I think you are preaching to the choir
But some sermons are worth repeating:)
What I would really like to see is an article with these facts but written in a way that won’t make anti self defense folks stop reading as soon as they see the title. And have it published in a place that they might actually come across it. Not gonna happen, I know, but one can always dream.
There was an article about that in Concealedcarry magazine July 2022 by Jim Doyle Return Fire, Bridge Issue, Let’s Make Gun Rights Bipartisan
Must of missed that one. Will have to look it up. But don’t think many anti self defense folks are reading Concealed Carry Magazine?
It was for us to talk to them.
That’s a good start. I do my best when the opportunity presents an itself. And my work and personality put me in contact with many people on both sides of the issue. But so many people on both sides of the aisle are so entrenched in their positions that I don’t see a lot of folks crossing the aisle to share ideas.
I believe we in the pro self defense world need to find ways to reach a much wider and broader audience.
I posted the link
We found that many anti-gun people respond to raw fear. 2020 taught us this very well. It may have helped our cause but honestly, I am not so sure anymore. I imagine many of the guns they purchased ended up sold or in a sock drawer, never fired.
Honestly, there is just no way to know. I hope some of them figured out that active self-protection was a good thing. As is training and knowledge.
One of my very left leaning neighbors was convinced by the BLM “mostly peaceful protests” and Covid lockdowns/shortages that he needed to join the club and actually purchased several firearms. He doesn’t get out to practice very often but he still owns everything he bought and is considering adding to his little arsenal.
That is very good to hear. Good for him.
My neighbor across the street who says he has a pistol " loaded with hollow points", I have yet to see it, whom I have asked several times to go to the range and says he needs to shoot it but has not taken me up on it.
Bruce, you may want to step up awareness of your neighbor. Seems like something someone would say who has absolutely no knowledge or experience with any types of firearms. And of course someone that DEFINITELY needs to take you up on your invitation and pay attention to you when he gets there.
That’s unfortunate. He should take you up on that. Good on you for offering to help him.
After I heard my neighbor say he had purchased his first firearm and was about to get a couple pistols and wanted to put night sights on them I offered to put them on for him. We had talked in the past about the 4 safety rules but when he brought the pistols over to do the sight swap and a cleaning lesson he definitely needed some reminders on how to put them into practice. We went to the range the next week for some pointers and practice. I also had to convince him he needed to get a safe since he had a young son and daughter with no firearm experience.
Wish he had the time and funds to take some real courses with a real instructor but we have been out to practice several times since then. He picked up on the safety aspects very quickly and can keep all his rounds on the target now.