So Joe and I spent a bunch of time doing a video on Sunday. Our goal was to spread the benefits of carrying a concealed weapon. The gun grabbers immediately decried us as mocking victims, laughing, and otherwise disrespecting those who have been died or injured in violence.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Joe’s family, as well as my own, have both been affected by violent acts. Sadly as seen in the video, those family members did not have the tools with them at the time to effectively defend themselves. My parents however did have a firearm when violence came to their door. Our goal is to decrease the number of victims of violence. We don’t care what tool is used in the violence, we just want fewer victims.
Well the real reason they are so upset is because they’re seeing the final nails being drilled into their coffin. One by one.
In just over 36 hours our video has over 3 times as many views as the Brady Campaign video. We have three times as many views as what they could get in 2 weeks. The video of their speakers in San Fransisco have only 12 views. (Note I clicked into the videos to verify the view count. At the time of this writing that first video has 1154 views.) Just search YouTube for “Too Many Victims“. Even their video to start this viral campaign only has 1572 views. None of their videos has any “Likes”, heck they don’t even enable the feature on their videos. For comparison, our video has 99 likes and 7 dislikes.
When a bunch of unfunded bloggers, who on their own free time, can take your own viral marketing campaign, turn it on its head and surpass your efforts you have to ask yourself, “Am I still relevant?” When the efforts of 4 people derail an entire political campaign can you still say, “People will listen to us.”
The wonderful thing about the internet is it makes it really hard to hide how irrelevant you are. It also makes it even easier to collect the numbers and prove how irrelevant you are.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.