The National Football League is fundamentally un-American, and I won’t support it. It wasn’t always that way. As a decent, God-fearing American, I grew up praying to Jesus Christ and Tom Landry, like everyone else. (Right?) But then I heard about the denial of the Daniel Defense ad . . .

As a recently returning veteran, coming home to my kids, determined to raise and protect them, I identified with the message: I am responsible for my family’s safety.

There’s been much debate on whether the NFL or the Fox network killed the ad. But the NFL made it clear that they would have refused to run the ad if they’d the chance. Their policy forbids “any advertisement that mentions or displays firearms, ammunition or other weapons.”

The NFL’s policy on guns is pretty simple. Guns are not allowed in any facility owned, operated or being used by an NFL club. I understand that this is a business decision for the NFL.

As an American veteran and firearms owner, I also understand that this business decision means that the NFL doesn’t deserve my business. So the NFL won’t get my business, and I hope that it doesn’t get yours. If it does, you are choosing to support an organization whose values are contrary to the fundamental values of our nation.

Last year, several veteran friends and I got together during the Superbowl. We went to the range instead of watching the game. It wasn’t so much a protest as a conscious choice to engage in a fun activity with each other that reflected our responsibilities and our support of the Second Amendment.

Gun owners, the NFL doesn’t support your rights. They have made that clear in word and in deed. I suggest we all respect their decision, and go to the range instead.

186 Responses to Don’t Watch the Superbowl

    • The Super Bowl is on NBC, when the author clearly says it’s on fox. Clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Who gives a f*ck what this Dbag thinks.

      • Pointless as hominem attack only shows that you are the dbag. Every news source out there as reporting how FOX SPORTS has banned the ad. The best thing about the Internet is that it reveals who the truly stupid people are, people who post stupid comments on the very machine that within moments could educate them on the subject and avoid embarrassing situations like this.

        • Yup… I’m so embarrassed that some dude who I have no idea who he is, and he has no idea who I am, just totally schooled me on an anonymous Internet forum, arguing about a commercial. Yup, real embarrassed. U mad bro?

      • The ad controversy he references was last year’s Super Bowl (though he could’ve made that a bit more clear). That doesn’t change the point he’s making. If you disagree, make your case instead of calling names.

        • Who’s in charge of refusing ad money, Fox or NFL? For all I know, that refusal caused NFL to move away from Fox. IOW, no reason to take any action that I can see, without more facts.

      • @AmericasTeam You call him a Dbag (douchebag i presume), but end off your second statement with “U mad bro?”.

        Seriously.

  1. The NFL is a business not a civil rights organization. This post is about as bad as people hating on the NFL because people happen to sustain brain injuries partaking in a physical sport.

  2. Now I have an excuse for why I don’t watch football. “The NFL hates freedom,” sounds better than “I don’t care.”

  3. Pro football isn’t a game, it’s a business. Big business. If you enjoy a game, play the game. I enjoy shooting, so I shoot; I don’t sit in front of a TV, watching other people shoot.

  4. I don’t often watch TV. But when I do, it’s to see the Patriots roll. Enjoy your range time, I have 364 other days in the year for that.

  5. None of the stadiums should be subsidized by federal, state and local taxes either. Given the way Orlando PD treated the Jets running back even though he had a ccw license, screw them, the NFL and the Stupor Bowl.

      • Welfare? I don’t doubt the scheme is crooked as all hell but it is typically a money making deal for the host cities is it not? When has welfare ever made the people and government money? The event center our city got through a similar deal has for its part gone a long way towards reviving our dead downtown and surrounding areas. It is in fact free economics of a sort. Assuming tax breaks and other incentives were never a thing it wouldn’t take a brilliant man to conclude that sweetening the pot for the Developers to chose their city over another would be a sensible thing to do. The result as in any economic system that works is competition. In a fundamental way I completely support this system.

    • He didn’t say that. He said he was decent and God-fearing and an American. It’s not an unheard-of combination. He didn’t say it was the only possible one. In fact, it appears he was mainly making a little joke about equating Tom Landry to deity. Put your PC “I’m offended” card back in the deck.

