The Firearms United network calls on gun owners to improve the image of our community by donating blood around the World Blood Donor Day, on June 14th
How to change the paradigm? How to escape the cultural stereotype we've been chained to by decades of relentless and almost unopposed anti-gun propaganda – a stereotype according to which gun license holders, gun ownersh, hunters, shooters, gun collectors, gun enthusiasts, gun buffs in general, and even airsoft and paintball enthusiasts are OK to be discriminated against, called "Rambos" or "Cowboys", and either jokingly or not compared to criminals, terrorists, neo-nazi sympathizers, racists, and mass shooters?
The idea of the Firearms United network to escape the vicious circle that fuels the anti-gun stereotypes is so simple that nobody else had thought of it before, at least in Europe: a massive, organized act of civism that will go to show how gun owners community is upright and fundamental for our society and does not deserve to be compared to the likes of mass murderers.
The World Blood Donors Day 2018 will be held globally on June 14th, and will focus on blood donation as an action of solidarity, highlighting the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems.
The slogan adopted by the World Health Organization for the World Blood Donors Day 2018 is “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.
The Firearms United network is programming for the first half of June an initiative named #TheGunLobbySavesLives – and taking part to it is just as easy as donating blood.
Firearms United calls all gun owners, all supporters of the Firearms United network and of the national associations that are part of it to donate blood between June 1st and June 17th.
All those who adhere should take pictures of themselves while donating blood – possibly while wearing the Firearms United apparel if they have purchased any on the website www.iamthegunlobby.eu – and publish those pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the privacy set on "public" and the hashtag #THEGUNLOBBYSAVESLIVES.
Of all pictures published between June 1 and June 17, five will be drawn to receive a 'swag bag' with a Firearms United T-shirt, cap, and patch.
While this may not be a most "orthodox" way to promote gun rights, it will be a great gesture to show the society how the real nature of the gun owners community could not be further away from the idea of secretive, almost sectarian, racist, violent and potentially murderous group of machinegun-toting ignorants that the anti-gun propaganda has been depicting us like for decades every time a criminal, a terrorist or a madman gave them an occasion to. We do not shed blood: we protect life. Let's get out there and make a point!