Calls it Quits!
of America, National Director
Sarah Thompson is taking a “break.” Who is Sarah
Thompson, and why should you
care whether she takes a break?
Sarah is the Executive Director of Utah
Gun Owners Alliance, or UTGOA, a Utah-based grass
Sarah and her
have been very effective in limiting or stopping infringements
on our gun rights. Every legislative session,
UTGOA sends an email to its subscribed members, alerting us
to bills that would threaten our rights, if passed, along
with instructions on how we can help stop it.
sent us pre written letters, a list of legislators and their
contact information, seminars to attend, and flyers to hand
out. UTGOA sent out extensive candidate surveys. The results
were posted on their web site, so we knew how every candidate
felt about the Second Amendment before we walked into a voting
booth -- all this in return
activism and donations.
simply, few people have been willing to get actively
involved in working to promote gun rights." Sarah
quote Sarah’s letter, informing us that she’s
taking a break: “Since UTGOA was founded, we've
helped to sponsor
to provide for ‘right to carry’ (concealed carry
without a permit), elimination of fees for background checks
and permits, elimination of training requirements for permits,
provision of storage facilities at courts, liability protection
for those who lawfully use lethal force, recognition of out
of state permits to keep our tourists safe, creation of Bill
of Rights Day, protection of Constitutional rights of state
employees, and more."
efforts have gained not only local, but national attention,
including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal Online,
the Boston Globe, as well as various radio programs.”
now you know who Sarah is, a viable, important part of the
pro gun movement in Utah. Someone you needed in this arena,
whether you live in Utah or not. If you don’t know why
she felt it necessary to take a break from fighting for your
rights, I’ll spell it out for you. She banged
her head against a wall, one last time. According
to Sarah, she’s “taking a break”
because, “Quite simply, few people have been willing
to get actively involved in working to promote gun rights."
appreciate those of you who have taken the time to contact
your legislators, and hope you'll continue to do so. However,
when we've asked for people to attend committee hearings,
even just one per session, most of the time no one has shown
up. When we've asked for volunteers to help with gun shows,
political conventions, and other events, we've gotten only
a couple of volunteers at best."
discouraging, UTGOA supporters have been almost entirely unwilling
to get involved in electing pro-gun candidates, which is the
single most important key to success.”
here’s why you should care whether Sara takes a break.
After all of Sarah’s hard work, along with a handful
of her dedicated volunteers, not one of the five pro-gun legislators
was elected last November. Not one candidate reported having
a gun owner volunteer in their campaign because of the candidate’s
stance on gun rights, not one.
we did have two solidly pro-gun incumbents retain their position,
but imagine where we’d be if the other five had gotten
elected, too. Two steps forward, five steps backward? Hello,
is anybody listening out there in Utah? We lost FIVE pro-gun
legislative candidates because you thought someone else would
take care of the activism part of protecting your gun rights.
defense of Utah’s gun owners, they may have been helping
on campaigns but didn’t mention they were helping because
of the candidate’s pro-gun stance. But honestly, do
you really believe that? Did you volunteer with a pro-gun
candidate’s campaign in your state or local elections
last November? Armed
Females of America has approximately 60,000 hits
on our web site each month. Do you think you’re the
only one who answered, “no” to that question?
Out of 60,000 visitors, do you want to guess at how many has
actually joined AFA? We have less than 200 members to date.
wouldn’t believe how many people think, “I’m
a member of the NRA, I already do my part.”
Sorry, that doesn’t get you off the hook of being an
activist in your own state and local politics. And, I know
you know that on some level. “I gave at
the office,” isn’t going to get
your rights back that have already been taken, some with the
hear about a march, a boycott, a rally, and think, “they
should do okay without me there, I’m too busy. There’ll
be lots of other supporters.” Or, “I
wish I could donate, but I just can’t, they’ll
probably get a lot of other donations.” There aren’t
any “they’s”; we will NEVER have
enough supporters; there aren’t any “others”
to carry your load. Nobody has stepped forward with deep enough
pockets to stop this hideous thievery of our rights.
a member of the NRA, I already do my part.”
Sorry, that doesn’t get you off the hook of being
an activist in your own state and local politics. And,
I know you know that on some level. “I
gave at the office,” isn’t
going to get your rights back that have already been
taken, some with the NRA’s blessings.
you think there are millions of us out there fighting for
your right to keep and bear arms, so you don’t have
to, you are dead wrong, there just aren’t. It’s
you and me against millions of liberal dollars. Guess who
wins when money is the deciding factor? According to some
figures, there are 80 million gun owners in this country.
Where are they? Imagine the clout we’d have if each
gun owner contributed just one dollar. But, you do nothing.
all the gun owners so busy exercising their Second Amendment
right that they don’t have the time to protect that
right? Have they just forgotten that they need to do some
scheduled maintenance occasionally so they’re up on
what our government is doing to us? Or, do they just not care?