        • He said “like everyone else. (Right?)” I think that was a tongue-in-cheek admission that this wasn’t necessarily like everyone else. Especially with the reference to worshipping Tom Lanyard. (Whoever he is.)

        • Not too clear on the light sarcasm, self-deprecation are you? Spare me the fake outrage.
          Edit: Ahh, tongue-in-cheek–that’s the sentiment I was looking to express…

        • MurrDog has me read on. If you don’t worship Coach Landry, you are probably worshiping the dark lord while strangling puppies I’m North Korea.

    • “Good to know”? Why on earth would that be? You are somehow HAPPY if not all Americans are “decent” Americans? That seems really stupid, I would be happiest if every American was “decent”, regardless of superstition, cult membership, whatever..

  6. How about don’t watch it because it’s a slow made for TV game. If you want to watch a real game, watch rugby. Rugby is a sport where you can still punch or kick someone in the face and it’s not always a penalty nor do they stop the game for injuries. Football has become a girl scout game that’s broken up by people dancing and celebrating doing exactly what they’re overpaid to do.

  7. Ha! I thought I was the only one that didn’t watch that stupid game. I haven’t seen a football game since the ’70s when I was a kid.

  8. I have never watched the Super Bowl, or any pro football game in my entire life and I don’t intend to start tonight. And it doesn’t really have anything to do with firearms rights, though I encourage voting with your wallet. I just don’t understand pro sports. If I want to play football, or hockey, or paintball, or go shoot, then I will get friends together and go do it.

  9. Well, I’ll be watching the Super Bowl. I’m rooting for both the Seahawks and the Patriots to lose. The Patriots, incidentally, fire muskets after touchdowns during home games. Yep, the NFL is anti-gun. While that sucks, and they don’t get much of my money, it’s virtually impossible to avoid all anti-gun business.

    Not all coffee and scotch is made by pro-gun companies. I don’t plan on giving that up either. Cuba makes awesome cigars, too.

    I do however support pro-gun / pro-freedom politicians such as Scott Walker, Paul Ruan, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, etc. Note: I don’t consider tax payer funded abortion to be freedom since it has a nasty habit of being fatal to babies. I also donate to the NRA / SAF / FPC / Calguns, etc. And I help get people into shooting.

    So live you life and pursue happiness the best y’all can. Just don’t vote for Democrats.

    • Cuban cigars used to be good. Decades of the communists running the tobacco plantations have largely depleted the soil

      Nicaraguan and Honduran sticks are oh-so-nice now…

      ( According to David Zeplowitz, aka ‘Cigar Dave’)

  10. Been a long time since I’ve watched a game, let alone the “super” bowl.

    Maybe if the outcome somehow mattered in real life. Like if I was part of the organization or if someone I knew was.

    I might have a preference who wins (basically anyone other than the Ravens), but I don’t actually care

  11. Good post, and I agree with where the author is coming from. Here is the problem: as a pro-freedom American, what entertainment is available to me in which the entire operation is pro-freedom? I never see gun or ammo ads on TV unless I am happen to land on a hunting and fishing show as I am channel surfing. I cannot remember the last time I saw a firearms related add on a mainstream program.

    When I go the movies, chances are the headline actor in the flick is anti-gun.

    Most of my local movie theaters are GFZs (I usually grequent the few that aren’t). As are most traditional theaters, the orchestra, concert halls, museums, etc.

    So what’s left? I totally agree with the post, and I have written the NFL in the past to express my outrage (and will do so again in about 5 minutes), but really, what is out there that I can get interested in other than going to the range where my rights are respected throughout the value chain?

    • Depending on your state, the GFZ status might be more of a suggestion and not carry the force of the law. If they somehow find out all they can do is ask you to leave, maybe take your information and make the decision for you to never go back. I know for some unless it’s a government building or someplace that has a metal detector and officer at the door concealed means concealed. YMMV.

      • Here in Ohio signs do have force of law, but it’s an extremely minor misdemeanor for the first offense, and the likelihood of enforcement is minimal. On top of that, concealed means concealed.

