Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, March 21, 2008

"...a more educated, sophisticated and straight thinking hunter and shooter demographic."

Bob Ricker of the astroturf gun-ban er, -control, ah, -safety "organization" American Hunters and Shooters Association, has been dropping by pro-gun blogs and leaving comments. First, one over at Bitter's that piqued SayUncle's ire, and then one at SayUncle's post about it.

Here's the key graph of the first one:
I think it should be clear from my comments here and on other "whacko" blogs that AHSA is reaching out to a more educated, sophisticated and straight thinking hunter and shooter demographic.
And here's his second comment, with his really poor attempt at superiority:
Hey SayUncle- only seven comments to this post? I'm stunned. Of the 30 to 40 million so called NRA members Bitter writes about, you could only find 7 who don't agree with me. How many "whackos" do you represent?
Let me take on, as others have done, his first comment:

"More educated" - I have a BA from the University of Arizona. Granted it's in "General Studies," but the three areas of concentration are Math, Physics and Engineering. It was enough to qualify me (with work experience and recommendations from other licensed engineers) to take the exams necessary to get my own license to practice Electrical Engineering. I took each exam once, and passed.

"Sophisticated" - Boy, you got me there. I don't eat Brie or drink wine (even out of a box!) I can't discuss opera or the theatah, and ballet absolutely bores me to tears. I'm just unsophisticated as all get-out.

"Straight-thinking" - I won't go where Uncle went, but I think if Bob spent some time reading the "Best Of" posts on my left sidebar, he might conclude that my brain works just fine. It has to: I'm an engineer.

"Hunter" - Well, I've been on one deer hunt and one javalina hunt. No joy either time. But hunting is not really my bag. Hunting, to me, is taking your gun for a walk.

"Shooter" - Not as much of a shooter as I'd like to be. All this reading and writing cuts into my time to reload and get out on weekends to shoot. But I have started participating in action matches, and I look forward to burning about 250 rounds of .45ACP a month doing that, plus whatever time I can spare shooting some of my other firearms.

So, the demographic Bob is after is the $10,000+ Perazzi wingshooting set?

Good luck with that, Bob! (I prefer shooting thrown clays with my .30-06 1917 Enfield. It's a bit more of a challenge.)

Perhaps my sixteen regular readers might want to opine over at Uncle's. His post is up to thirty-two replies as I write this.

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