[Here’s a meaty topic that we can try to discuss on the main section of our blog. If you think the comments are getting out of hand let all of us know. — July]
We are all well aware that we have a variety of political leanings among Totebaggers. This article describes research into the origins of those leanings. Do you agree? Have you had life experiences that led you to change your views to a more conservative or more liberal stance?
I had a moderate anti-gun stance growing up. We did not own a gun, and a story my dad told me about a friend of his that I knew stuck with me. Someone had attempted to break into their house while he was home. He grabbed his gun and chased the guy down the street. The criminal was younger and more fit and got away from him. He was telling my dad the story and saying that he thanks God that the kid got away. He was just a teenager, and he was thinking afterward “I’m gonna shoot a kid over a TV?” However, the patient voices on here and some friends helped me see a different perspective, and my views are much different now. This is NOT a gun discussion, that is just an example of how my coming to feel less fearful of a subject made me change my views on it. Has anyone had a similar experience?