Liberal Reporter Enlightened


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JeffKnox
July 30, 2007, 10:10 PM
Thanks to the folks at NSSF for tipping me off about this refreshing article from the West Liberty Index newspaper in West Liberty Iowa:

http://westlibertyindex.com/article.php?viewID=939

I don't think the girl is converted yet, but I think she's on the right track and maybe one day soon will be shooting her AR while listening to Cat Scratch Fever on her i-pod under her earmuffs.

I walked into that gun club with the worst thoughts about the place and I walked out with a completely different opinion. It never hurts to try to learn a little more about the things you donít like and the people you donít agree with, you may find out you didnít know enough about them to have an opinion in the first place.

Shooting sells itself and most shooters are the nicest folks anyone would ever care to meet.
Introduce people to the fun!

Jeff

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FieroCDSP
July 30, 2007, 10:17 PM
Interesting read. It backs up what a lot of us have been saying and observing. Many "philosophical" anti's ("I just think guns are bad") are people that have simply not had exposure to firearms. The right approach, some getting comfortable, and a good experience change their mind. The author's observation of the children of gunners is a glimpse into the lie of "guns teach children to be psychos".

Not a bad read.

Hypnogator
July 30, 2007, 10:29 PM
I've shot there, a long, long time ago.

Kudos to those who took the trouble to introduce a potentially hostile yet inquisitive journalist to the joys of shooting! :cool:

CNYCacher
July 30, 2007, 10:40 PM
A liberal with a gun
by Sara Sedlacek ∑ July 25, 2007

When I started here at the Index one of the first people to come in to talk to me (and openly make me aware of his agenda and his motivation for speaking with me) was a representative from the West Liberty Gun Club. He was a nice guy so I gave him his soapbox time. We had very differing opinions on gun control and a gun’s place in society, but he invited me to the gun club anyway.

Several weeks ago, I did a story on the West Liberty Gun Club. It was the second time I’d been out to the club. The first was for a competition and I was so confused I couldn’t write anything about it. We used that first visit as an educational experience, just to get familiar with the lingo and the people. My second visit to the gun club gave me an opportunity to do something I’d never done before and never in a million years thought I would want to do again: I shot a gun.

I’ve always thought guns were neat to look at. I always enjoyed going to the Rock Island Arsenal and seeing all the different kinds of guns, but I never wanted to shoot one. I shot BB guns as a kid but that was a long time ago and a BB gun is a heck of a lot different than a rifle.

So there I was, on that second visit, a cynical outsider with a cookie-cutter image of what “gun club people” were like. In my mind anyone who belonged to the gun club must be some kind of militant, gun-toting, camoflauge-wearing guy resembling the offspring of Ted Nugent and G.I. Joe. Not a single gun club member looked anything like G.I. Joe or Ted Nugent. In fact, most of the members I met on that second visit were children, and well-behaved children no less.

I was amazed at how seriously the kids took the competition. They were careful with and, most importantly, knowledgeable about their guns and shooting sports. They were also very calm and patient, not like any kids I’d ever seen.

It was also comforting for me to learn that most the people involved in the gun club are not hunters. Most of them are interested only in shooting sports. There were some hunters. All of them, however, had the same concerns I had about guns. They were worried about guns falling into the hands of the wrong people and people owning guns and not learning about how to care for them and use them properly. Though we had different ideas about how to solve these problems, the concern was shared.

After learning a little more myself, I was asked by members of the club if I’d like to try shooting a .22 rifle. I did and, as it turns out, I’m not a bad shot. Members of the club invited me to a ladies’ fun match, at which I placed fourth (out of only nine, two of which tied for second place. The third place winner was only 11-years old.) this past Sunday. As it turns out, shooting a gun accurately takes more concentration than I ever thought. Through this experience I’ve realized that guns are what you make of them. Guns are violent if you use them for violence. I found that it takes a certain amount of serenity and meditation to accurately fire a gun, two things I never thought could be associated with guns.

I walked into that gun club with the worst thoughts about the place and I walked out with a completely different opinion. It never hurts to try to learn a little more about the things you don’t like and the people you don’t agree with, you may find out you didn’t know enough about them to have an opinion in the first place.


Excellent ending.

JamesM
July 30, 2007, 11:02 PM
Kudos to the representative from the West Liberty Gun Club.

XD Fan
July 30, 2007, 11:06 PM
Good article and WAY to Go WEST LIBERTY

Juna
July 30, 2007, 11:06 PM
Wow, that's a great story! If we could all just get a liberal reporter to our ranges and gun clubs, it might actually make a widespread difference. I've extended such invitations to my anti-gun senators, but they have yet to take me up on the offer. Maybe the press would be a better place to start.

Kali Endgame
July 31, 2007, 12:00 AM
I walked into that ________ with the worst thoughts about the place and I walked out with a completely different opinion. It never hurts to try to learn a little more about the things you don’t like and the people you don’t agree with, you may find out you didn’t know enough about them to have an opinion in the first place.

FITB, and that is a good life lesson, regardless of political beliefs.

ProficientRifleman
July 31, 2007, 12:04 AM
I just wrote an email to Sara congratulating her on her range trip and her (beginning) awakening. Every one here should do the same. This is a woman who is a hard core liberal and her eyes have been opened just the slightest bit now. With encouragement she might even WANT to further her education.

All the best...

zeroskillz
July 31, 2007, 10:54 AM
it takes a certain amount of serenity and meditation to accurately fire a gun
Funny, my wife says the same thing.

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