America's fight for the 2nd Amendment- What one person can d


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Rimfaxe
January 27, 2013, 11:16 AM
It has been a very busy week for me. I thought I would share a list of 11 simple things that one person can do to secure their 2nd Amendment Rights. I wrote these up this morning and sent them to Tom Gresham to consider for this Gun Talk radio show. If you like these, please post them to your Facebook page or on other forums. Also add to them if you like.

Regards,

Harry Merkin

THE 2ND AMENDMENET- WHAT ONE PERSON CAN DO...

1. Join pro-gun groups and support them with your time and generous contributions-- NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, CalGuns, Gun Owners of America etc.

2. Use the NRAILA.org website to contact your legislators. It is very easy and efficient. You can contact many people at once and also print letters to mail if you like.
https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-loc ... onate.aspx

3. Push your local newspapers and reporters at the city and county level to report on where your local politicians stand on the 2nd Amendment and gun control discussion. Find out where your chiefs of police and state police chiefs, elected judges and local mayors stand. Remember that all politics is LOCAL. This often gets left out of the national fight by the NRA and others. Get involved at the local level and push the local schools to get rid of the 'Gun Free' killing zones.

4. Use social Media like Facebook to promote your views. If you're concerned about backlash from your 'friends' on Facebook, then you can create a separate account for posting to new media message boards, etc.

5. Encourage friends and family to engage their legislators. I have several email accounts set up on my family's behalf and will write letters on their behalf if they would like.

6. Take the fight to the enemy-- I've been promoting 2nd Amendment Rights on the Huffington Post and Politico and other media websites. This has greatly improved my ability to articulate a cogent argument and support it with facts. It is actually fun to disembowel the Progressive Liberal's hollow arguments for gun control. Note that it is important to be respectful, be unemotional and Fact-Based. IT DRIVES THEM CRAZY!!! Show resolve and solidarity. Do not disparage or gloat about any progress or victories. Stay focused on getting your point of view out with facts and appropriate historical references. Even if you don't convince the person you're posting to, there are still many people who read the boards. Be literate and do not give the the satisfaction of fitting into their NRA GUN NUT stereotype. It is a lot of fun an I have even developed somewhat of a fan base in the pasts two weeks.

When you see good articles and arguments, cut and past them into a Word document so that you can use it later in a post on these sites. Develop a library of books, links, and references... Tom it would be great if you could host some space for this to give gun owners a place to find good debate material.

7. Promote and actively attend any pro-gun demonstrations in your area. Participate- make signs. Bring a Bull Horn-- they sell them at Amazon for $15 to $30 dollars and make a hell of an impression-- http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Pro-PMP30-Pr ... =bull+horn

8. Donate a "gun" to your second amendment rights. Many listeners have multiple firearms. I would never ask them to get rid of one, but please take the price that they paid for just one of their guns and put that to work for their 2nd Amendment Rights. Its a small thing to ask.

9. Voice your dissatisfaction with businesses that do not support gun rights- Dick's Sporting Goods, Groupon, Bank of America, Cheaper Than Dirt (for price gouging), Golden Corral, Eastern Outdoor Show, PayPal and Ebay. Be sure to mention the Eastern Outdoor Show that was successfully shut down because they banned the exhibition of legal rifles such as the AR15 in the show.

10. Make your contribution to the fight a daily exercise-- like a New Year's Resolution-- get up an hour early or take part of your lunch hour to get your opinion out on the web. Do a little something every day.

11. Identify and publicly target 'purple state' Democrat legislators that are at risk of losing their seat in 2014. There are lists like this available online. Don't be afraid to write elected officials outside your immediate district. Also don't be afraid to thank elected officials with money or support when they deliver the right message.

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Rimfaxe
January 27, 2013, 07:05 PM
OK guys, over 60 views and not a single comment?

Feedback appreciated. Is it something that makes sense?

Can you use it and distribute it?

Can you improve it?

Please do more than look.

Harry

hso
January 27, 2013, 07:33 PM
Other than #s 3 and 7 all of these have been discussed previously and are being implemented by various members. You have to remember that Activism is the place for plans instead of debating them and the list is pretty comprehensive so you're not likely to get any comments.

We've recommended instead of banic buying that members spend that money on supporting our struggle so that side of the coin has been covered. The idea of selling off a firearm implies taking advantage of the banic pricing to increase the contribution to the cause is a good one, but it will be challenging for most people since few have so many ARs or AKs that they'd be comfortable selling one at this time. I sold an AR for much more than I had in it and sent the money to SAF and NRA ILA, but that's all I was willing to sell. Others might sell some magazines and donate the money if they don't have "spare" rifles included in the list for banning.

If someone is not good at, or have the stomach for, debate and can't keep cool in the face of irrational emotionalism or insults it isn't recommended that they drop in on sites where Antis are predominant. That's a pretty tough thing to do. I've spent hours out at other sites leaving information in comments sections and I've avoided personal attacks by staying calm and by citing facts and statistics with their sources. Not everyone has the stomach for it.

All Politics Is Local is a good reminder to everyone that not only your town and state politicians are local (and accessible), but that your Congresspeople have offices locally that you can take the time to visit and take a personal message to the staffer in charge of the office and schedule a meeting with the Rep or Senator when they're supposed to be back locally.

Texan Scott
January 27, 2013, 07:42 PM
I do like the letter engine at NRAILA. In fact, I just used it to fire off another round of letters, short and to the point:

[Title of address]:

Please do not dismiss me as a 'crank' and a 'loudmouth'. I am a citizen, a businessman in my local community, a voter, and a loudmouth.

I want you to know that I firmly oppose further gun control measures like bans, magazine limits, or mandatory background checks for private sales. These things infringe the rights of the law abiding but do little to hinder criminals and madmen who will simply ignore and violate any law you pass.

I also want to assure you that I will tirelessly and vocally support leaders who protect my rights, and vehemently and vociferously oppose those who betray my trust.

In extraordinary sincerity,

Texan Scott

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