I disagree with most of this (nothing against P&S), here is why…
1. The Antigun crowd is unified in the media because that is their largest promoter. The media and other organizations have paid for these people to be in front of cameras and protest. Who rented Charter busses for those kids to go to the Capitol? The teachers union. Look at how much people like Oprah and George Clooney have given just after that one shooting. Let alone groups funded by Bloomberg. Or Clooney’s publicist setting up interviews, or the national stage such as the Oscars that they get to share their hashtags…. (3,400 people attended the Oscars so it looks like all these people care about gun control, but what wasn’t on TV was the 65,000 attendees of SHOT show)
When was the last time NRA chartered busses for public protests? Those kids and anti-gun groups have professional organizers… we don’t. I will ask the question though, how did so many people show up for Bundy Ranch stand off, yet so few show up to other causes?
2. Only supporting pages that are just entertainment. I think the best way to explain my position is from two verses from the book of Truexodus:
“I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able”
“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.”
For one we were all new shooters at one time, we all made stupid purchases, fell for stupid trends, jumped on certain bandwagons… and that’s all fine. But guess what… you are still going to get made fun of for it. I had to admit to the late great piehitter, 9mmsmg, and theGlocktor that I own a spikes tactical jack lower… when Vato tactical and Bastards in Co made fun of Systema I sent them a pic of my box set of systema DVDs… but those guys made spontaneous decisions on what was cool too… (hows that Desert Eagle working out for you 9mmsmg?)… I’m saying we were all once novices but the allure of some of the more, let’s call it “quirky,” got us involved and wanting to learn more. So while we knock it now, it’s because we’ve been through it. I grew up thinking clips are for rifles and magazines are for handguns… I thought that the 223 was designed to wound… these things we make fun of now, and it’s funny partly because we feel the cringe from when we believed it.
Those memes also start conversation and get people looking into it. For every one person that says “well the 223 was designed to wound” there are probably 50 more who saw the post and thought the same and had to look it up. So while sometimes we shit on Demo Ranch… he is entertaining, he is getting a generation to look and see the fun in it. You watch a video of him then may think… I want to learn more about XYZ and you go listen to what Military Arms Channel has to say or what Ian for forgotten weapons has to tell you about it.
That 2nd verse of Truexodus also applies to us now. We’ve been gun owners for a long time, and many of you reading this have been for longer than me… we need to know why we believe what we believe. A simple “the constitution” doesn’t cut it… why is the constitution a starting point, why does the 2nd matter, who does it apply to…and more importantly explaining that government doesn’t grant rights. Some times we need a refresher and go back to what our rights mean and perhaps more importantly why we hold on to them. This is why it is so annoying when a talking head like Wayne Lapierre or one of his cronies makes some useless statement that hurts our arguments and knocks the legs out from under us.
I also think we need to hold on to why we personally like firearms. I for one love every aspect of guns… and have been around them my entire life. They scratch my curiosity for the mechanical aspect, at other times they intrigue me on a design and on an artistic level, perhaps more importantly they are a tool I protect my family with and they are a symbol of what made this country great and our natural instinct to not be ruled.
3. Trolling and memes do not replace rationale discussion… well yeah of course not. But what the most important part of an essay? The intro… you have to grab your readers attention. Thats what a lot of memes are meant to do in the gun community. Get someone interested enough in a half a second to want to read more. Especially when there are a million other pictures and memes surrounding it… why would they want to spend time on yours? So no… memes do not replace discussion but that isn’t their intent.
Lastly… I’m all for being one united force but the problem isn’t the shitposters, trollers, memers, etc… the problem is the fudds and the die hard republicans who’s allegiance lies within party lines and who are more than happy with compromise. I for one will not align myself with them. I have no use for people who will bend so easily to political pressure or emotional pleas. I won’t use rights as bargaining chips and will not ask someone else to do so. For too long rights have been treated as such, so much so that many can’t even articulate what a “right” is… rights damn sure aren’t game pieces on a chess board.
So no… not only will I not give up any more rights, I also want my old ones back.
Therefore, I will not vote for the lesser of two evils. I will not vote for a compromise, I will not vote for “gun control lite,” I don’t want pandering, tricks, dangling carrots, chess matches, or anything else… i want those pure unadulterated rights that men stood up 240 years ago and said “fuck this shit” and drew a line in the sand and sent an epic break up letter that said no more! The rights that were so great that it caused men to stand up against their neighbors, to stand up against an army that was larger, better funded, better trained, better armed… I want those rights. The rights that caused men to look at their families and say “this is important.” The rights that men have sadly given up in a weak notion of hope that they would get something better in return… I want those rights.