This post will have an ongoing edit as I get time to work on it, and run across more gun ban supporters. While most of us know a few antis, we don't think about the different breeds in this very diverse group. I'll start this off with a few of our more common foes and add more later. Add a comment if I've missed your favorite.
I don't need to spend a lot of time on this one. It's obvious who they are. They're the politicians that are surrounded by their own security force and feel that others should be disarmed.
Gun owning Hollywood types that favor gun bans also make the list. Many of them have made their fortunes off of movies about guns and violence. Somehow they feel that it's someone else's fault when a madman dresses up like one of their characters and shoots up a room full of people. They blame the gun manufacturers, NRA, gun owners, etc. The fact that they've contributed to a culture of violence escapes them.
The rich and powerful NYC CCW holders who believe that the little people don't need firearms or concealed carry permits are a commonly known foe.
This list can go on and on. All of us can name a few dozen anti gun hypocrites.
This is generally a gun owning gentleman who's taste in firearms runs toward blued steel and walnut. He favors the more classic hunting rifles and shotguns. Polymer is not for him. If he owns a handgun then it's a revolver or perhaps a M1911. The Fudd has owned guns his whole life and strongly supports the 2nd Amendment if... your guns look like his.
He'll throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if you have one of those evil looking Black Rifles or an AK. He doesn't know much about either weapon, but he knows that no one needs more than 5 rounds to kill a deer.
The Fudd is the anti gunners greatest friend whether he knows it or not.
The Fraidy Cat
This man or woman has an irrational fear of firearms. He/she is scared to be around them, and may throw a full on hissy fit or tantrum after being exposed to a gun.
Most of us have a healthy respect for firearms but realize that a rifle, pistol, or shotgun is just a tool that should be handled with care. They don't operate themselves.
The Fraidy Cat has no problem hurtling down the highway at 70mph while sitting over 15 gallons of gasoline, and eating a Big Mac. The FC is even fine with having electrical outlets near the tub, and a light fixture over the shower stall. Firearms however are some form of terrifying mechanical boogeyman.
The Fraidy Cat is very selective in picking his/her fears and often enjoys making a scene.
The Professional Gun Banner
This individual makes a decent living advocating more gun laws and bans. The PGB will usually own a firearm or two, and the odds are great that at least one will be on the proposed ban list.
The Professional Gun Banner knows that most of his/her proposals are useless, but nonetheless remains committed to the cause and their paycheck. The PGB and The Hypocrite have a lot in common. The PGB however is more like a paid professional Hypocrite.
The MSNBC Viewer
This person is generally uninformed about the firearms debate. He/she can recite whatever gibberish, or talking points they heard on Maddow's, Sharpton's, or Schultz's program last night. They cannot however form an opinion on their own. The MSNBC Viewer can only deal with the most simple explanation, and doesn't consider anything other than the propaganda that they're fed. Any source other than MSNBC (or perhaps CNN) is considered to be biased and/or racist.
Their information and theories sometimes come from sources other than the mainstream media, if that source will help to re enforce their opinions and world view. Comedy shows are sometimes used in lieu of the media for information.
When you hear an anti gunner quoting Chris Rock's skit about making bullets $5,000 each then you know you're dealing with a MSNBC Viewer.
The Big City Mayor
This anti gunner is known to many of us. For the purpose of saving time and space, I'll include the city council with The Big City Mayor.
The BCM often manages a crime ridden cesspool of a city. Chicago comes to mind. The city usually has a culture of crime, corruption, violence, poverty, and excuse making at all levels.
It may or may not have gun bans in place. Regardless of existing laws, crime rates will be high, and The Big City Mayor will place the blame on the gun industry, 2nd Amendment supporters, and gun owners. The inhabitants and those running the city refuse to share in the blame for their murder rates.
So why blame outside forces for an internal problem? The most common reason is that politicians wish to keep their jobs. If they told the truth, and urged their residents to act like responsible citizens, they would quickly be voted out of office.
Another common reason is fiscal mismanagement. These broken, mismanaged cities are often on the verge of bankruptcy. The possibility of suing a gun manufacturer for millions of dollars is very tempting.
Obviously there is some over lap between The Big City Mayor and The Hypocrite.
The Cultist is often a gun owner, but believes so deeply in an official that he/she is still willing to support more gun control or sit idly by while new bans are being implemented. This person innocently believes that anything their leader does is right, just, and for the good of the nation. Obviously their ruler is above the politics and pettiness that other politicians suffer from. Devotion is what gets The Cultists through the day. Their faith is strong, and they can often be heard quoting some inane statement that their leader said in the past.
