I have found over the years that sometimes WE are our own worst enemies. As a general rule most responsibly armed individuals and responsible gun owners are NOT vocal or get in your face types. It’s just not how we are wired. In saying that, a level headed guy or girl speaking calmly with facts and figures do not make for good press copy. Give me a screaming, crying overwrought, emotional individual and you have great news coverage. Of course if you have a screaming, crying, overwrought and emotional gun owner you now have a poster child for Gun Control. I have found that sarcasm is a great equalizer to emotional attacks, but you are not going to make any friends.
The other issue WE have is those gun owners who’s particular firearms niche is not carry or AR’s or self defense at all. They are the ones that shrug and say “Magazine and “Assault Rifle” bans don’t bother me. my -fill in the blank- isn’t what they are after and I don’t really like them anyway”.
So if you are vocal gun owner then you are a “crazy” that certainly should not own a firearm which is how you will be portrayed by the media. We are in the same position as the Trump supporters that got assaulted following the rally in Minnesota. You loose your hat, get spit on and verbally as well as physically assaulted by thugs but you aren’t supposed to fight back even though that is exactly what they are hoping for.
It’s not a great place to be.