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Are You Involved in Helping Pro Gun Candidates/Incumbents Win?

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by ChanceMcCall, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. ChanceMcCall

    ChanceMcCall Member

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    Sounding off here is far from enough. Writing letters asking someone to vote for or against a Bill is better. Writing a check is great for those who can, but so is volunteering to help on the campaign. That will be remembered.

    Every campaign needs help. If you have never volunteered before you might be surprised at how much help they can use. It might be walking an area to put out door hangers or it might be knocking and talking to people. If you have the ability, it might be sitting in a campaign office and making telephone calls urging people to vote for your candidate. It could also be just helping by moving paper or sorting materials. It could be manning a booth at an event. It could be distributing yard signs. When I was a young one, living in a rural area, I distributed yard signs and literature via horseback.

    You can get your whole family involved. Responsible children are often welcome in local races. The fact is, what you do - or don't do - can make a difference. So, tell others here what are you doing and encourage them to get involved as well.
     
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    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Obviously volunteering to moderate here and helping provide content is hopefully contributing, but I also volunteer with Knife Rights in the 2A arena.
     
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  3. ChanceMcCall

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    Obviously we need forums like these for many things including Activism. I did not mean to imply otherwise.

    What I was trying to address is that on this any most other pro 2A forums many people will take the time to reply with inane responses about how they are going to hide their guns or shoot it out, but very few are actually willing to contribute money or real effort to the numerous pro gun organizations or directly to the pro gun candidates. Some of them will write letters in support or in opposition to legislation and then wonder why their communications have little or no effect. Worse they may wonder why the guy/gal they wanted elected isn't there any more protecting their rights.

    As a whole, in the real world of politics, we get what we deserve. We argue over the NRA vs SAF or GOA instead of getting involved with all of them. None of those national organizations have near the money or membership they deserve, nor are they perfect, but they are what we have and we need them. When it comes to grass roots involvement, it is even worse. Add to that the unwillingness to learn and understand how the systems work and how to effectively communicate a point of view and we get what we get.

    If more gun owners would get involved by helping campaigns of people that share our views, we would be far better off. I'm hoping that others who do get involved will chime in and describe their involvements and the differences it makes.
     
  4. rpenmanparker

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    I strongly support the campaigns of candidates who share my views.
     
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    What does "strongly support" mean, though. Do you volunteer time to them?
     
  6. rpenmanparker

    rpenmanparker Member

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    Time and money. Call center volunteering. Neighborhood canvassing, etc.
     
  7. primalmu

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    Tough situation. Many pro-2A politicians don't share my beliefs in other areas, and I refuse to be a single issue voter. With politics becoming increasingly extreme on either side I find it hard to find a candidate that checks enough boxes to make it worthwhile for me to support via volunteering, etc.
     
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    I agree with avoiding single issues.
     
  9. ChanceMcCall

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    Unfortunately, that's just life. I would rather not be a single issue voter or contributor of either time or money. However, I consider 2nd Amendment issues the bedrock of our Bill of Rights and we are the only country where that actually works - for now - the way is is suppose to. If we lose that, we will eventually lose all the other rights.

    Do I agree with everything that most of the people I funnel money and time to think and vote? Of course not. They don't even agree with each other. I'm also certain that many people who post and lurk here might not agree with many of my views either, but we do share an interest in firearms and that is enough for me.

    Nothing is ever as simple as people want it to be, and that certainly includes politics. Anyone who tells you they only vote their beliefs and/or their conscience and they have been in office more than one term is lying to you. In order to stay in politics successfully, they must compromise all the time and often take positions they strongly dislike if they are to remain viable. The truth is voters rarely know very much about any of the people they are voting for or what they believe.

    By belief and passion, I'm a Libertarian.That means if I want to vote for someone who stands a chance of being elected I'm voting for someone whose views are a long ways from mine regardless of their party affiliation. It also means I am going to give considerable time and money to candidates whose views I mostly don't agree with. Since the 2nd Amendment is so important to me, that is always the litmus test in making my decisions.

    Hell if I expected to only get involved with someone who always agreed with me, I would never have gotten married.
     
  10. GEM

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    We are wandering into particular issues that get our goats. The OP is how to participate in the elections as to promote the 2nd Amend. So I'm deleting your position papers on what makes you annoyed with the left or right.

    You might have a good point but it's not relevant. I assume this will also make you annoyed as we like to talk about political issues specifically.

    Ban the Z, Save the Y - but that's not the OP issue.
     
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