I know I mentioned before I’d reserve judgment on Appleseed until I had actually been one.Â After reading chatter over on their forum, I am reconsidering that.Â I do not wish to paint all Appleseed participants and instructors with this same brush.Â I’m sure many of them, like this gentlemen, are fine instructors, who really do want to help bring more people into the shooting culture.Â I do not question the basic premise of Appleseed. Â But I do question things like this:
These people sound like yuppies just chatting, nothing about them says anything to me about them having any credentials for having a radio talk show other than they just happen to have one. And where is their work on any kind of 2A program? Geeze, I have never seen more “If it didn’t originate here, it is no good” than these guys on blogs/talks.
And how about this one from a forum administrator:
Well well well.
Haven’t even been to one and are dissing it?Â How Jr. High.
Typical of amerika today, where everything is a 15 second soundbite and too many folks think that fame can be found sitting in their underwear in front of a computer screen in their mama’s basement.Â Not hearnig the “show”, I shall reserve full judgement until later.
For now though, I hope that they get to an Appleseed soon, ID themselves (although we should know them by the pastey white skin and the fact that they are still wearing just underwear!Â LOL!), and give it an honest try for a weekend our way.Â One would think that since they are conservative they would want to do a good job of reporting by getting the whole story instead of making it up like what happens on T.V.
Or they can continue being jut like all the other empty heads out there spouting off oppinoins as fact and losing crediblity among all but those whom also sit in their underwear in their mama’s basement.
And quite frankly, they can have them folks.
Will listen tonight.
Breda was the only one that was not “high”, and it showed. Â It is a tough deal to have a first timer, with the fire hose just removed, to do justice to the program. Â It does give us some perspective on how better to prepare folks to speak about Appleseed. Â I think if I can find a “supplier”, I may get high and see if I understand what they were saying.
Now, Chris Byrne, who has actually been to an Appleseed, and knows his shit, I think presented a fair and balanced view of the program.Â What I’m seeing is a lot of people who are unable to accept valid criticism and input, and that sets off alarm bells.Â These aren’t the people I want representing the gun culture.Â I have one basic litmus test for determining whether a person or organization is the kind of person I want to work with or not: Are you looking for allies, or are you looking for heretics?Â When I get a whiff of the latter, alarm bells go off, and my skepticism get raised.Â In grass roots movements, you’re always going to have some people trying to root out heretics, but how the organization deals with those types of folks says a lot about it.Â Is Appleseed willing to deal with those who can’t deal with criticism?Â Are they willing to weed through their own garden?Â These are the major questions I have.