Thursday, October 20, 2011

Regarding Bristol...

Sebastian, at "Shall not Be Infringed", commented on the difference between what he terms Gun Culture 1.0
and Gun Culture 2.0, commenting on WIILSHOOT's original post concerning ... Quoting judiciously, Sebastian frames GC1.0 and GC2.0 as:

Part of it goes back to Michael Bane’s assertion of there being a Gun Culture 1.0, and a Gun Culture 2.0. I’m reluctant to use this analogy, because there’s not really as clean a division among the gun culture as it implies, but it is useful for illustrating the mentality difference from those in the culture who are self-defense oriented, and those that are more connected to the traditional hunting and shooting culture. There is significant overlap between the two cultures, but there are even generational differences in how one approaches the subject of concealed carry, for instance.

I think this is an apt description of part of the predicament that manifests itself so much at a club like Bristol - the board, made up of trap shooters, action-lite shooters, blackpowder enthusiasts and traditional riflemen (as opposed to, say, 3-gunners) runs the show and calls the shots. Classes highlighting self-defense or competitive (IDPA or USPSA) shooting are minimized, while "business as usual" keeps rolling along.

Sebastian goes further analyzing the problem as:

People in the GC 1.0 age group are more familiar with and better at navigating that kind of organization than people in the GC 2.0 age group, who tend to want to think of shooting facilities as a product they buy or don’t buy, rather than a civic, membership driven enterprise. This is understandable, but without GC 2.0 stepping up, eventually we’re going to lose a lot of good places to shoot, and that will really be unfortunate.

The solution would be simple: vote the board out and remake the club in the image that you desire.

However, in practice, the issue is that the GC1.0 can make the environment so undesirable for members of GC2.0 that they simply decline to participate. If ranges weren't so monopolized, it'd be easy for members of GC2.0 to start their own.

This leads to the crux of the problem of sorts, places like Bristol, lorded over by members of GC1.0, prevent members of later generations from actually getting involved, or worse, turning them away from the "gun culture" completely.