Door to Door Philosophy


October 11, 2008, 04:23 PM
I have no idea how well this would work, or if it would even be a valid undertaking.

But has anyone considered going door to door to spread the word about the Second Amendment and the RKBA?

I mean, they go door to door for just about everything else. On the flip side, I know how I feel about people going door to door.

Now, this isn't in connection with any election, or law, or to try and get people to call their senator or representative and get them to act a certain way. Nor should it be in relation to the NRA. No doom and gloom stuff.

Merely to educate people, and let them form their own opinions.

Perhaps a pamphlet that includes a brief history of the second, statistics about CCW, links to places like THR and CMP, the benefits of such programs, etc... and etc...

Worthwhile? Or just more trouble?

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October 11, 2008, 04:27 PM
You could go door to door and try to get people to go to the range. Once they go shooting, they're far more likely to turn pro-gun.

October 11, 2008, 04:28 PM
Perhaps renting a range and be like "we'll be having an open range at such and such, come out and give it a try at no cost"

And go over the four rules, supply everything, etc...

Though numbers could far surpass capacity.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 11, 2008, 04:32 PM
Maybe someone should make a tractor trailer into a "Range on Wheels!";)

October 11, 2008, 04:37 PM
Now there's an idea!

October 11, 2008, 04:49 PM
You can do plenty to help just by making sure to talk to all of your friends and such. If everyone talked to 10 people and of them 2 decided to become gun owners, we could triple our numbers in no time and end the anti-gun movement!

October 11, 2008, 06:43 PM
No, that's a good idea. I take every opportunity to discuss shooting and the errors in the anti message and a more organized approach would be more effective than catch-as-catch-can.

October 12, 2008, 08:00 AM
I like the idea. Print up flyers advertising a free shooting day, with a free safety instruction class. Rent the range for the whole day (I bet the owner would probably go halfsies with you as a promotional expense). Buy everyone 10 or 20 rounds and have fun.

Stuff the flyers in doorways house-to-house. If your response rate is even 1% it's a success.

October 12, 2008, 03:18 PM
Having a range day would be excellent if the facilities exist. Giving everyone a try with even 50-100 rounds each of .22 would cost around $1-2 per person. If everything else is volunteer work, then that would be the only real expense other than the paper for the targets.

October 25, 2008, 09:04 AM
I was one of the organizers of a range day here in Australia, we dropped 30,000 fliers in the local suburbs, and had a couple of free mentions on radio. We had 1300 people turn up and shoot. This was in a city of four million.

Yo Mama
October 25, 2008, 11:44 AM
I've thought about this alot. I think door to door and person to person is the only way we can outlast this next onslaught against the 2nd. Most people just don't link the 2nd to any other of their rights.

October 25, 2008, 07:09 PM
What about the guns themselves unless you have say 10 .22s to fill all the lanes everything would go pretty slow

November 3, 2008, 06:19 PM
For the guns you get volunteers. I mean, you're going to have 1 "instructor" per lane with each shooter, so they could supply their own.

And if they didn't, well I could probably lay my hands on 10 .22 rifles and pistols quite easily.

So the weapons wouldn't be the issue IMO. It would be having enough "instructors".

Jeff B.
November 3, 2008, 11:43 PM
A worthwhile concept... but I think the best method to counter the lies of the anti-gun crowd is to encourage people that you have a relationship with into a situation where they can experience firearms in a positive sense. Get them to the range, choose lower caliber weapons, and let them shoot.

When all is said and done, most of the folks who believe the anti nonsense will become supporters if not advocates.

One at a time. Dont give up, keep the faith!

Jeff B.

The Janitor
November 4, 2008, 01:00 AM
Statistics would be good for the thinkers. For the feelers, tell stories. Tragic incidents that could have been prevented if there had been guns, and maybe a couple casual incidents where violence and a negative outcome actually were prevented just by the presence of guns.

There is a difference in being one-sided and being biased/informative, so make sure it's not too harsh on anti-gun people, and that it doesn't start out talking about the absurdity of anti-gun policies right off the bat. Pro-gun propaganda kind of goes against the idea of us being able to freely own guns in the first place.

Your best hook to get people reading would be a dramatic story that gets people emotionally involved, then gradually leads into positive stories, factual statistics, and finally a little bit of politics. Not politicians or policies themselves, but just showing generalized examples which proves gun control to be unnecessary and detrimental, and that crime rates would be lower if more law-abiding citizens were armed.

Rather than attack your opponent(ignorance) up-front, you should just undermine it's views with unbiased information that exposes it as such. Anti-gun politicians like to create conflict and hostility with pro-gun people. which only helps their cause.

November 4, 2008, 07:00 AM
Well, if I were to do it my intention would be to try and keep it as politically free as possible. And would not start off with anything about Anti-Gun agendas. This would be about educating people about firearms and the second amendment.

I'm not trying to (overtly) push an agenda. Just get people to think. I suppose it would be hard to keep it totally political-free, but that would be my goal.

November 4, 2008, 10:09 AM
It is my belief that in this culture---21st century America---going door to door for anything is counterproductive. Americans work the longest hours in the developed world, and when we get home, we tend to view our time at home as OUR time. Door-to-door solicitors are viewed in most of the country as rude annoyances, like telemarketers.

In the 1950's and 1960's, sure. Today, it would be better to advertise a free range day, put up something electronically or on local media or bulletin boards or whatever, set up a table at an expo somewhere, or approach people in social venues where it is socially acceptable to do so. But you will probably not get a good response in most of the nation going door to door.

November 4, 2008, 02:21 PM
It is my belief that in this culture---21st century America---going door to door for anything is counterproductive.

Well, I can agree with that which is why I said I know how I feel about "door to door salesman". Of course, they do everything else door to door, so why not something important?

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