Opinion: Woman Stops Stereotyping Gun Owners

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I am going to do my absolute best at making this a nonpolitical post since I think there is a lot that we can learn from the instructor that changed the professor’s mind about gun owners.

Recently Iowa Firearms Coalition ran a story on a professor from Drake University that had her world turned over by a local firearms instructor because he was polite, approachable, and kind instead of the image that the professor had built in her head of what a gun owner is. The fact that a well spoken and polite instructor was able to flip her opinion quickly is nothing short of amazing. I say hats off to you unnamed instructor at Mutch Olafson Range, thank you for being approachable.

All too often we come across people of all walks of life that don’t understand firearms or have a skewed perspective of what the culture really is like. We as shooters have a bit of an obligation to be “brand ambassadors” for firearms owners everywhere. After all, how often is it that we are able to introduce people to a part of our life that we are passionate about? I know that I don’t get to do it near as often as I would like given most of the people that I live around grew up around firearms.

Every now and again I get the opportunity to introduce someone to firearms and try to do so in a positive manner. I want to hear about your experiences teaching new shooters the ropes, what did you find effective? What was more harmful than helpful?

If you would like to read the story that I am referring to CLICK HERE.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Bill

    Maybe we should stop stereotyping also, like considering a professor is automatically a liberal elite antigunner. I teach evening classes at several colleges and academics run the range, just like everyone else. Would this person have been continuously identified by their profession if they were an electrician or ad executive?

    • Carl Mumpower

      No – but that’s because those professions are not statistically dominated by progressive-liberal-socialists.

      • Bill

        Actually work at a college or university for a while; you’d be surprised.

        • Carl Mumpower

          Hi Bill – I have. But my response to you was based on statistical realities on the liberal/conservative balance in our universities – not emotion.

          • DIR911911 .

            thinking those are the only positions is the problem. there is more gray than black and white

          • nadnerbus

            I sort of recall a survey done in education a while back, where it was something like 80 to 90 percent Democrat/liberal to ten/20 percent conservative/Republican. I think it was Bush years.

            Obviously there are lots of variances in political opinions at the individual level, but they basically all get distilled down to the two parties.

          • Biker6666

            Bush would drive anyone to be a liberal

        • gusto

          I was pleasantly suprised when I just recently went back for a bit of uni-schooling

          yeah sure most of the students where obnixous 20year olds but profs where alright and no holds barred when it came to debattes

          ended up doing a future hunt-swap with the prof (:

      • DIR911911 .

        o please teach us , which professions are?

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      Yes, they would have. You should probably chill out.

      • Bill

        No thanks, I’m at a comfortable temperature

    • M.M.D.C.

      You gotta be kidding. Plumbers are dumb joes who drink beer and cuss at the TV and execs are money grubbers who don’t pay their fair share. Where have you been for the past 50 years?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I can second your experience. I know quite a few professors at major universities that are very pro gun.

    • RSG

      You’re being obtuse if you deny that the overwhelming majority of professors are liberals/progressives. Gun control is now formally written into their political platform. That you may be an exception just means you’re an aberration, the exception to the rule.

    • Trevor

      Yeah no kidding. Getting my PhD in Bio I don’t even mention my studies when people ask at matches.

  • AK

    I’m volunteering teaching highschoolers basic marksmanship with .22 rifles. Curiously most of the participants tend to be girls, since we have conscription in my country and the ladies will not have to do military service where they will get to shoot automatically (pun intended). I think the key is a fun, safe environment. Shooting a gun for the first time is a big deal, so it is important that it is a positive experience. A lot of them are initially scared of recoil, so the .22 rifle definitely helps in dispelling that fear. Also, it is good for them to see that the people at the range are normal, nice people. Of course we give them mementos in form of the target and spent brass. We also make sure to give verbal props for good groups and explain that it is irrelevant where said group is relative to the bullseye. Almost everyone wants to shoot more after they’re done.

