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A Million Gun Owners a Month

December 16, 2015
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President Barack Obama spoke to the nation a few days ago.  He talked around the muslim murderers in San Bernardino.  He twisted our concern about jihadi immigrants into a fear of firearms.  Most of us think the president is wrong.  The American people voted with their feet by going to the store and buying a record number of firearms.  Many of them are first time gun buyers.  Experienced firearms owners need to step up and introduce these new gun owners into the culture of safe firearms ownership.

Experienced firearms owners can do what no one else can do.  In fact, we can do what the president only dreams about.  We can change hearts and minds.  That is easier than you think.  Our neighbors think of us as a friend, and we start the discussion friend to friend.  Lucky for us, our neighbors think gun owners are… Well, frankly, gun owners are just like you.  You are an ambassador for the gun culture.  That is an important job.

First, you are a welcome and trusted member of your community.  As honorable men and women, you are an antidote to the fear spread about firearms.  You are the living contradiction that disproves the misinformation spread in the media about guns.  You keep your family safe every day.  You are trusted as a friend, a neighbors and as a co-worker.

Your smile and warm words are more persuasive than a president’s speech or an editorial in the New York Times.


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As a gun owner, you are first an ambassador to your family.  The obvious place to change a culture is where you live.  Be proactive and responsible in how you store your guns at home.  Next, teach your children to be safe around firearms.


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You are also an ambassador to your friends and co-workers.  As a long-time firearm owner, you are a trusted source of information and inspiration.  A new gun owner might not know where to get training, but they know you.  Offer to take them shooting with you.  Make sure they have a safe and enjoyable time.  There is a lot that new gun owners need and want to learn.  Answer their questions.  Remind them where they can get quality instruction.

You are an ambassador to your community.  You are a resource at work, at school and at church.  Be an active part of those organizations.  There are a million new families with firearms in their home every month.  They need to learn how to safely and responsibly live with a gun in the house.  Share your enthusiasm and what you know.  I’ll offer you a hint.  As a safe firearms owner, I bet you’ve forgotten how much you know about safely storing and handling your guns.  Share what you know, and ask for help if you’re not sure what to say or do.

You are an ambassador in everything you do, be it in a discussion over the back fence or something you post online.  Responsible gun owners can take back the image AND the reality of firearms ownership.  You are an ambassador for all of us.  Wear it well.  You are judged by every word and gesture.  There is a lot of responsibility resting on your shoulders.. and on your smile.

Thank you for all you do.

Here is the painless ladder of self-defense activism.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2015 8:29 am

    Where did you get the 1 million new gun owners or families per month? I’m not doubting it is probably accurate, but wondering if those figures have been validated by the NSSF or someplace. Thanks.


    • December 17, 2015 11:07 am

      I looked at the FBI’s background checks, and then at the NSSFs corrected background check numbers. Sales are climbing, so we passed a million a month a few months ago. That was before President Obama began his latest gun sales push.


  2. Mike permalink
    December 17, 2015 9:55 am

    I’ve transformed a Massachusetts antigun liberal girl into a conservative gun owner. It took me a few years, but reality is hard to dispute, and Jennine’s a smart woman. The turning point came when a close friend of hers was raped and murdered on a local bike trail. The same trail her liberal friends told her was completely safe.


  3. December 20, 2015 8:48 pm

    I appreciate your acknowledgement of ‘trainers’, and others who determinedly welcome new shooters to the exercise of their Second Amendment Rights.

    I’ve been teaching “Introduction to USPSA” (Practical Pistol Competition) classes for about five years, and it has been my experience that a number of the people who sign up for the class have no intention to actually ‘compete’ in the sport which sponsors the class.

    (Note that there are no fees to the students, and no expectations that they will ever actually compete.)

    A large proportion of the students never compete; some show up at one match, decide it’s more intensive than they had expected, and never come back.

    About 10 percent do compete, and about half of them become regular competitors, which we are happy to see.

    But the bottom line is that we teach firearms safety, and only incidentally do we provide a venue where the students can further explore their skills sets … and match themselves against other competitors with the same level of expertise.

    Some people just never seem to grasp the principles of safe gun-handling skills. They eventually just disappear, and hopefully they find other interests. We respect our participants and most folks appreciate that they have been exposed to a discipline which either suits their skill-sets …. or that they will not enjoy repeated failures in tests of their skills.


    • December 20, 2015 10:02 pm

      Teaching students to draw and move is a hard job. Thank you. You are doing a great public service if they really get those skills on board.


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