The Jan. 25 article on the cancellation of a gun expo in Harrisburg inadvertently shows the nature of the gun rights advocates ("Outdoors Expo Halted After Gun Ban Leads to Boycott").
For example, one gun advocate denounced the interference from a foreign country -- the country being England. Let's see -- we derive our customs, habits, political system and language, among other things, from England, but this individual talked as if the foreign country was some exotic realm outside Pluto.
Then there was the PG description of the outrage of the dealers as "philosophical." Philosophical refers to Aristotle, Anselm, Ibn Rushd, Leibniz, Spinoza, Russell and Wittgenstein, not gun dealers promoting and selling deadly products and representing corporations.
There was also the automatic invocation of "gun rights," as though the guns themselves are animate and know they have "rights." And like all our political disputes, the language was in the peculiarly American exaggerated, hyperbolic absolutist language of "rights" talk. This sort of talk has been criticized by scholars for two generations because, among many other things, it drives out any other social, moral, ethical, communal concerns. An excellent study of this is "Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse" by Mary Ann Glendon.
Compromise is the language of democracy (many on the left disregard this, too); rights can only be realized in actual societies where everyone gives a little to get along, and no one gets everything. As Aristotle observed, a man "who is in need of nothing through being self-sufficient ... is either a beast or a god."
The gun extremists, in their maximalism, their self-centeredness, their unwillingness to compromise, and their assertion of "gun rights" over every other consideration, are not speaking the language of democracy; they are speaking a rather different language. By the way, I own firearms.