    • JT303

      It really is the way to go when getting people into shooting – showing people that the stereotypes aren’t true. When talking with people, I follow the 10-80-10 system – of a given number of people, approximately 10% have chosen one side, and are sticking to it. 10% are doing the same on the other side. They tend to make their positions clear, and won’t be changing any time soon. The 80% in the middle are not firmly rooted on either side of the issue, however, and I tend to spend my time with them because they listen to facts and are reasonably open-minded on the whole issue. It’s why I don’t bother with the Betsy Rioters – they’re just childish vandals. Equally, I don’t need to tell every NRA member about the value of owning a firearm – they know.

    • Dan

      In response to most of your participants being girls. The school I work for I take students out target shooting as well. 99% of them are all females. The boys talk a big game and lose interest really fast when they hear there will be a instruction class before hand. The girls love it and seem to soak up the information. Getting parents to say ok is actually harder than finding girls that are gun shy. The next outing we will have some that will be shooting larger calibers as they have expressed interest in deer hunting. And two of them really want a go at my .50bmg We’ll save that for last after a good deal of instruction.

      • gusto

        girls are SOOOOO much easier to teach than boys, heck 40year old dudes are the worst

        even thou we don’t have conscription any longer the boys still think they know how from the get go (the 40year old all probably dud do a stint in the army but 20+years ago)

        I had a small “class” a 50 year old dad and his two adult sons. I helped them prep for the hunting qualifications and the shooting requirements, as a thank you I was invited with them to a shooting cinema (where you shoot filmed driven hunts and african hunts) they did alright

        they egged their mother one to try, this tiny 100pounds lady, and she shot her husbands bolt 3006, and they laughed when she complained about the recoil and scope bite. so I let her try my 308 semi with a reddot…

        they weren’t laughing so much when she outshot them all with a big margin (:

  • Edeco

    Take them to a non-scary gunshop. You know what I mean; clean, bright, few or no memento-morii in the decor. One where they can buy ammo without being told how it will work on a human target unless they ask. This was a breakthrough thing for one of my newbs.

  • M.M.D.C.

    I took a young woman shooting at a private outdoor range who was terrified of guns. Before she shot anything (after learning the rules) I showed her 9mm and .223 rounds as examples of what the police and military shoot. Then I showed her a 22 LR and said (in my most polite and articulate manner) “this is what you will be shooting now.” I could see the relief on her face.

    I started her on a bolt action 22 shooting cans of soda. Big grins! By the end of the day she had shot centerfire pistols and rifles and had a great time doing it. She even posed for a pic with the evil AR-15 for her FB page.

  • LazyReader

    not to be “That Guy” but liberals are wimpy freaks when it comes to guns.

    • Lowe0

      Have you ever taken your liberal friends to the range, or are you just assuming?

      • Cory C

        Seriously. I’ve taken many anti-gun people to the range, and only once did it not win hearts and minds

      • DIR911911 .

        “liberal gun nut friends” . . . one would assume with this description they take themselves.

    • Sand

      Liberal gun nut from Massachusetts here – it would help if both sides would stop stereotyping each other and automatically attacking. I have easily half a dozen other liberal gun nut friends, we just keep our heads down because we are stuck in the crossfire. I’ve found that giving shooting a friendly face, and showing that it can be safe and fun, goes a long way towards easing peoples’ fear of guns.

      • Bill

        Preach it

        • Cory C

          Word.

      • RSG

        Define gun nut. Do you regularly vote for politicians who don’t understand “shall not be infringed”? IMO, there’s a difference between being a gun owner and a second amendment advocate. An owner can vote for anyone they choose. A 2A advocate would never vote for any politician, ever, who currently, or has ever supported ANY gun control legislation. “Gun nut” from Massachusetts? Lol.

        • Sand

          It’s ok to laugh; in most of the country I barely qualify as a gun owner, but around here when I open my tiny 8-gun safe, a common reaction is, “wow, you have a lot of guns.” Unfortunately, MA state laws and the cost of living/ammo really beat down gun owners.

          I only half-jokingly call myself a liberal gun nut. On the one hand, I try to make it to the range once or twice a week (mostly shotgun these days – best bang for the buck IMO, see above comment about the outrageous cost of living…) and get my friends shooting too, but on the other I’m not a single issue voter, so I have to decide on a balance of several. Besides, in MA, if I never voted for candidates that didn’t understand guns and 2A, then I wouldn’t be doing much voting.

