“Our research shows that, in forming social judgments, both liberals and conservatives rely on consensus cues from a neutral ‘out-group,’ such as scientists, which often acts as a ‘gateway’ to shaping other key personal beliefs,” van der Linden said. “However, at the same time, a large body of social-psychological work, including our own, also finds that conservatives typically value adherence to social norms and social conformity more than liberals.”Hence we see the liberal argument for climate change as "the science is settled" and the position for more gun control running to "95% of Americans favor stricter gun laws."
If the science were settled, no one would be doing any further research on the subject. If 90+% of Americans wanted more gun control, the legislation would get whooped through the legislatures with very little notice from the press or anyone else. Also no pol would ever lose his or her job for supporting it.
If as Scott Adams says, identity is the best persuader, the winning approach for the anti-greenies would be to paint the greens as cave-dwelling Luddites, and for us to associate the anti-gunners with the German gun control laws of 1938 and the subsequent Holocaust. Yes, I know, Godwins Law and all that, so how about Jim Crow and the Black Codes from the post civil war era. Might be a better fit as it's the same party trying to disarm its enemies now as it was then.