Friday, April 27, 2007

From the Firearms Coalition

Gun Law News has posted this notice from the Firearms Coalition:

Action demands counter-action and the Brady’s latest campaign needs to be answered. Gun rights activists have proven over and over again that they can overwhelm politicians with calls, letters, and e-mails and we need to be doing so right now.

Even though the American people have made it pretty clear that they are not interested in seeing additional restrictions on firearms, and the politicians from both sides of the aisle in Washington are reticent to make calls for new gun control measures, the threat remains. Many – if not most – politicians have an inclination toward government control, including government control of firearms. The only thing holding these tendencies in check is the well-founded belief that taking action in support of gun control is political suicide.

Sarah Brady is mounting a relentless fundraising and activism campaign based around the theme, “What are you going to do about gun violence in America?” She is challenging supporters to take action by asking politicians that question and by making a contribution to her organization ($32 in honor of the 32 dead in Blacksburg). Sarah says the campaign is working. She claims that more than 50,000 calls and e-mails have been sent to political leaders since the tragic events at Virginia Tech last week, asking them, “What are YOU going to do about gun violence?” The anti-gun, mainstream media has stepped up to do their part, inviting Jim and Sarah, and their key staffers to appear on the major news/talk programs and providing them with the opportunity to try to make the senseless murders in Blacksburg into a rallying call for gun restrictions.

If supporters of liberty sit in silence or try to appease the gun-haters, the politicians might conclude that the American people are ready to support more erosion of our civil rights. The only way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to keep the politicians on notice that support for gun control equals early retirement. Sarah Brady’s 50,000 contacts is barely a ripple compared to the waves of messages the gun rights community can deliver. Such a deluge needs to occur right now.

Politicians need to hear loud and clear that GunVoters will not tolerate any further encroachment and would like to see repeal of the existing restrictions. Senators and Representatives need to understand that “compromise” legislation like Carolyn McCarthy’s H.R.297 will not be excused even if NRA gives them a green light. The “servants of the people” need to hear from you today in a clear, unambiguous way that any and all legislation to expand or enhance gun control efforts will result in adverse consequences in the next election.

What are YOU doing to defend liberty and protect gun rights?

Take action and demand action! Never depend on the other guy to do the work for you.

Send messages to your elected officials today.

Copy this Alert to every pro-liberty forum and web site you can find.

Make a contribution to the Firearms Coalition, subscribe to our newsletter, and encourage others to do the same.

The tide toward gun control seems to be changing in our favor, but that can be reversed in a moment if rights activists drop their guard. Complacency is our greatest enemy.

Send Sarah Brady a clear and resounding answer to her question, “What are you going to do…?” Show her and the waffling politicians what true citizen activism is all about.

Yours for the Second Amendment,

Jeff Knox
Director of Operations
The Firearms Coalition
Neal Knox Associates
Box 3313
Manassas, VA 20108

Fighting the soft war is not easy, but it is necessary. We need to keep reminding our "Representatives" that they in fact are OUR Representatives and that they answer to us. Call, write and fax your local, state and federal representatives and let them know that you will not stand for further restrictions on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Write informed letters without threats, just let them know where you stand on the issue.

One thing that I have found helpful is an internet fax account. They are relatively inexpensive and will allow you to send faxes from your computer. I understand that faxes are much more effective than email, and faster than snail mail. Phone calls are also very persuasive.

Spend a bit of time this weekend protecting our rights. Pen a letter and get it to your rep's.

For more ideas on how to fight for your Second Amendment rights, go here.

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