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Are we getting lots more newbies than usual this month?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MatthewVanitas, Dec 19, 2005.

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  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Member

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    Just a passing observation: it seems that our flow of newbies has dramatically increased in the last month. Anybody else noticed?

    Definitely a good thing, just not sure how it started all of a sudden. They can't all be kids on Christmas Break.

    -MV
     
  2. Can'thavenuthingood

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    I told 2 of my friends about THR and they told 2 of their friends and they told 2 of their friends and so on?

    I had a really lengthy elementary answer but decided it sounded too smart alecky and that wasn't the intention. But yeah I have noticed alot more folks introducing themselves. Maybe they just been lurking a long time and decided to get in on some of the political issues.

    On the other hand, the New Orleans gun confiscations may have a number of people thinking about honing some basic self reliant skills and voila, we get bigger.

    Soon we will be our own voting bloc :)

    Vick
     
  3. cz75bdneos22

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    hell, i was a newbie once....:D
     
  4. Kingcreek

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    December is the annual membership drive.
    after the intitiation and hazing next month we show them the secret handshake.
     
  5. yonderway

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    I think we as a gun community have missed out on a major opportunity here. A lot of dirt poor people felt helpless, and probably were open to the idea of owning a gun. Imagine someone living at or below poverty level going into your average gun shop and seeing pistols that start at $350 and skyrocket from there.

    I think there should have been some coordinated effort to introduce them to the wonderful world of milsurp (CCW piece for under $200! semi-auto rifle for under $150 WITH a bayonet!) but I haven't heard of anyone taking up that torch (myself included)

    I think a lot of these people are going to go back to living unarmed because they don't understand their rights, and they don't think they can afford to exercise their RKBA.
     
  6. MatthewVanitas

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    There are things that could have been done, but it'd be a real sticky issue.

    I live in Austin, which had a lot of refugees arrive in recent months. I can't exactly go down to the refugee center downtown and start hawking Hi-Points and Moisins. Aside from the fact that a inter-state FTF would violate Fed law, FEMA would have my hiney in a sling in seconds. They move quick when they need to.

    Presumably, the lower-income refugees who settled moved into East Austin. Again, not a bright idea for me to go peddle guns in East Austin. Wouldn't be good PR.

    Plenty of refugees from the middle class who would/did have no problem buying a Glock once they realized the big picture, but they're best preached to by the Texan friends they temporarily moved in with.

    Long/short: even Katrina aside, there would be upsides to helping the lower-income classes with RKBA. However, the PR fallout would be immense ("White Supremacist Gun Nuts Rain Down Lethal Assault Weapons on Oppressed Communities of Color"), and it would be very hard to pull of legally and ethically.

    The best bet is still "each one reach one", and if you can branch out and reach one in another economic/ethnic category, so much the better. The more diverse the RKBA movement becomes, the better off all of us are.

    -MV (who is a middle-class white veteran, and thus not terribly diverse)
     
  7. IndianaDean

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    Ah, the pyramid scheme! Do we get paid if we get others to join, and so forth? :evil:
     
  8. Old Dog

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    Judging by some of the more wacky posts lately by our most recent members ... I'd say that the kiddies are definitely on winter break ...
     
  9. .50DE

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    Newbie here..........hi'yall!

    joined from a link, by a member on Performance Years Pontiac forums.
    :)
     
  10. MatthewVanitas

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    @.50DE

    Welcome aboard! Let us know if there's anything you need answered.

    Check out the Rallying Point forum, we've got a lot of folks organizing local shoots after the holidays. If you're in Austin, definitely check out our January shoot.

    -MV
     
  11. yonderway

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    In my case, I just noticed that THR forum posts seemed to come up prominently in a lot of my Google searches. Figured I must be missing out on something so I registered tonight to see what it was all about. Still trying to figure it out.
     
  12. Can'thavenuthingood

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    Still trying to figure it out.

    Read the rules and be nice

    You're in for an education and a world of wisdom from the old timers, the mid timers, the lawyers, the police officers, the correction officers, the bureaucrats (Fed-State-local) the plumbers, carpenters, computer geeks (seems to many of them) conservatives, liberals, libertarians and wiccans.

    The common thing here is guns. Big guns, little guns, loud guns, silent guns, long and shortguns.

    I lurked for about a year and signed up.

    Its a hoot.

    Vick
     
  13. Justin

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    So was I! :eek: :)
     
  14. Amadeus

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    Don't forget the Writers. :D

    Welcome Yonderway.
     
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    Say it aint so!!!
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    I've got a link posted for THR in my sig on all the car forums I'm on. :) F-Body fan here!

    I joined through a link on Oleg's site. I think I found him through a web search, don't remember it was about a year ago. I lurked for a while before joining.
     
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    Shoot, I'm still a relative newbie as far as posts go, even though not a day goes by that I don't crawl in here and glean a little knowledge!

    Have fun and watch your back!

    Bryan

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    Hey, I joined last week, after lurking here about six months. All of a sudden, one day I thought, "What am I doing just watching, heck, get in on the action!" So I joined. :D
     
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    Don't forget - there's also an election ramping up, and it's time to convince gun people to either stay home or that Hillary's a duck hunter...
     
  21. Anonymous

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    "Newbie" here.

    Well actually, a long time learning lurker. :)
     
  22. Gimme.50

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    I'm a Newbie, and the reason I joined is that I heard this was actually a secret faction of the Skulls and Bones. Since I can't afford to go to Yale, I figured this would be the best place to start my campaign to be President and Supreme Ruler of the Galaxy.:evil: Of course I'd settle for Mayor. BTW...I also notice a lot of Newbies from NC showing up...so greetings to my "homeboys" (I think I used that right)!!
     
  23. Skeptic

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    Dont remember how I found this place, but I lurked here for a few months and then decided to sign up just in case I had something to contribute.

    I learn something new here everyday just by reading and "listening".
     
  24. yonderway

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    This is a good thing. I'm moving (back) down to your neck of the woods soon. Will be up in Person County.
     
  25. Thefabulousfink

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    I'm a newbie and proud of it, and I guess you could call me a kid but I quickly leaving that catagory (fresh out of college last may and starting Grad school in a couple months). I joined this forum because It seemed like the members had a wealth of experience and its not dominated by Colt vs Glock or AK vs AR threads.
     
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