Becoming an activist of any sort, you start off with a passion... something that pulls on the heartstrings, which initiates your need to protect your values, morals and viewpoints. With that said, we are all "activists" at heart, about something important to you. So, you don't really have to have some major platform to spark interests in your cause... unless you want to become more prominent in society, or whatever.
Initially, that's not something I, Jill, wanted for Mom-At-Arms, when I tinkered with the idea back in 2017. I have always been a 2A ADVOCATE, but just wanted to reach folks on a personal level, to help educate them on what the 2nd Amendment really means, and how it affects an individual's personal life. We've (Mom-At-Arms) grown since then. I say "We," because its amazing how God connects hearts and minds for a common purpose, and I've been blessed to have found myself among some of the most inspirational people, in a little world that revolves around the 2nd Amendment. That doesn't mean the 2A is "center" to our lives, but it has played a major part in uniting many of us during some not-so-certain times in society.
When you find yourself among a group of people who share those common interests, you may start to forget about what else is happening in the world. You're part of a unit, and a humble form of complacency settles in, and you will only notice what's happening within your "clique." It's understandable, a human reaction, and it happens A LOT. It's when your grouping starts to become a target by other groups that may not agree with you, and vice versa, that things become a little more stressed and chaotic. To You, the person reading this- more than likely a fellow 2A Activist- you know exactly what I'm talking about. The constant onslaught on your personal views, making you feel like absolute scum of the world just because of an OBJECT... to the point that you feel like you're fighting a never ending battle of "He said, She said," which leads to massive amounts of confusion over what your initial purpose was in the first place! (Am I right!?!)
You feel like you'll never win, especially when your adversaries are way more funded, organized, and popular than you are. I mean... which will some random person find more appealing? You... the humble, low key, activist for Idea A? OR... the activist who comes with a lot of bells, whistles, a larger platform and cookies for Idea B?
Harsh reality: More than likely, they're gonna go with Activist for Idea B. They "SEEM" to have it all together. They have the connections, and random people like to feel connected. I can't tell you how many times, even as an activist for Idea A, that I've sat back and giggled like a school girl cause someone like Dana Loesch, or Colion Noir, have "liked" a social media post of mine. (Don't get me started on Kristy Swanson... I fan girl cry every time she "sees me!")
Side Note: If you don't know who Kristy Swanson is, you have been living under a rock and need to reevaluate your life's decisions. #FashionSense (I aspired to be her as a kid... still kinda do.)
Point is, people like to feel important, and when they're recognized by "important" people, they tend to feel like they've reached a new level of existence. (Also understandable- people like to be heard and appreciated. Gives us meaning. We're "accepted.") Does Kristy's acknowledgement of me mean we have coffee every morning now and discuss important matters like politics, fashion trends and how to kill looming vampires? No. (I wish!)
But, that little bit of acknowledgement from her over a social media post helped put my purpose into perspective a little bit more. IF SHE sees me... then who else does?