An Airsofter's Perspective on the Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy & the 2nd Amendment

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The airsoft community traditionally is comprised of people from the early teens to 50-plus. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Ct, will pull at the hearts of all of us to be sure. Before I go on, please think of those lost in this horrible event, and of their family and friends who are suffering from such a devastating void they are now faced with.

Too quickly their are many, especially the media, who will ride the wave of this tragedy for means other than to embrace those unwillingly caught in the middle of this. I ask all of you not to become like this, or to react heartlessly with respect to this tragedy.

First and foremost, this is about people; people who's lives were senselessly taken, and people that have to live each moment without their loved ones and friends.

Our part, keeping civil:
Due to the nature of the Airsoft community, there are many of us who are going to be at issue to the revitalized stand for gun control. In the wake of such a tragedy that has happened in Connecticut, emotions will run high, very high. With social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, forums) such a big part of society today, there will be some turmoil there because of this event, particularly on gun control, to be sure.

Something to think about, guns have been around for a very, very long time. But catastrophes like this, though they should not be tolerated not even once, are becoming more frequent. What's changing? This should be pondered, but not near as much at this immediate time as the welfare of those effected in the Sandy Hook Elementary community.

Without going into details why many of us at Maine Airsoft and abroad indulge into the ownership and/or usage of firearms (particularly "assault" arms), and just gun laws in general; I would like to ask of this… please be civil when addressing this tragic event, gun violence, and our Second Amendment. Emotions are high, fanatics will be shouting (on both sides) and many will say/write things just to get under someones skin. Don't get sucked in. This rarely accomplishes anything, it's just not right.

May I suggest that if anyone in this community has anything to say, here or anywhere, it be done so in respect to those lost and to their families; back your 2nd Amendment rights, but do so respectfully please.

Remember, those of us in the Airsoft community take for granted what we do and carry is all in the light of our hobby. To those outside of the sport/hobby of Airsoft this can easily be misunderstood, especially under heightened public anxiety from such tragic events as in Connecticut. Be sure to be mindful in the public, minimize brandishing Airsoft weaponry (i.e. rifles, pistols, grenades, and the like), Barrel Blockers, Blaze Orange muzzle-tips, are just small part, and sacrifice, we must take to help prevent anxiety upon others and from anyone of us being ID'd as a potential threat to society!

Again, my sincere heartfelt sympathies to all those effected in this latest, and in past senseless tragedies.
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  1. Scratch's Avatar
    My heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones. I can't say I know how they feel. But a gun didn't take their lives, a person pulled that trigger. Guns aren't the problem, people are. Is seems that guns are blamed for crimes like this, whereas the people are almost "let off" because they are "insane." They obviously have enough sense to walk into a school and open fire. Thanks for listening.

    All of my love to those who lost their lives that day, and the families who love them very much.