Cracking the code on what makes someone go from full-fledge anti-gunner to proud, pistol-toting patriot is a bit of a mystery. Lord knows we’ve all tried to win hearts and minds over the years preaching the gospel of guns only to come up short. Sometimes way short in that our efforts only work to harden the position of the person we are proselytizing.
With that said, maybe some insight as to how to be more persuasive can be gleaned from H.A. Goodman. A freelance writer who penned articles bashing the 2A as late as 2014, Goodman has suddenly, it seems, done a 180 on the issue. In an article on the Daily Caller, he explained what led him to change his mind.
To summarize, his awakening centers around three cognitions. First, that government tyranny is still a persisting problem and that the 2A is, and has been, historically, the safeguard against it proliferating. Second, the government is grossly incompetent when it comes to preventing mass shootings. And, third, it’s really a settled matter. Studies prove that gun control is largely ineffective.
As it relates to the first point, Goodman talks about his trust in government shaking after witnessing the Democratic Party conspire with former and active high-ranking government officials like James Clapper, James Comes and John Brennan.
“If intelligence chiefs like Brennan and Clapper can lie under oath without perjury charges, or James Comey can overlook Clinton’s private server (storing SAP intelligence) because of ‘intent,’ imagine the extent of their chicanery with a disarmed population,” wrote Goodman.
“The Second Amendment isn’t necessarily a call to arms — it’s an inconvenient reality for unelected officials who continually act with impunity and without government oversight,” he added.
The writer than rattles off inconvenient truths about many of the most recent mass shootings, including that the FBI probably had enough actionable intel to prevent the Orlando shooter, the Parkland shooter, the Charleston shooter. But the agency failed to do its job. Oh, and as it relates to the Vegas shooting, he mentions Feinstein who openly acknowledge no gun law could have prevented the attack.
What we need is more good guys with guns, particularly in schools. Goodman now realizes this is the most effective approach to stopping crazed killers.
“I joined the NRA and Gun Owners of America because the groupthink that I once spewed hurts law-abiding citizens and does nothing to prevent the next deranged copycat criminal,” writes Goodman.
He goes on to say, “Since a 2008 study showed that 80 percent of crimes are committed with illegally obtained guns, ‘gun control’ is a euphemism that won’t stop deranged people intent on killing. It took me a while, but I realize now that murders aren’t stopped by controlling an inanimate object. They’re stopped by heroic people like Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas and Deputy Jim Long, and the many others who prevented active shooters from reaching potential victims.”
Goodman is now running a pro-gun channel on Youtube. Pretty remarkable change from where he was just four years ago (assuming he is sincere and this not some type of gotcha game). Makes me sanguine about other anti-gunners following his lead. Maybe next time I have a conversation with one, I’ll start by directing them to Goodman’s article.