^ I would definitely participate in charitable activities.
Very similar to this topic: http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum65/20681.html
And my response would be the same.¬* I'm glad you recognize the need to distance the pro-gun community from the redneck, rapture-right wacko stereotype.¬* That's the only way this cause has any hope.¬* The general public is shocked to learn that anyone educated, clean-cut, or, for lack of a better word, NORMAL, owns and carries¬* guns.¬* I've been beating this idea in peoples' heads since I joined this board and everyone just gets offended because they're "rednecks and proud of it" and I'm just a bitter "yankee".¬* But that's just the reality of this separation problem.¬* All stereotypes exist for a reason and this one is no except.¬* Much (although I don't believe a majority) of the pro-gun community is a bunch of rapture-right wack jobs, just spend ten minutes reading this board.¬* If you haven't noticed, it's the extremists in every group that get the most attention and media play time, and this group is no different.¬* It makes us all look bad and it perpetuates the harmful stereotype that is used against us by the anti's.¬*
The Brady Campaign is all for the safety of children and LE.... big surprise... SO ARE WE!¬* That's the bottom line that needs to be pushed.¬* But when you have a bunch of nut jobs that want to push felons' rights and nuke ownership for all, it just hurts the entire group's credibility.¬* You can't push completely unrestricted ownership of any weapon used by the military when we still have states with bans on semi-auto rifles.¬* One step at a time.¬* Gun rights were taken away slowly and they will be restored slowly.¬* Pushing for all-at-once and in-your-face measures just pisses people off.
I can't change the rapture-right nut cases, but I can make a difference myself.¬* If each one of us just take the time to invite at least one gun virgin to the range, it'd make a big difference.¬* So far two of my previously non gun loving¬*friends have gotten their CCW permits, one more is working on his.¬* My girl friend was very anti-gun and even scared of them when I met her, now she goes shooting with me routinely and even has her own SIG.¬* I also have¬*another friend from school that never even¬*touched a gun¬*that will be going shooting with us next week.
We might not be able to change the nut-jobs, but we can each make a difference ourselves.¬* And there are a lot of us normal gun owners out there.¬* We just need to get off our asses and educate the general public because no one is going to do it for us.