I think this may be true. I was at that range the other day and a young came over and asked me if I had that "old Russian gun" with me. He wanted to show his buddy the old Russian gun that outshot his big buck magnum rifle with a ballistic calculator scope at 500yds. The old Russian rifle was a 1944 PU with Chinese surplus ball.Said he was looking for one he could afford. So maybe there is still a bit of hope.I think its more population density & land usage.
We were all beginners once, long, long ago & Far, Far away.
Some of the "FNG's" will eventually become proficient riflemen.
I say lets give 'em a change & encourage & mentor them.