this is my official response to this that will appear on tacticsplus.com later today
Every day the anti gun / pro gun battle rages I see people taking increasingly extreme stances on these issues (like everything else in politics).
However its the behavior of some in the pro gun community that is starting to look like cutting off their nose to spite their face.
Today as one instance of that I see a report that Olympic Arms will no longer sell to law enforcement in New York state. And that Cheaper than Dirt
will not sell any products to law enforcement that can't be sold to civilians.
In both cases there is a question about what actual effect it would have on their current business with law enforcement. As well as the possibility of
being a publicity stunt to both repair damages to their brands like CTD's price gouging of items like PMAG's or possibly in Olympics case trying to
gain back some brand recognition. But aside from that possibility both statements are ludicrous.
Selling less firearms does nothing good for anyone in this instance, it just reduces a companies viability and negatively effects the supply side
contractors jobs and revenue as well. For what?
Law enforcement doesn't make the rules, it enforces them. And for every Olympic there is 10 others like H&K that could case less. Cops will still get
their guns. Just at a higher cost to tax payers. And Politicians could care less, they will just increase taxes to cover them if need be. Or the
Defense Department through DHS will just buy it for them. And they certainly aren't shy about
spending large amounts of tax payer money on military grade weaponry for law enforcement.
And now today I am hearing about Comcast no longer allowing firearms related advertising on its new purchase of NBC properties. The first thing I see
is endless remarks about people switching to some other random service or worse yet none at all. Obviously turning off ones access to local news
stations reporting on these very issues is a genius move. Also reducing viewership of several key firearms related channels like Sportsman or Outdoors
does what exactly?
It hurts the very companies and industry that you are trying to promote. Reducing their viability which reduces there advertising capability which
reduces there sponsors viability which reduces the number of firearms centric companies, which reduces the resistance to new laws. Which when coupled
to a less informed society makes it very easy to control the message. The most striking example of this is CNN's anti guns polls designed to
legitimize opinions and programming as if it was an unbiased representation of the nation as a whole. History Channel alone has done more for the
growth of firearms through Sons of Guns than most organizations. Despite the complaints from people who think they could have somehow built a better
TV show mousetrap.
I will get some critics especially for that last statement. But chances are if you interact with enough people on both sides you can see it's effects
on people who had no idea those types of weapons were legal and now wish to exercise the rights they weren't before even aware of. The NRA should make
that show a center piece since the statistics show it's more engaging than they often are.
If people want to change their reality they can't ignore and bankrupt the message. It's too big and persistent for that. They have to change it.
If you are a company thinking about turning of your support to law enforcement you are just hurting your cause. Instead of losing that counter issue
revenue, recycle it into pro message funding. You are not hurting or swaying the people that need to be swayed by doing anything less.
If you are reading this and you aren't an NRA member, membership.nrahq.org...
. You will get 10 bux off
and you can join the largest and most active organization for legal and actual change in this country. And for the critics of the NRA who think X
organization does more for them because they are "truer" to the message. Don't get me started on what is the definition of perfection. I will instead
simply remind everyone of a very simple and basic concept that I think embodies this current climate.
United we stand, divided we fall
edit on 21-2-2013 by circuitsports because: (no reason given)