By Kenn Blanchard
Upper Marlboro, MD –-(Ammoland.com)- People that live in the cities, often do not realize what freedoms they have lost or have given up by choice to live in close proximity to others.
I have sat and listened to groups of rural Americans complain about the same things that urban Americans applaud. It is an argument for freedom that is not understood by the casual observer. If you are involved in the gun rights movement and have ever wondered what you have missed living in and urban setting, here are a few observations.
If you are reading this you are probably more comfortable with people that support the right to keep and bear arms without restriction, versus those that think that all firearms should be banned.
The majority of the country however is somewhere in the middle. The Middle has people that say only certain types of people should be armed or certain types of firearms should be available. It also has those that don’t have an opinion, or that are still deciding which way to lean. It is this middle group that the gun rights evangelists should focus our pro freedom messages on.
Just like at the range, the middle is a much larger target than either end of the scale and is fairly quiet in comparison to the anti-rights crowd. But what about the big urban populations you ask? Surely they want freedom too?
Then there is the Urban Sheeple
When you have tasted freedom you see the same picture differently. For example, a new person to the city laments the absence of stars in a city sky, while the other group prefers the lights of the store that is open all night. One was upset by the sounds of sirens of emergency vehicles and the other didn’t notice the sound because it happens every fifteen minutes. Standing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded bus, elevator or subway is only “normal” to an urbanite.
Being a part of this human herd is common place for the urban dweller. As is the thought of being involved in a crime.
It is thought of as inevitable. As a normal part of urban life normal you get by on the “hope” that it doesn’t happen to you and you also “hope” and maybe pray, that you don’t get hurt from it. A common thought is that someone is going to “get it” but it is OK, if it isn’t you. We even “hope” that the criminal will eventually be caught. There is naturally less trust of others in a city. That is normal.
In the city, it is assumed that all politicians are crooked and you take your chances voting on the unknowns. Urbanites tend to keep the incumbent. Yes, he is a crook but he is a crook we know.
There is less responsibility in the city. You have services for this, and that. The water will always come out of the tap, clean and forever. The electricity is only a flip of a switch or outlet away. You (if you live in the city) rarely care how it works, just as long as it does.
There is a dependency in this culture. You make more money but you get less, to spend on less physical space, less nutritional food, less quality time to live.
The American traditions of hunting are rarely practiced in the city. You don’t have to hunt, for anything other than a store on your block or within driving distances. You don’t understand the “preppers” or zombie apocalyptic people. You believe that the police are a part of the services. They have to come don’t they? You don’t want to learn, contrary to your comfortable beliefs, that freedom is missing. And you certainly don’t want to hear it from some Gun Nut [man] or some Scaredy Cat [woman].
Victims of Circumstance
Usually when you are defending the right to keep and bear arms you are doing it with a person who has never experienced the freedom you take for granted.
They don’t want to acknowledge that their way is not the only way, or that what you are saying could be possibly true. You also have those that are grieving for loss of life, and the tool of the gun is an easy scapegoat. They don’t have to face the facts, the truth or admit personal mistakes. They may be in survival mode, experiencing an economic, or spiritual hardship and don’t have time to discuss politics, wax philosophic about Machiavelli, the Founding Fathers, or the Bill of Rights.
They may be a single parent with children they are trying to raise on their own and don’t want to lose them to thugs on the streets. There are always some other issues. They may be unable to own a gun legally having “survived” the streets but becoming a part of the criminal justice system n the process.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Not everyone understands what it means to be free. Most of us prefer the known to the unknown. I have found that we humans can adapt to anything. I am a witness. You can live in an abusive household and think it is normal. You can live with oppressive gun laws and though they have not stopped the murder of one child, it is normal. [can you say New Jersey]
You can hear about gun control and see the smiling face promising that if you vote for her your child will see tomorrow. We want to believe in something. Many city folks operated in this illusion of safety. Few understand that they are responsible for their own safety until tragedy hits. Then they have a choice to make. They either say “never again” or pass the buck.
All is not lost ~ Urban Shooter
An urban shooter is someone that lives in this environment but understands the truth. Being an urban shooter is not dependent on your race, gender or orientation. An urban shooter lives in close proximity with animosity, misunderstanding and restrictions to freedom that would make a cowboy or mountain man weep. An urban shooter probably doesn’t shoot his or her AR very often if they have one. An urban shooter might be someone that moved to a city for a better job and found out that common sense isn’t as common as it used to be. The urban shooter finds that the range and the gun show become social events with people that understand.
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid,” ~ Benjamin Franklin
For gun rights activist that are concerned with growing their groups, these are the issues you will be confronting. The other reasons are social, economical and a lack of education. Sometimes you can’t reach your neighbor and it’s not your fault. Focus on the Middle.
I’ve learned so much about people just wanting to exercise my right to keep and bear arms, that it fills me with pride as an American and breaks my heart as a caring human being. In conclusion, I will leave you with the words of Harriet Tubman….
“I would have saved more if they knew they were slaves”
Rev. Kenn BlanchardKenn Blanchard The Urban Shooter Podcast “The Pro-Gun Variety Show”
Kenn Blanchard is a contributer to AmmoLand Shooting Sports News and Producer of the Urban Shooter pod cast. In addition Kenn Blanchard is a pro-gun media producer & marketing profesional that helps small businesses by providing information, entertainment , inspiration and support to the sport shooting community through blogs, voice -over, podcasting and professional speaking. Visit: www.kennblanchard.com