This, of course, is news to no one who has played first person shooter video games within the last few years. The Call of Duty series has been on a slow decline ever since it reached the pinnacle of “shoot that enemy soldier in the face” gameplay with Modern Warfare, as Activision slowly bleeds the franchise for every shiny penny that it’s worth. There are other games stepping in to take its place, but as we watch this franchise launch itself up the water ski ramp and over the fenced-in shark, it’s good to note that video games have helped save the gun culture . . .
As Robert likes to say, culture eats strategy for lunch. The more people owning guns and liking guns, the less power gun control advocates will have. And when it comes to getting new shooters into their local stores to pick up a modern rifle or two, video games like Call of Duty have done more to bolster the ranks of the gun culture than anything else in recent years.
According to some latest reports, less than 7% of Americans hunt. That’s down from the damn near 100% figure of the 1770s, but not unexpected given the ease with which one can pick up nice and neat packages of meat from the grocery store. Hunting used to be the default way in which someone would be introduced into the gun culture, but with the decline of hunting things were looking bleak. The decline of hunting was one of the first steps in the gun control agendas of England and Australia, and their last push for civilian disarmament came at a time when there was no activity there to keep the culture alive. As a result, since hunting was no longer something to protect and no one was there to speak up for gun rights, the forces of gun control succeeded.
Here in the United States, a similar situation was forming. Hunting was on the decline, and you could see the plan formulating in the halls of gun control advocates. Demonize the act of hunters, demonize the gun, and then confiscate them all. But since the Call of Duty franchise started up, there has been a new breed of gun owner to contend with — the tactical, self defense minded gun rights advocate.
It’s a completely new breed, and the gun control folks still haven’t figured out how to counter their appearance. The Brady Campaign is trying to paint concealed carry holders as heartless killers who are just itching to pull the trigger, but their numbers are so laughable that even they have a hard time keeping a straight face. It’s hard to argue against a rape victim who is asking to defend herself, against a mother who used an AR-15 to protect her kids, or against someone who wants protection against thugs playing the “knockout game.” In that sense, you could say that Call of Duty saved gun rights.
But now it sucks and as with all things, its time may have passed. But it brought the first person shooter genre to a new height and may have saved one of our fundamental rights from the chopping block of the Democratic party.