An Open Letter To All Gun Owners On The Internet

An Open Letter To All Gun Owners On The Internet
By Eric at the Gunmart Blog

Eric at the Gunmart Blog
Eric at the Gunmart Blog

United States –-( Everyone over at the Brady Center knows that they are not called “clips”. Its a ploy… and they are manipulating us.

Yep, that’s the conclusion that I have come to. Its a ploy. It may not be the best one, but its gotten to the point that I don’t think it could be anything else. Why are they doing this? Well, I think that answer is very simple. They are trying to distract us, and they are trying to dictate our behavior.

Think about it. Every time they post on their website or release a statement or press release or something… what do we do? We all run to the forums and the blogs and spend all that time typing about how ignorant they are and how they just don’t know what they are saying. We spend countless hours laughing at them and conversing about what fools they are, but I am pretty sure that they are laughing at us on the other end of things.

They fully understand that the online gun community is a passionate grass roots group and that we have significant numbers. They know the impact that we have, so they are trying to sidetrack us. Each and every time that they use the word “clip” they are getting us to focus on something that is causing us to just spin our wheels. It causes us to spend a bunch of our time wrapped up in something that is completely unproductive and does nothing to further our cause. Consequently they are more than happy to gives us some red meat to occupy our time with. Plus, I really think they enjoy watching us dance. I’ve seen it so many times now that I just don’t think that it could be anything else.

How do I know they are doing this? First off, they are smart. Lets give them a little credit. They may be incredibly misguided, but they aren’t clueless idiots. If they were, they would have fallen flat on their faces a long time ago. Secondly, they read the stuff that we write. They keep up with the chatter in the forums, and at the blogs and websites. They troll our online hangouts and they have done their research. We all know that. They know how we think and how we respond to their statements. Lastly, they are very, very good at staying on message. They never waiver even when it is so disconnected from reality that its laughable. They stay on point and keep pounding no matter how wrong they are.

Call To Action
So here is my call to action… Can we please stop going on the endless diatribes whenever a leftist gun grabber uses the word “clip”? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t needle the new guy on the forum who is way too excited about the fact that his new Gen 4 Glock came with three “clips”. I’m just asking that we stop letting the far left push our buttons with this. We need to end the pointless debates on local newspaper and left wing websites. We need to stop running to the forums and blogs to endlessly bemoan how ignorant the left is about this.

That’s what they want us to do… and we need to stop playing their game.

Instead, how about we use this as a trigger to do something positive for the shooting community? Every time that the loony left uses the word “clip”, how about we do something like writing our congressman and letting them know (once again) exactly where we stand on gun rights? Or perhaps we could give a couple of bucks to the NRA or to your local/state level gun rights organization. Maybe you tell your kid to put down the video games cause you’re taking him/her to the range to do some shooting. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but lets all decide on something that each of us wants to do. Lets use this as an opportunity to make an investment in the shooting community and to furthering our gun rights. It doesn’t have to be one particular thing and its doesn’t really matter what it is, but lets all resolve to do something that benefits our side.

So, lets stop letting the Brady Bunch push our buttons and instead turn their little ploy against them. I promise you that they won’t know what to do with themselves.

Eric at the Gunmart Blog – Eric is a gun blogger, firearms enthusiast, and sorry excuse for a hunter. He is also an AmmoLand Shoting Sports News Columnist. Leave him some comments on this article before you go. You can also follow Eric on Facebook, Twitter and at his blog, Gunmart. Visit:

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I never really looked at it from that perspective before. Another catchphrase they like to use is ‘gun violence’ ! There’s no such thing and they know it. Bill Baker mentioned the term ‘clippie mags’ when talking to a liberal,gun-grabbing douche. I like that and will start using it myself.

Bill Baker

I intentionally always refer to them as ‘clippie mags’ anymore. Gun people that catch my sarcasm may get annoyed or think its funny, and it tends to drive the left insane in my local conversations. They seem to not like being made fun of.

Justin Zeigler

Excellent point. This letter inspires me to donate $1 to the Friends of NRA every time I see a nomenclature or factual operation error tweeted by gun control organizations/journalists/shills. I don't follow any of these, but I do follow various gun bloggers and NRA appendages. If anyone wants to increase the chances of me seeing errors, just follow me on twitter (@Barbicane), and I will follow you for a week to see if you post errors or entertain me enough to stay followed. Donation amount will be tallied for a year and given when I attend the Verde Valley (Arizona)… Read more »