Why is THR your preferred source for RKBA info


October 19, 2013, 10:02 AM
It looks like THR is a popular place for THR members to get their RKBA news alerts/threat info, based on this thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=9133066#post9133066). It stands to reason, then, that we all need to understand why that is so, so as to not muck it up in the future.. :).

So why do you like to use THR as a principal source of RBKA information?

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October 19, 2013, 10:17 AM
The reliability factor is high for me. Each time there's a "OMG THIS IS THE END THEY'RE COMING FOR US!!!" type of scare the immediate response here is deep digging by the members to figure out what the issue really is, what enemies are able to make this happen, what legal avenues do those people truly have to enact their wishes, what forces are already mobilized against them, what the likelihood of their success is calculated to be, and what can we physically DO about it.

The world is just chock full of folks blubbering in fear over every perceived threat -- folks who seem to WANT to revel in despair and to repeat and expand the grossest misrepresentations and exaggerations of threats, getting themselves and everyone else tied up in ineffectual knots of panic. That's not allowed to propagate here and I LOVE that.

October 19, 2013, 10:56 AM
All of the above. We generally don't have the ignorant, the vulgar and the Chicken Little types, and when we do they either don't stick around, or wise up.

If I wanted to read a bunch of hillbillies and F-bombs and racist political garbage, there are a million other forums for that.

I've also learned a lot from THR.

Old Fuff
October 19, 2013, 12:12 PM
I haven't voted yet, but you should have added "all of the above."

October 19, 2013, 12:25 PM
"All," but I voted for "Other."

(I'm not sure I understand the "Access" commentary, though.)

What I like is that even newbie questions, no matter how elementary they may be or how often repeated, are answered with courtesy --even if it's just a reference to a previous thread on that subject. This, even if it's closed with an "Asked and Answered" comment from the mods.

I also pick up a lot of accurate and well-thought out discussions on even the "can of worms" threads... like the one on Velocity and bullet weight, where there is no "real" answer, but the discussion itself is nevertheless enlightening without decaying into liturgy and dogma.

Terry, 230RN


Rio Laxas
October 19, 2013, 01:51 PM
I posted "Other" for two reasons. The first is that I usually hear about things here long before it makes it into any of the typical news outlets and a day or two before organizations like SAF send it to me by email. The second reason is because this forum is tightly moderated to keep things on topic and focused, which does touch upon the reliability aspect. Other forums may deal with these same issues, but they often devolve quickly into wandering, divisive political discussions.

A good example of what I am talking about is the whole Mark Kelly buying an AR15 incident. It was all over this forum (and others) several days before it made it into non-RKBA media outlets as a side note and before he came up with his excuse.

October 19, 2013, 02:28 PM
All of the above, but what brings me back is that It's the least "internet-y" forum I've ever found.

People usually put work into disagreeing rather than responding in one-letter words and insults, and when they don't, the mods do a dang good job of shutting unrestrained idiocy.

October 19, 2013, 02:46 PM
THR is the first place I go for firearm related information. I do get the GOA alerts on Facebook. I read nralia from time to time. I also go to the Open Carry site in the Kentucky section for info news and firearm happenings more specific to Kentucky.

I will check out other state specific sites from time to time like nyfirearms.com, calguns, vcdl and njgunforums to keep alert to the latest happenings.

October 19, 2013, 03:26 PM
THR is my fav due to the lack of smut. Its workplace safe, child safe and we generally keep things on topic. I'm by no means totally adverse to smut, cursing or other adult(ish) topics, but that stuff is everywhere online and its nice to have a sort of safe haven amidst all the garbage we are forced to see on TV or on other forums. For instance: Thank you THR for not having Avatars, which usually turn into smut factories. I dont think we need to see naked women while viewing a thread about firearms responsibility. Its nice to keep it clean when we are tired of everything being so dirty.:)

October 19, 2013, 08:19 PM
It was my favorite for several years. I would not say it's my favorite forum anymore, but I do frequent it about as much as some of the others. When you realize that it's the internet, and should be taken for what it is; it becomes a lot more fun and digestible. There are some pretty solid folks who post, and there is also some great info. You just have to filter out the fruit loops to get at it.

October 19, 2013, 08:32 PM
I chose the first option the reason why is because I like that the mods keep it under control here and it isn't a OMG they's coming for our guns bubba stock up on beans and gunpowder :rolleyes:

Hondo 60
October 19, 2013, 08:35 PM
My main reason for hangin out here has changed since I found this forum.

In the beginning (2009) I started hangin out here because I found the reloading subforum very interesting.

