I hate to hear and read things like this. Since this is not the first time we have had such a reaction to upholding the GTA rules, I felt there should be a post in response. Sorry, but for the reasons I'll state below, I am not going to unlock this thread for discussion.
Our GTA family consists of over 2,000 active members. Among our ranks are active duty and retired military. We also have active and retired law enforcement as well as several other public and federal service areas. We cannot forget we ARE an international forum and have members from many countries. We are a very diverse group of folks that gather here under ONE umbrella, that of enjoying the sport/hobby of airgunning. We are and must remain nonpolitical, nonpartisan and nonreligious in order to stay focused on the whole purpose of this forum, AIRGUNNING.
From a retired military and totally personal perspective, I don't think you will find a more patriotic group of folks anywhere. Many, if not all of us, own and shoot firearms also. They just go hand in hand, in my opinion. We cherish our rights and privileges to own firearms and have fought and will continue to fight for those rights in this country. But we will not use this forum as a battleground for this purpose. We have many other means of voicing our opinions and fighting the good fight. The first step is your elected officials. And also the NRA and other like organizations. Focus...and put your opinions and grievances in a place that will do some good. I love this forum and am proud of the folks that make it such a great place. But honestly, we do not have ANY political clout and would not register to any political groups with the power to make any changes.
We have allowed discussions of such matters in our Current Events Gate in the past. But all that proved to do was divide us. Too many differences of opinions and too many hurt feelings. It generated too much mudslinging and discussions ALWAYS got out of hand. So, we had to revamp the rules and close the Current Events Gate. That did not change our passion and strong beliefs in our liberties!!!!
I hope this helps explain the stance we have on such subjects. GTA International Airgun Forum is a place ALL people can come to share the love of airgunning. For it to remain an international forum and stay focused on the purpose of it's being, we must adhere to the rules. If you want to protest the current events of THIS country and fight for our freedoms, you will not be alone, I assure you. There are better ways to do it than to post here on GTA International Forums. Please do take it somewhere it will do some good and we all will prevail. And if you feel you need to delete your account here at GTA, I'm sorry. You are leaving good company.
SAFE & Happy Shooting!!!!