Joan Peterson, and people like her, claim that the majority of Americans want reasonable gun laws, and that the NRA is the sole obstacle to that aim. Of course, laws establishing shall-issue carry permit systems are not reasonable. Nor is the desire of many people to carry arms for self defense. People "strutting" around in public frightens Joan and people like her, so they want to stop it.
The NRA is powerful because millions of people think that the laws advocated by the NRA, and the Second Amendment Foundation, the Calguns Foundation, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, among others, are the truly reasonable ones.
Well, here is something else that I am sure will frighten Joan Peterson: Chicks with Guns, by Lindsay McCrum, which is discussed in this MSNBC article. From the article:
“I learned two main lessons while working on this book,” said McCrum, who divides her time between New York City and California when she isn’t traveling for work. “One is that on the subject of guns, nobody is neutral. And the other is that when you get outside of the blue-state cities, everybody has a gun.”The 4 million dues-paying members of the NRA are only the tip of the iceberg. The rest of it is the millions of non-member gun owners, many of them like the women portrayed in Chicks with Guns, who are none the less supporters of all of these unreasonable gun laws. This large silent majority is the reason why Joan Peterson and her ilk are losing the gun control debate politically.