Armed gatekeeping

Lifehacker, a great Gawker Media blog, has compiled a useful list of gun lingo for people unfamiliar with the topic. Writes the author:

Knowledge on the subject of guns is important—no matter where you stand on the matter—since misinformation does nothing but cause more confusion and frustration for everyone. Real discussion can only occur when we all understand the basic facts.

On the whole, gun control advocates basically want fewer injuries or deaths caused by metal machines designed for killing. Supporters of metal machines designed for killing have long tried to discredit arguments if people don’t use the exact terminology required, even if the argument overall is solid. People should try their best to be as accurate as possible, but this tactic has always been ridiculous gatekeeping in its silliest form, but hopefully lists like this will arm (hah) gun control advocates in inevitable future debates.