The best part of the day was talking to several retired law enforcement officers who were supportive. One got out of the career because of his fear of being gunned down. Also interesting were several long conversations with true gun guys. There was the one who owns many guns and among them, an AR15 Assault Rifle. He likes to shoot it at a range. During the conversation, he "educated" me about guns and assault rifles in general. But he also signed our gun owners petition and supports our cause. He couldn't understand why a reasonable law-abiding gun owner would not support us!! People generally wanted to engage in conversation about the dangerous political atmosphere with the folks at rallies openly carrying loaded guns. I was almost stunned to hear how many people spoke the language I have been speaking for all these years. To a person, they supported our resolutions which, if passed, would become part of the party platform for 2 years. One is to support requiring background checks on all gun sales at gun shows. When we explained to these folks how much opposition there is to this measure, they expressed surprise. Also, many did not know that this sensible measure was not already in place. The second measure is to oppose any legislation to allow people to "shoot first and ask questions later", which several states have already passed. Supporting that one is a "no-brainer" for most people.
There is a lot of support out there. Those of us in the "silent majority" must be making more noise about preventing senseless gun violence. We know we are right. Our language must be simple. It is, actually, a black and white issue but we tend to make it too nuanced. This morning, as I was getting dressed to spend another day at the convention, I looked at the clothes I chose. I am wearing black pants and a black and white tee shirt that says on both front and back, "Minnesotans Against Being Shot". My shoes are black and white sneakers. So I thought of the nature of our arguments. Either you want to prevent gun injuries and deaths or you don't. It is simple. Let's keep it that way.