The other day, I got a chance to talk to a young African American woman that was considering buying a firearm for self defense for the first time. This was a monumental moment because she was going against the grain. She was a divorced single parent and rabid fan of President elect Obama. She is a new homeowner and bible believing Christian that had suffered a personal loss of family by suicide. All of those pieces make her not a traditional prospective gun owners. What made her decide that now was a good time to consider buying a too for self defense? That question is more important to us all because while some of us are crying in our Wheaties over the election, there is a growing number of Americans that are sensitive to a need to protect themselves. We need to look for people like this woman that are seeking answers.
As a gun rights activist, a firearms instructor, a supporter for the right to keep and bear arms, I have to remind you that it is not over. Unfortunately, her first experience at a gun shop was horrible. She walked into the store and was ignored. No one offered to help her and treated her as a non person.
If there are any gun store owners listening to this right now, I implore you, I beg you to hire someone that is on standby to watch for this type of customer. And if you can’t hire someone with good customer relations skills and able to talk to a customer, then you better step up to the plate. She is not alone. That type of person voted for Sen. Obama but get over that. We have an opportunity. Brothers and sisters let me tell you what time it is.
The US just elected its first African American president. This monumental event exposed the racism that still exists in our beloved country. Do not let the media succeed in portraying gun owners as racist, skinheads, Klansmen, bubbas or uncle toms. Your mission if you choose to accept it is to get over yourself, and focus. Even though the democrats are now the majority and gun control advocates are smiling like barracuda, your enemy is not the President Elect, his vice president or other Democrats but the perception that you are a racist or an uncle tom. Why is that a big issue?
After the honeymoon is over, reality is going to set in on how bad the trouble is in this country. The line between the haves and the have nots is growing wider everything day. Crime is surely to increase. Lawlessness is surely to become a crisis. Your Obama loving neighbors are going to be looking for help to answer their fears. If you can show them, teach them and take them to the range when this happens we will score one for our side. If however you fail and you circle the wagons, and look unapproachable, they will fall into the hands of the legislators, lobbyist, Brady bunch and their ilk for relief.
There are hundreds of people around you that drank the Kool-aid and love the President Elect. Don’t even bring that up. If you can address personal safety, that is what is going to get us over. As sure as you breathe, crime and personal safety are going to be BIG issues under democratic rule.
As protectors of the weak, sportsman, collectors, competitors, law abiding fun loving gun owners of the city, you have the answers. Be approachable. Be likeable. Be available. We have the knowledge of the law, and can provide simple and easy tips for anyone. Be the go-to person.
I’m speaking to give you hope that all is not lost. We are outnumbered, so we have unlimited target selection. Have at it.
Lt Col Chesty Puller is noted for saying:
“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time”
That is how I feel about the anti-gun majority of America right now. There are two ways to look at this. One is as a defeated, paranoid feeding into the picture that is being painted of us for buying ammunition, black rifles and what we know will be hard to find items in a few years. The second is realize that as a minority, a smaller unit we a mobilize our forces faster. We can focus and make corrective movements to keep the fight going for the rights of others. “Don’t think of it as being outnumbered; think of it as unlimited target selection”.
Crime is going to increase in the next few years and it has little to do with President elected Obama. As the jobless rate, housing crises, gas prices and the credit crunch spread like a virus, we are all going to feel it. Now is still a good time to teach and reach people about the RKBA. But you have to be ready to lead. You can’t do it if you aren’t in the right position to do so. The right frame of mind. Who are your neighbors going to go to? You or the Brady campaign.
Perception is reality. One of the things I like is that the people in my circle think like me. This is a battle for the hearts and minds. Don’t get caught with your pants down. Don’t let anyone paint you as an idiot, reactionary kook, racist or sell out because you support the right to keep and bear arms. America is going to need you to lead her people. Calling all leaders. Get your head out of your breech and concentrate, focus, and damn it, lock and load.
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