Gun Owner Day, 2009

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:05:32 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

Carl Bussjaeger at The Libertarian Enterprise - way back in 2002, Mr. Bussjaeger declared February 10 to be "Gun Owner Day". He encouraged gun owners to wear their sidearms, or at least wear a button, informing people that gun owners are good, decent, people. I put it in my calendar way back then, and I got an alert this morning. Doesn't seem that his idea stuck anywhere else, since I didn't find anything about it except his Doing Freedom! version a few weeks later. But it's a good idea.

Let's shoot for a "Gun Owner Day." It goes like this:

I'm proud of being a gun owner, capable of defending myself. Even when I'm not openly wearing a gun, I wear a pin, button, or badge that does make the point. Which gave me the idea...

With estimates of gun owners in American ranging from 80 million to more than a hundred million, I know we're everywhere, but usually no one recognizes us for what we are. I propose to change that. As in the hoped for WYG day, I suggest we pick one day and wear something that does identify you as a gun owner. But instead of openly carrying a weapon - or do that, too, if you want - put on a button. Maybe a label, a sticker. Just make the point that you are an everyday person, and a gun owner.

Not a bloodthirsty psychopath.

Make people understand that we're everywhere, and not a threat.

I'm going to fire up my word processor and print out some labels on Avery 5263 forms. They will read simply:

I am decent,
I am a

I'm going to break out my Badge-A-Minit kit and make buttons that read the same way.

I expect I'll generate some graphics for this, too. I'll post all files on my website. Then I'm going to write to every RKBA group I can reach and ask them to join me.

And on February 10th - which I'm declaring Gun Owner Day - I'm going to put on my pins, button, and label, and let the country see that I'm just one of a hundred million decent people.

How 'bout you?

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