Reasonable Discussions: Why Can’t They All Be Like This?

    Rob Pincus

    Firearms trainer Rob Pincus took heat earlier this year when he discussed the staging of firearms in the home. Taken out of context, some of those who oppose the individual right to keep and bear arms claimed that Pincus’ statements were foolish at best and dangerous at worst.

    One of those outlets that appeared to twist Pincus’ position on the subject of home defense was The Young Turks, a progressive political commentary program.

    Unlike some of the loudest voices in the shooting community, Pincus is not afraid to engage in reasoned conversation with people who have opposing views on gun ownership. He engaged The Young Turks in conversation. On August 22, Pincus went on the program and had a rational conversation with Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks.

    The nearly 50 minute conversation covered a great many issues surrounding firearms use and ownership. While you may or may not agree with Pincus on his views, he nevertheless sets an example of what a good representative of our community should look and sound like: calm and reasonable.

    Keep in mind that Pincus is a firearms trainer and not a spokesperson for the NRA or Second Amendment Foundation. So, his views are from that of someone who is using a firearm daily – not that of someone who is current on every statistic, study and fact surrounding the legal rights and restrictions associated with the topic. However, I think he does pretty darn good.

    Personally, I think that preaching to the choir (talking just to the people who agree with you) will not win any converts. Additionally, the frustration, raised voices and hyperbole employed by many gun rights supporters is more likely to turn away people than invite them in. Pincus’ willingness to enter the lion’s den, so to speak, and engage with someone with an opposing viewpoint is an example of exactly what we need to grow the shooting community.

    If you have the time to watch it, I think you will appreciate the reasonable discussion that takes place.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is