How to Change Minds about Self-Defense

By Rob Morse, AmmoLand

There is a huge gulf between conservative author Doug Giles and author Liberal Chick.  We’ve seen them go at it, and frankly I’m tired of their arguing.  Let’s see if we can actually change someone’s mind even if only by a small amount.  To do that, we need to do more than exchange sound bites from each extreme.  Each one thinks their position is both obvious and correct.  We forget how much they disagree.  We all have friends like Doug and Liberal Chick.

I’ll fill in the steps between them so we can see how far apart L.C. and Doug really are.  It is a huge jump to change Liberal Chick into an advocate for self-defense like Doug.  We have to take her from where she is today.   That is true with Liberal Chick, and true with everyone we meet!  She will only change her mind one small step at a time.

Let’s label a few of the steps. We’ll start with Liberal Chick and end with Doug Giles.


This broad range of opinions is why the casual conversation about self-defense doesn’t work.  We only change someone’s opinion by moving them to the next step.  The best we can do is learn what someone believes and show them the way.

What do you believe and what would it take to change your mind?

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