I think there is a resurgent realization that the government can not protect you 24/7. CHL has become so popular in Ohio that there are just a lot of people who now realize they know AND TRUST someone who shoots. This isn't the nineties anymore.
I think things are getting better.
redblooded redneck NRA supporters they are
Not every NRA member I know is a redneck, but every redneck I know is an NRA member who flaunts his membership by wearing hats/shirts etc. Most of the non-redneck members don't wear those items. Having that image of the NRA isn't that absurd for someone not involved in shooting. This is a problem the NRA needs to address, not ignorant people in California.