Shooting sports in this country are on the decline, while an apathy of our heritage is on the rise.
I'm all for Propaganda and such, but Shooting Sports on the decline??? Based on what info because everything I am hearing is the opposite.
If you are talking 60s to now, probably, but are we talking % or numbers. are we talking Hunters or range shooters? And if we are talking 90s to now, we are increasing drastically. Black Friday had the biggest number of background check in requests in the history of the program.
Range shooters are probably at near record numbers right now.
Apathy for sure, but are more so now then ever before? http://nssf.org/Newsroom/releases/show.cfm?PR=041910.cfm&path=2010http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/12/04/gun-sales-shot-up-on-black-friday/
Also Rio has a different problem, being too full. Or established disciplines not making room for other new groups. http://riosaladosportsmans.com/calendar/month.php
least number of participants at an event I have witnessed on a weekend was 10, but I am not going around keeping count.
We need to have a message, but we always need to know that our message is factual.
We also need to take into account local trends, I am sure some ranges in the state have lost membership, Rio Salado has almost doubled (or more) in the last 4 years. This is the home range of at least one world class shooter, and I thing a couple of others.
I met a couple who retired to AZ to shoot at that range.
I don't think it is that special, but it is a happening range.