Did I want to “ban all guns,” in the 1990’s when I performed, almost constant advocacy for gun control? Yes and not telling the opposition this was only because I was busy on the legislative action of putting “Bandaids on a much bigger problem.” I presumed naively that in the USA political system making small changes would influence a consensus and eventually result in federal (coast to coast) well reasoned and firm laws to regulate a consumer product designed and used to kill.
1992: I entered the Prodigy "online" community and took an anti guns position and began debating with several fervent guns enthusiasts, including the later author of More Guns Less Crime, who I can confidently state, learned what to not write in that book from losing an online debate with me.
1993: I am fully in contact with my biological father and learn that 1-year past, I had had a sister of 19-yrs old, and she was murdered in her bedroom, by her estranged ex-boyfriend (a High School sweetheart). She was shot thru her head. The father had to clean up the room and the walls. A family shattered. Tina was gone and I have only a couple of pictures and no other memory.
1994: While in college, I conducted a letter and newspaper editorial writing and public protest, that was successful in causing my city council to ban the use of a public convention center in Salinas, California by the Wild West Gun Shows, or any traveling gun shows in the future. I was hated again, but now locally. During that time in California, I touted defiantly my Handgun Control Bumper sticker, that caused more than one altercation of loud yelling in public parking lots with men in trucks.
1995: I write in raw HTML the first ever pro-gun control webpage, and it remains the only anti gun www page until 1999 when Handgun Control finally makes a World Wide Web page. In 2002 I closed my webpage after several moves across the country. During those years I received email death threats, at the least a dozen “Watch your back Mason!” was a common one liner. I reported those threats to the FBI, but they were “not really set up to handle digital crimes at this time.”
Present: I have never stopped advocating a civil society and guns in the hands of civilians is a failed idea. I will never accept that the founding fathers meant for the second amendment to the Bill of Rights to be intended as anything other than the assurance by decree that the new States of the former colonies would have full autonomy over their own "well-organized militia/s .." That was the purpose, that was understood, and that intent was upheld for over 200-years, until a corrupt Justice of the Supreme Court (See NRA and Antonin Scalia) chose to interpret otherwise. At a time when Americans were screaming for change in the other direction due to the lies and propaganda committed by a Washington lobby that began in earnest with their bullshit regarding the amendment only about 45-years ago (in Scalia's days), our conservative court went backwards, behind the year 1787. It was a modernist interpretation by judges who had hypocritically called themselves Strict Constitutionalists, it was lobby and money that changed the minds of more than one of those cobwebs.
James Gray Mason, ARR 2018