          I am generally outwardly apolitical on nearly all issues. I tend to prefer a quieter existence and let others better suited to the task do the talking. For now, I’m just quietly exposing as many people as I can to the fun side of shooting, and letting them draw their own conclusions.

          In summary:
          – Gun owner? Yes.
          – Gun nut? Overall, probably no, but relatively speaking, yes.
          – Second Amendment advocate? Supporter yes, outspoken advocate no. Yep. I’m a coward, sorry. I accept it, and am thankful that others have the courage to speak out.

    • Samael527

      No we aren’t. Many are, but you can’t stereotype all liberals like that. Now progressives on the other hand…

      • Ondřej Tůma

        The source of your troubles with this is that the label “liberal” could stem from two vastly different words and principles beyond them:

        a) liberal as in “liberty” → maximal personal freedom
        b) liberal as in “liberation” → the marxist concept that there’s always some “oppressed class” which must rise up (=”liberation”) and exchange positions with the former oppressors, who would experience real suffering – and thus need to be disarmed first, lest they could defend themselves and ruin the whole revolution thing

        Therefore, many of the people from the group A) have chosen to re-label themselves “libertarian” or otherwise to avoid being misunderstood.

    • wetcorps

      You’re that guy. 100%.

    • Gary Kirk

      I’m neither liberal, or conservative..
      You.. Have just proven yourself the very “guy” you stated.. And it is the very basis of the two party system to divide us as a whole.. Sorry, political crap over now..

      • Cory C

        Agreed.

  • Tim

    “All too often we come across people of all walks of life that don’t understand xxxxxxx or have a skewed perspective of what xxxxxxxx really is like.”

    Back on earth we call that “bigotry”.

    • RocketScientist

      What?!?! Not on the Earth I live on. On my earth we call that “ignorance” or “lack of knowledge”. I don’t understand fashion, and probably have a very skewed perspective of what the fashion industry is really like. I couldn’t match my pants and shirt into a coherent “outfit” if my life depended on it. According to your definition I’m a bigot? My Wife doesn;t understand the braking system on her car, and has a very skewed perspective on what is involved in doing a brake job. According to your definition she’s a bigot.

      To me bigotry requires you to be unfairly critical of, and cast judgement upon, a group of people, usually for either their political/religious beliefs, or due to other characteristic that defines them as a member of the group the person is bigoted towards (ie race, weight, phsyical health, age, etc) and (most importantly) being close-minded to experiences or information that should change this opinion.

      Here is a woman who was IGNORANT about guns and gun culture (as many people are who aren’t exposed to it, nothing wrong with that). But was CURIOUS enough to explore more information and personal experiences to shape her judgement, and actually DID change her opinion based on this new knowledge. If anything, that’s literally the opposite of bigotry.

      • Gary Kirk

        Bigotry = Uneducated, therefore ignorant and unjustified bias towards anything different from oneself..

        • Michael_Walters

          No it’s not. Bigotry has nothing to do with knowledge, education or intelligence (lots of highly educated people are bigots). It’s an emotional response akin to fear. Prejudice is more a product of ignorance. You can show a bigot all the information in the world that clearly displays how they are wrong, yet they will still hold their bigotry tight. It takes an emotional change of heart for that to be different.

    • wetcorps

      Isn’t that a bigot thing to say?

  • Pete Sheppard

    The vast majority of gun owners are indeed friendly, polite and eager to share the fun and utility of our hobby. THAT’S why the anti’s are so desparate to propogate the opposite stereotype–to ‘inoculate’ the undecided against the truths of gun ownership.

  • Tyler McCommon

    At the range I work at we get a large number of female shooters and many are new. Some actually want help and instruction. Others can’t hit anything that is the target and then get angry and pissy when you ask if they need assistance. It’s gotten to the point that many who come to the range are unapproachable and most the range officers are afraid to say anything in fear of a bad review and reprocussions from management.

