Welcome To The Party, Pal.

Me, in 2011:

“If Gun Culture 1.0 is to survive, it needs fresh blood, and that means bringing in urban professionals like myself and the thousands of other people who look at firearms as a defensive tool first and a sporting tool second.” 

Outdoor Life, in 2018:

Baby boomers make up our nation’s largest cohort of hunters, and they’ve already begun to age out of the sport. Within 15 years, most will stop buying licenses entirely. And when they do, our ranks could plunge by 30 percent—along with critical funding for wildlife management, advocacy for hunting, and a tradition that’s probably pretty important to you. In other words, the clock is ticking. And unless we act now, we might not recover from the fallout. 

Fortunately, the outdoor industry is starting to catch on.

“Hipsters want to hunt. But they don’t want to hunt the way a rural farm boy from Illinois wants to hunt,” Dunfee says. “They don’t want to dress the same way, they don’t like focusing on antlers, they don’t like taking pictures of their animals. But they want local, sustainable, ecologically conscious meat. And within our efforts, there are few places to realize those values.” 

Speaking as an aging punk rocker (I was into shunning the mainstream before shunning the mainstream was cool) who’s going on his first hunt in just over a month, more of this, please. Much, much more. Localvore foodies are one of our passive allies, and we’ll need them (and people like them) if we’re going to survive and thrive as a hunting culture and a gun culture.

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  1. I’m not going to be loquacious to utter a string of invective adverbs just to say I despise using terms like ‘sport’ and ‘gun culture’ when talking of my inalienable right. But I despise the usage. I really do.

    Why would anyone want to associate the use of, or the potential of, firearms with over paid princesses, them who conduct themselves like gangsters, dress like whores, think immersing themselves in cultural is stepping out in fine threads and going ‘clubbing’ with some bimbo du jour on their arm? There is nothing cool or kool about it and certainly nothing to emulate.

    Should one join a writer’s gang, the book culture, a castle doctrine club, host a bumping double jeopardy house party? This, um, stuff about making the 2A fit into the popular culture will be it’s demise. Such culture changes swiftly and is always seeking the new fad. You’ll be swimming up stream if that is what you want to tag on to. Oh wait, mea culpa; I used future tense. It’s now buddy, hence the anxious wondering if the ‘gun culture’ will survive.

    1. Sorry, I left off my last line: just as people come to church to get ‘churched up’, people come to firearms to express their desire according to the 2A as written. When, as in the church, we try to dress it up to ‘fit in’ with the now culture, it loses it’s flavor. There is no more distinction. Gone will be the cause, the reason.

      Instead, stand boldly to say, here I am.

      Cultural is not changed from within as if by infiltration. Oh yes you are (trying to change the cultural) Is it not true that you want America to once again to hold favor in the 2A? Well, what is that if not a desire to change the culture?

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