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26 Random Acts

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Skylerbone, Dec 22, 2012.

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  1. Skylerbone

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    I've been thinking about that new phrase since catching snippets from the news. I'm not independently wealthy, nor is my budget supplemented by a large media organization seeking to enhance its reputation by extolling my virtues. While I consider myself creative, I'm not necessarily given to random acts.

    Surely I can do something though. And then it hit me, what better way to honor those 26 who needlessly lost their lives than to help others who may otherwise be victimized.

    My first Act began at work Friday when a long-time co-worker asked about obtaining a concealed carry permit for his wife, at her request. I found a free local course meeting State requirements, recommended a private local range for practice and offered to help with instruction and choosing an appropriate firearm.

    I am looking forward to this first chance to help and hopefully many more. It may not be random, it may not be what some had in mind, but I feel it makes a tangible difference toward reducing incidents like those played out a week ago. I believe that is in keeping with the intent of this movement, giving protection to those who cannot (yet) protect themselves. I've decided Act 2 will be pepper spray gifted to my wife's jogging moms group.

    I hope my fellow High Roaders will pledge similar Acts wherever opportunity allows and post more ideas here.
     
  2. hso

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    Introducing others to firearms in a positive manner or helping others interested in them is always a great approach to growing the community of firearms enthusiasts and has been a common one on one form of activism here.

    Your idea of specifically focusing on each of us making the commitment to do this 26 times this year adds an emphasis that previous efforts didn't have.

    How do we spread the word about this idea so that others can make it a movement?
     
  3. Skylerbone

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    I would bet my last dollar that a large number of our membership has had similar thoughts in recent days and many have dedicated their lives to it for years. As popular media has moved our fellow countrymen to action, so to is my hope that THR members will see this posting and the opportunity for positive change. Let's hope this idea will be viewed and disseminated to other forums as well.

    I am near winded from preaching to the choir, it's time to share the responsibility of teaching. Liberal rhetoric aside, it's what the NRA knows and understands better than any. Better to own this problem that affects us before others become convinced we are the problem. If "I" fail to don't do my part, we all lose.
     
  4. MagnumDweeb

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    I'm here in Central Florida an am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. If you can find where to shoot I'll do the classes for cost of the packets ($18 at last check I believe) so long as the people bring their own guns and ammo. I'll do it once a month for up to six people at a time. I only ask for their spent brass:evil:. Once someone takes the class they can apply for their CWP here in Florida. If some one has property we can shoot on (maybe ask for five dollars per person [to join in]) I'm game, I'll build a free website and we can do a sticky here on THR. Turn it into a picnic lunch and shoot invitation. Oh and if someone volunteers their property (that we can legally shoot on) I'll (as a Florida Lawyer) draft them an NFA Trust that takes into account their other estate planning needs, or do a QIT (Qualified Income Trust) for an aging family member who needs to go into an old folks home. We could conceivably do a class for $23 per person with up to five people per group.

    So I laid out a lot there as far as incentives. Who's game? PM me. Oh and my fiancee gets to come along and shoot her 1911 .45 ACP STI Spartan and put most of the men to shame.
     
  5. Alaska444

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    The popularity of concealed carry and the many successful defenses such as the recent OR mall shooting aborted by simply brandishing the weapon. That was enough to provoke the creep into his final suicide act. Stopping a mass shooting is our best and most concise message. The church shooting in Colorado Springs is probably one of the best and most documented volunteer security success.

    It should also include eliminating gun free zones as best we can like they have done in Utah where you can carry in schools and the no firearms signs lack the effect of law.

    Most folks have no idea what a "gun free zone" is and why it is dangerous. They believe that they are protected, but it is a false sense of security. It is an opportunity for education. We also need to make this a dialogue, not a unilateral solution proposal. Without buy in from those initially opposed to our position, we do not win.

    The time is for discussion, education, edification and enlightenment. The real issue is the gun free zones. Our message needs to be supportive and reflective of potential failures to any gun control system and even failures of gun owners failing to secure weapons as this case is all about. Identifying with the fears of those horrified by this violence which we all are is the starting point. Admitting our failures will also give more credence to our successes and highlight where we can do better as individuals and as a society.
     
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  6. Skylerbone

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    Now that's the kind of action we could stand more of! Thank you Magnum for raising your personal bar for the sake of education. I hope High Roaders will avail themselves of your service and look forward to updates.
     
  7. MagnumDweeb

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    Skylerbone, no PM yet and I don't really expect any. I'm working on find a property to shoot on but I don't think I'll have any luck. I put myself out there, but the chances of finding someone who has the property to make it happen is almost nill. Shame really, but such is life.
     
  8. Trent

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    Every once in awhile I get a burr up my behind to donate stuff. Usually at year end, when I realize Uncle Sam is going to get it. :)

    In 2011 I donated enough dozens of new computers (enough to refit the entirety of my local school district). The equipment they were using and teaching kids on was antiquated, and the State of Illinois was behind several hundred thousand on payments to the district.

    Not sure what I'll do this year. But it'll probably involve the school again.

    Maybe Lexan (bullet resistant) glass doors, to solve a (now well known) security deficiency.
     
  9. Skylerbone

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    Thank you Trent and I LOVE that Signature Line, true as the day is long! Here's hoping the entire Country knows that Second Amendment advocates are making meaningful contributions rather than tugging at heartstrings for ineffectual legislation.

    While I don't have the funds on hand to take on a similar project I do share my roof with the PTA Secretary of my childrens' grade school. We've got about $25k sitting in the account for improvement projects and Lexan sounds like a very worthwile suggestion for our next meeting.
     
  10. Skylerbone

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    Quick update, Iowa now has two more licensed CCP holders, firearm owners and NRA members! There are also two separate citizens armed with an extra 100 rounds of defensive ammunition and yet another ready to tackle reloading. They may not be huge victories in the grand scheme of things but I can say several were active on the political trail for our present White House occupant. That in itself signals progress.
     
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