    • Big Daddy

      If they are doing something unsafe it doesn’t matter you must say something. The last time I yelled “NO”…she was about fire a pistol with her weak hand thumb behind the slide. Her boyfriend teaching her missed it. I explained and was thanked. Another time I got the look, when I explained that when people are downrange replacing targets you do not touch anything in your work area, remove it and take it over to the table to reload mags or whatever.

      I see a lot of women and some men unsafe because of improper stance. I’ll step back waiting for the gun to come flying out of their grip while their finger is still on the trigger. I see holes all over the place from those types of NDs.

      If you cannot hit the target standing 7 yards away from it get help. Yet people are stubborn, arrogant and ignorant and won’t get any training. A lot of them are the ones who give gun people a bad name.

      • Kurt Akemann

        In cases such as Tyler is describing the problem isn’t ‘unsafe’ so much as it is ‘unproductive’. It a case of a person doing something wrong who then proceeds to get angry and will take out their anger on employees (range officers) if they come near. The range officers can’t really do much because if customers give bad reviews management is liable to punish them. Especially if its a woman giving a bad review of a man who tried to help her, since that sometimes means accusations of sexism are made and at that point the management will normally seriously punish or fire the male employee in question to protect itself from liability.

        • Tyler McCommon

          You nailed that one on the head. Thanks for explaining it to him.

        • Big Daddy

          Well Kurt it’s kind of up to us men to say NO, I ain’t buying it, sell it somewhere else this is the way it’s done for a reason. And any improper shooting of a firearm is un-safe.

      • Dan

        Some of those stubborn people had poor instructors. I had to totally unteach my ex everything her dad “taught” her as a little kid. She expected me to start yelling and degrading her if she didn’t do something right or dared to ask for help.
        (He’s the kind of dad that wanted sons but got three daughters and one gay son).

        While those people can be challenging we cannot write them off without trying to offer some help. I am also not saying we can get through to everyone but we should at least try.

  • Cory C

    I think that it should be the duty of every gunowner to take a liberal friend to the gun range at least once every six months.

    It is incredibly common for gunowners to view their political opponents as evil control mongers, but I think the reality is that the majority of anti-gun folks just don’t have much familiarity with guns, so the other side of the story they hear is from a media who is as ignorant as they are about guns and politicians who have an agenda. By sharing gun culture with people in a non-condescending way, you subtly chip away at their justification for gun control.

    That said, if you’re a Ted Nugent, GI Bro type, never mind. We’ll take it from here. 😉

    • Tim Pearce

      WHAT?! You expect us to *associate* with those commie mutant traitors?! 😉
      Yeah, I would love to do this, but just about all of my “liberal friends” live in other countries, and that’d make for a pretty expensive range trip. 🙂

  • Roy G Bunting

    Exactly. We represent all gun owners when we speak in a public forum. And when a self-identified gun owner is insulting and hyperbolic, it reinforces the negative stereotypes about us.

    We’re never going to win hearts and minds with rhetoric like “dumb liberal” or “Commieformia”. We can’t defend our passion if we can’t be civil and reasonable.

    • ExMachina1

      This is why I despise The Truth About Guns. Some of the posts and comments I have read there make me ashamed to call those people by brothers in (fire)arms.

      • Edeco

        Yeah. I don’t care what people think but when they can’t pick their battles it’s a problem. They mix their baggage up with the cause, thinking it’s one and the same because they’re the establishment.

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      The commie thing doesn’t even make sense, wouldn’t actual communists want the people to have access to the means to dispense violence lol

      • n0truscotsman

        you’re actually very correct, which is why gun rights have historically been a ‘left’ argument.

    • n0truscotsman

      And there’s no reason, generally, to be an insufferable arsehole about everything.

      😉

    • Tim Pearce

      It is so, so nice to see comments like this. It’s been one of my greatest frustrations, lately, that the most vocal members of the shooting community have been people like Nugent that, regardless of how much of what they’re saying is true, have all the consideration of a punch in the mouth.

