That is a question that you see rattling around pro-rights weblogs from time to time… The common theory is that the people we identify as "gun control" extremists are simply violent people, and they naturally gravitate towards supporting "gun control" because they also happen to suffer from something known as
"projection" – in short, they recognize (consciously or unconsciously) that they are violent people, but rather than dealing with that problem internally, they project that undesirable nature onto other people, and then attempt to "correct" those people. It is the age old, "I think X, therefore everyone else thinks X too," logical fallacy, only now with an extra heaping of psychoanalysis fun to boot. And given that they think everyone else is violent, again, because they are violent, well, why would they want everyone else to have access to a firearm? Hence, "gun control".
The reason this theory has held up over the years is because of people like @gigimorgan10. Go ahead and take a look at her Twitter profile:
Wife, Mother, Progressive, Unapologetic Liberal, Women’s Rights, Tree Hugger. Homeless Feeder. Disliking extremism and ignorance since 1962.
Pay special attention to that last phrase: "Disliking extremism…"
Out of the blue yesterday, a now-suspended Twitter account (@RobertaAgainstG) sent me the following tweet:
assualt guns are ruining this country. How do you live with yourself?
You can see my response.
Very shortly thereafter, @gigimorgan10 piped up with this tweet:
@linoge_wotc @robertaagainstg Why don’t you take your 2nd amendment rights and blow your brains out! You are what is WRONG with this country
I would, for the sake of record, note that I had never once tweeted at either of these individuals before receiving these two tweets. Likewise, I would also note that @gigimogan10 ended up blocking me, despite being the one to violently instigate the conversation, and further attempted to Memory Hole this tweet, but, as they say, The Internet Is Forever.
Now, I have to ask – do you consider it all "extremist" to demand (since there was not a question mark at the end of her apparent question) that another person go and kill themselves – effectively a death threat – simply because that person holds to a different opinion than you? Or is that just me?
What a wonderful example she is setting for her children, if nothing else.
And if it is "extremism", might it be that, in reality, @gigimorgan10 hates herself, and is taking that hatred out – vociferously, violently, and viciously – on other people?
As someone else later said on Twitter, it is funny – I never once received death threats or any kind of truly violent communications until I (a) started purchasing firearms and (2) started publicly defending the right to do so. Maybe the anti-rights cultists are right; guns do cause violence… just amongst the cultists themselves, not the firearm owners!
(Thanks to @ddbaxte for the screen capture of the death threat; it is used with his permission.)