Gun shop owners negotiate with anti-gun organizations at their own peril.Â These people are not interested in coming to an understanding — they want you out of business and your product banned.Â Give them nothing.Â Do not talk to them.Â We are your customers, and we’re just warning you if you want us to continue patronizing your businesses.
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I don’t care if they talk to them, that’s mostly just being polite. But, I’d like to make sure that they are advocates for their personal profitability and our political protection as a movement.
……..the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. (Prov.12:10)
I am always amazed that people that confer with these zealots think they are going to come to some type of common ground. They are TB’s (True Believers), they will drink buckets of cow urine before they will give an inch on your end.
From my perspective, it’s not about giving any inches if you meet with them. I think if the group is coming to you as a PR stunt (and they are if they are pretending to be nice), then a meeting doesn’t hurt. Be firm, be clear, and steer the conversation to issues in the criminal system and community service concerns.
I think if you basically tell them to go screw themselves by rudely refusing to talk, you set yourself up to become the next major target by political adversaries. Not that they won’t eventually come after you, but it’s much easier to play the PR game if you can say you had a meeting and tried to discuss the real issues. You’re never going to get a completely fair shake, but at that point, you can set yourself up to defend yourself in the PR world.
LIke Bitter said, meet w/ them then put them on the defensive. I still like the quote I got from the Trib message board:
“Sure, I’ll support more gun laws for you, as soon as you write the names of every family member and neighbor that belongs to a gang and has a gun hidden on this sheet of paper. Let me know when you’re done and we’ll hold a joint press conference to name names and start to really bring the cycle of violence to an end.”
Excellent. I would certainly meet with them, and absolutely put them on the defensive (in one way or another).
careful there, sounds like you’re drawing a line.
I agree with your ideology on this one, don’t meet with them,don’t talk with them, and fight them ever inch of the way. We already know they’re hostile toward gun owners and their intent toward the issue. All that is left is to fight and win.
“Recognizing that organized religion, of whatever denomination, is responsible for acts of bigotry, exclusion and hatred down through recorded history ( crusades, fatwas, mass suicides, murders, bombings, etc.), I call on you, Pastor Whomever, to quell the violence by publicly disclosing the names of your church members, videotaping all services, undergoing a strict background check (which will, if approved, allow you a license to hold church services), submit to random federal inspections, and keeping your holy books and icons secured when not actually in use. Isn’t this just reasonable?”
(From a Baptist-American)
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