The gun debate: a contest to see which side can demonize more people. Each side is trying to destroy the other. You win wars by force. And culture wars are no different. Each side fires their volleys, back and forth, but the only thing that ever changes is the cable news ratings.
We’re done with that noise. We’ve put all our fucks on gun rights, and don’t have any left for anything else. You’re a gay Muslim socialist? Welcome. You’re a #buildthewall conservative? Welcome. Democrat, Republican, libertarian, preacher, atheist, redneck, hipster, LGBTQ, post-racial spirit being — we're going to bat hard for gun rights, and only gun rights. Welcome to Open Source Defense.
Yes, it’s true: a handful of gun owners absolutely do fit the stereotype. But here’s another truth: twelve million people in the US carry concealed at least once a month. There are 10+ million AR-15 owners out there. Almost 40% of people in the US have a gun at home. Those people aren’t a stereotype. They’re our friends and family and neighbors. And a lot of them are afraid to even be known as gun owners, let alone to share that it’s an important, joyful part of their lives. We’re making it safe for them to be themselves.
Taking a newbie shooting is the most effective thing you can personally do (you! yes, you! this weekend!) to expand gun rights. It’s a privilege to take someone shooting for the first time — and it’s really fun. Here are some tips that will help you open minds one range trip at a time.
Begging politicians to do the right thing is a waste of time. Culture drives politics, not the other way around. Open Source Defense is focused on culture — making it safe to come out of the safe. If we do that job right, the politicians are going to be the ones begging us.
We’re all born with the right to control our body. If anybody tries to take that, we’re born with the right to stop them. And for that to carry any weight — especially for the weakest, smallest, or poorest among us — that means having the best tools for self-defense. That serves as a credible deterrent. (The best fight is the one you can prevent — not every homeowner who keeps a dog is looking to maul an intruder).
But guns also mean that if all else fails and bad luck ever comes for you, you keep the final say on what someone else gets to do with your body. If anyone takes those tools away from you, they’re taking your final say too. They’re saying that they’ll decide for you — that you get to control your body only in the time and manner that they give you permission to.
Gun rights are the human right to control your own body.