Gun Owners Work Together to Clean the Community

It’s a common occurrence to stereotype gun owners, often times in a negative light.  No, we’re not all one person.  We’re educated.  We’re informed and we care about our community.

Here is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.

Meet Michael Johnson.  Johnson grew up in Ramona and bought his first firearm at eight years old; a shotgun from his friend for just $20!

It was a regular thing for Johnson and his friends to shoot and hunt out in the woods in the late 1980s early 1990s.  However, around the year 2000, they noticed all the trash around.

So, in 2003, Johnson and a few friends filled up four truck loads of trash.  It became a regular outing, and by 2006, they started organizing cleanups.  They teamed up with Calguns to expand their meet and greets, so people didn’t feel as though they were meeting strangers out in the woods.

“I know a lot of people take care of it, then you get some of the people who kind of just leave that junk there,” said Albert Paras, a Calguns Member who recently began attending Johnson’s meet and greets.

“I want to do my part,” said Paras.

For Paras, it’s not just about keeping mother nature clear, but also about being informed.

PWG: “I know you also discuss what’s pending in the Legislature at these meetings; why do you think it’s so important to be informed?”

Paras: “I think there is a lot of misinformation going around.  I just think it’s very very important to give people a basic knowledge of what is going on in this current day and age and what they can do to support the cause they feel is the most appropriate.”

Community Members are Encouraged to Get Involved

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