The recent threads on pro-gun demonstrations (and the low attendance at them), as well as the relatively low participation rate of gun owners in the NRA, got me to thinking. A lot of gun owners don't want to be publicly identified as such, either because of security paranoia, or because of the justifiable fear that guns might be outlawed, and they might have to go underground with their guns. Some go so far as refusing to buy guns from dealers, to avoid filling out the Form 4473. Needless to say, people with that level of paranoia will not join the NRA, participate in online forums, or attend public events where someone might recognize them. The paradoxical thing is that the more people assume that the worst is coming, and behave in these ways, the more likely their antigun fears are to be realized. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Any thoughts?