A first step is to agree on a common language

“In disputes over the future of gun laws, people espousing different positions often literally don’t understand each other.

“The sides are speaking different languages,” says Harry Wilson, author of “Guns, Gun Control, and Elections: The Politics and Policy of Firearms.”

Many of the most frequently used words and phrases in this debate mean different things to different people — or, in some cases, don’t have clear meanings to anyone.”

Josh Leva says Loaded language poisons gun debate

As with the use of children as props in a debate, words without clear meaning chosen to frame the debate debase the debate. They move it from a matter of rationale discussion of values and ideologies to matters of emotion and comfort where actual consequences and implications are set aside or even denied.

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