Conventional wisdom identifies "gun control" as a "liberal" issue, and "gun rights" as a "conservative" one. But such stereotyped thinking not only substitutes the policy goals of elites for the opinions and experiences of everyday people (and excludes consideration of the views of people of color), it also obscures the political assumptions shared by the two so-called opposing camps.The race-coded rhetoric stresses keeping guns out of the hands of "criminals" while respecting the rights of "responsible, law-abiding" gun owners-especially "hunters" and "collectors."In the current context, the dispute between "liberal" gun-control proponents and "conservative" gun-rights advocates is a sustained disagreement about the relationship between armed whites and the government.
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