But hereâ€™s the thing â€“ yeah, those kids can beÂ annoying at times.Â But instead of shunning them or casting them aside, I truly believe that we need to embrace the video game generation and their love of firearms.Â You see a kid thatâ€™s interested in learning about the BushmasterÂ ACR, or M4Â Carbines or whatever because heâ€™s been playing Modern Warfare?Â Talk to that kid.Â Educate him, donâ€™t dismiss him.Â Someone come to your range with his freshly purchased semi-auto Thompson because it was awesome in a World War II game?Â That kid is the future of our shooting sports, right there.Â Take him to a USPSA match, because that kid needs the adrenaline from Run and Gun.
I have probably said this before, but I honestly believe that the video game generation is our future in the shooting sports.Â Think about it for a minute â€“ kids growing up playing games that involve firearms are going to have fewer mystical beliefs than those that have never been exposed to any type of firearm, digital or otherwise, so there is the potential for great teaching and recruiting opportunities.Â Itâ€™s up to us to capitalize on that opportunity.
Video games are about the only way boys can play with guns these days. BB guns? Pretty much out. Cowboys and Indians at the playground at school? Hell no! No in the days of “zero tolerance.” Â I think Caleb is right. The future shooting sports participants are going to be the Counterstrike Kiddies, or whatever it is the kids are playing today.