“Fuddism” is just as great a threat to the shooting community as the civilian disarmament crowd. In recent months it’s become a hot button issue in the shooting community online and to be honest, it’s about time these ideological skirmishes were had.
In basic terms, a fudd is usually defined as a simple gun owner who doesn’t see the need for anything other than what he or she has.
You’ll often find these types going on about how long they have been shooting as a justification to lead into some tenuous argument about why you don’t need an SKS, but he owned several until 1996 when they disappeared into a PVC pipe somewhere.
Often the blame for fuddism is directed solely at the older generations, namely the boomers. While hating on boomers appears to be in vogue for just about anything and it remains true that the boomer generation do often display this kind of nonsense thinking, it is also true that this kind of mindset is also prevalent among the Gen X, Millennial and Gen Z crop of shooters.
However, they often can very rarely put forward a good argument in defence of this ideological predisposition save for the usual semantic tropes such as America, Port Arthur, John Howard, it’s a privilege not a right, etc. They’ve unfortunately bought into a lot of the indoctrination the anti-gun crowd has drowned this country in for the last 23 years.
Anecdotally speaking, I know several of my fellow Gen X gun owners that also think that Australia’s gun laws are “about right”, see no need for semi-automatic self-loading rifles to be deregulated, support registration and so on. It was morbidly amusing to see their outrage during the Adler War of 2015 and still be unable and/or unwilling to connect the dots.
Although generalisations about generations can be counterproductive and wildly inaccurate, for argument’s sake they do hold some observable relevance.
The broader point is fuddism is a mindset that does not adhere to generational boundaries.
When you boil it down to the essence, fuddism is really about self-interest and self-preservation. The fudd mindset in a nutshell is “doesn’t affect me, don’t care, I’ve got mine, screw you.”
The fudd can’t see a need for anything other than what he has and his experience. There’s also a large element of ego in some fudds. Ie “I know better so shut up.” That’s generally a larger psychological issue and beyond the scope of this article.
These people are not interested in being political or pro-active on the issue of firearms until it directly affects them. They then often complain the loudest as to why someone else didn’t do something for them politically when it’s already too late. In other words, they’re not interested in politics until politics inevitably decided to choose them, as it always does. Political apathy is an Australian cultural issue that has pervaded all forms of life and needs to be righted post-haste, however that’s a debate for another time.
This is a similar predicament to the idiots in the Australian journalism corps who are currently whining about press freedom under attack, yet have done everything they can to subvert and oppose true freedom of speech.
There is consistent, demonstrated behaviour globally and throughout history that disarmament of the middle and working class is what the ruling class of each country wants, as it allows them to bully and dominate the populace writ large. That’s the end goal of gun control – no guns in civilian hands. Whether or not people choose to recognise this or not is another story, but that is bluntly the overt and covert objective.
The fudd either doesn’t recognise this or doesn’t want to recognise this – the self-preservation element of the fudd is on display here. For example, I have even heard one old fudd at my rifle club point blank state “Maybe they’ll let us enjoy them a little longer if we keep quiet.”
Talk about gutless. Enjoy what, further increments of disarmament until we have nothing left? How well has the quiet appeasement approach worked, *Trevor?
However, you can see where this guy is coming from and where the criticisms of the boomer fudds also emanate from. He enjoyed the golden years of Australian firearm ownership where semi-autos, suppressors, pump-action shotguns, etc were the norm. Now in his 70’s he doesn’t care, doesn’t have the will or interest to fight for the younger generations coming through and is just playing for time until his caravan holidays to Cairns and bench rest shooting come to an end.
To be fair to the Trevors and Bobs, this is where the younger generation of firearm owners has to step up, take ownership and fight to restore what we had. This is entirely possible, contrary to the beliefs of some blackpilled nihilists in the firearm community that erroneously believe disarmament is some fait accompli.
Firearm owners want to be left alone to pursue their culture and lifestyle. The reality is there is a well-funded global group of people that don’t want to leave you alone and wish to dominate you by taking away your personal property, under the guise of safety and knowing what’s better for you than you do – all the while obfuscating (until Beto O’Rourke finally spilled it) the real reason.
It’s also worth noting that the term fudd often also gets misused as an ad hominem in minor disagreements between firearm owners and this is an important distinction to make. This is also not helpful and firearm owners need to be mindful of this as well.
Fuddism needs to be called out respectfully at every opportunity as that’s the only way to defeat it. Fudds aren’t going to change their minds unless they are repeatedly challenged on their views or their guns are up next for confiscation. There are some people who are too stubborn or narrow minded to change their views and unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about that.
However, there are a large number of people that are amenable to reason and this is where it can be won.
A reminder to the fudds – you’re not untouchable, you’re just a little further down the list. You don’t have to like all forms of shooting or hunting. You also have to understand that others may not prefer your shooting or hunting discipline, your views on self-defence or your choice of firearms. All you have to do is change your perspective from “you don’t need that” to “that form of shooting/hunting or firearm etc is not my cup of tea but I can see how others enjoy it and if it keeps people shooting or owning guns I will support it.”
Because at the end of the day, we’re all firearm owners and to hijack an infamous George W. Bush quote, an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.