My first ex-mother-in-law always poured the milk into her cup before her tea. One day, I asked her why. She didn’t have a clue. Further research revealed that milk wasn’t pasteurized back in the day. Pouring hot tea on lukewarm milk offered some protection against bacteria. How that milk-first practice morphed into a Swiftian demarcation of the English class system I’ll never know. But this much is clear: the average gun control supporter has no more understanding of their anti-gun beliefs than ex-MIL I had about the origins of her tea etiquette. In both cases, it’s more a matter of cultural indoctrination than coherent thought. That said . . .
American anti-gunners can, on occasion, if pushed, offer some semi-logical basis for their willingness to infringe on their fellow citizen’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Something about protecting people from their own stupidity and/or inherently unstable psychology. Oh yeah, and something about making it harder for criminals to get guns, so they’ll not be able to get ahold of one when they decide to engage in a criminal act. Sorry, if.
The average anti-gunner’s rationale is easily defeated by the facts. The average anti-gunner’s belief system is not. That’s because the facts have nothing to do with it. They’re not anti-gun because they’ve thought it through. They’re anti-gun because they didn’t think it through. Why would they? They grew up amongst people who are reflexively anti-gun. The chances of encountering a pro-gun conservative on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, for example, are about the same as finding a meth lab on Freeman Parkway. You know; now that I’ve left.
So why did I eschew the lucrative meth trade to deconstruct anti-gun agitprop for a living? Because A) meth is hell on your teeth, B) eviscerating anti-gunners’ dietribes [sic] keeps The People of the Gun focused and strong and C) fence-straddlers come for the guns and leave the cannoli. I mean, they leave the site gun rights supporters. Eventually. In fact, this trend has led me to believe that the future of American gun rights lies in the popularity of . . . wait for it . . . guns!
Centennial Gun Club recently finished a $10 million expansion to a new facility that’s relieving the backlog of reservations at the previous location.
The new facility at 11800 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial, is 35,000 square feet compared to about 8,500 square feet they had in the old facility a parking lot away. Construction started in May and finished up before Dec. 25.
The new facility also features 28 new shooting lanes, eight of which are reserved for their VIP section, called the Statesman’s Lounge, designed for people like professional athletes who don’t want to be bothered for autographs, said Richard Abramson, general manger and CEO of the Centennial Gun Club, which opened in the old location two years ago. The old facility had six lanes for shooting.
“We were busting at the seams,” Abramson said.
Centennial as in The Centennial State. You know: Colorado. Ground zero (before Connecticut) for a major post-Newtown erosion of gun rights, in the form of expanded background checks and limits on ammunition magazine capacity. The Centennial Gun Club‘s expansion [reported by denverpost.com] happened after Colorado enacted their draconian disarmament laws. Which tells me that gun control advocates’ legislative success did nothing to diminish the ongoing strength indeed astounding growth of the state’s gun culture.
“We wanted this to be our flagship operation and we’re working on a number of other ranges not only in Denver but the rest of the country as well,” Abramson told the Post. He better hurry. New gun ranges are springing-up all over. And here’s the thing: while anti-gunners struggle to assemble a dozen protesters for a po-faced rally, hundreds if thousands of pro-gun folk are having fun shooting at these increasingly family-friendly facilities. Facilities that engender a vibrant, coherent and empowering pro-gun culture.
“We want to create the club environment where we have leagues and member competitions and things like that to help bring people together of like-minded ideas and they all get to know each other, so it’s really developing a community,” Abramson said.
Mike Kirk of Parker, who was a founding member of the club, said he values that sense of community.
“There’s just a lot of camaraderie and it’s nice to have that, particularly as you get older,” Kirk said.
The new facility has also drawn an increasingly larger female population, Abramson said, He also said women account for the fastest-growing sector of gun owners. Range officer Cindi Morton is heading up the Girl and a Gun class to be held three times a month.
“We as women, we aren’t feeling the taboos, we’re feeling that we need to be knowledgeable on what is going on in the world,” said Morton, who originally was a member at the club before being hired. “We don’t need to have our husbands protecting us. We want to be able to protect ourselves.”
Winning? Well, while a handful of Moms Demand Acton for Gun Sense in America talk about guns as if owning one’s a crime, millions of Americans are enjoying their guns, gun gear and shooting. Which bring to mind Cat Steven’s Tea for the Tillerman: “While sinners sin, the children play. Oh Lord how they play and play. For that happy day, for that happy day.”