Hello again, anon! Thanks so much for being so cool about the whole thing. People definitely get pretty worked up and angry over gun rights, so it’s really nice whenever I get to talk to someone about this is a calm manner. :)
I think most liberals and people on the left would be open to gun rights as long as the guns didn’t actually kill people. We on the left (as well as many independents), want to make society safer for women, people of color, trans people, queer people, and all groups who are unfair targets of harassment. So many conversations in left wing circles are about violence against these groups— especially in rape culture talks which have been getting more and more mainstream in our community. I know that as a woman who lives in a city where walking is the primary way I get around, I definitely have considered getting a gun or a taser for protection. I will probably eventually get a taser, but I’m too afraid to get a real gun since an attacker could easily get it away from me (I’m 5’3 and 115 lbs) and threaten me with it. I imagine a lot of women, POC, and queer and trans folks struggle with the same dilemma since we tend to feel threatened in a lot of spaces. I can also totally sympathize with cis men who want to protect themselves and their families too.
I wish more political solutions were thought of in a more futurist way— and engineering new things if we can’t make solutions with what we currently have. For instance, I wish some of the climate change bickering would turn to investing in science to alter extreme weather or even climate (like making hurricanes less severe or dissipate, which a few groups are actually researching). I think both sides could agree that hurricanes are awful and expensive. Sadly, long-term solutions are not advantageous strategy for politicians who only think in 2/4/6-year cycles.