When I discussed the curmudgeons in the gun rights movement who were entirely unwilling to accept people with differing ideologies this was the kind of crap I was thinking of:
Effective immediately, if you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm. We have just put a sign up on the front door to save you the trouble of walking all the way in here….
I took this ad out in our local paper. It will come out in the White Mountain Independent tomorrow, 9 November
Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona
Congratulations Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona, you’ve just effectively dissuaded a majority of voters from the gun community. I know that many people in the gun rights movement are butt hurt over the election results but lashing out at the people who voted for Obama isn’t going to help the cause of gun rights. Instead of alienating Obama’s supporters we need to reach out to them. Gun rights shouldn’t be a Republican or Democrat issue, it’s should be an all inclusive issue that accepts people from all manners of political ideologies. Statements like the one made by Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona reinforces the stereotype that all gun owners are hardcore Republicans and therefore delegates the issue of gun rights to an “us” versus “them” debate.