Take a reporter shooting

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  1. Shorts

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    I'm catching up on articles and such this morning before i head up to my workroom to finish off some holsters.

    An idea came to mind, that may be worth pursuing. It's off the "educating the public" idea to guns and ownership.

    How about a 'Take a reporter shooting' day? I know many folks here enjoy a day out at the range, how about inviting a reporter from the local paper or tv station and teach him/her how to shoot?

    It's be on the premises of introducing a new person to shooting, which means keep it all apolitical (no politics!). Some folks have taken co-workers or significant others. Why not educate the very people who send out the greater message?

    I don't think this should be turned into a crusade or protest, rather, keep it on an informal level (I repeat, no politics!). Extend invitations to a ladies night or club shooting night at the local range. That'd be a fun outing that can generate good press or at the very least, a positive blurb.

    Anyway, just something to think about and a simple idea to educate those around us.
     


  2. Texas1911

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    I'd be willing to do that in the Austin area. God knows it's by far one of the neediest areas of Texas.
     
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    I tried asking some reporter to go shoot with us.They have been in numerous time's this week.They are reporting on the increase of gun sale's.One reporter was very interested and he told us that owned gun's and would love to do a story.He said he had to run it by his general manager before he could commit.
     
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    Good to hear, keep us updated. Even if it turns out the guy doesn't get approval for the story, hopefully he'll come out to shoot as a private citizen :happy0001:
     
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    I think it'd make for good press, especially in Austin where there is such a large crowd of folks who would enjoy it.


    Hey, you know what would be interesting? Having a "legislator night" and actually have our reps spend a few hours shooting. How's that for education! lol I realize there would be a ton of hurdles to get something like that done. Its just one of those "wouldn't it be nice if..." sorta thoughts.
     
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    We invited a reporter from the San Antonio Express News to our department last year, when she started asking why a small department bought some fully automatic rifles. We took her and a photographer to the range and talked to them about the perils of LE and how far away help is in rural areas sometimes. We talked about encountering illegal aliens nightly, and loads of drugs coming up from the border and numerous other issues. We also let her shoot our weapons. She is a 100% liberal, but had a great time and wrote a good story that was very accurate. Was on the front page of the Express News about a week later titled, "The Eyes and Ears of Homeland Security"
    Granted this wasn't about private citizens, but it showed me that some reporters will approach the subject with an open mind...
     
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    That is excellent!

    Have you been able to follow up with this reporter since. Is she still at the Express News? I wonder if it would be worth a good read to do a "One year later" type of story. Possibly to include positive results on busts, maybe emphasizing the safety record and even a few anecdotes.

    Maybe another range trip????? :)
     
  9. JKTex

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    :p I thought it said "Take a Reporter. Shoot'm".

    So, do you have to have a license to take a reporter, kinda like a doe permit? And if you don't want to take one shooting, I wonder about taking one by bow?

    Badumpbump! :happy0001:
     
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    I can think of a few I'd like to invite to this outing. I think a permit is the most fair way to do it. :lolz:
     

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