Like I’ve said in earlier posts. I wasn’t always a conservative. Well, I didn’t call myself one. Looking back I’ve always had a lot of right-leaning stances. But like I stated earlier I had the image of a Republican in my head and it just didn’t match me. Plus I was in my teens, I was still in high school and I was wanting friends. And I would pretty much think that way for many years. In fact, I didn’t identify myself as a conservative until just about 2 years ago. It all started with a gun.
What gun you ask. A Smith & Wesson M&P full-size 9mm. I had shot firearms quite a few times in the Navy. But it never occurred to me that I am now an adult and am able to purchase a firearm of my own. It was sometime after my separation from the Navy a friend of mine took me shooting, He is a big-time gun guy. He told me how much fun it was so I figured I would “give it a shot” pun intended. I did quite well and he ended up selling me the very same Smith & Wesson I mentioned earlier and he ended up buying a Glock to replace it. what started as a hobby soon became a passion. Day after day I became consumed with guns. I wanted to shoot them. I wanted to clean them. Any and everything about them I wanted to know.
With knowledge comes truth. part of learning about firearms is learning facts. it is knowing the difference between semi-auto and automatic. the difference between a clip and a magazine, and learning a lot about the Hollywood B.S. That’s right 99.9% of anything gun in the movies is nothing more than crap. Honestly, I have a hard time watching moves nowadays. That is where I started to turn. every time I tried to get into a flick I would be pulled out by small errors. “there is no recoil” “that not a double action only pistol”……again and again the cinema would piss me off. however, the one thing that would make my blood boil every time……”Assault Rifle. it was in the news, the movies, T.V shows. EVERYWHERE. each time they said it I would growl back. ” its a Semi-auto Rifle to twit”.
To no end, these morons never do any research. The rhetoric planted a seed in my head, and soon it festered into animosity towards the media. why can’t they get it right? well, I found out. They hate guns all guns. it has to be. the information is all there. the facts don’t lie….but they can. and I found myself questioning everything. if they lied about this then what else are they lying about. The more I would dig the more I found lies. I began to question my beliefs. were they even mine. or did I simply just go with the flow because I was being lazy and not looking into the facts. yep, that was it. I would watch the news and trust that they had the 100% facts. Or I would see a meme on Facebook and just go with it, never actually looking any deeper. not anymore. I knew people where lying, but things have changed. I research so much now. so please do yourself a favor. don’t listen to just the news. assume everything you see is a lie at first. take your time and do the research, and also admit that you could be wrong.
Time and time again I hear people telling me that they are on the left of politics. But yet every time I sit down and have a conversation with them I find that their viewpoints identify more with the right. I always seem to have a hard time explaining it to them. I think I have identified the problem, however. The political right has had an image for many years. Tell me the truth. When you close your eyes and you think of a Republican do you get the picture of a rich, fat, white, Bible-thumping Southern Man. Come on, you know it’s true. And that may have been true 20 + years ago. It’s 2018 people! Nowadays you can have black, gay Republicans and no one would bat an eye. We have a problem. People don’t see Republicans in the right light. And yes the president is right there is fake news out there and it is a problem. What’s more believable these crazy stories how much of a monster Republicans are? or the fact that the news is run by Democrats. I know this because I was once a Democrat(that story is for another post. But for a lot of people, I truly believe they have a good conservative core but they are afraid to admit it because of the image the media portrays of a Republican. But that can change. And it starts with you. So do me a favor when you finish reading this. Whatever your point of view is. Whatever your political persuasion. Do your research. And get it for as many sources as possible. Even the ones that are mainstream News tells you is garbage.