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Discussion in 'Activism' started by badkarmamib, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. badkarmamib

    badkarmamib Member

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    With the talk about a UBC law, and the defeatist attitude I hear from different sources, also springs the discussion that firearm ownership is being systematically driven underground. I am hoping to compile a checklist of ways we can counter this. Constructive ideas, not criticism of how we have already lost. Some of these will be obvious to many, but many members are new, and I would like to have new ideas presented to me, as well. So, to start:

    1. Take your friends/kids' friends' family/co-workers that have never been, to a range. Make it fun and memorable, especially with kids involved, like going for ice cream or coffee afterwards. Also, it can be fun to start with BB rifles and empty cans. My church group offered an open invitation a couple of times, and introduced some new shooters.

    2. Write your representatives on a regular basis, to remind them where you stand, even without an imminent threat; to thank them for past service; and to keep them reminded that we are polite, responsible constituents who simply want to continue to exercise our rights.

    3. Obviously, join an/many advocacy group(s). Regardless of your feelings toward some, find ones that do work that you agree with, and join. National and state level associations are out there, with more power than our letters and calls.

    Next?
     
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  2. AZAndy
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    Members of Congress usually provide emailed newsletters if you want to keep an eye on what your representatives are doing. All have websites, as far as I know, where you can sign up for the newsletters.
     
  3. AZAndy
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    That's just the point-- if they're part of the opposition, you can see what their plans are, and that could be useful to know.
     
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    Here it’s easy as none of them sponsor anything they simply sign on as cosponsors of horrible bills.
     
  5. badkarmamib

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    Pretty much, but I still make it a point to write both of them. It may be a waste of time, or it may be the last letter they need to see the other side of the debate. It beats whining about it (as many do, nothing personally against anyone). Like voting, if we don't make our voices heard, we have no one to blame but ourselves if we lose.
     
  6. SKILCZ

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    I agree. I've been contacting my anti-gun senators for many years, and I can almost recite by heart their canned letters about "respecting the second amendment" because their father hunted, but supporting "common sense" gun control bills (that will violate our 2A rights). I've also heard the people who answer their phones in their offices mocking callers after hanging up, but at least the line is tied up and blocks one anti-gun call for a short time. If we all did that, we'd dominate the phone lines.
     
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  7. badkarmamib

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    When submitting on Kaine's and Warner's websites, I check the box "I do not want a response", because I know what that response will be, it will just anger me, and I don't need to hear it again. They just need to hear that we are still watching them, and still disappointed in them.
     
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    I'm in a situation where my representatives are continually writing to me, bragging about how much they are doing against guns. Writing to them would be beyond useless. The fault, though, is not in them, but in my fellow constituents. The politicians simply respond to what they perceive to be the public sentiment. Apparently, the public sentiment in northern Virginia is against guns. No amount of "taking your neighbors to the range" is going to change that. The antigun bias here appears to be baked in.
     
  9. P5 Guy

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    Sent both Senators Rubio & Scott my thoughts on UBC and do not expect to hear from either.
    Crist my house rep also got my thoughts.
     
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    When you have senators like "Tricky Dicky" Durbin and Tammy "Quackers" Duckworth(less), they just ignore you no matter WHAT you write to them. :barf: :cuss:
     
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  11. Gridley

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    I think we need to come up with better terminology. The Left has been doing this for a long time - see how "illegal aliens" became "undocumented immigrants." The former sounds "bad" and "scary"; the latter sounds much better. Likewise "gun control" sounds like a rational thing.

    We need to come up with our own terminology and use it at every opportunity. I don't have much in the way of ideas myself (I'd have gone with "Constitutional Counties" instead of "Sanctuary Counties", but I realize that would somewhat compromise the political aspects of that move), but hopefully people here can come up with some.

    Edit to add: a good example of better terminology would be saying "standard capacity magazines" instead of "high capacity magazines."
     
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  12. BSA1

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    Didn't President Lincoln say "Hold your enemies close and your friends closer"?

    I fear that my Senator Jerry Moran has decided to become a RINO. He voted for the bill to restrict the Presidents ability to declare national emergences and a few days ago I received a newsletter (called Kansas Common Sense) from him bragging about he is co-sponsoring bills with Democrats (not that the bills are a bad idea).

    In addition to my usual sending emails to him and my Federal Representative every Monday I am planning on buying NRA annual memberships for my kids this year. They are pro-gun but with young children of their own (diapers are expensive I am told) this is something that is not on their to-do list.

    Oh my wife texted me a little while ago and wants to get her Conceal Carry for a out-of-state trip she has planned in a couple of months. She is going to be driving her elderly parents (80+ yoa) and is concerned about protecting them.

    And since she is very close to Daughter #1 I will not be surprised if #1 gets her conceal carry permit also. It is a family thing.

    We need to watch our members of Congress closely as the media tries to convince them that most Americans want a Socialist President and country.
     
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  13. alsaqr

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    Yep, next time the white house changes hands be prepared for gun control by "emergency order" of the new president. He/she will cite the Trump precedent.
     
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