Robert’s Question of the Day Post yesterday had a description of the NRA convention as “the world’s largest gathering of gun-loving old fat white guys.” This got me thinking about a question that had been rolling around in my mind for awhile but only crystallized when I read that line: Where are all of the young guys (and gals) at the gun clubs?
I belong to two gun clubs here in NH and have been to a few meetings of both and I have generally seen older white guys (not all of them are fat) as the dominant demographic. I’m no spring chicken myself (let’s just say it’s been more than a decade since I saw my 20’s), but it seems that most of the members of these clubs are older than I am. Statistics tell us that more people than ever are getting into the firearms game and not all of these folks are going to be older men. So where are they?
Interestingly, I also have a membership at a public range near my house and I see largely the opposite clientele there. Many of the folks at that range are younger than I am, but I suspect that many of those folks are coming for the thrill of renting a gun or even a full auto gun and going to town for an hour or so.
I’m just curious – do the younger folks not join the gun clubs? Is this demographic more likely to be anti-gun? If so, then we have our work cut out for us because if we don’t change some minds pretty soon, these younger folks will get older, run for office and then start passing much less favorable laws for our community. Are there fewer people in their 20s and 30s getting into guns than we have been led to believe?