Hello to all the 1MMAGC supporters out there! I once again apologize for not having written more, but I have been out of the country somewhere and the internet connections we do get are sketchy at best. One of the things I determined to complete when I got back was to get a civilian concealed handgun permit. As a retired law enforcement officer, I can carry nationwide on my badge and ID under the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (often referred to as HR218), but I wanted a civilian permit as well in the event I was unable to make a yearly qualification stateside. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
My trip back home brought me into Ft. MacDill, so my choice was to get my permit through Florida. In addition to walking off the plane and into the class, Florida has quite a reciprocity list so choosing FL was a total no-brainer. I made arrangements to attend a class taught by an NRA certified instructor at a local gun shop and range.
The next day I show up bright and early, I’m the first person there, and get ushered in the back and take my seat. This is where the surprise comes in.
As additional students come in over the course of the next half hour, I come to realize I am in the minority as a middle aged white guy. The anti-gunners and citizen control crowd all like to paint gun owners as… well… me. Middle aged white guys. That stereotype may have been true 20 years ago, but now the demographics are shifting.
We had 32 people in the class. Seven were white guys and of those seven, only 3 were middle aged. Less than 10% of the class was comprised of what the gun grabbers say are typical gun owners. The rest were made up of young people, senior citizens, minorities and women. There was a young black husband and wife getting their carry permit together. There was an old blue haired grandma. There were people from every possible walk of life sitting in that classroom. Every demographic was present from college kids to senior citizens with about half the class being women.
After the day’s class was over, I approached the instructor and asked him if this was the typical demographic makeup of classes he had been teaching. This led into some rather serious discussion on minority and female empowerment, self reliance and a rejection of the notion that the most basic right we possess, the right to defend ourselves against aggression, should be reserved for those who are rich, powerful or famous. What I would love for everyone to know is that those views were being expressed by demographic groups typically not associated with firearm ownership and carriage.
What he had observed over the past few years was a shift of class participation from white males to minorities and females. Many of these people were first time gun owners (such as the blue haired grandma and her new-to-her Ruger SP-101 in .32 H&R Mag). His general view was that minorities and females are realizing that the gun control apparatus has been lying to them, and that the responsibility for their life, and the lives of their loved ones, rests in their own hands. Having made several new acquaintances during the class, and having exchanged the requisite business cards, and being a quasi-journalist, I decided to do some impromptu interviewing after supper.
As I reached out to classmates and asked them why they decided to take the class and to carry a firearm on a regular basis, the view of the instructor was verified. Almost to a person they hit on the same points that I have made as a 2A advocate. Their answers are familiar to anyone involved in the shooting sports:
It takes the police forever to show up.
The police don’t respond to my neighborhood because it is poor.
I live in a minority community and the police get there when they feel like it.
I don’t want to wait for someone to come help me- I can help myself.
I am a woman living alone- I am a target for an attacker.
I work late nights and walk home in the dark.
I was a victim once and will never allow it to happen again.
All of these are perfectly valid reasons to empower yourself. What I take heart from is that those giving those answers are a demographic the gun control industry has typically thought of as “theirs”. They have sought to ensure vulnerable populations remain defenseless, thereby ensuring new victims to point to in order to advance their elitist agenda. Their desires cannot be accomplished with an empowered population refusing to lay down and become victims. Their answer to aggression and violence is for people to pee on themselves, to hope that their attacker doesn’t kill them in the (average) 11 minutes it takes police to respond, to end the attack by asking their assailant to pet little fluffy bunnies or some other inane concept.
They need fresh bodies… plain and simple… and the people in my class, just like the thousands upon thousands in every CCW/CCH class across the country are telling the gun control industry that the body they need to advance their agenda won’t be theirs.
Seeing people step up and say “It won’t be me” is the beginning of the end for the gun control industry’s message. These are people sick and tired of being told “Good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” by a multi-millionaire that lives in a gated community speaking from behind a phalanx of heavily armed security. They are tired of “Gun Free Zones” that turn into killing fields because some ivory tower NY billionaire insists a sign on a wall will stop a madman bent on committing the ultimate crime against another human being. They are tired of hearing that an inanimate hunk of metal is to blame for the evil that lies within the hearts of some. More and more people nationwide are seeing, with crystal clarity, that the gun control industry is built on the equivalent of unicorns frolicking on rainbows, that their entire premise is pure 100% USDA Prime bovine scatological products.
I for one am glad.
- Mr. Decker
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