According to the mainstream media, the hypocritical National Rifle Association disarmed its members during their annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. I was there, and the media reports are false. What I read about the convention doesn’t match what I saw on the ground.
That inaccurate reporting by the news media is by design rather than accident. The media doesn’t know gun owners.. and doesn’t care to know them. Instead, the mainstream media paints an unflattering image of gun owners tailored to fit the prejudices of their audience and their advertisers. They paint gun owners as fat old ugly men. In short, the advertising campaign tells us that gun owners are both unattractive…and dangerous.
Reality is far different, but it is easier for the anti-gun elites to fight the battle of appearances than the battle of ideas. Make no mistake. It is a battle for hearts and minds.
“We cannot let a minority of people.. and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people…hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
– Hillary Clinton June 2014
Hillary Clinton isn’t describing the gun owners I know, or the people I met at the NRA convention. I saw men and women, young and old, urban and rural…and all of them responsible gun owners. To break the first stereotype, about a third of the convention attendees were women. They were NRA members and instructors, as well as pro-rights journalists and bloggers.
These women are not the pinups of the gun world. They are some of our best competitors and educators. They are the face of responsible gun owners; a face the main stream media is afraid to show you.