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Jun 23, 2016

In this episode, we discuss tips for having a product and persuasive debate on guns and rights. It's easy to throw talking points at one another, but how can we make our time well spent? We'll break it down with 7 tips and share a recent letter to a friend you may find helpful both in points made and things not to do.

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How to Discuss Guns Productively:

First, there are questions you should ask yourself before you get into one of these conversations or debates.

Why is this important to you?

Why should others care about it?

Is what you know hearsay? Are you just regurgitating someone else’s talking points? Or have you done the fact finding for yourself?

On this last one, statistics get thrown around a lot. It’s often easy to find numbers that add up to “I’m right.”

But you have to ask the hard questions of the numbers you’re using. Can you poke holes in them? Can they be legitimately argued against?

The 7:

  1. Don’t bother with those you have no hope of reaching. (pigs roll in the mud. You get dirty and they love it.)
  2. Don’t dogpile on a person.
  3. Listen carefully.
  4. Understand people are speaking from a place of fear and ignorance.
  5. Remove name calling and otherwise ad hominem attacks from the way your approach conversations.
  6. Have depth to your points and stay away from the “because the 2nd”.
    • Why is it important?
    • What can it mean to the other person; not you.
    • Remember, you’re wrapping a lot of knowledge into little packages. The only people who really know what you’re talking about are the people who already agree with you.
  7. Don’t verbally vomit on people--use proportional responses.

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