I have been reading a thread over at Drew Curtis' FARK.com regarding the impending ATF rule change. FARK.com: (5860738) ATF: "The law doesn't apply to us" (This thread is not about the article itself, nor is it really about the comments per se. It is more about the attitutes of those that lean towards gun control and/or are not strictly against guns in principle.) One user's posting made something click. Here it is: I am not sure how I have missed this in the past, but in retrospect it is a recurring theme. "I do not have a problem with all guns, just (fully) automatics." I find this interesting in a couple of ways. There is misconception that fully automatic firearms are readily available. Obviously we all here know that is not the case. (So do those that are active/vocal in the gun control lobby.) Why do they think this? I think it comes a lot from the media. Intentionally, or otherwise, (I bet on the former) there is no distinction is made between a semi-automatic and a fully automatic firearm, that any firearms that has the word "automatic" in it is capable of firing multiple rounds with a single pull of the trigger. The gun control lobby certainly plays this up as well. Then it distills down in to the "Well, automatics are only good for killing people, no person should/needs to have one. Secondly, and the same general thoughts on the media and the gun control lobby apply here as well in regards to intentional misrepresentation of facts/capabilities, is the whole "assault weapon" hubaloo. "That gun looks scary, its only purpose is to kill people." "That gun looks scary, it must be a fully automatic. Its only purpose is to kill people." "Hey, they looks like a military gun. It looks scary. It must be a fully automatic. Its only purpose is to kill people." Ad nauseum. These two mindsets are very dangerous for 2A proponents. They are rational mindsets based on the information that is given. (I am not saying they are rational, only based on the information that is fed to the general populace, if it was indeed true.) People have been conditioned that fully automatic firearms are tools of death and destruction. People have been convinced that fully automatics have only one purpose. Based on that purpose, it is perfectly reasonable why someone would be againt them. Why is this? Sadly, I think, it is because the gun control lobby (Brady Bunch, VPC, et al) are damn good at one thing: Marketing. From what I have seen, the Pro 2A groups are not nearly as good at it. There are +/- 25% of the people on each side that cannot be swayed from their stance on gun control/gun rights. Trying to convert them would be like trying to convert the Pope to Hindu. It is not going to happen. But, there are the +/- 50% in the middle that are on the fence. These are the people who will listen to both sides and make up their minds. Some will firmly plant themselves in one camp or the other, some are more fluid and constantly reshape their opinion based current information. The attacks on the 2A are in the forms of laws and/or gun control policies. Those are merely tests and consequences of the gun control crusade. The real attacts are the barely preceivable bits of misinformation that get assimilated in to the public conciousness. Little by little it builds up where one day you had a drip in a cave and now you have a big stalagtite. It is late and this may be more of a ramble than anything. However, I think it is a good discussion point. What does the rest of FTF have to say? G'night all.