Those of us in the firearms industry often ponder what the future of our world will be like as far as guns are involved. I’m sure many American gun owners do the same. Most often, these contemplations and the related discussions turn to politics and all of us pro-gun people agree we must vote pro-gun politicians into office in order to protect our Second Amendment Rights.
Well, how’s that working out for you?
If you look at the history of legislation here in the United States, it’s full of failures and there are no absolutes. What was once considered immoral and illegal will soon become accepted and reasonable. Look at the trend in laws as they relate to drugs. I’m not taking a position on drugs or asking you to do the same, I’m just saying … laws change. The point is that we can’t trust legislation or legislators to do our bidding.
But we can trust mom.
If all the moms in America thought it best that every child be given a Pop Tart every morning, then you can bet that Pop Tarts would be on the breakfast menu of every school. Heck, they might even be delivered directly to your door free of charge. If every mom in America believed and demanded that kids should play hard for an hour each day, school recesses would be longer and our kids would be healthier.
By the same token, if every mom in America felt that firearms safety was something her kids must learn, it would be taught in every public school.
Fathers might typically be the bricks of the family, but moms are the mortar that holds those bricks and the family together. If Mom is against her son playing football, he won’t. If Mom says we’re all going to church today, you’d better be getting your Sunday best on. If Mom likes to shoot and hunt, guess what? It’s very likely that her children will do the same.
Of course, the problem is that modern moms, for the most part, don’t like to shoot and hunt. And many moms don’t want their children to do that either. Granted, there’s starting to be a shift in the dynamic—female shooters and hunters are the fastest growing segment of the shooting and hunting population. If gun owners are smart, they’ll do all they can to encourage this even more.
My father and mother were both hunters and, as a result, I literally grew up with a gun in my hand. Before I was a teenager I was turned loose in the woods with a .22 and both my mother and father celebrated my good shooting. Interestingly, my dad didn’t like handguns and I wasn’t allowed to own one. But Mom was different. Mom took me down to the local gun shop, let me pick out a .357 Rem. Mag. and bought it for me. I’m sure her and Dad had a discussion after that. Guess who won. (Here’s some advice for all you hairy-knuckled men out there: happy wife, happy life! Dad taught me that and experience has proven it to be true.)
I’m also sure, to a large extent, that the reason my sister became a hunter and a shooter was directly related to the fact that her mother was, too. I’m seeing that same pattern within my family.
It’s probably no surprise to you that my son likes to shoot and hunt, but his mother likes the same things, so shooting and hunting isn’t something he only shares with me. My daughters see their mom go to the range, or go to the woods, and they’ve even been left alone with me (scary thought) while their mother has gone away to Gunsite shooting school for days at a time. The girls see that these things make their mommy happy.
When kids—during the most impressionable time in their life—see their family involved in an activity, it takes root and can be expected to last for eternity. Just consider the things you did as a family, with your family, when you were young. Don’t you now do similar things with your family? When shooting and hunting is a family activity—not just a thing that daddy does on the weekend—it becomes part of life.
Just as importantly, consider how in this modern era there are many, many single moms out there raising kids on their own. I was a single parent for a time and I can tell you, if you haven’t tried it … it’s as hard as skinning a cat with one arm. But here’s the thing: If those moms aren’t into shooting or hunting, how will their kids ever be exposed to it?
As a shooter and hunter, you know the enjoyment to be experienced with those activities. If you want that opportunity to be extended to our youth and shared for generations to come, get moms involved. Women aren’t going to find gun- or hunting-related articles in their magazines, nor are they going to be exposed to hunting and shooting (in a positive manner) through the mainstream media. It’s going to take something else.
If your wife isn’t supportive of hunting and shooting, don’t expect it to be a priority with your kids. Work to change that. If your hunting or shooting buddy’s wife isn’t supportive of shooting and hunting, encourage him to change that. Maybe your wife can help. And, if you know a single mom, do the same thing.
The future of firearms freedom in this country is a questionable thing. Moms can change all that, and by doing so they can make America a safer and more free place to live.
Moms are the key.