        My point remains: those establishments which post gunbuster signs clearly do so with antipathy for my 2nd amendment rights. Can I carry in those establishments anyway? Sure I can. Should I hand those businesses my hard-earned cash and reward them for their anti-freedom policies? That is the real question. The problem is that there aren’t a lot of pro-freedom alternatives for entertainment.

        • I should further clarify that there are a number of GFZs in Ohio which are defined by statute, and that in those locations carry is considered a felony. Additionally I am not an attorney, and nothing I post on this site or anywhere else should be considered legal advice.

        • Well, that is a good point. I’m risking harassment / embarrassment in order to spend my money in your establishment? That does seem kinda goofy, I have to admit.

    • The point is to call out the most egregious antis and make them pay in lost revenue and bad publicity and to support those who support freedom and reward them thusly. That is how you turn the tide. The NFL is an ideal target, they are both large enough to make for a very significant victory and rooted enough in American culture that they naturally should be called out for working against established American values

      • I would love to take part in calling out specific anti-gun businesses, and I agree that the NFL is a great place to start. Do you know of any credible campaigns to boycott any such establishments? I don’t…. A few dozen guys who read a blog choosing not to watch an event won’t even make a dent. To make a difference a certain amount of publicity has to go with it.

        • Yes, and as was the case for many of the gains in liberty we have enjoyed recently it may require decades of effort to make a difference.

    • Don’t go to the theaters. Whatever first run movie they’re showing will be on dvd in a short time. Go to places like Rasputin’s and buy used dvd’s. You’ll see the movie and have the satisfaction of knowing that not a penny of the transaction goes to the anti gun actor or other hollywood nobles.

      • At some point that used DVD was a new DVD. The value (and price) of the new DVD is enhanced by the presence of a secondary market for the DVD. My purchase of the used DVD still serves to create incremental profit for the anti-freedom actors, studio executives, production companies, etc.

        I like the way you are thinking, and I am all about sticking it to the (anti-freedom) man, but this isn’t the value chain I’m looking for.

  12. I pretty much quit following pro football when I quit following the Cowboys. And I quit following the Cowboys when they fired Tom Landry. Has more to do with the nature of the game and the players these days than with any specific political position, and it helps that I don’t have a TV anyway. But truthfully, all of pro sports anymore seems hopelessly PC to me, I don’t think I would care to support any of them in general. You won’t find a bigger barking moon-bat liberal anywhere than a sportswriter who gets a chance to sound off on a political issue (see eg Mike Lupica).

    • You must be my long-lost twin brother. I grew up as the biggest Cowboys fan in Texas, until Jerry Jones, and now the NFL is a big Meh for me. Bob Costas and the NFL’s attitude toward guns and Rush Limbaugh don’t help. I don’t care if one is a Rush fan or not–they shouldn’t be basing their franchise decisions on personal politics.

      • I’m proud to be your long-lost twin. 🙂 I’ve said for years now, every time the ‘Boys are looking for another coach–what they need is a new owner (and one who is more like the original owner).

        • YES. A good owner makes all the difference, brother. 🙂 Murchison and Schramm knew what they were doing.

  13. I don’t watch much football, much less about teams I have zero reason to care about. So, sure. I’ll do what you say. This time.

  14. I find it difficult to believe that a company with total annual revenues in the 55 million range is really going to plop down the 8-9 million it takes to run a one-minute ad during the superbowl. The whole “banned superbowl ads” thing seems more like a scheme to drive youtube views.

    • I was thinking the same thing. And you know what? Good for Daniel Defense. I have no problem with them simultaneously exposing the NFL while exploiting said exposure for profit. If I were in the market for a high end AR they would have my business.

    • I would bet others have done so, how many successful businesses trace their success to an ad campaign? Or Super Bowl ads specifically. I don’t doubt that a DD ad on Super Bowl Sunday would be more than worth it in terms of sales post ad and in terms of sustained growth. Would it be worth it if they went from 55mil last year to 100 by the end of this?

  15. I went to the range and let some lead fly! I won’t be watching the game because I dumped direct tv (even though I always had good service from them) because I really didn’t watch much tv. It saved me almost $200 a month for guns and ammo.

  16. I’m pretty much only watching the Superbowl for the commercials. And I can get those on Youtube after the game. I hate the Patriots and I don’t care about the Seahawks.

