I don’t know how much damage these guys are doing to the cause. I suspect it is pretty small.
Yes – unsafe handling, foolish statements, baiting, etc.
Here’s the BUT – looking at these guys from a sheeple perspective
- Sheeple don’t realize the unsafe gun handling practices, that’s what they see in the movies – so its probably just fine.
- Sheeple don’t know its unsafe/unwise to carry w/o a proper holster.
- Many Sheeple probably admire them for taking a stand against crime.
- Most Sheeple are not aware of the potential civil & criminal issues that follow a SD shooting. So its not an issue to them.
The general public will not share most of the issues educated gun owners have with these guys. The sheeple either don’t like guns or are fine with them. “Small stuff” like safe handling and baiting are issues they will probably not notice.
I give these guys the following grades.
A for guts.
F for safety & gun handling.
C for public opinion impact.
What if they actually shoot someone (a BG).
1- They will most likely have a large mess to deal with, considering their training (or lack of), attitudes and public statements.
2- Public opinion won’t be affected. There are hundreds of (good) reported SD shootings each year and it does not seem to sway public opinion much.