Many people are asking “Where do you Draw the Line?” or “What will you do when…“
Unfortunately, many of the gun owners I am seeing opine on the Internet are reminding me a lot of the people that the same conservative gun owners were condemning just a few short months ago. Remember those people who were saying that they were going to Riot and commit acts of Violence if Obama wasn’t re-elected? Remember the way that the conservative community condemned them? Remember how their behavior was derided as uncivil and their hyperbole and extremism was mocked? Let’s make sure that we’re not following that path.
If you ask me, the line was crossed a long time ago. I decided in the 90’s that I was going to dedicate myself to educating people about the responsible use of firearms. That I was going to work to keep anyone in the industry from tolerating encroachment of our rights (including any indication of shying away from the primary firearms purpose: DEFENSE). That I was going to seek out conversations with those whom I didn’t agree with and try to find civil ways to get them to understand why “guns” aren’t the problem. And, I’ve been busy.
What have you been doing since those lines have been crossed? What have you been doing to ensure that the line doesn’t creep any further? Are you posturing on our side of the street and thumping your chest daring your enemies to cross more and more lines and backing further and further into a corner? OR, or you walking over towards their side of the street, hand extended, with nothing to hide and a sincere interest in fixing the problem, clearing up the misunderstanding, educating the ignorant and, only in the worst case scenario, being prepared to fight more assertively?
Write your congressmen, sign petitions, click LIKE and SHARE… but, you also need to get out there in your cities, towns & counties and try to change minds. You need to educate people who don’t understand. You need to try to do something every day to push the line BACK.
What will I do when the line is crossed? Look at what I’ve been doing since 1994.