“In February, the pseudonymous author of this piece—a former employee at a gun range in Orange County, California—contacted Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson, who interviewed the author and corroborated his account (as told to Harkinson below) through official documents, news reports, and interviews with two other former employees of the gun range.” And so . . .
Our re-christened, unidentified gun rage guy– sorry gun range guy — “Kyle Taylor” waves the bloody shirt, highlighting suicides and “rage killers” who fired guns at his former place(s) of employment. After bemoaning on-the-job lead poisoning, he proceeds to excoriate the right wingedness of his former customers’ political “extremism.”
I started noticing a difference in the type of people coming to the range when Bill Clinton was president. It was the first time I had actually seen somebody post a picture of the president as a target. I told them, “Look, you can’t do that.” Now there’s a company that sells targets with images of Obama, and they put apelike features on him.
You never would have seen something like that 20 years ago when I started. It’s an echo chamber. It’s a place where people feel safe because they feel that people are of like mind.
A few months ago, this woman wanted to know about getting her license. I asked her, “What do you need the gun for, if you don’t mind my asking? Was there a crime?” She said, “No, I think there’s going to be an influx of Muslims coming in from our southern border and then they are going to start killing people.” I’ve had people come up to me and say, “I don’t like it that you show these ragheads how to shoot.”
Paranoid? What would you call it when people have six months worth of food? What would you call it when people have 30-plus guns? What would you call it when they are stockpiling ammunition? The gun industry is making a killing, and it’s doing its best to fan the flames.
You see stuff in internet gun forums like, “Hey, FEMA is purchasing a million and a half rounds of ammunition.” It’s supposedly because the government is preparing to come around and knock on your door and round you up into camps.
It all plays into people’s paranoid fantasies, and guns are always the solution. They give people a sense of control in a world that is out of control. You go into the NRA convention and look around at the sea of faces— I’m sorry, it’s a bunch of paranoid white guys who see their country slipping away from them. They think people like Trump, or the gun industry, are the “real” Americans. The gun industry could give a rat’s ass. They are laughing all the way to the bank.
I call B.S. Mr. Taylor’s talking points polemic comes straight from Mother Jones’ anti-gun agitprop department. At best, the left-leaning news org “edited” a genuine account of life on the range to suit their civilian disarmament agenda. At worst, it’s pure fabrication. Either way, horsesh*t.
I’ve shot at dozens of gun ranges around the country. I’ve encountered Muslim-averse, Obama-hating, prepper OFWGs. But the general demeanor at every gun range I’ve ever visited is polite camaraderie — now including a dramatic influx of women shooters and minority shooters. And that’s the truth.