Most evangelists suck at evangelizing. If you go to a “revival”, you’ll see that if anyone is walking forward for redemption, it’s probably who has already been in the church for years and years.
That’s great (and needed) but it’s not really increasing the numbers of people inside the church, it’s just lowering the amount of people who leave.
Now let’s apply that to gun culture. Who are the evangelists? Who are the ones bringing new people into the fold, and who are the ones who are preaching revival? Many people preach “revival” but in reality, they’re just delivering the same message to the same people in the same pews, and then when one or two of them walk down the aisle to be saved, they call it a new movement in gun ownership.
The best analogy I can come up with is the “Jesus People” movement of the early 70’s, when the hippies realized that hey, there might be something to that preacher-man stuff they heard as kids, and they tried to go back to church, but the church, seeing the long hair and… questionable grooming habits of the hippies (not to mention that heathen rock n roll they listened to) rejected them.
Now, four decades later, the church is on the outside of American culture, looking in.
Now let’s look at gun culture.
Today, we have millions and millions of people who want to “feel safe” and bought a gun, but they’ve not integrated that gun into their everyday life. That’s something that needs to change, or else gun rights will go away if those people don’t understand that it’s THEIR right to protect themselves that’s under attack, not someone else’s right to go into the woods and blast Bambi, or something (and the reverse is true as well).
Tens of millions of casual gun owners is nice. A million people who are dedicated to proficiency with their weapon of choice and are passionate about keep the right to keep and bear arms alive is even better.