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Enhancing the image of gun owners, industry.

The Good Gun event at Gunsite attracted men and women, young and old, representing a good community cross section. Good Gun recognizes the importance of including young people, women and others who are not normally associated with the world of firearms. I spent part of the evening's reception chatting with the owner of a local bank. He was wearing a Smith & Wesson .45 semiauto on his hip. Many of the other gun owners in attendance also were "open carrying." After all, the venue was the place founder Jeff Cooper calls "the principality of Gunsite." In that atmosphere, no one looked twice at the exposed handguns. At this event, at least, Bryan Tucker's concept of de-demonizing gun owners was working.


In New York City and elsewhere, when the media publishes the names of concealed-carry permit holders, one benefit to "gun people" is the public sees that many pistol packers are judges, attorneys, bankers, businessmen, physicians and other professionals. Such people have often kept their membership in the firearm community very quiet.

Good Gun gives them a good reason to raise their voices and let the public know that the pillars of the community are the real role models of gun ownership, not gangbangers and street punks. Efforts such as Good Gun give lie to the media's misrepresentation that tarnishes the image of gun owners.

The Good Gun Foundation has shown the public that gun owners perform good deeds that have nothing to do with firearms. Good Gun has helped clean up significant parts of public lands, an effort that has become a tradition with the foundation since it was established.

With the plea of "Help clean up the Prescott National Forest," volunteers were being recruited at the recent event to do the same on the upcoming National Public Lands Day. The theme: "Lend a Hand to America's Lands." Such efforts have worked very successfully for Good Gun, and the organization has made many friends by sponsoring an after-cleanup barbecue for all volunteers, not just those from the foundation.

Earlier in the year, Good Gun joined with Prescott's YMCA for its second annual safety fair, called Healthy Kids & Family Safety Day. Hundreds of children and parents attended this positive event. In August, Good Gun held a blood drive.

More recently, the organization held a community benefit at the Prescott Trap & Skeet Club and presented 100 percent of the proceeds, along with substantial food donations, to the county food bank. These "Target Hunger" shoots are a continuing effort of Good Gun.

Not all of the foundation's fundraising efforts revolve around shooting competitions. For three years, Good Gun has sponsored a charity gold event that has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations.

"I am very, very thankful for the Good Gun Foundation choosing us as a recipient of their golf proceeds," said Prescott Fire Department Chief Darrell Willis at this year's event. "There are always things we can't fund and this will help us be a better department."
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Title Annotation:Lethal force
Author:Ayoob, Massad
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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