"...All it will take are a couple of nutjobs shooting cops through the armor with regular hunting rifles for your gun rights to be in serious jeopardy....Because then they will be labeled as "high-powered sniper rifles". What defense will you mount then? How will you convince a gun banner who hates ALL guns that your guns are somehow less dangerous than a semi-auto that fires a less-powerful, less accurate cartridge than your 7mm Remington Magnum game rifle? "
Hunters & sportsman are a huge demographic and we need their support. On the other hand, they also need to support us. (and many do) As with most things when we're talking gun rights the key is education. We need to remember that we're all in this together and avoid alienating one group or another.
Most importantly, as Matt discusses, we need to get hunters/sportsman to see the light and understand the true nature of gun-control in this country. They need to understand that no gun is safe. All guns are fair game, whether they be too big, too small, too quiet or loud etc. We're not dealing with rational people. They raise hell about the danger of "military style weapons." Guess what? Your deer rifle may not look like my AR-15, but you can bet it has military lineage and the anti-rights crowd will lump it in with my AR the 1st chance they get.