      I used to be on the other side. All I knew about firearms was what I got from the news. Gun owners were this tiny, crazy minority, every one of them a paranoid survivalist. Guns were overwhelmingly used by criminals for violent crime. Had someone offered me the chance to sign a petition banning all firearms, full stop, I would have signed it.
      Then, I saw how wrong all of that was. So, yeah, I can fully understand where “the opposition” is coming from. They’re not evil. They just have their heads filled with misinformation about us.

      Spitting hate and rage at the anti-gun side isn’t helpful, in any way, shape or form. All it will do is justify their belief that we shouldn’t have guns.

  • Ondřej Tůma

    One of my friends literally had hoplophobia – fear of guns. Gradually, via naturally occurring “matter of fact” remarks while we were chatting, I first calmly dismantled her shock about owning a gun, then her prejudice, then even managed to put a little blank firing gun in her hand – since she had hoplophobia, she then had to jog around the room to get the stress out – and about a year later, I took her to the range.

    I always introduce the newbies through .22LR handgun (Walther’s 1911.22 Golden Cup) – first, several attempts with only 1 round in the mag, then when they’re comfortable, 5 rounds in a mag. Then I lend her my M&P 15-22, which was too heavy on her constitution, so we used bipod 🙂

    In the end, she isn’t a gun person but no longer hates guns or consideres gun owners crazy homicidal maniacs.

    But it did a year of gradual progress, overcoming prejudice and accusations in a very calm, peaceful and “no pressure” manner.

  • Samael527

    Who cares if individual authors voice their political views? What’s the big deal? Are you afraid of alienating the oh-so-valuable anti-gun demographic?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      No, but he doesnt want this site to turn into just another black hole of the internet filled with hysterical all caps rants about who they think is dragging the country down the toilet this week.

      • nadnerbus

        I bet you’re some sort of libtard sheeple gun grabber! =)

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          I’m grabbing my gun right now, don’t bother me.

      • Paul White

        thank god too. There’s enough other blogs that do that (cough, TTAG, cough).

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Are you sequencing dna?

          • M.M.D.C.

            Perhaps, but he’s definitely sharing it.

  • kevinp2

    Absolutely! The best way to start is to reach out by taking friends shooting. Every gun owner should have a lifetime target of introducing 50 new shooters to the sport. I have personally, over 20 years, trained and introduced 35 new shooters to shooting rifles, handguns and AR15s. Many of the people I have trained have been women or non-whites, the vast majority of whom had no previous experience with even handling firearms. Every single one of them had a great experience, and came away with a much more positive impression of gun ownership.

    • kevinp2

      Start reaching out. Open up to people, find out if they have been shooting, and ask them if they would like to go. 95% of the time, the answer will be an enthusiastic Yes! Reach out to those who are not traditionally gun owners: women, minorities, immigrants, young people.

      Take them to a nice well-maintained range with good safety practices. Start them with a .22 and work them up to higher calibers only as they feel comfortable and are safe and accurate. A range with tin cans, metal silhouettes or other tangible targets is more fun than paper, but you will need paper too to get them zeroed in. If possible, use red dot sights or lasers, which are great for beginners. Make sure to include one self-defense handgun, since that is at the core of the Second Amendment. Don’t scare them with enormous calibers! We want to share, not scare. And speaking of sharing, encourage them to bring a camera and take a few pics of them shooting. They will love these pics and they will be widely distributed to friends and family.

      Don’t discuss politics. The safe experience should speak for itself. If they have gross misconceptions about guns (fairly common), correct them gently without heated debate. At the end, you can point out that tens of millions of people (including them) have handled these firearms without any harm to society. The 35 people I have personally introduced to shooting have now been inoculated against gun control emotionalism and that is good enough to start with. You’re not looking to convert Paul on the road to Damascus. You’re looking to reach out to people and make friends and possible allies.

