A well-known psychological test that can be viewed on the internet involves a video that has people dressed in black and others dressed in white passing a basketball around. The stated objective of the test is to count the number of passes made by those in white. The real purpose of the experiment is to see if you notice the person in the gorilla suit who mingles with the group. For about half the people who take the “Invisible Gorilla Test,” the gorilla is in fact, “invisible.” Psychologists label this phenomenon as “inattentional blindness,” resulting from focusing on something too hard.
The concept of inattentional blindness reminds me of those who argue for protection of second amendment rights while ignoring the erosion of others. For some, the only metric that matters is the possession of firearms. Somehow, as long as you are armed, you are free, because if government totally trashes the concepts of Jefferson and Washington, you have Smith & Wesson to back you up. Of course, the firepower and resources of the government are a bit more extensive than that of its citizenry.