Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by JImbothefiveth, Nov 7, 2009.
This should be applicable to a wide range of people and activities.
Any help would be appreciated.
(wo)man with a gun", make damn sure you're not "that scary (wo)man with a gun", and strive to be "that nice/polite/helpful/responsible (wo)man who happened to have a gun".
Do be polite, well spoken and responsible.
what's any day now???
My new shooter is on the fence on guns and meeting this clown didn't help. It took focus away from what we were there to do and instead got me all sorts of condescending questions "do all these people sleep with their dog and their rifle in the bathtub or something?" (a reference to I Am Legend)
and honestly, after their first time walking into a gun shop in their life and seeing the guy acting like that, how could I blame them?
DO thank people for their opinion, even if you thank it's misguided. Your learn something from every discussion and it can prepare you for the next one.
DO be patient.
DON'T be dismissive of other people's opinions and attitudes. If someone says they prefer you not carry on their premises, excuse yourself and leave -- it's their right too. If it's a business, write them a respectful letter explaining that you've decided to spend your money with their competitor.
Organize peacefully in a group.
Organize a peaceful group (three or more is ideal in my opinion) that is non-threatening, open to discussion, and positive.
A group takes the social pressure off of the individual. A group is more of a presence. A social group having coffee and conversation is less likely to appear threatening than an individual.
One thing I like to use is to find overlaps between 2A issues and discrimination. Most anti-gunners as we know are progressives, so I mention to them that restrictive gun laws were first written in the Jim Crow south in order to keep black people from protecting themselves against the authorities. I also mention in West Virginia there was no RKBA in the state constitution so that the coal companies wouldn't have to worry about worker's revolts. Another point to bring up is to ask what sort of protections should a woman have if she put a restraining order on her abusive ex.
It's not that I am condescending, nor do I consider myself a lefty (the world's smallest political quiz says I'm a libertarian). These are actual issues that do concern me, and I think that the restriction of 2A rights is a part of a bigger picture of rights abuses by governments overall.
Which I consider a misuse of the word "progress."
While were are on that topic, what protection should a man have against a false claim of abuse?
I'm reminded of some pictures someone posted a while back on THR of an "Open Carry March" or something of that sort. And in just about every photo all I saw was camo, tac vests, beer guts, confederate flags, and right-wing t shirts. Now I'm a very right-wing guy myself, and own a lot of camo and tactical gear as well. But people need to be aware of how the outside sees gun owners. If you look you would fit right in at some racist militia rally, PLEASE do not mention RKBA to people. That image harms us. Whenever I open carry, I make a point to where nice clothes, and shave. Not a suit or anything, just nice khaki pants and a non-descript shirt. I want people to think "he looks like a nice polite young man" LONG before they notice the gun. I don't even have to talk to someone. They can just see me getting gas at the local Citgo. But if I can get just one person to think to themselves "I guess not all gun owners are backwards rednecks" than I think I've helped the cause.
And don't equate support for gun rights with conservatism, or opposition to gun rights with liberalism. The "if you're not with me on all these other social issues, I don't want your support for gun rights" doesn't help us overall, IMO.
While there are a few people are honestly scared, a lot of this crap is a sales tactic.
Remember when gas was really (4.00+ for reg) expensive? Now it's down in the 2's and low 3's, but people are still nervous it may get jacked up again. So anyone selling something (a car, a part,) that corrosponds to getting better gas mileage, people will get it.
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