MemberJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
I have very few gun friendly people in my life and oftentimes, like many of you, I get the urge to share photos/commentary on cool gun related stuff. Whether it’s something I own or put together, or just the next hot thing… sometimes I just want to show off my stuff to spark conversation. To someone on the outside it would appear as though I am glorifying a deadly weapon, and to some extent I am. What they don’t see is the thousands of hours of practice, safe gun handling, courses, respect for the firearm…etc. They also don’t see the glorification of discipline or skills that come along with ownership and practice…they just see a scary looking black gun and some guy getting his rocks off making it go pew.
Lately, I have been thinking to myself just how fast and loose that is in today’s current gun loving/fearing culture. My fear is that these public forums oftentimes have outsiders looking in who scour these boards for ammunition against gun owners. Or the hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos demonstrating the “destructive potential” of this gun or this modification. I’m not talking about personal attacks or individual cases being turned over for confiscations…etc (Although that is now a very real concern, see red flag laws/impending registration then confiscation).
What I am afraid of in this regard, is the industry and its enthusiasts receiving so much public exposure that soon enough nothing will be considered “reasonable” to own.
In an ideal world our joy for sharing a hobby/interest/career/craft (whatever guns are to you) would be embraced and outsiders would become educated and knowledgeable with the help of current enthusiasts…but we got this shitty timeline.
Ps. For the record, I am in no way shaming others for sharing photos/information freely…simply sharing this weird misplaced guilt I feel because I want to show off my cool shit but also don’t want to ruin it for everyone and draw attention to myself or firearms.
PSAisforloversGuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
I figure I’m on the list, but toward the bottom.
cptlink64GuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
The more we present this stuff as wholesome, empowering, and above all keep our community welcoming and apolitical (to the extent we can to newbies) the better off we are. I very much focus on getting my moderate and liberal friends comfortable with the idea of shooting, scary looking guns, self-protection and that by just keeping them we are helping stabilize the country long term. It works. Our best case scenario would be liberals embracing the 2nd as much as conservatives.
regularguygunsGuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Being fearful is what “they” want. While privacy practices should be practiced, in our connectivity-rich society, if they want to build a profile on you, they will. Even before you are born, you’re in some computer system somewhere.
That being said, I wouldn’t worry too much about what anti-gunners think. Present yourself as a peaceful and responsible gun owner and you’ll be fine. Get political, sure, but be clear and concise in your words and images.
Mbelcher987GuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Normalize gun ownership by sharing pictures, but do so in a way that you don’t show your serial numbers on images.
BANTTIMMYGuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Wait you didn’t have a tragic boating accident yet?
I have a kayak you can rent……
300blk300GuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
do not post anything that you do not what looked at by who know or traced by who knows
RandoRedditdude2020GuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
I don’t have a collection
CornywillisGuestJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Nice try Zuckerberg.