I think of things as I drive and I thought of this one today.
On Youtube as well as national TV you see videos of people shooting/using M4's/M16's/AR's. They break down into groups as the public sees them.
1. Military- they are OK. They are tools being handled by professionals.
2. LE- They are OK. They are tools being handled by professionals.
3. Competitive top ranked shooters like Jerry, Jessie, Taran etc. as well as some of us lowly B/C/D class shooters. They are OK. They are tools being handled by professionals.
4. People demonstrating their AR.- This gun is so evil and dangerous. Why? because these videos are usually some guy holding an AR and we get to watch how quick he can empty a 30 round magazine as the camera focuses on his trigger finger. We never see his target. It is some guy throwing a box/can/piece of garbage 20 feet out or into the water where we get to watch how quickly he can empty a 30 round magazine at it. They are dangerous because they are toys being handled by overgrown kids.
When the general public thinks of people with AR's which group do they think of as the normal AR owner?
Now contrast this with the average "hunter" video. We see a guy taking his time. He squeezes off a shot, checks his scope, settles in for his next shot. We see 1 shot every 10 to 15 seconds, and when he is done we see a great close up of the beautiful 3 shot group he produced at 100 yards.
Who comes to mind when the general public thinks of a gun owner and how dangerous their guns are. It is not the hunter because he is so slow and careful. There is no way he could shoot quickly enough to cause any actual damage. There should be no problem with restricting magazines to 10 rounds. That is way more than any hunter needs.
So how do we as the gun culture change peoples attitudes towards guns like AR's? I think one way is to educate more shooters to be responsible when they post videos to places like Youtube. Seeing a someone shoot an AR at a reactive ball and make it dance across the range with a shot every second or so suggests skill. Hearing rapid fire but seeing a nice tight group appear on the target/targets suggests skill. Seeing the shooter pop up and down into various positions and placing the shots all on target suggests skill. More videos of skilled, safe, responsible gun handling that demonstrates the AR as a functional and useful tool and not the dangerous toy/weapon it is portrayed to be by the media.
What are your thoughts? Are we our own worst enemy by demonstrating how quickly we can put rounds down range without regard to how the general public might perceive it?
i think it doesnt matter to the lefties , anything to get their agenda going . half of them prolly dont even know what an AR is . there are powers at work to reach one common goal and its to disarm citizens and make rules they think is right .
but you can bet your ass once foot is in the door , it will one thing after another, we are heading to a bad spot in this country , and time will tell