Are the demographics against gun rights?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by shephard19, Sep 25, 2009.

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  1. rogertc1

    rogertc1 member

    Apr 3, 2008
    I am pushing 60 and have a good sized collection but not one of my kids cares for guns eventhough they were brought up shooting. Product of a liberal public education and press.
  2. Special_K

    Special_K Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Just a quick reply, I don't have time to read this entire thread:

    I'm a college student with a permit to carry in Minnesota. In the past week (this is not untypical either) I have had 1 woman out to the range and with some discussion on a longer drive with some friends found out that another woman wanted to go out to go shooting too!

    There are a lot of men that are shooting too, so don't think it's dying out yet!
  3. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    This afternoon I was at a local spot to shoot with my parents, my kids, and two nephews. There were other cars coming and going, all kinds of people. College kids, families, dates, etc. Plinking and heavy revolvers with chronometers. No shortage of enthusiasm here.

    Of course, one must consider, this is up the canyon in the reddest county of the reddest state.
  4. Positrack

    Positrack Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Princeton, IL
    I don't know about the country in general, but I can say anecdotally there is only one person in my extended family younger than me (I'm 29 and have a pretty large extended family) who likes shooting, and he is far from a real "gun enthusiast" (doesn't own a gun, just comes over and shoots one of mine with me upon occasion). I am currently a senior in college (had to work for a few years before starting school) and I don't know anybody at school who shoots. I'm sure there are some, but I haven't run into any. I have run into plenty of hardcore antis however.

    I could see several reasons for this. First, it ain't exactly the cheapest hobby.

    Second, the vast majority of the population today is urban, and many urban kids probably don't ever hear anything about guns except gang shootings and gun control. Naturally, that also means they need to do their shooting at a range unless they know someone who lives in the country. I know I wouldn't be doing much shooting if I had to pay range fees and gas every time I wanted to fire off a few rounds.

    Third, I think gun enthusiasts suffer from some pretty bad PR, and I'm sorry to say, not all of it undeserved. I'm the biggest "gun nut" I know, and even I feel out of place at most of the gun shops in my area. Granted, we have NO good full-time gun shops around here, but the couple we do have are dark, cramped, stinky little holes run by crabby old guys who usually act greatly put-upon when you walk in the store (I should say, just in case the owner happens to be a THR member, the one exception is B+D Guns, but that's a part-time sort of place with little inventory run by a retired gentleman).
    The gun shows I've been to have been even worse, and are usually filled with "camo-clad bunker Bubbas," and I've noticed a definite racist element present at a lot of these gatherings. This puts a lot of people off, myself included. I'd feel REALLY uncomfortable if I was a young kid, just starting out and still learning.

    I will say though, I've introduced quite a few people to shooting, and converted several fervent antis to at least neutrality or better. I think if more people had more interaction with the vast majority of us who are just normal, everyday Joes, there would be more people interested in firearms and shooting, and fewer irrationally afraid of guns and gun owners. I think the best way to swell the ranks among young people is to be FRIENDLY, welcoming ambassadors of the sport/hobby.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
  5. danprkr

    danprkr Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    There's an old saying, "If you're 20 and not an liberal you have no heart. If you're 50 and not a conservative you have no brain."

    Like many old sayings it has a basis in truth. Some of these liberals will come around as life batters them with its harsh truth, and begin to look for the light. But for the most part you need to guide them to the light. So, like many have said, take them shooting, and teach them self reliance and responsibility. No matter how young or old they are when they begin to realize that their old liberal, big brother will take care of me, attitude doesn't work.
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