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Linda
February 27, 2011, 05:15 PM
Hello folks, I am Linda Walker. I am on the ballot for the NRA's board of directors. Voting members should have rec'd their ballots sometime in the past week in their March magazine.

I will paste a letter I have circulating and then my extensive 2A bio. Feel free to ask questions. But I will put this out there, which may clear up many of those questions about my stance on Second Amendment issues first: I believe our forefathers drafted incrediable documents called the Constitution and the Bill of Rights quite brilliantly! To deviate in any fashion from what they meant them to be is a crime against our citizens. What part of "shall NOT be infringed" do they not understand? Any gun control, up to and including magazine restrictions and restrictions upon citizens to own machine guns and accessories goes against what our forefathers drafted and is a crime against our citizens!

I humbly request your vote! Thanks,
Linda Walker

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To My Fellow Second Amendment Brothers & Sisters,

My name is LINDA WALKER and I need your vote for the NRA Board of Directors.

As an ardent Second Amendment supporter, I am saddened by the erosion of our US Constitutional Rights over the years. The recent events in Tucson, as well as the Virginia Tech shootings, Colorado church murders, Columbine massacre, and other horrific events, have taught Americans nothing.

For too long, anti-gun advocates have played on the fears and ignorance of a gullible public to erase liberty and self-reliance from our national dialog. But I absolutely refuse to let them win this debate.

For many years now, I have called the Ohio Statehouse my second home as I have personally worked with legislators to protect and advance gun rights. While I have sought no personal gain for my efforts, the NRA honored me in 2009 with the “Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award,” the highest honor given to one woman each year for Second Amendment legislation, advocacy, and education.

I serve as the Central Ohio Chair of Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohio’s foremost Second Amendment Rights organization. I have been present and testified in our Statehouse for nearly every hearing and vote over the past several years. I have directly assisted in the passage of legislation establishing Castle Doctrine in Ohio, statewide preemption of local gun bans, and historic reformations of concealed carry laws .

As a proud NRA certified instructor, I have taught well over a thousand students in safe, responsible gun handling and concealed carry. I also serve as Chairman of our county Friends of the NRA, work as an NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator for the Ohio 12th Congressional District, participate in local politics, and support the Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

If you help me get elected to the NRA Board of Directors, I vow that I will fight the encroachment of the BATF on the lawful use of firearms, stop foolish registration schemes, encourage youth and women to participate in hunting and shooting sports, and do everything in my power to prevent the erosion our God-given rights.

I am neither a celebrity nor a wealthy politician. I am a simple American who has dedicated her life to restoring the hopes and dreams of the Founding Fathers. I have fought in the trenches of legislation, educated citizens in basic self-defense, and tried my best to uphold the values of our Constitution.

I have done all this for my family, for my state, for my country, and for you.

If you are a voting member of the NRA, I humbly ask for your faith in me. And I ask for your vote. When you receive the Board of Directors ballot in your NRA publication scheduled for late February or early March, please vote for LINDA WALKER.

Thank you and God bless you and our great nation.
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Linda Walker
Alexandria, OH
LWalker@BuckeyeFirearms.org

NRA Life Member # 146005210

NRA Award
2009 NRA “Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award”
Given to one woman per year on the national level for legislative work, education, advocacy and upholding the ideals of the NRA
http://www.nrahq.org/women/awards/2009-walker.asp

NRA-EVC (Election Volunteer Coordinator)
Ohio 12th Congressional District
May ‘08-present
2010 #3 most active EVC, qualifying to be included in the selection process for the
“Jay M. Littlefield NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award”

Licking County Friends of the NRA
-Chairman of the first Licking County Friends of the NRA banquet, Oct. 1, 2009
-Chairman FONRA, Mar. 13, 2010
-Chairman FONRA, Mar. 12, 2011

NRA Certified Instructor # 146005210
Certified in the following disciplines
-Basic Pistol May ‘06
-Personal Protection Inside the Home May ‘07
-Personal Protection Outside the Home May ‘07

NRA Recruiter
May ‘08-present

NRA Booth Volunteer
Deerasic/Cambridge, OH Aug. ’08, Aug. ‘09
Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo, ’09, ‘10

Buckeye Firearms Association
Central Ohio Chair, Leadership team, 2005-present
-Activities accomplished, but not limited to the following: attend hearings in the Statehouse, attend one on one meetings with various State Representatives, Senators and candidates, work on legislation with fellow leadership team, attended bill signings and Governor’s reception, attend political events such as legislative receptions, inaugural receptions, political dinners, fundraisers, assist on candidate campaigns, organizing BFA events, staffing events, such as gun shows, expos, clay shoots, etc., shipping, PR., media interviews, writing of articles and a wealth of other activities.

