Make Your Voice Heard

20121222-101435.jpgI try not to get too political on this blog, but today I’m going to break that rule and make a personal request of my readers.

GET INVOLVED.

It’s time for firearms owners to take a lesson from the gay rights movement and come out of the closet. Those that would ban firearms need to see and hear from us right now. We need to be respectful, intelligent, and informed, but we need to be visible. We need to say, “We are your daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers and neighbors and friends. We sit next to you at the PTA meeting, worship with you in your church/synagogue/mosque/etc. You KNOW us, you KNOW we aren’t criminals or murderers. Forget the stereotypes you see in the media; WE are the faces of America’s gun owners.”

Write your elected officials. (You can find your Congressperson here, and your Senators here). Tell them why people like you are not the problem. Encourage them to take real action on the real problems (public safety funding, mental health services, ineffective and dangerous gun-free zone laws etc.) rather than demonizing the vast numbers of law abiding American gun owners.

Support the Second Amendment Foundation. Or the NRA. Or your state and local gun rights organizations. Better yet, support all of them. They need your money, but they also need your time and energy and passion.

When Great Britain enacted a ban on most firearms, they declared open season on law-abiding citizens. The crime rate soared, and now the UK is the most dangerous country in Europe, with a per capita violent crime rate that exceeds the United States. The same thing has happened in other countries that have banned guns.

Don’t think it can’t happen here.

Make your voices heard, now and often. We’ve had historic gains in gun rights in recent years, but the war hasn’t been won yet. Get involved, get active, get visible.

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Comments

  1. I have zero faith that letters and petitions to politicians will make a particle of difference. Probably can’t hurt, but I’m not sure it’s worth our time. Each to their own, of course.

    What I think IS well worth our time, effort, and money is an ongoing, and even intensified effort to both demonstrate and teach – to our families, friends, co-workers and everyone else – that the vast majority of gun owners are peaceful, rational and productive people just like them.

    Normalization of self defense, and the tools necessary for that, are far more important than begging for favors from politicians who, after all, have a vested interest in controlling the rest of us, one way or another.

    The “controllers” want to take our guns because – just as with a rapist – only then can they do things to us that we would not permit if we had guns…

    • I wholeheartedly agree about teaching and talking to our friends and neighbors, normalizing firearms and firearms owners so we aren’t just a nameless, faceless group of people. It’s harder to demonize people you know, after all.

      As to writing letters, I don’t know how much it matters, either – especially since one of my senators is spearheading the “assault weapon ban”. But I’m a believer in doing everything one possibly can – writing letters can’t hurt, the cost is low, and every little bit can only help. But I do think it’d be foolish to ONLY do that, for sure.

      (PS: I fixed your typo for you and deleted the second comment…hope you don’t mind.)

      • Don’t mind at all! Wish there was an “edit” option in most comment sections.

        Anyway, I personally find the whole petition and letter writing thing to be both harmful and costly – in far more than money. Why would we encourage people to beg “permission” from or plead with those who have absolutely no legitimate authority over them in the first place? Asking permission is at least a tactic admission that the person you are asking has the right to say yes or no. Who is the supposed “servant,” and who is the master?

        Who on earth has any legitimate right to deny or interfere with our basic human right of self defense? Nobody.

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