Get armed for the fight with our politically corrected glossary of gun terms.
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Certain words hurt you when you talk about your rights and liberties. People who would deny your rights have done a good job of manipulating the language so far. Without even realizing it, you’re probably using terms that actually help the people who want to disarm you. This Politically Corrected Glossary will arm you for verbal battle.

Our Politically Corrected Glossary of Gun Terms Will Help You Navigate Gun Talk

To preserve, protect and defend your rights in the critical debate on where power should reside in America, you need effective words choices. Try out some of the ideas in this chart the next time you deal with this subject.

Then just give it a rest and watch where it goes. You’ll hear their litany, replete with flaws. Don’t rebut. Seize the moment, listen hard and learn—then just raise an eyebrow and think, “How ‘bout that. Feller doesn’t even own a gun. It takes all kinds.” Then talk about something else. And boy, does the disjoint hang in their craw.

Improved 2A Terms

They Win if You Say:We Win if You Say:
Pro GunPro Rights
Gun ControlCrime Control
Reasonable Gun Control LawsIllegal Infringement Laws
Anti-Gun MovementAnti-Self-Defense Movement
Semi-Auto HandgunSidearm
Concealed CarryDiscreet Carry (Right to Carry)
Assault Weapon (Lethal Weapon)Rifle/Carbine (Household Firearms)
Saturday Night Specials Racist gun Laws
Junk GunsAffordability
High-Capacity MagazinesStandard-Capacity Magazine
Second AmendmentBill of Rights
Gun RightsCivil Rights
Gun LobbyCivil Rights Organizations
Common Sense LegislationDangerous Utopian Ideas
Pro Gun ControlPrejudice

Win the Argument

When They Say:You Say:
Guns KillGuns Save Lives
Guns Cause CrimeGuns Stop Crime
But Guns are BadNo, Guns Keep America Free
Guns are so DangerousGuns Should Remain Dangerous
Guns are too Dangerous to OwnTake a Safety Course
People Shouldn’t Have GunsMaybe You Shouldn’t Have a Gun
People Don’t Need GunsOnly Good People Need Guns
We Need to Outlaw GunsBans Fail Repeatedly, See Drugs
Guns Should Just Go AwaySo Should Dangerous People
They Should Take Away All the GunsLet’s Start With Criminals First
They Should Take Away Dangerous GunsExactly Who Are “They”
Assault Weapons are BadAssault is a Behavior or Act
We Need Gun RegistrationRegistration Equals Confiscation
Gun Registration Will Stop CrimeHow Would My Name on a List Stop Crime?
Guns are Meant to KillGuns Protect the Innocent
We Need More Gun LawsCriminal Activity Remains a Crime
I Support the Second AmendmentThen Which Guns are OK?
Do You Really Have a Gun?Uh, Yeah. We Need to Hit the Range

This article was originally published in “Combat Handguns” July/August 2018. To order a copy and subscribe, visit The story also ran on

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