  • Brian Peterson

    I’m definitely one of the “Ambassadors” you speak of. I work in education (I’m a school psychologist) and thus work primarily with women who you probably would never associate with gun interest. I have been pleasantly surprised at how many of them want to learn about guns and how to safely use them. I love taking them to my favorite rural local range and giving them a safe introduction to firearms. At this point I have a sizeable group of education staff who accompany me to the range when I go out (not all at once, but a coworker or two will usually tag along to my weekend range days). With several, I’ve taken them to purchase their first firearm. I’m actually really happy to be introducing people who would probably otherwise think of gun culture as that professor did. It creates more allies and another group of people who will be more likely to be safe around guns. As a added bonus, they tend to meet the other shooters (there’s a phenomenal women’s shooting class that tends to be at the range on weekends) and then realize that we’re just another bunch of (in the vast majority of cases, very friendly) people.

    I typically tell the people I work with, that it’s a good idea to go to a range at least once. Even if they don’t want to shoot, knowing what guns sound like in real life, as opposed to in the movies, is very important in my opinion. I tell them that a rifle or pistol going off indoors when you have no hearing protection will sound like the end of the world. Maybe if they’re more prepared for that, it will buy them a second or two to run instead of freezing in an emergency…

    • Ondřej Tůma

      I think a good argument, which works on most people, is that they should be able to safely handle a firearm in case they or their kids encounter one somewhere during their life.

      Safe firearms handling, naturally, includes knowing how to operate it and what exactly results in discharge.

      • RSG

        I’ve owned guns for 25 years and have been with my wife the entire time. My wife isn’t a shooter, but she’s come with me to the range sporadically over the years for the reason you mentioned “just in case”. Ultimately, I had to use the same reasoning on her a few years ago with our daughter when she turned 12. She had refused to allow me to take her to learn, even though she knows I’m fastidious when it comes to safety and being a “straight and narrow, by the book” rules following kind of guy (seat belt, don’t speed, etc). Finally, when she was 13, my wife relented. My daughter has been shooting for 2 years now and LOVES it.

        • Jim_Macklin

          Women’s Liberation began with Samuel Colt and the modern revolver of a size any woman could use to defend their children and themselves. Without the modern portable, concealable handgun women would need to have men around all the time to protect them.
          Not all women will demand their human rights but they are protected and free to be on their own because WOMEN can be armed.

  • I am an NRA instructor. My very favorite kind of students are female. They tend to be easily coached and become very good shots. The best program NRA has for firearm instruction is ‘Women On Target’. Only women and girls may attend and husbands are kept away from the class. We have had many women attend who were scared to death of guns. Almost all begin to enjoy shooting by the end.

    The worst students are know-it-all men who will not accept coaching.

    • Gary Kirk

      Have taught both men and women how shoot, as well as to weld.. Women are hands down both better students, and end results. It is inherent in their nature, much more coordinated than we are, as well as having (for lack of a better word) finesse..

      • Jim_Macklin

        Some people “think” they know about guns because they are male and it must be in their DNA. Some think that having been in the ARMY teaches men all about civilian self-defense and concealed carry.
        Being trained in boot camp how to shoot a rifle and maybe a handgun does not teach the laws that cover Use of Force.
        But boys watch TV cop shows and westerns or adventure so they must know about self-defense , NOT!
        A rule, long proven, is that it is harder to unlearn a bad habit and what you learn first had better be correct.
        Women come to Shooting 101 with a clean slate, they know they do not know about such things, that’s why they enrolled in teh class.
        We’ve all seen the not so funny BF teaching GF how to shoot. Hand a 100 pound girl a 12 gauge 3 inch magnum or a 44 Magnum revolver.
        Please, don’t do that.
        A .22 at 50 feet shooting paper targets, then maybe some apples or raw eggs. Ear and eye protection and proper clothing that will protect them from bugs, sun burn and other uncomfortable things.

  • Bill

    Really – my grad degree is in psychology, after starting in sociology, with a diversion through economics where I studied terrorism applying a profit/cost/loss model, with a huge side order of research methodology and stats. I guess I didn’t realize that I’d be unable to “learn.”

    What you have is a bad case of cognitive rigidity.

    And how come the LA Times opinion page is a reliable and valid source? Aren’t they part of your “lame stream media” that’s so biased against guns?

