I’ve periodically featured folks on the left who have rejected gun control.
- In 2012, Jeffrey Goldberg admitted gun ownership reduces crime.
- In 2013, Justin Cronin explained how he became a left-wing supporter of gun rights.
- In 2015, Jamelle Bouie poured cold water on Obama’s gun control agenda.
- Last year, Leah Libresco confessed that gun control simply doesn’t work.
Now it’s time to look at another person who has changed his mind.
Here are some excerpts from a column in the Des Moines Register written by a long-time supporter of gun control.
I was 14 years old when John Lennon was killed — it affected me deeply and it was the biggest event that led to my anti-gun feelings. As I got older, my heroes were JFK, RFK and MLK, which furthered my anti-gun sentiments. …I thought the Second Amendment was not relevant to our modern-day society and it should be repealed. …In 2012 I tweeted: “@BarackObama please repeal the 2nd amendment and stop the @nra.” …I was a lifelong Democrat. In the 2016 presidential debates I watched…Hillary Clinton… I voted for her. …I was a little turned off by…the NRA.
But he began to change his mind as the election was happening.
I decided to leave San Francisco and to build a house in Washington. …as my house was being built I started wondering what I would do in the event of a home invasion. I knew right away becoming a gun owner was going to be the best way to defend myself.
Sounds like he’s part of the 22 percent in my poll who support the 2nd Amendment because of concerns about crime.
But he also enjoyed the process of becoming proficient.
I gave it a lot of thought and decided I was going to purchase a gun and learn to shoot… I started going to the range and discovered that I really enjoyed target shooting.
His philosophical shift apparently wasn’t because he was convinced by the NRA, but rather because he grew increasingly concerned about the left’s radical opposition to private firearms (something I’ve noticed as well).
I gradually came around to see how extremely anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment the left was. For a large portion of them, their ultimate goal is a full gun ban and to repeal the Second Amendment — I know I was one of them.
And even though he no longer considers himself on the left, he doesn’t want his friends on that side of the debate to misinterpret his views.
To my easily confused friends on the left — no, I am not calling for violence; no, I am not a terrorist, no, I am not racist. Peace.
Since the author’s overall perspective has changed, I guess he doesn’t belong on my “honest leftists” page, but his shift on gun rights is nonetheless worth noting.
Hopefully he’s now sufficiently “woke” on guns that he would be part of the resistance if his former fellow travelers on the left ever tried a gun ban.