    I am NOT going to the range. Have you seen what it looks like out there/ Screw that.

  17. Seahawks play in a billion dollar stadium financed by taxpayers. The team is owned by a billionaire that financed initiative I-594 ending private gun sales in Washington State and establishing de-facto gun registration. The law not only applies to all firearms, but antiques, and relics as well. It also bans the act of loaning, or borrowing guns without a FFL transfer.

  18. I don’t begrudge anyone their hobbies or interests, but spectator sports have never been my thing; I’m content enough in my personal life that I don’t need to attach my ego to the athletic ability of a bunch of illiterate, girlfriend-punching HGH repositories. The NFL’s anti-gun positions just ensure I won’t reconsider my position any time soon, along with those obnoxious fans who confrontationally ask “Well, what do you do?” when I tell them I’m not into pro sports, as if there were no other options.

    • I got into football for a while a few decades back, because I lived walking distance from the local high school. All the fun and excitement with zero expense, usually. Really fun. Spending thousands to be hassled by airlines and guards really makes no sense to me.

  19. I try to avoid supporting anti-gun businesses when possible. But since I have DirecTV with no telephone connection to the box, there’s no way for anyone to know what I’m watching. They won’t get any ad revenue on my account.

    The NFL is basically a bunch of millionaires stumbling around on a big cow pasture, fighting over a pumpkin. But with cheerleaders, which is nice.

  20. I have not followed the NFL in about three years. Did not know they enforced the ban on guns and would not run certain commercials. All more the reason to avoid watching the Super bowl tonite.

  21. Hey yinz guys, this Bowl game ain’t so Super widdout dem Stillers in it!
    Seriously though, no interest in the game. I did see some Puppy Bowl highlights so I’m good for the day!

  22. I don’t watch the Superbowl.

    At first it was because I got mad that I had to pay $80/month for basic cable, so I just ditched cable TV… about 15 years ago. After some time passed, I went to somebody’s Superbowl party and enjoyed the game.

    Next, I got mad at them when I realized ALL professional sports make money hand over fist but threaten to move unless the hosting city pays for their arena. Is that a sort of ransome/extortion play or something? That cheesed me off for a while. A couple years passed and I went to another superbowl party. It was ok.

    Then I found out the sex slave market surges worldwide during the superbowl: http://www.coha.org/the-infamous-link-between-sex-trafficking-sex-tourism-and-sporting-events-%E2%80%93-what-lies-ahead-for-brazil/ This is not directly the fault of the NFL, but good Lord, it turns my stomach. I cannot watch it any longer.

    The NFL now represents the most disgusting things in life to me. And they hate your second amendment right as well.

    So… I agree with the article.

  23. Interesting that nbc is showing trailer for the new terminator flick with ahnie. And several of the aforementioned items that the nfl does not “permit”. Beginning of 2nd q as I write.

  24. Let’s see who makes up their rosters: killers, rapists, dog torturers and killers, domestic abusers, need I go on? The league looks the other way so long as they make money, this is no different, they have no idea that their fan base is made up of a lot of Second Amendment supporters and most of those supporters are more interested in “their team” than their principles, so it doesn’t even matter.

      • I’ve hated the NBA longer than the NFL, with thug life on display one of the big reasons for disliking both. Used to enjoy football but it’s decayed into what it is now. No thanks.

  25. Wow you guys are a bunch fuddy duddy’s. We’re having a blizzard here and the family mainly watches the commercials. Pretty boring game so far. I guess I’m rooting for Seattle. I’ll still watch pro football on my television machine with my cable TV. Every pro sport is just a business. And the NFL can’t embrace guns with all the violent thugs who play…Tom Brady for a touchdown!

  26. Not watching it either. #1 I don’t care about the game, #2 the Patriots, apparently, cheated to get in, and #3 there are better things to do with my time.

  27. Jon,

    [Slow clap]. You really hit the nail on the head with this article.

