Not a lost cause as there are many people whom have read the thread and although not contributed to it will now be much better informed.
The only way we have of informing people is through discussion like this. My own view is that if just one person has learned something that is success, I'm sure they will have been many more than one.
As Brian says it's where do we all go to make progress. I think if enough airgunners joined BASC then they could at least force BASC to take these matters up.
There has been plenty of opportunity for a member of AMTA or someone from the Magazines to put in an appearance and state their side of it, but it hasn't happened and I don't think it ever will.
You cannot defend a wrong position.