Three weeks into the new job, and I’m going shooting this weekend at a Shoot N Scoot event with a co-worker who’s gun-curious.
This same weekend, there’ll be a bunch of gun owners stamping their feet and clapping their hands and doing the firearms equivalent of “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away!” on the steps of the state capitol in Tallahassee.
But do events like that actually change the world?
No, not really. All things like that do is make the people who went to the rally feel like they DID something, but anyone who’s not in earshot of that rally doesn’t really care about YOUR right to keep and bear arms, they care about feeling safe in an unsafe world. Who will help calm that fear, a person screaming at the top of their lungs about “MY RIGHTS!!!,” or calm, cool, collected progressive who wants to make sure that those gun nuts don’t do scary things anymore?
You want to change the world? Change it one person at a time. Rather than make a spectacle of yourself, take someone to the range.
The rights you save may be your own.