While I agree with most of Mr. Topchik’s comments (“A Gun Owner Speaks” Sept. 1, 2019), I do sense that the positions are too technical and not logically presented. They are also out of sequence. Primarily, we need to change the gun culture.
First of all, before we barge into the nitty gritty, the gun control folks need to win the battle on social media platforms. The NRA (not mentioned in the column) seems to have the upper hand on Google, Facebook, etc. Online, the NRA agenda routinely comes up in dealing with any inquiry around gun violence. The NRA is the default website every time. The gun control advocates simply do not have as much presence on the social media platforms as the NRA....
Secondly, the gun control advocates need to forcefully AFFIRM their viewpoints with the legislature, governors, and the White House about the need to support some of the measures cited in Topchik’s column. ... Perhaps by a resolution committed to producing a bill/law with the necessary technical language that can be negotiated. The first step is for the politicians to identify themselves with some level of pending gun control measures.
Convince them that these measures are supported by most of the American people. This time, their semi-permanent jobs are on the line.