About a year ago I posted my observation that both sides in the great gun debates in the US are for #GunSafety, but that pro-gun rights organizations tend to promote safety WITH guns while pro-gun control organizations tend to promote safety FROM guns.
Pro-gun control organizations, I wrote, promote safety FROM guns. Because they view guns only as a risk factor for injury or death, the safest approach to guns is to avoid them altogether.
Recognizing that some people will own guns nonetheless, the next line of safety is to make it as hard as possible for people to access them — whether in terms of ownership in the first place, or in terms of storing guns unloaded and/or disassembled with ammunition stored separately. This is a sort of safety WITH-ish and FROM-ish guns position.
On Twitter recently, I saw a prominent gun control activist represent both of the safety FROM-ish and the safety FROM positions in a matters of hours. (I have blurred out her Twitter handle because her particular identity isn’t as important as the broader position she represents.)
And after a night’s sleep and some further thought, first thing in the morning:
Although I don’t agree with her position, I appreciate her honesty. Rather than #GunSafety I do think many gun violence prevention organizations would be more honest if they used #SafetyFROMGuns or #GunsDontMakeUsSafer or #GunFreeHomes as their hashtags.