Making a Difference


What Did You Work On Today?

By Genie Jennings.
Contributing Editor

This spring I became a member of a collaborative. Perhaps “delegate” is a more correct term, the collaborative being a group of groups and I am a representative of my group. Each afternoon I receive an email titled ‘What did you work on today?’ Should I choose, there is a link I can use to report that which I have done. So far, I have refrained.
The collaborative was created through a professor at a local college, and the website and files are maintained by a young college employee. It contains some very useful information about the mutual interests of the participants. Probably, it has lots of entries from others. The little reminder each day has something of a collegiate, not-quite-in-the-real-work-world, feel to it.
Not that I am adverse to the idea of answering that question. But, I am a planner and have work lists for several different time frames, long-term, monthly, weekly, and daily. Recently, possibly through the influence of the daily question, I have been keeping a running tally of what I have done throughout the day. I doubt this will last, because it is time consuming. A checkmark next to the planned activity suffices. Still, I am considering what I do more and more.
Action is necessary for every interest. We can neither gain nor maintain competency in any venue unless we are doing the things required. We can read books and watch videos to understand how things should be done, but until we are actually working on them we will never accomplish them. We need to exercise our own skills to improve them. We must build muscle memory of physical activity we wish to master. We must hone intellectual skills.
This was a question on one of the gun group sites recently. “Which will last longer training, guns, or ammo?” My answer was that training has the shortest shelf-life although it is arguably the most important. One does not learn how to use a firearm and then know it. We can learn the safety rules, and how to aim, and pull the trigger, but if we don’t practice regularly and often, we will not become proficient. Neither will we stay skillful.
If we are extremely diligent, we can make many of the necessary movements habitual. But, without constant renewal our timing, our feel, our accuracy will deteriorate. Range-time is crucial.
The same is true when it comes to protecting our right to own and use those guns. It has been ten years since the Heller decision. Eight since McDonald. Currently, there are representatives in several states as well as Congress working to ban semi-automatic guns. Some are against a few specific guns; some are all inclusive. It does not stop.
It seemed for a few weeks after the Parkland, Florida shooting in February, that I like many pro-2A people spent all my time both writing and talking to small groups explaining the differences between automatic and semi-automatic firearms.
For years people in the media have confused and conflated the two, substituting them for each other as if they were using synonyms. One shied from appearing part of the tin-foil hat conspiracy crowd, by suggesting it was done knowingly and purposefully. Truly, I think in most cases it was ignorance. But, a kind of ignorance completely resistant to being informed. Now, there is an attitude that the definitions were meaningless, because they simply want to remove all guns from private ownership. Some have become so bold that they are admitting that this is exactly what they want.
The anti-freedom people are rampant. They have the media; they have the schools. It seems they always have legislation at hand to chip away at our rights whenever they get a chance, whether through elections or dreadful circumstances.
Ask yourself, “How did middle- and high-school students’ grief and fear over the loss of friends and threat to themselves turn into an anti-gun/anti-NRA national event?” They were scared and devastated and a month later they were furious and focused on gunowners as the cause of their terror. The speeches, the attitudes at the Washington gathering were not the direct result of fear and pain. If you have been traumatized, if you have lost a dear friend or loved one, it is nice to have a target for your anguish. But, what would make you think of blaming an organization that was not present at the carnage? How were these children led to the surrogate predator? That monster they envision is you and me. Ordinary gunowners.
Over the past months I have been writing on quora.com about guns and related issues. I have been very active in a variety of gun groups on social media. I have supported the Stand for the Second walkout, sharing those students’ ideas and encouraging more participation. I have been active in my local rod and gun association, planning another Introducing Women to the Shooting Sports for early July, and our annual club fundraiser, 30 Guns in 30 Days. I will be studying Justice Thomas’ opinion in McDonald so I have a better understanding of some aspects of the Second Amendment and its place in our legal system.
What did I do today? I worked on this article. Also, I worked on an article about the DC Project, something I was supposed to be part of this year. Because I will be having knee surgery at that time, I am contributing to the cause only by explaining what they are doing. (I know two of my federal legislators well, and have met and communicated in various ways with the other two. While it was not essential for me to visit the capital to get acquainted with them, it would have been beneficial to gather with like-minded women to promote congenial interaction with those in government.) What did I do today? Not enough.
What did you do today?