My friend dealt with this same, closed off attitude with MDA. He went to their Aurora meeting (he had to cover them as a story for his journalism class) and went from being on the fence about the gun issue, to uber pro-gun because of how they received him.
What did they do?
Edit: repost. I shared my original post with my friend. He requested I do a repost because he wanted to take some time to
reflect about his experience. He thought some of his initial comments were not relevant, because they were too speculative in substance so I've reposted his comments accordingly. I went ahead and asked my friend (again) because I wanted to make sure I got everything clear about his interactions with MDA..
He went to the April 14th, MDA meeting that was held at Aurora Public Library. He was attending for a school project. This was not something he was enthusiastic about, especially with the weather being terrible; he went because it was something he needed to get done for an assignment. He helped them setup their room, and when people started to come in he got a seat and began taking footage with his phone. He was trying to get footage for a small media spot he was doing with his journalism class. The leader of that particular meeting was nervous about being recorded, telling him to stop filming her and go to the back of the room instead. He did this, but did not stop filming footage of that meeting - because he had an assignment for school. He obliged and went to the back, but did not stop filming the meeting.
He told me he left feeling awkward, because he felt they did not believe him when he informed them of his student credentials and his school project. He was asked about what he'd do with his footage. He told them it was for a school project and agreed to delete the footage he shot, after he wrapped this up. He deleted the footage, despite believing he was within his rights to record the meeting because my friend wanted to be diplomatic and kind. One of the MDA leaders did apologize for the awkward situation, they ended up helping him locate a better person to interview for his project (the footage he shot had no sound because his thumb was covering the microphone).
For my friend, he's moved on. This whole situation is water under the bridge for him. He's chalked it up as a valuable learning experience for being calm when the other side is afraid of talking. His views have obviously changed from being on the fence, to being uber pro-gun since that time. He credits his change in perspective to the pro-gun side not being afraid to be filmed, and open to showing him what they were about at the time. He did not like how MDA does not like people filming their events. That is something that just had him decide not to ever go back to their meetings. He told me that if a movement (MDA) is serious about their message and proud of it, they should not be ashamed of their message being recorded or written about - let alone criticized.
Edited by crufflesmuth, 27 June 2019 - 05:01 PM.