He wants to start a "dialog"... There will never be "dialog" as long as one side doesn't accept the 2nd Amendment for what it is.
I'm going to have to disagree with that. This is not an "us" vs "them". People on firearm forums tend to be strong 2nd Amendment supporters, especially on more self-defense focused forums. People visiting the Brady Bunch site tend to be anti-2nd Amendment and you are correct, are so virulent in their beliefs that only their suffering a violent criminal attack that could have been stopped by their use of a firearm is going to even begin to change most of them. Then we have the strictly "sportsman" shooters, many of whom unfortunately fall into the "when they came for me there was no one left to speak for me" category, who wrongly think that capitulating and even colluding on certain anti-2nd Amendment issues will lead to them being left alone. There are some of them we can reach through a dialogue.
But in between all those people are people like my parents used to be, many of their friends, my fiancee's friends and millions of other Americans who aren't anti-2nd Amendment, aren't pro-2nd Amendment, but are so ignorant of the issues and the facts that they really can't formulate an intelligent position. Those people, who may never own, use or carry a firearm themselves, can be educated in a dialogue to understand the actual facts of gun ownership, gun use, 2nd Amendment rights and the importance of not restricting law abiding citizens who choose to do so from carrying a firearm. My fiancee's friends are not stupid people but they are big city/suburb dwellers. They are all professionals, most with at least bachelor's degrees or higher degree. All but one of them started out anti-CCW and most were wishy-washy on the 2nd Amendment overall. They had no idea the kinds of training and background checks a CCW holder goes through. They didn't understand the reasons someone would carry a firearm as it seemed like stupid, dangerous thing only fearful people would do to them. Having a dialogue with them has led to several of them now, while not necessarily being pro gun, at least not being anti-gun.
I think such a dialogue, outside the scope or reach of a media vilified organization such as the NRA, could reach those millions of people in the middle. We don't need them to suddenly want to be gun owners or CCW holders, we just need them to understand that those of us who choose to do so are normal law-abiding people who, despite the media characterizations otherwise, really are the first line of defense against violent criminal acts. Proof that they are out there is borne out by the fact that only about 3-4% of people in shall issue CC states actual become licensed. That is not nearly enough people to vote yes to pass such a law or to pressure legislators to over turn governor's vetos on the issue. There is another 45-60% of the population who don't want to carry themselves but don't want to deny it to others. If we can increase that percentage to 75% or higher through a dialogue, we no longer have to worry about the gun-grabbers as they become the whiney mostly ignored minority they should already be.