If you say so, I tend to disagree with the underground tactic. All it takes is someone who has the know how and resources to properly represent this hobby.
As far as the regional difference, I am not sure if you have spent any time in MB; but I assure you that we are not some small hick country town where everyone carries a gun around. There are plenty of violent crimes, some gun related that occur here; and there are a lot more anti gun sentiments than pro.
I just wanted to show that it is not always negative, this can work in our favour. I just don't see the reason to be entirely defeatist.