Tom Robinson has just dug *himself* into a really deep hole with his rant above. (Bubba Ron did a good job in tearing the rant apart and I won't bother with my own analysis.)
In my fairly extensive experience with political events in VA, his fears about the press responding negatively to gun owners at such events have no merit. I have been to many such events open carrying, with no negative comments about the guns there.
VCDL EM Patricia Webb gave a great talk on guns at a Tea Party in Lynchburg a few days ago and was met with nothing but loud applause.:celebrate I wasn't surprised at all and neither was anyone else I know who has been to these events.
The comments that trouble me above, besides Tom's, are those who seem to be now cubbyholing the whole Tea Party movement based on one person's position.
Let's NOT do the same thing to the Tea Party attendees and the leadership of other Tea Party groups.
But don't hold all the other Tea Party members and leaders accountable for what Tom said.
If the leadership of the Peninsula Patriots agrees with Tom's statements, then hold the leadership of that group responsible. Let's avoid overreacting or over generalizing on this. I repeat that the average tea party attendee is our ally and doesn't share Tom's positions. Yes, some attendees are anti-gun (Tom said he lost a few people because of guns), but very, very, very few percentage wise. And those that you lose over not liking our right to keep and bear arms are not a real loss at all. I think they walked into the Tea Party movement by mistake, with no concept of the big picture and no interest in seeing it.