I think Kat is onto something with her original idea that lashing out at a new or potential member discussing firearms is not the way to build the BPL community or the Non-gun carrying community.
Because the way true change takes place is through sharing, discussion and moral persuasion. To have two individuals talk about a given topic openly and honestly and come to an understanding where the other is coming from. Being open-minded is being willing to have your awareness increased. Even if you disagree, you heard or might hear something you did not before.
For the backpackers who strongly discourage carrying on the trails, How else, besides listening, discussing and moral persuasion will you effect a change to reduce the number of people carrying? Do you lobby legislation to make a law forbidding carrying a gun in the BC? How is that law enforced, same as all laws, in the end at the point of a gun(Atlas Shrug)? Ironic. (not that anyone suggested this, just wanted to point out that avenue of thought)
This goes for most of these issues, LNT, Religion, politics. Laws in the end are only enforced through force. That creates, resentment, fear, inequality. True sustainable change, growth and community comes through sharing, discussion and moral persuasion. Like Kat suggested, maybe being more tactful and open will allow those individuals coming on here, to find an ultralight gun or closest place near a water source to defecate, to learn a new understanding, new awareness, a different way. For all of our laws what we do every day is still voluntary, save hearing the wind move, breathing the air, and blindly blinking...can you blink any other way?