    The problem, in my mind, isn’t just that they ban firearms carried by licensed citizens from their venues. Nor is it that they take public subsidies for a business that seems to support itself quite well (not to mention a bizarre exemption from federal antitrust laws.) But the fact that the NFL gives a big thumbs down to gun ads, putting it in the same company as ads for a website that promotes adultery, all the while allowing ads for things like alcohol…well, that’s a bit much for me.

    The antis are being stymied from winning in anywhere but a handful of states. They’re starting to realize that the only way they’re going to win is to change public attitudes about firearms. That’s the real threat behind Bloomberg’s money here – if they can use it to pressure enough corporations, enough organizations, enough high profile people to publicly stand on the other side, they hope to win over a majority of people to their side. It’s the new long-term war.

    In this fight, the NFL has shown us what side they’re on.

    Of course, it’s an easy call for me. I could not care less about the sport. I didn’t even know the Super Bowl was this weekend until someone mentioned it at work on Friday. I guess some people feel passionately about it, but I’ve never managed to feel that strongly about something that I wasn’t actually doing myself. Seems like a lot of bread and circuses to me.

    My father always used to harangue me when I watched sports on TV. “Don’t waste your life watching someone else play a game – go out and play it yourself!” he’d say. It occasionally occurs to me that the man was a lot wiser than I gave him credit for when I was a boy.

  28. This, TTAG, is the site where we are constantly harangued about our lost rights. Slave states. Manwoman. Time to take up arms, yada, yada.

    But something as simple as tuning out a game played by spoiled millionaires is too much suffereing for some of our POTG.

    Fair weather patriots, indeed.

  29. brought this up to my wife and was informed the Super Bowl is the grandest stage for football glory and the largest human trafficking event in the US. So if you want another reason to dislike the NFL there’s the illegal sex trade that goes on at their games, not just the Super Bowl. I didn’t really believe it at first but there’s tons of evidence.

  30. Pro sports is just a big distraction made to pacify the masses. Just like in ancient Rome, the people are distracted by bread and circuses as their civilization burns right in front of them.

  31. The ad never even showed a firearm, and the logo doesn’t count. Just another reason why pro-football is a giant waste of time. Worst part is that I’m going to have to pre-empt every conversation tomorrow with “I really don’t give a s**t.”

  32. I’d watch football again if the players were recruited from within 100 miles of their team’s hometown. NFL teams are brands, that’s it. Might as well cheer for Pepsi, Coca-Cola, or Royal Crown if you’re edgy. It’s also hard to watch if you only have Netflix…

    • Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! I never understood why people cheer for a team just because they play in the area. College ball? I can see a reason why someone might cheer for “their” team but whenever anyone says “We won,” or “We lost,” I just want to slap them and say, “YOU HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THAT TEAM YOU DUMB@SS SACK OF $HIT!!!!!!!”

      And “Royal Crown” for the win when it comes to colas!

  33. Rome had it’s games too. Why to keep the DUMB SHEEPLE asleep …. noting new . And YES the super bowl and NFL are anti-America and Anti- god and may they all burn in HELL … but Amerika too will be JUDGED too.. the false god of sports. You can COUNT on it.. GOD IS NOT MOCKED…………..

  34. I just can’t decide who I want to lose more, the New England Cheaters or the Seattle Trashtalkers.

  35. Poor rich elite owners, running so scared from the Social Justice Warriors that they censor gun ads…

    Went pig scouting instead, a beautiful day to be outdoors. I can catch up on the best ads on the innertubz later.

    • PS: kudos to Daniel Defense on that ad.

      IMHO a little heavy on the ominous music, but otherwise nicely done.

      My family’s safety is my primary motivation, and I suspect thats where most of the new gun owners are coming from too – life-stages, job, mortgage, kids, self-responsibility, male and female who think for themselves vs blindly follow the kool kid klub twit-nitwits and FakeBookers…

      That certainly matches up with the Pew research polls, and the truism that “Anyone who is not a Liberal when young, doesnt have a heart, and any one not a Conservative when older, doesnt have a brain”.

      I am reading that ads are targeting the Millenials, more and more, as they are replacing the Boomers in numbers and discretionary income, and

      since the Millenials are more hip to being spun, having grown up with internet and social media on their games and devices, they are far more cynical, and smart about who supports the cultural marxism in memes like GamerGate, vs who keeps it real, instead, like TTAG.