I was a noob & knew absolutely nothing about reloading.
By reading a number of posts here I learned about Lyman's Reloading Handbook.
So I went to the library (they had #47) & I read it cover to cover. (several times)
I've since updated their collection to include #49.
If you have manuals you don't use, consider donating them to the library.
The life you save may be your own (when the person in the next lane didn't make that fatal mistake.) :eek:

I REALLY wished I knew a reloader, but didn't.
So I had to learn somehow.
And this was the place that had the knowledge.

Now 4 years & about 40,000 rounds later, I hang out here cuz I can give back to the hobby I love.
I can also pay forward to the new guys & gals.

(and yes, 40,000 rounds, I keep a tally & so far in 2013 I'm up to 10,450)
As a disabled vet, I find shooting to be a sport that I love & it kinda forces me out of the house.
So I go usually 2 or 3 times a week.

My gosh, I could NEVER afford that if I didn't cast my own & reload.

October 19, 2013, 08:35 PM
There are real thinkers here, that research and look hard at things before yammering on. Lots of straight line thinking. I like that.

Kayaker 1960
October 19, 2013, 10:56 PM
I live in California, I also frequent the calguns website, however that site is prone to a lot of put downs and political bickering. By comparison THR is a breath of fresh air.

October 20, 2013, 01:01 AM

The collegiality sets this place apart. It really is a "highroad" and a breath of fresh air.

Reliability helps, its a bit slower, sometimes (probably due to the moderation) but that helps things in my opinion. If I want fast breaking news, I'll go somewhere else. When I want in-depth analysis that helps me make sense of the fast breaking news I come here.

October 20, 2013, 01:23 AM
Option #5. THR is not my primary RKBA source. Since I live in Southern California Cal guns dot net is our primary hang out. California always has a gauntlet of restrictive laws to oppose. THR would be second. The Firing Line is my least favorite with several moderator problems.

The folks around here are nice.

Be well

October 20, 2013, 01:43 AM
It isn't.

October 20, 2013, 02:38 AM
Because Examiner.com makes my eyeballs bleed.

October 20, 2013, 03:02 PM
It isn't.
Feel free to update the other thread to identify what is. :)

Mauser lover
October 20, 2013, 04:33 PM

(all of the above)

October 20, 2013, 06:35 PM
I chose other... its just CONVENIENT, I was already here reading up on reloading, rifles and everything else.

Willie Sutton
October 21, 2013, 06:21 AM
What happened to the choice "It's Not"?

This is a good baseline place to keep in contact casually with RKBA news.

It is a great improvement over the moderator v/s member adversarial ethos seen on TFL, and it is a very nice and easy way to casually enjoy a conversation.



October 21, 2013, 06:37 AM
I chose "access" pretty much because the lack of anything firearms-related in the forum name gets it past the filters at work. :D

October 21, 2013, 08:06 AM
The answer to the poll is really "all of the above" but one thing that makes THR stand out is the lack of the constant partisan political rant we read on almost every other firearm based forum. It gives us a place to rationally discuss the issues rather than read post after post after post of the Conservative/Liberal squabble.

October 21, 2013, 08:32 AM
For me in IL, the ISRA site is my primary for RKBA threat news. THR is great for crowd sourced and searched info that is, to a much higher level than other places, accurate and reliable.
I recommend it to folks seeking reliable firearm info in all aspects.

October 21, 2013, 08:37 AM
The answer to the poll is really "all of the above" but one thing that makes THR stand out is the lack of the constant partisan political rant we read on almost every other firearm based forum.


i specifically like the fact that THR does not have a political forum. On other sites members hang around the political forum and argue feel good political stuff while other forums suffer.

October 21, 2013, 08:51 AM
I like it because of the civility.

October 21, 2013, 11:45 AM
Great source of info. Nonsense threads are kept to a minimum. I think the moderators do a pretty good job of monitoring threads. People are polite and if someone posts something in error they are politely corrected.
One thing that sticks out to me is that folks who express their opinion about something acknowledge it as their opinion rather than preach it as gospel.

October 21, 2013, 03:39 PM
Because Glen Meyer banned me from The Firing Line

October 21, 2013, 04:15 PM
+1 for civility. I don't think the forums are "over-moderated." Their diligent oversight makes this forum my favorite.

October 21, 2013, 04:18 PM
Why is THR your preferred source for RKBA info

It's not.

October 24, 2013, 10:37 PM
LOL... let's just say THR has some good folks on it. It leaves a lot to be desired as far as a medium of information. But, then again it is the internet. Be careful what you say. You are allowed to be here as long as what you say conforms to what somebody else believes.

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