Why the zombie hate? Not the hate of zombies, but the subject of zombies? From reading the comments, I get the impression that a whole lot of you wish it would all go away. The basic idea I get from your comments is that you are somewhat embarrassed by it, and us, plus you think it detracts from â€śoutreach.â€ť
That is, if weâ€™d all just go back to shooting Bambi with bolt guns, and stopped all this prepper/survivalist zombie nonsense, that â€śsomeâ€ť people would leave us alone. And others would come to like us, and join us. Iâ€™ve got some news for you: They wonâ€™t.
Do you really think that if we â€śbehavedâ€ť ourselves that Feinstein/Schumer et. al would just move on to some other meddlesome project? That if we only owned and shot five-shot bolt guns, and double-barreled shotguns, Violence Policy Center (VPC) would dry up and blow away?
They wonâ€™t quit, and trying to make ourselves more palatable to Conyers, McCarthy and their cohorts doesnâ€™t help, while doing two things: reducing our fun, and proving they can coerce us. Trying to placate the antis by self-restricting is like asking your mother to make a different sandwich, so the school bully wonâ€™t be annoyed at taking your PB&J again.
Yes, zombie shooting is different. The world is different. The old guard views benchrest, paper-punching club shoots as the norm. The younger generation, raised on video games and cable TV, finds such shooting about as much fun as a root canal. Trying to entice them into a gun club, offering the usual â€śsmallest five-shot group wins lunchâ€ť matches is like offering them free dial-up for their smartphones. It doesnâ€™t compute.
Is zombie shooting — and talking — a bit goofy? Sure, but so is everything else entertaining. And trying to inject a double-dose of serious into a gun conversation is a sure way to disperse a crowd.
As to the subject of myself, and how I could â€śstoopâ€ť to writing about zombies as if they were real, a momentâ€™s pause, please. I had to check to see if you were pulling my leg. Of course they arenâ€™t real. But nothing else we read, write and discuss is real, either. â€śBest carry gun?â€ť â€śBest carry load?â€ť Statistically, your chances — outside very few urban centers — of actually needing either are remote. It’s winning the lottery remote. But the mental exercise of considering either is useful.
And as for me, Iâ€™m not interested in being typecast as â€śa gunsmithing authorâ€ť or â€śthat 1911/AR/IPSCâ€ť author. Iâ€™m a writer, I write. In-between the features, the tests, the blogs and all the rest, I write other stuff.: novels, screenplays, comedy. When I need a break from the earnestness of â€śthe best elk cartridgeâ€ť torrent, I consider zombies.
Lighten up. The brain you save may be your own. And not just from being eaten.