As you scroll through the images of last week’s anti-gun protests around the country, it’s never been easier to clearly identify the bias inherent to your favorite media sites. Conservative leaning sites run images of angry faces and poorly written signs, liberal sites proudly tout shots of empowered seeming women with pithy anti-gun catch phrases, and somewhere in between, some actionable change was supposed to be the result.

“Change the laws or we’ll vote you out,” CNN ran the quote as a headline, along with pretty conspicuously biased coverage of the whole event.

Young Americans demanding change in the streets: it’s democracy in its messiest form and, whether you support their cause or not, there’s no denying the beauty of passion, belief, and intent driving Americans to take action, to play a part in the process. As a gun-loving American, however, I can’t help but see some issues with the way America’s youth in revolt is approaching the gun issue… and while anti-gun sites like to call us firearms enthusiasts nit-picky about this sort of thing, new legislation, new laws, actually needs to be all about picking those nits.

Do you want to tell him, or should I? (Twitter)

Intentional Ignorance

New laws need to be well thought out and based on an informed position… which means they rarely fit neatly on a sign.

Here on the internet, anti-gun folks and pro-gun folks have been squaring off in the public forums of social media for years, and a common come back from those on my side of the fence can usually be summed up as the “you don’t know what you’re talking about,” argument.

“What IS an assault rifle?”

“How many rounds per second did you say the Glock shoots?”