Hands-on, One-on-One Experiences that Change Minds and Hearts

Guest Editorial… From Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces…

I was cleaning out files the other day and came across this quote from Senegalese Conservationist Baba Dioum:  “In the end, we will conserve only what we love.  We will love only what we understand,  We will understand only what we are taught.”

I used it a lot when I was teaching Hunter Education.  Then it occurred to me that it applies to just about everything – including firearms.   I hope everyone reading this has experienced introducing a person with little training in firearms and watched them blossom into avid shooters.  It’s really what it is all about!   And it is the key to the preservation of all our firearms freedoms.

Sure, we need to write those letters to the politicians, send them emails and call them when onerous bills are introduced to the state and federal legislative bodies.  But they are really only intellectual reasons and arguments.   And often fall on deaf ears!   We have all seen that happen!

What it all boils down to are hands-on, one-on-one experiences that change minds and hearts.

So my next question is obviously, “When was the last time you took a newbie to the range, let them shoot your guns and ammo, and watched the smiles and grins as they discovered for themselves the passion you and I share.”

That question is even more obviously followed by, “When are you going to do it again?”

Take a kid out and he or she will probably always be on our side when the anti-gunners start running on and on about how terrible guns are.

Take a woman out and you might just create an incredible advocate for our sport and passion.

This fight for the Second Amendment will not be won in our lifetimes but might just be LOST if folks like you and me drop the ball!   Please take some time to do this!   Share your passion (and guns and ammo) …and drop an email or write a letter to your Representative and Senator urging them to stay strong and loyal to the Constitution.

And, of course, keep your powder dry!

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