      The ads or venues that ‘play political correct’ are gonna just look dumber and dumber, and censorship, like NBA or Fakebook’s faux morality is even more foolish.

      Most people wont take the time to say something, but the taint of cowardice sticks to the brand.
      The NFL Superbowl 2015- Soft balls, indeed.

    • “Went pig scouting instead, a beautiful day to be outdoors.”

      That’s what I did. Time in the woods was far more better than sitting on my butt listening to a bunch of people trying to sound intelligent (and failing miserably) about game others will be playing.

      During the game proper, we (the whole family) watched a very interesting period movie on DVD.

      I didn’t even know who was playing in the game until yesterday morning, and often (like this year) don’t even know when it is until the week of.

  36. I’m reminded of how every big league sports franchise in the state donated money in the campaign to keep concealed carry totally illegal in Missouri many years ago.

  37. This is from last year, and its been theorized by some that the terrible ad was rejected not so much because it is pro-gun, but because it was terrible. In fact, some have said on this very site (last year, when this was news) that DD probably knew this ad wouldn’t pass inspection, and put it up anyways for the publicity it would bring when it got rejected.

    This is last years news. Don’t bury an AK in the sand, dig it up a year later, and try to sell it to me as brand new. Can you do that? Sure. Should you do that? Probably not. Will I buy it? Hell no.

    • What a load, if your devotion to that sport and it’s league is stronger than your conviction to your rights, just be man enough to admit it, don’t try to BS the rest of us.

  38. Spent most of the day at the range. Playing with a new toy. Now my shoulder is reminding me how old I am.
    Then went to cabelas to buy more ammo. The place was deserted!

  39. Those evil guns! evil Daniel Defense!

    Never mind the human sex trafficking and crime culture bred within the NFL-sphere. Never mind the spousal abuse, murder, and battery.

    The NFA is just as bad as college football with its absurdities.

  40. Did Daniel Defense make a new add. The previous one was so perfect. Speaks to real concerns. Not that Budweiser lost puppy adds don’t.

  41. Hey, I’m in MA, where the Pats are a religion, so of course I watched. That was the nuttiest game I ever saw. And the entire time I was watching, I had a gun on my hip.

    • That call to pass at the end was the most absurd playcall I’ve ever seen.

      I’m glad the pats pulled through though

  42. When the NFL gives some kind of major bonus for dreadlock/hair tackles perhaps I might watch highlights on the evening news.

    Until then, watching snow melt or corn grow is more interesting then “pro” football.

  43. The Cardinals host gun shows in their stadiums, a super majority of NFL players are gun owners, Adam Viniteri spoke at the NRA convention last time, etcetera etc. As far as I’m concerned, getting together with friends and enjoying the game beats out being a Negative Nancy any day of the week.

  44. Well, I would not have watched the SooperBowl anyway, but now I *really*won’t!. Even after it went off. I just won’t do it! In fact, I just may not watch it again next year!

  45. This is almost as ironic as the ban of commercials for guns and ammo during UFC. The sport is about two people violently beating each other into a bloody pulp — and yet they won’t show commercials for legal products to keep law-abiding people away from harm. ~rolling eyes~

  46. All I see here is a bunch of people who are overly concerned with how unconcerned they want others to think they are about something. Last I checked, a lot of tech people and their companies are anti-gun, too, yet here you are, acquiescing to the machine.

    Besides, the football season already ended in early January. Too bad there won’t be any more real sports to watch until August.

  47. I’m a Christian, a member of the National Guard, former active duty Navy, I’m an independent Constitutional Conservative, A legal gun owner, a member of the NRA, a Second Amendment advocate, a sports fan in general, an NFL fan, a life long Dallas Cowboys fan, and a football fan in general, and I will be watching the Super Bowl, just as I’ve done every year of my 42 years.
    I admit that I may be a bit bias, as I train athletes to play in the NFL and other college and pro sports, as a profession, but I find this article to be completely silly; if you don’t like football and want to go to the range instead of watching the Super Bowl, just say you’re not interested in the game and go enjoy your range time, but quite trying to make the rest of us who will enjoy the game, feel guilty.

