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Between being a business owner and other civic activities, I’ve met quite a large number of people in my community. When we’re out-and-about, it’s not uncommon for someone to address me by name and strike up a conversation…and I don’t have a clue as to who they are or how they know me. Folks don’t know that I CC, but most know I’m a retired Marine.

Here lately I’ve had maybe 10-15 of these folks ask me “Do you know much about guns?” to which I usually reply “A bit. Why?” Then they go on about wanting to get a gun for SD/HD and what would I recommend and where to get the best deal, etc.

So, at least around here, the “sheeple” are waking up.
 

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I have had an amazing number of teachers that have ALWAYS been left leaning types contact me by text, messenger, and calls since the COVOD and riots began asking my advice on first guns for people wanting some self defense. Yeah, learning that the police cannot and possibly WILL not come to the rescue has had an effect...or is that affect....never can keep those two in the correct order.

Since almost all are women my first advice is to NOT let someone sell them something that is too much gun for them to hold correctly and shoot comfortably, or too little gun to do the job effectively, and THEN to get some competent training, hopefully starting with a small caliber and working their way up to what they want. Guess who was asked to give that training.....but that's ok, I will do it for free since they are friends (bunch a Biden voting, virtue signaling educators). Maybe they will see the light on that liberalism also once I have educated them a bit more about that kind of foolishness,
 

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This parallels the empty shelves on gun stores around the nation - I'm not sure if the sheep are waking up to what liberals have done but they are certainly waking up to the need for a weapon.
 

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I'm glad all of you are "there" to help!

A friend that heretofore was never interested in guns, rifles, shooting, hunting, or the like asked me about rifles a couple of weeks ago. It started out whimsically enough, and I responded in a whimsical fashion, but as the discussion progressed, I realized they were extremely serious. This friend was a Rush Limbaugh type of hard-working conservative, and never wanted a gun, and never felt the need for a gun.

Accordingly, I facilitated their journey along the path to The Marvelous Enlightenment and we'll begin lessons soon. They essentially wanted to have it "in the closet" but we'll do some training first.

Another very close friend of typical ignorant, extremist, liberal, thought processes, recently asked to borrow a pistol if needed. That has progressed no further, but some serious discussion will ensue if it does. In conjunction with some very serious mockery of their change in world view. Nothing too extreme, just a damn good dose of the crap they spewed at me occasionally. They will not enjoy eating the crow I will be serving. Perhaps Crow Cordon Bleu. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
 

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Between being a business owner and other civic activities, I’ve met quite a large number of people in my community. When we’re out-and-about, it’s not uncommon for someone to address me by name and strike up a conversation…and I don’t have a clue as to who they are or how they know me. Folks don’t know that I CC, but most know I’m a retired Marine.

Here lately I’ve had maybe 10-15 of these folks ask me “Do you know much about guns?” to which I usually reply “A bit. Why?” Then they go on about wanting to get a gun for SD/HD and what would I recommend and where to get the best deal, etc.

So, at least around here, the “sheeple” are waking up.
So have you figured out how they know your name yet?
I can understand how they can figure out that you are a Marine. Y'all do stand out in a crowd in a good way.
 

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I've received more texts and calls from friends, family and former coworkers about 1st time gun buying advice (before and after the purchase) these last 3 months than the last 3 years.
Friends who live in big cities are saying that the shelves are clean and they're having to wait for orders to come in.

I'm a little put-off by a couple things.
1. The lack of the most basic entry-level understanding by some before making a purchase. I put more time researching a coffee maker than some of these fear driven 1st time buyers.
2. The lack of follow up after the purchase with gun safety and training. The last text I get from many buyers is a picture of their new gun. All further texts about gun safety and training are still unanswered by some.

While I hope they're following self-directed training, finding local instructors to guide them, and reading my slides from my basic rifle, pistol, or shotgun class, I suspect a greater number of them haven't removed it from the case it was sitting in when they sent the picture.
Honestly, When things eventually stabilize, I expect about half will sell it with less than 50 rounds fired.
We have many new allies to the 2A cause today, but in 2 years many of them will forget today, describing themselves as "a gun owner (or former) who wants 'common sense' gun laws"
 

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The only thing I see is more liberals that will be armed and still don't give a crap about the Constitution.
 

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You refer them for training don't you?
Do you want them--the Libs--trained up to SEAL levels or left gun ignorant enough to look down the barrel to see if it's loaded, if they can load it at all?
 

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I'm more optimistic. In usual fashion, the liberal/socialist/communists charge after what they think is low hanging fruit only to discover to their horror the nest of wasps hanging alongside.

I witnessed an amazing scene in our LGS the other day. I had to pick up a magazine for my granddaughter's G43 and when I went in, there were couples of 4 different racial groups and about 8 other individuals - maybe better to say a LOT OF AMERICANS making first time purchases. I could tell they were first timers because someone was helping them fill out 4473's. But what was most amazing was the presence of an HPD officer and a DPS Sgt shopping for AR parts.

Just imagine...citizens trusting enough that LEO's weren't going to just murder them on sight and all of them contentedly shopping for guns and accessories! I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven!
 

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I get asked for gun advice and instruction at times. I leave politics out of it completely unless I'm asked about it. I just try to guide them toward safety and enough knowledge to manage the gun and know when to use it ( as opposed to a hasty retreat ). Emphasis on safety and self defense supersedes the other stuff IMO.
 
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