This group tends to ignore the news, or self censor the information that they consume. A Cultist often becomes angry when others doubt in their leader's honesty. The irony is that they may actually become violent if those they support are disparaged in any way. If facts, statistics, and history are presented in an opposing viewpoint, The Cultist is likely to fly into a rage.
They're usually irrational, and the odds of finding one with an IQ over 80 is low. Be very wary when dealing with this kind of anti gunner.
The Holier Than Thou
Other than The Cultist, The Holier Than Thou is probably the anti gunner that most of us deal with on a daily basis.
How best to sum up this person? They have a great deal of Fraidy Cat in them, and there's quite a bit of MSNBC Viewer present too. Odds are good that you'll find at least a smidgen of The Cultist present in their personality as well.
The Holier Than Thou anti gunner doesn't see a need for private ownership of firearms for self defense. They are however, fine with calling someone else with a gun to protect them. It's not so much that they are anti gun. They're strongly anti self reliance. These individuals don't want the responsibility of protecting themselves, or their families. It's the job of the government, police department, etc.
You'll often hear them talk about giving up firearms, "For the children." They're very proud of that. Of course they're only willing to give up rights that they aren't using. The Holier Than Thou is a strong believer in giving up someone else's rights. Would you like an example of this?
Ask them to give up their internet privacy, or home computer to help stamp out child pornography and they'll scream. Make a small change to an abortion law and the cries will deafen you. They'll only go so far, "For the children," apparently.
What is really amusing is the THTT that keeps a baseball bat for home defense. Apparently he/she feels much more pious bashing in an intruder's head with a bat than shooting them with a Glock.
This individual may have been an asset to their community back in the day. They are currently looking out for No.1, and are more interested in keeping an extremely comfortable lifestyle instead of actually helping their people or cause.
The Parasite makes a very good living screaming racism, sexism, etc. loudly, and often. Whether or not it's applicable is not an issue.
So who is The Parasite. It's the feminist (often politician, news woman, etc) that believes a woman's best defense against a rapist isn't a pistol. It's peeing on herself or perhaps vomiting.
It's also the "Civil Rights Activist" that believes in disarming his own people, and leaving them defenseless. Watch the news in NYC, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, Richmond, etc. You'll see a lot of people like this.
His/her community may reside in drug and crime ridden inner cities. Crushing poverty is a likely cause of most of their ills. Culture is largely to blame for this poverty. This anti gunner could walk the streets of Chicago organizing neighborhood watches, urging kids to stay in school, urging babies to stop making babies, telling parents to act like parents.
Instead, The Parasite finds it more convenient to whisper those suggestions one day per month while loudly blaming others for the other twenty nine. Everything is always someone else's fault.
Whatever form The Parasite takes, there are a few universal traits. He/she isn't really concerned with helping their people, neighborhood, city, etc. They are most interested in making a paycheck off of the suffering in their community and helping themselves. If they do a little good along the way then that's a bonus, but it's not the most important thing to this individual. Another payday is what matters.
I have some sympathy for this anti gunner despite their desire to limit or take away my 2nd Amendment rights. That doesn't mean that I won't oppose them whenever possible.
This anti gun advocate is the victim of a crime, and it's very likely that a gun was used by the mugger, rapist, killer, etc. Instead of rationally focusing their anger at the trash in our community, they transfer their rage to an inanimate object... the gun.
It's hard to reason with The Victim. They're operating on emotions instead of logic. They may one day turn into The Hypocrite, The Fraidy Cat, or even The Fudd. Odds are greatly against them joining our ranks.
The Grieving Family Member
Some of the descriptions above were a little snarky, mean, or even humorous. That won't be the case with this final category.
The Grieving Family Member is just that, someone that has lost a loved one. There's nothing amusing here, and these people have my deepest sympathy. I disagree with their politics in regards to firearms, but understand why they believe what they believe.
The GFM has experienced a loss, and suffers from crushing grief. They may never recover from the loss of a loved one, and want to punish someone... anyone. The criminal/s are likely already dead. Cho, Lanza, Kazmierczak, etc. come to mind.
Someone must pay, and if can't be the actual killer then it must be the object that he used. The family's anger is now aimed at anything related to the gun industry.
They don't care about logic, facts, statistics, or history. You may out debate them, but you won't be able to reason with them. The Grieving Family Member just wants a new law. It doesn't have to be effective. They just want it.
The GFM may find themselves being used by other anti gunners such as The Big City Mayor or The Professional Gun Banner.