The Internet “daily deal site” Groupon traffics in big discounts for classes, steak dinners, and a broad variety of products and services. Not being much of an Internet denizen, I’ve never used them, though my significant other is one of their regulars. No more, though; she just swore them off in anger after Groupon announced they’ll have nothing to do with the gun industry or firearms instructors any longer. Many gun owners are doing the same, and making it known to the company.
When gun people get spit on, they express their displeasure appropriately. In state after state, when the concealed carry permit reform bills known as “shall issue” were passed, and carrying a gun became the right of all law-abiding citizens instead of the sole province of the wealthy, “connected” elite, we saw the same pattern again and again. Stores and restaurants would put up “no guns” signs. Gun owners would withdraw their patronage, and politely let management know why. Soon, in most cases, the “no guns” signs disappeared.
Panic, emotion, symbolism and elitism drive the anti-gun movement. Logic is the strongest weapon on the pro-gun side. We vote with our dollars as well as our ballots. A major East Coast outdoor sports exhibition allowed itself to be caught up in the current hysteria and decided it would be politically correct to ban modern sporting rifles from display there. The industry has answered: multiple major sponsors have withdrawn their financial support.
For a healthy dose of the logic that is the engine of the pro-gun argument, check out a regular source of that no longer common commodity, Thomas Sowell, here: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-on-the-right/012213-641461-gun-control-debate-governed-by-emotion-not-facts.htm#ixzz2IoYrp942 .