-Awarded “2007 Grassroots Organization of the Year” by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms (CCRKBA)

-Awarded NRA-ILA “2008 Volunteer Organization of the Year”

Legislative Accomplishments
HB347- (concealed carry fix it bill and preemption,) attended every House and Senate hearing (approx. 30). This bill was vetoed by Gov. Taft. The House and Senate overrode the governor’s veto. First Governor veto override in Ohio, in nearly 30 years. Jan. ‘06-testified before House Criminal Justice committee in support of HB347.
SB184- Castle doctrine and concealed carry fix it bill, attended all hearings. Invited to and attended bill signing by Gov. Strickland. This bill has been referred to as “one of the most sweeping gun reform bills in United States.”

HB9-Closed the media access loophole to concealed carry licensees information. Attended hearings.
HB225-Alaska style concealed carry. Rep. John Adams requested a private meeting with me, prior to the introduction of the bill. Other attendees to the meeting were Rep. Danny Bubp and Rep. Joe Uecker.

HB450-Allows active military personal between the ages of 18 and 21 the right to possess a handgun. Testified before the Senate Criminal Justice committee on behalf of Buckeye Firearms Association.

HB203-Restaurant Carry, testified before House committee (died in committee, replaced with SB239)

SB239/SB247-Restaurant Carry, removing car restrictions, restoration of rights (died at end of session)

Built working and personal relationships with many Senators and State Representatives, various other state and local level politicians. Work directly with NRA-ILA liaison, John Hohenwarter. Organized and attended meetings between Buckeye Firearms leadership, Senators and Representatives. Attend many political events including meetings, fundraisers, campaign events, parades, socials, etc.

Organized Buckeye Firearms events including:
-Deer & Turkey expo booth, 2008/2009/2010
-Lt. Col. Dave Grossman event 2008/2009/2010/2011
-Buckeye Blast I at Tactical Defense Institute 2007, 2009, 2011
-Buckeye Bash 2006/2007/2008/2009
-USSA Legislative reception 2006/2007/2008/2009/2010
-Buckeye Big Buck Club booth, 2008
-various fundraising shooting and political events

Media
-NRA News with Cam Edwards-multiple interviews, 3 in-studio
-NRA News with Ginny Simone-multiple interviews
-Various print
-“Call A Cop” radio program-Cleveland based call in program, multiple interviews
-WBNS 10TV (Columbus)-Women & Weapons report aired 7/2/08
This was a very balanced and unbiased report from reporter Brittany Westbrook, on why more women are learning to use firearms and carrying. Filming included 6 of my former female students and me.
http://wwwphp.10tv.com/vplayer.php?clip=2008_07_22_Girls_and_Guns.wmv
-Buckeye Firearms Assoc. website, multiple articles
-Cornered Cat website hosted by Kathy Johnson
-The Ready Line blog, hosted by Brent Greer
-Buckeye Firearms “Firearms Forum” radio show
-numerous on camera local TV stations

Fred Thompson Presidential Race
-Central Ohio 2nd Amendment Coalition Leader for the “Fred Thompson for President” campaign, 2009

Ohio Concealed Carry Instructor
Instructing classes 12 months out of the year, often multiple classes per month. One of the most active instructors in central OH, certifying well over 1000 students in 4+ years.
-Mixed gender classes
-Women only classes
-Fundraiser classes for various organizations several times per year
-Advanced CCW classes
-Private instruction

National Wild Turkey Federation
Women In The Outdoors, Sunbury, OH
Pistol Instructor for attendees 2007/2008

Dillon Sportsman Club
Ladies Night, Newark, OH
Instructed pistol shooting to women who had never shoot or very little experience
May 2006/July 2007/June 2008

Ohio Future Farmers of America
Teachers Conference, Lima, OH
Instructed high school teachers in the proper and safe manner to run a firing range at FFA summer camps for youth June 18, 2008

Outdoors Writers Conference
Ran/instructed the pistol range for OWO conference attendees
April 2008

Pickaway & Big Darby Creek Shooting Ranges
Assist the ranges in bringing more women and youth to the sport of IDPA shooting
July ‘08-present

Licking County Republican Party
Patriot’s Club board of directors, political programs chair.
-Responsibilities include contacting politicians and other guests to events, lining up speakers
Dec. ‘07-present

Pataskala Cub Scout Pack 21
Den Leader 1996-2001
Cubmaster 2001-2003

Pataskala Boy Scout Troop 21
Troop committee member 2001-2007

2ND Amendment supporters Meet & Greet Organizer
Nov. ‘05-gathering of like minded, 2nd Amendment supporters
Rep. Jim Aslanides special speaker on behalf of HB347
Various politicians in attendance including
-Rep. Tim Schaffer
-representatives from the Ken Blackwell for Governor race
-Bill Peirce, Libertarian candidate for Governor
-Columbus City Council candidates
-representatives from the Jim Petro for Governor race

Speeches
-Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association, Nov. ‘08
-Statehouse Tea Party, 10,000 attendees, Aug. 1, 2009
-Springsboro Tea Party, Oct. 24, 2009
-Medina Friends & Neighbors, Nov. 14, 2009
-Washington Cty Republican Women’s club, June 14, 2010

Ohio Gun Collectors Association
-member, ’09-present

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AlexanderA
February 27, 2011, 06:16 PM
Voted for you already. In fact, I voted for all the women and minority nominees (those that I could identify) because the NRA needs diversity of representation.

alsaqr
February 27, 2011, 06:53 PM
Voted for you already.

