"I think gun culture is vanishing. More and more people are living their lives without guns, and feel uncomfortable with them. And every time someone uses a gun to kill someone or attack the government this culture dies a little more. "
R. Stanton Scott
Unfortunately for Mr. Scott the gun culture is anything but vanishing. We have seen gains that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago. Draconian restrictions are being struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Carry laws have been loosened in nearly all 50 states over my lifetime. We've seen record firearm and ammunition purchases over the last 3+ years, as well as a huge increase in the number of Americans getting CCW permits, particularly among women. We've seen the Brady's become sad pandas who can't get the major items on their agenda passed even with a Democratic Congress and virulently anti-gun President. The same can not be said for the Clinton years.
If anything I think firearms ownership and carry have become increasingly normalized. As people become exposed to the gun culture they learn how not to be afraid. I've seen this 1st hand with people I've brought to the range and I've experienced it myself. That kind of personal growth is empowering and infectious. It's why we win.
Like Josh Sugarmann and many others I suspect Mr. Scott tells himself these things because he sees the world as he wants it to be, not as it is. I will continue to do whatever I can to strengthen the gun culture and widen the chasm between Mr. Scott's world and the real world.
In fact, I've got 3 new shooters lined up for later this spring.