There is a FB group about airsoft and this exact same topic was brought up
here is a quote from another user
"The airsoft community in Canada has developed a very paranoid attitude. Much of this is due to a murky concept of self preservation. The idea is that if airsoft is brought into public light it will be seen as negative and therefore should remain clandestine and policed in order to keep a low profile. I think the community should remain open and friendly, but keep games professional and adhere to a few rules of common sense. Jumping on every piece of news which features airsoft and immediately criticizing it to pieces is not doing anyone favours. This paints airsoft in a very positive light and continued stories like this will help gradually open public acceptance"