Ken Stern, the former CEO of National Public Radio used to be your typical, anti-gun liberal who wanted to see this country get on the right track to “progress” by enacting strict gun control.
However, unlike the majority of leftists, who seek to sequester themselves away from anyone who holds a differing opinion from their own, entrenching themselves in their own view, Sterns recognized he was in a bubble and decided to seek to learn what conservatives actually believe and what their ideas are really about.
The result was a book that ended up opening his eyes to the truth about many conservative positions, including gun control, which he has sense completely flipped on.
If only more folks were truly this open-minded.
via The Free Beacon:
Ken Stern appeared on “Morning Joe” to discuss his new book, Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right. Stern, a Democrat, wrote he realized he was cordoned off in a liberal bubble and set off into conservative enclaves of America to expose himself to new ideas.
Co-host Willie Geist asked him if he altered his views on any key issues as a result of the book. Stern said he had changed them on guns, and it began with a notion he hadn’t thought of before: that gun homicides have declined significantly over the past 25 years.
“The most extraordinary trend in modern American criminal history,” Stern said. “At the same time, the number of guns have gone up. Those two things aren’t correlated, but it’s clear we know how to drive down gun murders without gun control, and the question is why are we talking about gun control when there’s other things that we’ve been doing for 25 years that actually have reduced murders in this country by an extraordinary amount.”
One of the many things that makes America such a beautiful country, an experiment in government worthy of protecting and preserving, is the fact that we can all have different views and ideas, get together and debate those ideas, build on them, and create new and exciting advancements.
If we would all, both left and right, be more willing to sit down and get to know each other on a personal level, then engage in debate in a friendly cordial manner, how much more would get accomplished? There wouldn’t be such horrid division among us and the rampant nastiness and violence.
I sincerely hope more liberals open themselves up to hearing our positions like Sterns did, and that if they come forward to do so, we on the right would welcome them with open arms instead of hostility.