  48. Since I don’t watch any football to begin with that’s an easy one for me.

    I think it’s funny folks laugh at Star Trek and Star Wars fans, yet sports fans are the biggest geeks on the planet.

    They wear a shirt with another mans name on the back , fly the team flag and talk about how “they ” won. Ha ha ha!

    • Absolutely correct! A person would have to be an idiot, for example, to go to F1 at COTA and buy Ferrari shirts at $50 a pop, flags, hats, etc and then scream bloody murder for the cars even when they are back in the pack … OOoops. I don’t know anything about that except what I’ve heard, of course.

  49. The NFL’s stance represents the new tactic the antis are trying to go for, and that’s the demonization of gun ownership. They are taking a playbook from the anti-smoking campaigns of twenty years ago. The anti-smoking brigade figured out they couldn’t make smoking illegal, so they changed their tactics to make it culturally unacceptable. Which is what the anti-2A groups are trying to do now, by banning guns in businesses, and perpetuating the “yahoo” stereotype of gun owners.

    On the legal front we’re winning some major battles. Concealed carry, shall-issue, shall-certify for NFA, and so forth have happened in a lot of states over the last few years. And yes, we’ve lost a few battles (I-594 in Washington) which should be a concern for all. But our victories have made the antis change their tactics. They may be losing the legal war, but they are winning the cultural war. Try bringing up guns in a mixed social situation.

    Actually the Super Bowl party I was at last night was a great example. I’m the “gun guy” of my social circle. While others own and carry, I’m usually the go-to guy for anything gun related, i.e. “Oh ask Pod, he’ll get you pointed in the right direction for “. I’m not a top-rated marksman, but I read a lot.

    But anyways, without prompting, the hostess of the party (who leans anti despite being from the South – we’re in Miami) asked me how many guns I had these days … I told her “more than five less than twenty…”, which is my usual guarded response. Surprisingly she was like “Well, in that case I guess you need to take me and my husband shooting…I don’t want to own a gun but I want to shoot one…”, which then led to the gun debate coming up in the general conversation, despite the game being on in the background. Most of the people were pro-gun, with a few staunch antis, which actually bought up the cultural argument. They know they can’t win on the legal front, but they are trying to win on the cultural front. They want gun ownership to be like smoking cigarettes, i.e. a “disgusting” habit you should be forced to do outside and away from people. For the record I find smoking disgusting but I don’t begrudge anyone who wishes to do it. I mind my own business.

    The conversation did display the cultural war going on though. The typical tropes are coming alive though – demonize a previously innocent practice (gun ownership/recreational shooting) and you get a lot of people wondering what the ruckus is about. The cultural war could actually be a good thing for us.

  50. I didn’t watch most of the game, because I was driving. But had the Colts been playing, I would have watched.

    Of course, I turn the game on in my hotel room, just in time to see Pete Carroll make the stupidest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

  51. It was a good game, But I would have liked to see the hawks have more possession of the ball, they played the whole game in defensive mode, An absolutely stupid call by Carroll to pass the ball..I think Lynch could have plowed thru to a TD, had they ran the ball.

    I was watching Phoenix Craigslist as scalpers were peddling $1900 Superbowl tickets for 10K. I can’t believe people are that stupid.

  52. What teams were playing and who won? I was busying laying in the snow practicing my long range low-light shooting a la Simo Häyhä.

    -D

  53. Have never been a big sports fan, although I used to watch billiards because of a few of the female pro’s. Something sexy about a woman stretched out over a pool table.

  54. I wanted to skip the Super Bowl and go to the range instead, but my range had a sign that said “closed for Super Bowl”.

  55. I’d rather watch Dressage than the Superbowl. Have you ever watched that? Snooze-fest!
    As far as taking my man card goes, “Molon labe”.

  56. you obviously do not know what this country is. Football literally drives our entire economy. look it up. that is why this country is the way it is. the idiot populous has decided that roided up men who run around a field in tights slapping at each other and grunting is more important and deserves more pay than a doctor who saves children’s lives. This is “The United States of Useful Idiots” Stalin would be proud.

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