There are few topics that ignite political passions quite as reliably as the ongoing debate surrounding gun control and the Second Amendment. Even the calmest voices are quickly drowned out as people dig their heels in and reject reasoning and critical thinking in favor of outrage and emotional reactions.
For those who believe that more gun control laws will help resolve the problem of violence in America, it may be easy to stereotype gun owners as "paranoid" or "wanna-be Rambos." A glimpse at the comment section of any firearms article on the internet provides heaps of epithets hurled from people on both sides of the debate.
These confessions from gun owners on Whisper, however, might surprise you. There's a genuine sense of sincerity at work. They feel very strongly about a personal right to self-defense and the defense of others. Some express ambivalence. Others express resolve. All of them, however, seem to understand that owning and carrying a firearm in America is just as much — if not more of — a responsibility as it is a right.
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