Goals to accomplish by 2004:
Before we are called
to the polls to elect (or re-elect) a president, we gun owners
must dedicate ourselves to the following goals. We may not achieve
these goals, but we should push the scrimmage line as far downfield
#1 - CC in 50:
One of the most compelling
arguments in our pro-gun battery is that 33 states now have shall-issue
laws for concealed carry of handguns. Ponder that for a moment.
66% of the states trust their citizens not only to own guns, but
to carry them in public as well.
Goal #1 will be to
make all 50 states respect their citizens to the same degree.
Some states like California, New York, and Illinois will be tough
nuts to crack. But the logic, statistics, and amazing drop in
crime rates in right-to-carry states give us powerful weapons
with which to conduct our campaigns.
For an example of
how one person can make a difference, see http://www.concealcarry.org.
John Birch, the president of Concealed Carry Inc. has been successfully
challenging the government and public perception in Illinois.
His is a model to follow.
#2 - Reverse Assault Weapons Bans:
Assault weapon bans
have been a disaster for the pro-gun movement. It gave the gun
grabbers solid victories, pitted one group of gun owners against
the others, and presented gun owners as weak and ineffective to
With the federal
assault weapons ban expiring in 2004, and with President Bush
signaling that he would support renewing it, we have both an opportunity
and a challenge ahead.
First and foremost
is that we need to assure the law is not renewed. It requires
us to force our President to take a risky political position.
So we must spend the next three years educating the public on
why the federal assault weapons ban is lunacy to begin with, and
how allowing it to expire will not harm the public.
will take work, but it can be done.
Next, we have to
rollback assault weapon bans in at least one state. A victory
on the federal level will be impressive, but could be written-off
by the press and public as an isolated win to pacify a political
contingent. We must show determination and produce victories on
both the national and local stages.
#3 - Export the 2nd Amendment:
We gun owners speak
mightily about our freedoms, but tend to slow our speech and shuffle
our feet when it comes to improving the civil rights of people
abroad. In times of war we have always answered the bugle and
fought to save others.
This war is no different.
We must channel our love for freedom and see to it that the people
of all civilized nations learn of the purposes and benefits of
a free and armed citizenry. We must export the 2nd Amendment as
thoroughly as we export wheat.
But we must do this
for our own salvation as well. In the U.N. disarmament conference
held this year on our own shores, we witnessed nearly every other
government move steadily toward an international ban of private
firearm ownership. They, with the assistance of the reorganizing
American gun-grabbers, will move to create international treaties
to rob you and all peoples of the world the right to self-defense
and the ultimate control of their governments.
Being the biggest
objective on our list, we must narrow our focus to make it achievable.
Our best targets are Australia and the U.K. Though their politicians
are rabidly anti-freedom, their populations are noble and are
suffering the ravages of unchained criminals. The message of the
2nd Amendment will be welcome as their impotent leaders allow
thugs to roam free.
goal should be to establish in Canada, the U.K. and Australia
organizations that mirror the NRA and itís political tactics.
From America we should identify, review, then endow and aid with
manpower those organizations that will carry the gun-rights banners
in those nations.
tactics to adopt for the next three years:
Iíll be blunt. You
will win or lose the guns wars. We cannot wait for the NRA to
work miracles. We cannot pray that politicians remain frightened
of recent changes in public sentiment. We must push forward to
bring the public and the press to our side of the debate.
To do this,
adopt these three tactics in your daily lives.
#1 - Talk to a neighbor or co-worker:
have painted us as oddballs, gun nuts, rabid militia fanatics,
and dangerous to society. We need to reverse this trend and present
ourselves to our friends, our family, our co-workers, and our
church fellowships as normal and intelligent people with useful
hobbies based on normal concerns.
Do not be ashamed
to talk about firearms and the 2nd Amendment. Donít go out of
your way to do so. Do not present yourself as an activist. Just
quit hiding the fact that you own guns, that you think they have
a useful purpose, and that preserving the Constitutional right
to own firearms is as important as their right to think, speak,
By coming out of
our closets we will remove the stigma from gun owners, but also
vividly prove that the 50% of all households that own guns never
do anything wrong with them.
a reporter shooting:
I have talked with
a number of people and organizations that have performed reporter
education drives. Some have been big events organized by local
groups, such as the Rights Education Fund in Tennessee (see http://www.rightseducationfund.com/)
to educate groups of reporters at one shot.
But others have performed
reporter education on a one-to-one basis. It is pretty simple:
if you meet a reporter at an event, invite them to go shooting
with you. Let them know it is not a hard sell or a politicking
event. You simply want to show hospitality and give them a chance
to meet other gun owners.
Once they are on
the range and see what normal, peaceful, even boring people we
gun owners are, they will forever have their opinions set. The
effect is that they will not automatically bias their reporting.
Thus, they will not automatically pollute the minds of their readers
The other benefit
is that they now know whom to call when they need the pro-freedom
point of view for an article or news story.
contributions to pro-gun organizations:
Finally, all wars
cost money. All the pro-gun organizations that have waged war
on our behalf need a constant and steady flow of money. And they
need it without the onerous expense of fund raising drives.
Make a commitment
to budget a monthly donation to pro-gun groups at any level. Make
it part of your monthly bill-paying ritual. You donít have to
give a lot, you just have to give a little Ė but give it every
month without fail.
The tide is at ebb.
We have the opportunity to win the gun wars and to export our
victories around the world. Only inaction will make this our war
PS: I am recruiting
people to organize the three goals. I will assist in starting
the process and seeking funding to whomever can show the dedication
to see one of the goals through to the end. guy@GunFacts.info