Welcome to Front Sight Press! So glad you could stop by! This project started out as just a personal blog. My only purpose was to offer modest insight on the Second Amendment from an atypical perspective (specifically, a young, black, urban female lawyer who works in academia and also teaches firearms classes). As my involvement in the 2A community expanded, I realized something bigger and broader: the gun world needs a makeover. I mean, top to bottom — a complete and total rebranding. As formidable as some anti-gun forces may be, I sometimes wonder if the biggest threat to the Second Amendment could be our own public image.
That’s when I decided to offer more than just my random musings. In addition to the blog, I’m also helping pro-gun folks build websites, design more effective presentations for their classes, and generally transport themselves into the 21st Century. In my humble opinion, widening our 2A tent requires us to be a lot more conscious of the perceptions we sometimes fuel, not just the realities we assume everyone concedes.
The Second Amendment community has tolerated the same tired old stereotypes for far too long, if you ask me. I hate stereotypes. My proposal: let’s all work together to up our game. If you’d like a fresh, modern online presence with savvy pro-gun marketing that doesn’t alienate people, let’s chat about web design. If you’re teaching firearms classes or other defense-related curricula with outdated visual aids, let’s chat about document design. And if you’d just like to peek into the mind of a young black female who happens to believe strongly in the Second Amendment, please chime in on the blog. Here are just a few of the topics that interest me:
Let’s talk about guns.
But this ain’t your grandaddy’s dialogue.
For most of my life, my only exposure to firearms was negative: friends and family members getting shot, robberies, home invasions, car-jackings, and all the carnage we see on the news every day. In my early twenties, a family tragedy made me HATE guns with every fiber of my being. But then I realized I had never actually touched a gun, had never even seen one up close, and knew almost nothing about them. So, one day, out of the clear blue sky, I walked into Rangemaster in Memphis, Tennessee, and told the strangers at the counter that I was terrified of guns. Their response: “We’ll fix that.”
Sixteen years and scores of classes later, I am what you might call a convert. My introduction to “the gun world” has afforded me the opportunity to meet all kinds of people who I might never have otherwise encountered. And now I’ve got a somewhat unique perspective on guns: I’ve lived in both camps and heard arguments from people I trust and respect on both sides of the debate. And frankly, they sometimes frustrate me. Both sides have some valid points, but both sides do and say dumb things that hurt their own causes. Both sides (excluding the crazies) are usually genuine and well-meaning, but neither side readily admits that about the other.
Then there’s me, often caught in the middle. It’s a lonely space at times, especially now that recent trends in the gun debate have driven such a gaping wedge between the opposing points of view. I certainly don’t fancy myself an expert on firearms or self-defense. That title is reserved for giants like my mentor at Rangemaster, Tom Givens. However, if you’re tired of the same old talking points from the same old faces, here’s a simple site from a simple chick who just tries to keep an open mind. Please check out the blog, or let me know if I can help you dust off your website or instructional materials. With any luck, maybe we’ll gain a few useful nuggets of fresh perspective from each other along the way.
– tgj 🙂