This episode of B - B Radio certainly takes perseverance, but at about 42 minutes you'll be rewarded with Breda sharing with the listeners about her gun dream that morning. This set Weer'd off on an incredible recitation of all the types of gun dreams he's had.
This first experience of mine listening to pro-gun folks yuck it up with each other, confirmed a couple of ideas I've had all along. Discovering guns to be empowering and becoming addicted to that feeling, addiction being a good word to describe the progression both of them described, fits right in with the anti-gun observation that gun owners are inadequate in some way and the guns help to compensate. Weer'd's description of not needing the guns but knowing he'll have one handy if he ever does, perfectly illustrated this form of mental illness. The caller from Texas who'd owned guns since age nine said he didn't have such dreams. Breda commented on that, what was it, that he'd more completely absorbed the culture, or something.
Gun-rights advocates often claim that having moved from the liberal "anti-gun" camp to the other side of the divide lends credibility to their position. I believe it's the exact opposite. Shooting guns is exhilarating and empowering, it can be a compensating mechanism for psychological lacunae, such as in the case of Breda and Weer'd (but apparently not in the case of that caller from Texas). Many people are seduced to make the move from the anti-gun camp to the pro-gun camp. What's less common and much more difficult is to move the other way, to have had experience with firearms and decide they're bad news. That's the thing that lends credibility to one's argument.
The other thing is the dreams. Gun owners, who start out compensating for inadequacy, often experience a lively fantasy life. They dream, waking and sleeping, of using their guns, of saving the day, of fighting off the evil bad guys. This is part of the addiction, or if you will, the illness. The more a gun owner does the less fit he is for owning guns. Many of these folks are downright dangerous and something should be done about them, which is where sensible but strict gun control laws come in.
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