year’s election, the rightosphere is pulling out its big guns, too. And in few places is the keyboard jockey scene as fast-growing or as influential as the world of firearms and Second Amendment rights.
While their standard battle stance is from an underdog position, the pro-gun forces are, for now at least, winning the battle for hearts and minds, even gun control advocates concede.
“If you compare the pro-gun activity in the blogosphere versus the pro-gun-control activity, the scales have just tipped tremendously in their favor,” says Josh Sugarmann, founder of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, which advocates for more gun control in the US. “There’s much more engagement, more involvement, and they clearly have more free time than people on our side of the issue do.”
What's your opinion? Is it simply that the pro-gun position is usually a very personal one while the anti-gun stance is often not? Aside from people who hate guns because of the loss of a loved one, the anti-gun folks are largely involved in an academic exercise. Could that account for the differences?
Do you think it's interesting that the convention was held in a city with a very high murder rate and one which has recently been named in the supposed Mexican smuggling scheme?
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