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Grassroots Letter Writing vs. Political Action

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by hso, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. snubbies

    snubbies Well-Known Member

    You got the idea

    As I said earlier you need someone or entity behind you such as Newsaper TV or the likes. Has anyone thought of directing your letter writing to one of these or your Representative in Congress, Senate , State legislatures or Local government???
  2. Gouranga

    Gouranga Well-Known Member

    snubbies these do work. There was a large supermarket chain in NC that reversed course based on a boycott. When we first passed the Concealed Carry Laws in NC, many opposed it by putting up signs in their windows immediately banning carry in their stores, including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

    Guess what, as a result of statewide boycotts NONE of those businesses post against carry in NC anymore.

    It seems like David and Goliath but really it is not. WE have the power. The business needs to get cash to survive. TRU is hurting in this area especially. So they will change their minds, or they will see a significant impact on their bottom line in those states that permit open or concealed carry. Maybe that is something they will decide they can live with, maybe it isn't but I can tell you what, we do nothing and that is exactly what will change, nothing.

    It is a fight worth fighting. The way I see it the guys who initially gave us the 2A, were 13 colonies up against England. So if they could fight that battle to give it to us, the least we can do is boycott a toy store who thinks their sacrifices were in error when it came to 2A,
  3. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    Snubbies, this isn't the right forum for discussion. Open up your own thread in General Discussion if it means so much to you to derail this thread.
  4. snubbies

    snubbies Well-Known Member


    I assumed the thread was posted to not only advise and recruit responders to the call to action but encourage a meaningful discussion. To be a meaningful cause it must stand up to scrutiny.
  5. Mags

    Mags Well-Known Member

    ^^^ Nope read the rules for Activism, and the multiple moderator comments in this very thread.
    From "Read this before posting"
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2010
  6. snubbies

    snubbies Well-Known Member


    How can you decide the best course of action without debate?????
  7. CHEVELLE427

    CHEVELLE427 Well-Known Member

    i agree with guillermo.
    im on a few other forms and some there would not last long enough to make a screen name here.:rolleyes:

    i know i have got called on the carpet for things once or twice that wouldn't have even been noticed on the low roads.;)

    i think toys r us are getting more publicity then they thought they would , and it might make a difference one day.:)

    just from the ones here that said no more T-R-U for them has to add up to a few thousand $$ and the more the word gets out the more they will loose,
    i know the one T-R-U here is just hanging on, :cool:
    i alone have 3 children and 2 grand kids that wont be getting anything from T-R-U.
    one persons money wont make a difference but a few thousand people will.

    i just cant get it through my head how anyone can think a sign will keep the bad guy with a gun out of the store, as some posted it is concealed so who is to know...:what:

    you will :rolleyes:

    tis is why we are law bidding subjects. it is also why we will set at a red light at 3am and nobody is coming in any direction, it is because we try to obide by the law.

    now if that light stays red for longer then i think it should

  8. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    As we've pointed out repeatedly and as other members have pointed out repeatedly, Activism is for presenting plans of action on behalf of RKBA. Working together to refine and improve a plan is encouraged. Disagreement about the best refinements and improvements are inevitable. Naysaying and negativism denying that a plan has any merit is not working with other members to improve or refine a plan and is specifically prohibited in the repeatedly mentioned forum sticky.

    If you don't like a given plan at all, start your own thread with your alternative and hope others help you refine or improve upon it.

    No letter writing campaign is without merit. Grassroots pressure has been shown to be effective as recently as the Kroger thread. What is beneficial is widespread and broad based participation across the 2A community so that the frequency of contact with the company in question and the quantity of the pressure applied is large enough to be relevant to them. Help us get this message to as many different websites and groups and bloggers and media sources as possible so they too can help others tell TRU that their discriminatory practices are not appreciated and will cost them business.

    Individually we might not be noticed, but each drop of rain followed by another makes a storm and when that force is channeled can make changes happen.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  9. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    A single person writing a letter to a corporation probably won't be listened to. A hundred thousand people writing letters to a corporation *will* be listened to, for good or for ill.

    Hso brings up the example of Kroger. I'm going to bring up another one---Starbucks. The media last year put immense pressure on Starbucks to enact a no-CCW policy nationally (a media storm generated by the Brady Campaign), and in response gun owners and CHL holders sent a lot of well-reasoned letters to Starbucks letting them know how much of their clientele hold CHL's, how responsible we are, and why they should continue to allow CCW. Starbucks listened, and retained their policy allowing CCW. This could have easily gone the other way, and IMO almost certainly would have gone the other way had gun owners not weighed in.

    Is a letter-writing campaign guaranteed to change a bad policy? No. Can a letter-writing campaign force a change in a bad policy, given sufficiently pig-headed support for said policy within the bureacracy? No. But can a letter writing campaign produce positive results in a significant number of cases? Most definitely yes.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 17, 2010

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