Changing Shooting Culture

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Michael Bane reports on the changing shooting culture. It is well worth reading

We talked about the transformation of the gun culture a couple of weeks ago on the podcast. Here’s my nut graf: The gun culture has morphed from a hobbyist culture focused largely on hunting and somewhat on formal competition (back in the 1960s and earlier) into a more coherent culture built around self-defense, concealed carry, RKBA issues, training, competition and some hunting. The elements of our culture that are growing, as noted by another poster, are self-defense/concealed carry…and that growth is in demographics where we historically have never been strong — women, young men, etc.

Steve Johnson
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  • Carl Carl on Apr 07, 2010

    Good points on carry from all around. I realize there are substantial risks and drawbacks with carrying openly, mostly because of, as you put it, social stigma, even if it is legal.

    However, there is no doubt that it is the right thing to do if you are interested in promoting RKBA (assuming it is legal, of course).

    Consider the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

    A police chief that instructs his officers to attack innocents should be fired and made an example of (in court). Dispatchers who send cops to investigate frivolous "man with a holstered gun" calls should be fired also.

    I don't think the scenario with the aggressor choosing to ambush the open carrier first is very realistic. I think it is more likely they would simply cancel or postpone their criminal activity until they find an environment where nobody is seen to be armed.

    Spree shootings where OC is legal and practiced seems like a very unlikely proposition. It will be very difficult to achieve their goal, which is a high body count, if people have a chance to shoot back.

  • Redchrome Redchrome on Apr 07, 2010

    As an anecdote (remember that the plural of anecdote is not data), I know someone who is a jeweler, and open-carries at craft shows and other events where he sells jewelry. He says that he used to have an item stolen from his table about once every other week. Since he's been open-carrying, he hasn't had *any* thefts.

    This episode of his podcast has his story about almost being robbed (whereupon he displayed his pistol); and open carrying.