Education is a huge issue. Both locally and nationally. For example, a kid is more likely to get hit by lightning multiple times than be involved in one of these "common" school shootings. Something that can be supported by a Harvard risk management academic and that was actually published in, I can't remember off hand, either WaPo or NYT. You can also argue that becoming an anti hero in your suicide in the mass media is the true motivator for these shooting. Obviously the media will not cover that but then local and national gun control orgs are not proactive on these issues. Out of fear of the "optics", or lack of resources or even interest the fight against gun control is reactive not proactive.
We could use the gun dealers in the state to get out the word to FUDDs. Well, after this latest bill passed good luck with that. CCW instructors could do it as well. We could advertise and launch an aggressive PR campaign (challenging as it might be) to educate with a mass media/online advertising program or through an organized grass roots fashion. There was some discussion about this both on the board and back channel around the Northbrook gun control vote and pre-election.
I was one that pushed the idea but backed off. Why? Because, unfortunately, the time to do that was 5 years or so ago when the Bloomberg groups began their push in the suburbs, signing up lonely housewives and crazy cat ladies looking for some meaning in their lives. By Sept. or Oct. of 2018 the horse was already out of the barn. There was no ability at that point and now, to even organize the gun community that wanted to fight these issues beyond just getting some bodies to show up at various show meetings with already pre-determined outcomes for the eventual vote. No mechanism in place to manage the response once they were there (make it contentious politically, put them on the spot personally, call them out for the identitarian, authoritarian leftists they are, look to leverage political fractures, etc.). No time to get one in place. We had already lost some key suburban Republicans by that point and the education opportunities are multi-year in nature especially in face of the media's active opposition.
So education is a great idea. But who is going to run that? Who will be proactive? We're talking a full time job involve at least several mar-com people in addition to lobbyists, a database person, etc. Who in IL either at the GOP or association level will actually fight? Will ISRA sell their range and put that money into the 2nd, or just make sure there is a Garand exemption with each bill and a legal check (appreciated regardless), after the fact?
Personally, I will continue to fill out witness slips, make calls, go to public meetings and rallies as appropriate until the only choice that makes sense is relocating to some state that is still America, more or less.. But it will take years to get our message out even just to gun owners. And it will take commitment and resources beyond the volunteer level.
Edited by evilbrownrifle, 24 January 2019 - 10:26 AM.