  • nadnerbus

    Considering the pop culture picture of gun owners (Amunation from GTA comes to mind), the range I go to has to be the most diverse place I can think of. Black, white, latino, Asian, men and women are all well represented. Far more integrated a hobby than most.

  • Joe Schmo

    I work at an indoor shooting range. I invited my friend and his dad to shoot some of our rental guns and try out mine, and he told me his dad was against gun ownership.

    I have to give props to his dad, because he came in with an open mind. We shot an SR22, Glock 17, and an AR. I gave them instruction on how to operate everything and how to produce better results on target. His dad wanted to pay for all the ammo, but I shot a few rounds so I split it.

    His dad loved it. I’m not normally someone that is happy about anything, but I am happy that I can educate people and show them how the gun community really is. Shout out to this instructor who has the same idea.

  • RSG

    She still hates guns. She’ll stop stereotyping gun owners until the next mentally ill, prohibited person enters a gun free zone and kills a bunch of defenseless civilians. I can’t blame the gun owners for putting their best foot forward when representing firearm ownership. But to me, this is a waste of time to even think that hard core, Anti-American gun controllers and would-be-confiscators can be reasoned with. If we are forced to interact with them, our time would be better spent adding and maintaining a “list” of their names for when the “Restorative war” begins.

  • Jim_Macklin

    Being polite and soft spoken is more effective than shouting and hard language. But also how we look to the undecided matters too.
    The stereotype is the redneck, wearing camo in town, beer not coffee, racist and a high school dropout/failure.
    Certainly a soldier’s uniform may be camo, certainly while out hunting and scouting camo is suit-able [pun intended] but camo at church or the daycare will alarm the left leaning liberal.
    When you dress think about what impression you’re making.

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    You know the seeing people only as stereotypes thing is not unique to one side

  • Core

    The truth is the anti gun movement is driven by hysteria, ignorance, and organizations that seek a shift in governing and policing the population. I believe that certain organizations are seeking to shift the power dynamic away from the masses, so they can assert restrictive and highly profitable policies on American populations. It goes back to the Deutsch Bank dealing out a flood of subprime mortgage in Michigans suburbs. Numerous scholars have documented how this led to the housing crisis and then global financial crisis in 2007-2009+. Interesting enough, they are now hiring 5000+ personnel in the US, so I’m wondering what they are gearing up for now? They won’t tell you, and the impact it will have on our economy will only be understood after the damage is done. Only time will tell. But a large financial institution backed by large MNCs with heavy influence over government and their own pribate security forces could be uncomfortable for many Americans, especially if we could no longer carry outside the home legally. But yes, it’s critical for as many folks from the left to understand that we are all the same. It’s no different than the dying race stereotypes we all grew up with in the 1970s-1990s. So set forth and spread the shooting sports!

  • Tom

    Old guy here. I see several comments that women/girls are more apt pupils on the gun range. Also see some berating of the aptitude of young men. And yeah, from my perspective 40 is young.
    The womens rights movement exploded in my generation. The feminists of my youth were unabashedly anti-male. Misandronistic, not egalitarian feminists. Maybe it was necessary, what do I know.
    The legacy has been twofold. My daughter is a young urban professional who belongs to a cohort of young women who will collectively earn more than the males of her generation. “Girl power” is a public service announcement in first world countries. All good.
    But what about the young men? Lower marks in schools. Lower enrollment rates in colleges and universities. Far more raised by single moms, which means their male mentoring is compromised. Higher suicide rates. Higher unemployment rates. Big chips on their shoulders because, although they won’t be able to articulate it themselves, many suffer from feelings of marginalization. The pendulum has swung. ‘Nuff said, you get the idea.
    Going forward, it’s important to teach our young men well. Realize they’re coming in the door handicapped. Ignore the clothes. Find ways to connect and mentor them. Play some GTA so there’s some common language.
    Respect is like a smile, it’s often returned. And pass the semi-auto .22 🙂

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    Referencing the linked article… I want a 22 mm handgun!

  • Ryfyle

    I learned how to use shoot starting from my Grandad and an air pistol. Also learned how to zero a laser on my cheap air pistol.