“…It becomes a sort of confirmation bias, where we believe our fight will look the same, and result in the same positive outcome and everything will but cut and dry. We also tend to pass judgement or ignore all of the negative outcomes of defensive gun uses. Specifically the legal outcomes. We have to learn from others’ mistakes and do our best to keep ourselves out of those situations, or enable us to not fall into the same pitfalls that others have.”
I stumbled across a blog called Grown Up Guns today and noticed the author had made a great post, quoted above. I’ve been working on a similar post in my spare time for months but, a nearly 5000 word post remains stuck in the “Drafts” section of my notebook. We as humans naturally tend to ignore or otherwise dismiss anything that doesn’t confirm our beliefs or otherwise sound good to us. This is a legally dangerous and physically deadly way of processing information in the real world. As important as it is to point out successes in arguing for the preservation of our rights, it is equally important for us to learn from the mistakes of others. Marissa Alexander, George Zimmerman, and Raul Rodriguez are some of names that come to mind.