As members of the shooting public, we are a minority. We can't ever forget the fact that there are many more people who do not shoot, than those of us who do...and the proportional disparity between us appears to be worsening (for us) with time. Some members of the nonshooting public not only don't shoot or own guns, but they also don't want us to shoot either. They don't want to hear us shoot, nor see any evidence in the environment that we have been there before shooting. They are offended and greatly bothered by our shooting behavior.
Unfortunately, many of the aforementioned are quite vocal and determined to advocate their position through various governmental and political change processes, and they know how to work the system...all too well. I suspect that those who oppose shooting or specifically oppose the Rabbit Creek Shooting Park are popping champagne corks over the ongoing and popular thread complaining about the range. It's great for them, and I can picture a whole bunch of ways it could be used for their purpose. Am I the only one who can picture that thread used against us? Am I the only one who would be VERY bothered by the closing of Rabbit Creek?
Apparently some of you have had bad experiences at RC, and you're pretty worked up about it. Well...do something about it, but don't shoot yourself (or the rest of us) in the foot trying. Try to change the rules, and let the staff know if they were rude. Talk to the Range Master or RSO when you check out. I think it is generally true that we all would prefer that someone talk directly to us when they have a beef with us, rather than go tell someone else...not to mention blogging it to the internet public. So, let them know what they did or how they did it that offended you. If you find yourself having a repeat bad experience over the same thing, then let them know that you will be calling their supervisor to share your concern if it happens again...and do it if it does.
In fact, I'll give you an easy opportunity right now to practice going directly to the person. About five years ago, when the volunteer RSO program began at RC, I was one of the first RSO's working at the range. We were all NRA certified. I logged many hours working the line at the centerfire rifle range for the first couple of years (Sundays 10-12), and I was even RSO of the year that first year. I've not worked as an RSO for the past few years because it was cutting into my shooting time, and I figured I had already done my part to support the range. I did work "Sight in Days" this past summer, primarily helping novice shooters and youth sight in their rifles. My name is Chuck. If any of you had a bad experience with me years ago, I never heard about it, but you could still tell me. However, I would prefer that you do it directly...PM me.
I enjoyed my RSO time on Sunday mornings. I ran a safe centerfire range, and I enjoyed meeting and helping people who also shared my love for rifles and shooting. I think I was very respectful, but maybe I wasn't...nobody told me otherwise. Some good people followed me as RSO volunteers. The ones that I know would also be receptive of your feedback as long as you were respectful. Of course, talking directly to people can be hard, and some people just can't do it.
Anyway, I guess I'm out of ammo on this topic, and I want to head out to the gun show at Wasilla High School.