Originally Posted by TekGreg
Maybe the public needs to be exposed to the positive side of shooting for once. Maybe some clubs could have a "Free Range Day" for brand new shooters. Members could volunteer to train one-on-one and answer questions. Maybe a trick shooter could put on a demonstration for fun. Hot dogs, soda...it would have a much better effect than reading every single day about another family of an Aurora victim.
I agree. I really like your idea too.
I'd like to add (and I know it can get expensive) that the NRA needs to do TV advertising. Get on TV--in the mass public's eye--and show the public that guns can be safe and fun. I think the NRA needs to put an effort into more radio & TV public service announcements (PSA). My involvement in firearms goes back to to 1980 and in all this time, I've yet to see an NRA presence in TV advertising.
Sure, they do some stuff on some specific cable channels and some hunting show stuff but that's not enough. Besides, there are MANY gun owners/supporters who do NOT support hunting! I have friends and relatives who don't support the killing of animals with firearms but DO support their use in self-defense. My point is, there are many shades of gun supporter in this great nation and the local gun shops and ranges and the NRA--especially since they are the national face of gun owners--needs to step up to the challenge of educating and informing the public and ADVERTISING the positive aspects of firearms!
What good is a window decal in the back of my truck if the rest of the community associates that with "gun nut"?!
When the average joe sees an NRA decal in a vehicle, I don't think they see someone they can go to for help or safety in an emergency. I think many people see a "gun nut" and somebody "You'd better not mess with."