THE ALL SIDES DICTIONARY.
What should you do now that the election is over? Since the results, the nation has been rigorously divided. People are feeling joyous, upset, rebellious or thankful. More than ever, these times show how divided we have become. But whether you're delighted or depressed, it's important to understand why the “other side” is feeling the way they do. And to make that easier…Well…
You could check out the All Sides Dictionary, where you can look up how different people – from left, right, and center – understand and use hot button political terms, from Abortion to Zionism (400 entries, and more are on the way).
The idea is to reveal how different people with different political backgrounds think about and react to
controversial terms and concepts. Through this vehicle was can teach each other; learn from each other, form new coalitions, and reduce hatred and misunderstanding. If, that is, the dictionary becomes like Wikipedia, a go-to place to look up things. Please help us by clicking a lot in the site and by telling everyone you know about it.
http://www.allsides.com/dictionary- Let's look at “gun control”
The term “gun control”, referring to initiatives designed to restrict unfettered access to guns for all people, is unusual as a word that both liberals and conservatives use – albeit with very different feeling. Also note that “gun control” and “gun rights
” are not synonyms but mean very different things to different people.
For advocates of gun control, “gun control” connotes a reasonable effort to create a greater level of accountability and regulation when it comes to firearms. They have supported a range of efforts under the gun control banner, from background checks and waiting periods to bans on assault rifles and certain other weapons.
Opponents of gun control use the term pejoratively. In their view, it connotes a threat to individual freedom, a contravention of the Second Amendment
, and an inevitable slippery slope towards the restriction of public ability to bear arms. Gun activists point to the difficulty of purchasing and owning guns in traditionally progressive cities and states as evidence that these rights have already been restricted. Dialogue efforts around gun rights and gun control have shown success. Pioneers in this effort include Anne Batzer and the Public Conversations Project.
QUESTIONS TO PLAY WITH:
-If you think of yourself as being against gun control, is there any place you would set a limit on the private ownership of weapons? Do private citizens have the right to nuclear weapons? tanks? missiles? machine guns? Where would you draw the line?
-If you think of yourself as being for gun control, where do you draw the line? At handguns? rifles? semi-automatics?
-Where, when, and to whom do you think guns should be available?
ABOUT THE ALL SIDES DICTIONARY
.A team of 30 educators and mediators volunteered over 1500 hours on this project for the past year. Members of this team were carefully selected to ensure a mix of perspectives across the socio-political spectrum – from religious to atheist, far left to far right, and everything in between. Rather than trying to avoid bias or presume neutrality, we openly examine all biases – attempting to “map” different meanings and feelings associated with important words in the American political vocabulary.