A YouTube video of a Gabby Giffords themed concealed carry side match to a USPSA match generated nearly 8000 views and the rage of anti-gun groups and even got the attention of a Brady Campaign Board member who said, “These folks could have just sat back and shut up.”
Joe Huffman – Winning Public Opinion
February 29, 2012
[Oh did we ever piss them off with that video. That quote from Joan still makes me smile when reading it. As I mentioned earlier today I am wanting to get some GoPro cameras. Not just as training aids, but I think it would be neat to cut up videos of the highlights from action pistol matches. The more instances of that type of information that are out there, the harder it is for the antis to peddle their lies.
When the truth becomes so prevalent their lies are obvious we’ve won. Often many seem to think the inanimate object is going to instantly cause injury. The solution to that is education. If we can get people interested in the sport the will be receptive to education. Teaching is selling, we want to sell people on our sport, on our hobby, on our right. We want them to come enjoy it with us. Often the anti-gunners will do everything they can to dehumanize us into animals. Video’s of shooters competing, having a good time, the emotion that goes with it, that makes us human. I’m not talking about just having videos that are just highlight reels, but videos that cause the viewer to go, “Wow, that’s impressive!” Then as they continue to watch, “Wow, those look like nice people, I’d love to get to know them.”
That’s the truth, 99.9999% of us are actually really nice people. However many of us hide the fact that we’re gun owners. I think Joe is right regarding gun owners coming out of the proverbial closet. It’s not as if I’m hiding in the closet here but one should always lead by example.
So as I did previously when Newbie Shooter started it:
My name is Barron Barnett. I am an Eagle Scout, an engineer, a wood worker, a blogger, a web designer, a computer programmer, a ham radio operator, your neighbor, your coworker, your friend, a loving husband, and I am a gun owner.
I am the guy that will clear his neighbors drive way of snow. I am the guy that will stop and help you with a flat tire. I am the guy who will get in his car and come get you at 0 dark 30 and get you because you’ve had too much to drink. Again, I am also the a gun owner. -B]
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.