Effort at making more people comfortable with guns


December 31, 2012, 04:39 PM
I have an idea that I may try with some of my friends. Most of my city dwelling circle of friends is very adamantly for the abolishment of guns as "they are proven to be the leading cause of death in children" and other such nonsense (please note my sarcasm).

Many are of the assumption that they are death rays that are less predictable than a coked up Doberman.

I am considering putting out an open invitation to take out and shoot an AR (a nice plain Jane Daniel defense) and a 9mm M&P. I'll buy the ammo and the range time if they will submit to a safety briefing and putting some rounds down range on some paper, or if I can find some open land around Louisville, KY to shoot (no way I would take a lib to Knob Creek...).

I've done it before with my wife (former gun hater) and my buddy's wife (imagine a hottie with an opinion like Diane Feinstein) and now she is at the very least tolerant.

What say you all?

I understand the implications of people "knowing what I have" and all. This would be a semi-public invitation, likely made in person. Most know my ardent 2A support and ownership of firearms.

Don't you think familiarity will yield nothing more than reduced fear and improved perspective?

Would any of you do such a thing? I'm in a gun friendly state, but many folks in the city only see gun use only as a criminal activity.

Comments and thoughts will be appreciated.

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December 31, 2012, 04:42 PM
Oops... I thought the other one failed to post.

Mods please delete one.


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December 31, 2012, 10:16 PM
Good idea. More than one anti has been converted once they get the goods in hand and take a few shots. I had a work supervisor many years ago who was very anti-gun, and could never understand why I owned a Thompson SMG. Then one day I took him out to the range, put a stick mag in the gun, and let him fire off a few rounds semi to get the feel for the gun. Then I switched to a 50-round drum and switched the gun over to auto and told him to pull the trigger and not let go until he was out of ammo. He did, and turned around with a huge grin on his face and one comment: "Damn that's fun." :D

December 31, 2012, 10:52 PM
Don't you think familiarity will yield nothing more than reduced fear and improved perspective?

It will yeild nothing less than that.

I have taken a lot of very apprehensive and even downright trepidatious folks shooting, all of them ended up having a good time and an epiphany.

December 31, 2012, 11:00 PM
I have been saying for years that people are afraid/anti firearms because of movies/TV/media saying they are bad. The fear mongering put out by them has caused more Americans to be anti gun without knowing all the facts. And this is why I started teaching firearm safety every chance I get. I have taken my mother shooting, who was very anti-gun. I have taken my brother shooting who WAS anti-gun but was bitten by the firearm bug almost as bad as me. My method is if I can show someone the need and fun of firearms, they won't fear them as much.

December 31, 2012, 11:34 PM
This is too true! Urbanization is really taking a toll on guns. You can't find ranges in towns and you don't "need" to hunt to survive. Unless you have a strong sense of self-preservation for defense you'll probably never "need" or be around guns. Add in that video games make it seem stupid easy to shoot... no wonder they seem like simply "murder weapons".

I try to take people shooting any chance I get. My rule is first trip is on me and any time thereafter you pay for the ammo. I also always offer to show them how to handle the guns safely with ammo all away from the guns before the trip to the range.

December 31, 2012, 11:44 PM
People naturally fear what they don't know or understand.

Case in point.
I own reptiles and have a female friend who was so anti-snake she'd jump over furniture and fling herself out windows to avoid them.
She refused to enter my house because of my pets...*also a very good way of stopping relatives you don't like from visiting*.

Long story short I got her daughter to hold my most placid python.
This snake is so laid back and lazy you can tie her into a knot and she couldn't care less.
In a single afternoon she went from patting the python while someone held it to having the snake crawl all over her.
She's now talking about getting one of her own.

Taking time and patience pays off. Sometimes.

January 1, 2013, 12:23 AM
This works and I recommend it. I took a gun-hating city friend to the farm back in 1997 and gave him a .357mag revolver. He only shot six rounds and never said another word about guns, until this past summer, 16 years later, he told me that he's getting a Sig and CCW to protect his family.

January 1, 2013, 08:41 AM
I have been having alot of talks with people also as of late, and have been extending an open invitation to take them to my home range whenever they'd like. I'm even going to float a suggestion at the next members meeting about having an (un)official time slot on the weekend for a "bring a gun virgin" event. we have them posted for other events (women's pistol, 25yd air/.22, IDPA, etc.) so why not a slot that you know "new" people will be coming.

January 1, 2013, 09:03 AM
I think it's a great idea. But I would make a suggestion or two. If you have a couple of .22s, I'd let the newbies start with these and then progress. Second, if you can let them have plinking targets, soda cans, etc that always seems to be a winner.

January 1, 2013, 09:05 AM
I doubt it will go anywhere but I intend to send an email to the one Congressional member from my district who is a nationally known liberal inviting him out to the local public range I volunteer at so he can actually see the guns he wants to ban and talk to the people, many of whom are active duty military or former military, who will be affected by such a ban. I was going to work on that today. If it goes anywhere I'll open a thread.

Double Vision
January 1, 2013, 09:31 AM
I have had good success taking folks to the range and turning them on to the fun of safe firearms operation.
Best wishes!

January 1, 2013, 09:35 AM
It worked for my wife... of course, if I am being honest about it... I never would have married her if she hadn't gotten over her issues. I have taught several over the years, some anti's others just neutral - all gun owners now.

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