JellyJar
February 27, 2011, 07:21 PM
Can you recommend others to vote for?

Cal-gun Fan
February 27, 2011, 07:31 PM
R. Lee Ermey!!!

Linda
February 27, 2011, 07:43 PM
Jelly Jar, someone else asked me this today, and I will post my comment to them:

For purely selfish reasons, I will be casting one vote this year. Don't feel obligated to vote for 25 because that's what they told you that you can vote for. My suggestion, only vote for those who you feel will most closely represent you.... Voting for all 25 just to vote for 25 dilutes the voting process. Last year, I cast only 2 votes..., Ken Hanson (legislative chair for Buckeye Firearms and the one person in Ohio who has done more for gun rights than anyone), and Ted Nugent. My beliefs for the 2A really parallel Ted's.

With that said.., I have a couple prerequisites I expect out of my board member.
1)Show up to the dog gone board meetings!!! I think if you are on the board, you should be required to participate!!! Not just by lending your famous face to posters and advertising!
2)I expect my bd member to be involved in the legislative process. How many have never stepped a foot in their own Statehouses?
3)I expect the bd member to know the true meaning behind the Second Amendment..., and it isn't hunting!
4)I expect my bd member to not support any form of gun control. Saying stupid stuff like supporting bans on magazines that hold more than 5 rnds should be terms for immediate termination from the bd. Yet, he still got re-elected last yr! :banghead:
5) Again, I expect my bd member to share the work load and obligations of being on the board equally!

I could go on forever, but I will stop. My suggestion is Google those on the list. I guess if you can't find out anything about them (and yes you won't find ANYTHING on a couple of them, I tried), they probably haven't been involved in the Second Amendment much. If they are celebrities, what will they bring to the table besides lending their face to advertising?

Linda
February 27, 2011, 07:44 PM
I have a feeling that R. Lee Ermey would be an active member and not just a figure head for the NRA. I hope I'm not wrong, because being a celebrity, he's most likely a shoe in.

clutch
February 27, 2011, 07:55 PM
Linda,

The SAF made some great gains recently in securing our rights but the NRA tried to take credit for something that wasn't purely their effort. Not attending the Gun Rights Policy Conference seems to indicate the NRA didn't have the stones to argue their side. Your comments please.

Clutch

Linda
February 27, 2011, 08:19 PM
Yep, I agree with you. SAF started the case, NRA jumped in, got allotted X amount of SAF's minutes from the court system, and attempted to steal the show. It was wrong!!!! Credit is owed where credit is due, and that is with SAF!

Hypnogator
February 27, 2011, 10:56 PM
I already voted for you, Linda! Anyone in the Buckeye Firearms Ass'n is more than all right in my book. Also voted for the Gunny.

I try to support directors with track records supporting RKBA. :cool:

Linda
February 28, 2011, 06:46 PM
Thank you for the confidence Hypogator!!! :D

Valkman
February 28, 2011, 06:52 PM
I haven't voted yet but will. And I will vote for you - thanks for this!

Ala Dan
March 1, 2011, 03:24 PM
Fixing to vote for you right now, Linda~! ;) :D

1555 HRS on 03-01-11

Just put my ballot in the mail~!

Linda
March 2, 2011, 11:47 PM
Thank you guys for the confidence of your vote!!! It REALLY means a lot!:D

Jesse Heywood
March 23, 2011, 06:28 PM
Reminding those who haven't voted, your ballot has to be received by April 10, 2011.

Voting for Linda as your only vote is also recommended by Jeff Knox. www.firearmscoalition.org

clutch
March 31, 2011, 06:42 PM
I'm sitting here with my ballot and thought that Jeff Knox might be a decent write in vote. Anyone know his city and state. I think I'll just vote for two people one of them being Linda and the other being Neil's son.

Clutch

matrem
March 31, 2011, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the reminder Jesse & clutch.
Just put my ballot in the mailbox, and Linda was the only name i could bring myself to pencil in.
When a candidate says "the second ammendment ain't about hunting", they have my FULL attention.

clutch
May 2, 2011, 04:42 PM
Btw, Linda did win. I tried searching the NRA site for election results and only got info on the top bunch and the search function was broken so I sent Linda an e-mail. She indicated she won and gave me a link.

http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/7777

Clutch

TexasRifleman
May 2, 2011, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the followup. Closing this as "done" unless she wants to post something in it. Linda, if you'd like to have the last word here just PM a mod.

Thanks clutch!

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