Agreed. More interesting if more people would submit their survey (more is better, in this instance, IMO). The survey is far from perfect, yes. But it's a start. Perhaps the results can lead to a more comprehensive survey, or a better worded survey, etc.
True, but if the survey doesn't address the grey area that my own thoughts are based on, then it doesn't reflect what I think, and therefore would skew the survey results in a false direction (and by false, I'm not implying that it will fall in favor of pro-gun enthusiasts). To me, and I don't mean this in a critical way, the survey sounds like it was written by someone who supports guns. That's fine, but what about the reasons or caveats that someone against guns might have for their opinions? I think the survey should have been passed around among Ryan's anti-gun staff and a little bit further refined by their input. It would have made the survey more balanced and a truer measure of what the BPL member base really think. For instance, for question 5, to write: "I believe that guns should not be allowed in the backcountry for any reason.", doesn't allow for people who might have strong opinions about guns, but also see certain times when guns are necessary.
This is not to say I am criticizing Ryan, far from it. I think it's great that he is approaching the whole thing at all, instead of letting it just flounder on its own. I think it's important for all of us to realize that the people here have many opinions and views, but that doesn't mean we all can't get along (unless Dean carries that hugging thing too far! o_0 ). It's the mark of a good community when there is diversity and the community can still carry on with robust vitality.
But I'll follow your advice, Douglas, and submit the survey. Just know that the survey reflects little of what I think. I think more pro-gun members will come away feeling comfortable with it than anti-gun people. Just try it: take the survey once as a pro-gun advocate, then again as an anti-gun advocate and see how you feel in the end.