Very interesting take.
You seem to have spent a lot of time reasoning this out. Great job sharing your thoughts in constructive, apolitical manner.
As a left-leaning American the 2nd Amendment is the only traditionally conservative stance I take, and that’s just because I grew up in a rural area where hunting and recreational shooting was commonplace.
I do believe that it is truly just one of those things that one has to have some experience with to comprehend. That’s not to say that anyone going to a shooting range will instantly change their mind, but it does make for more understanding.
Some points you didn’t address…
I’m curious about what you think the effects of World War I and World War II being fought on European streets has had on the surviving generations and there regards for guns? I would imagine that seeing such death and destruction would have created a tremendous amount of negative feelings for them. Americans, on the other hand, haven’t had a war fought on native soil in 150 years, and that was before we knew the horrors of “modern warfare”.
Also, in Western Europe, to the best of my admittedly limited knowledge, hunting seems to have very much fallen out of fashion, which is just one less practical reason for gun ownership. In America we still have enormous stretches of wild lands and tons of game species available to us. Even our population distribution is such that something like 60 million Americans live in rural areas. That’s close to ALL of France!
I’d love to see if those points amount to anything in your estimation.
Great piece though, very thought provoking.