"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.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Quote of the Day - Channeling Sugarmann
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I can say that I am responsible for 4 new CCW's in 2008 and 4 in 2009. I've probably brought 12 people to be active in their role of owning and using firearms in the last two years. I will continue to endeavor.
Reignited my father's interest in shooting over Thanksgiving (after about a 20-year lapse), and my once-adamantly-AWB-supporting mother has absolutely no problems with me openly carrying my firearm into Starbucks... or while she is around (her only comment was, "Good, I know who will be doing the shooting, who will be shot at, and when I should duck.").
People claiming that the firearm-related culture is dying are willfully ignorant, maliciously lying, or mentally retarded - there is not a whole lot of middleground in there.
In the last 4 months of 2009, we added 129 new members to our sportsman club. (and dropped 50 during the entire year).
In January of this year, we added 18 new new members (and have dropped 7 - mostly members who have passed away)
I have a list of 45 people waiting to join.
Tell me again the firearm related culture is dying
War is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
Stan is the embodiment of the latter.
(And no, that's not an insult. It's a rational conclusion based on all avaliable evidence)
The level of willful ignorance required for Stan to say the gun culture is dying is simply astounding.
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