I’ve often brought up the Second Amendment and how we’re
slowly losing our rights to different shooting buddies and
friends. I just get apathy in return, or complete and utter
ignorance of the problem, and I’m always amazed that
people can be so blind.
owners are very apathetic of their gun rights, but then again,
most Americans are apathetic about any of their Constitutional
rights. Our rights are taken for granted until they’re
taken away, or threatened. That’s the problem, isn’t
it? You don’t see a need for political activism. Because
you only use that one little handgun as home defense, you
don’t really consider yourself a “gun owner.”
I mean, you don’t go hunting, trap shooting, competition
shooting, or collect guns. Why should you put yourself out
there when all these unconstitutional gun laws don’t
really pertain to you? Owning your one little home defense
gun is against the law in may states. Did you know that? The
“authorities” went door-to-door, confiscating
those personal defense handguns, too. Did you know that? Yes,
in America, our guns are being confiscated.
government and gun haters don’t want to take your duck
hunting guns, or limit their use, so why bother helping all
those “gun nuts” who want to own an AK-47,
right? After all, it’s people like that whose ruining
it for the rest of us, huh? I’ll put it this way --
does freedom of religion pertain to you if you don’t
go to church, or if you’re of a different religious
belief than your neighbor? Yes.
you protected against cruel and unusual punishment, although
you’ve never been to prison? Yes. Do you have freedom
of the press, though you’ve never written a book? Yes.
Should you protect these God-given rights, even if you don’t
exercise them, no matter how others use or even abuse those
rights? YES! It is your duty as an American to protect our
Constitutional rights, all of them.
makes the Second Amendment different from all the others in
the Bill of Rights? The Second Amendment is the only one that
gives us a tool to protect the rest of our rights. The right
to keep and bear arms was given to us so that our government
would think twice about tyranny, rising up against us. It
doesn’t matter what your gun of choice is, or why you
choose to own one, or if you own one at all.
RIGHT to own firearms is the only point to this discussion,
and you should be protecting that right with all the fervor
and passion you can muster. You don’t have to own a
printing press to want the right protected to print anything
you like. However, shouldn’t the owner of the printing
press be in the forefront of protecting the First Amendment
right? Gun owners should be in the forefront of protecting
the Second Amendment right, too. In fact, gun owners have
a greater duty to protect the Constitution, since our Second
Amendment protects all other rights.
instead, you do nothing. You don’t send a pre written
letter to your Legislator, one of the fastest, easiest things
you can do in political activism. You don’t make a phone
call to your legislator; you don’t attend a rally or
a march, and don’t participate in the latest boycott.
You don’t write a letter to the Editor of your local
newspaper, or convince a friend to register to vote. You do
nothing, but read a few articles and visit a few pro gun sites.
you spend three minutes renewing your NRA subscription on
line and feel like you’ve done your part. But, you’ve
got your gun, by crackie, and the NRA will make damn sure
you keep it, right? Shouldn’t we take charge of securing
our own rights, and not leave it up to some huge corporation?
takes both, folks. Go ahead, join the NRA, JPFO, GOA, AFA,
KABA, Pink Pistols, SAS, or whatever pro-gun group you associate
with, but get active, too. Money doesn’t always talk,
and since our side doesn’t have near the funds that
the anti-gun crowd does, we have to speak up. The anti-rights
side has millions of dollars, and a lot fewer people than
we do. However, their people are all activists, protesters,
and whistle blowers. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. We’ve
got the people, but nobody cares. Imagine how much noise 80
million people could make if we would all just come together
as one loud voice for the Constitution.
much did you spend on your morning espresso, or that movie
rental to keep the kids occupied while you entertained company?
We can all afford to send ten or fifteen dollars a month to
our favorite grass roots organizations, but we don’t.
We all have three minutes to send a pre written letter to
our legislators, but we won’t.
need warm bodies with a pulse to be out there, talking to
their state and federal legislators. We need human voices
and personal letters to speak for us. If you’re intimidated
because you don’t know about politics, all you have
to do is ask someone. Any one of our AFA Directors will be
happy to walk you through sending your first letter.
didn’t know diddly-squat about politics, and I’m
still learning every day, but I never missed sending one letter
that Sarah asked me to send. It was a no-brainer. All I had
to do was find out my Senator and Representative names and
districts, and the rest was easy. I’ve been writing
and calling ever since. Of course, I’ve voted since
I turned old enough to do so. If you’re not registered
to vote, that’s your first step, and the most important
you’ll ever take. Your voice is the loudest on Election
Day; use it. Find out how to register by calling your County
I depended on Sarah to let me know what was needed of me in
this political battle for my right to own a gun. ANY gun.
It’s a fact that I’m the only AFA member in Utah,
so it’s not hard to imagine that Sarah’s pleas
for help were answered with a pass the buck attitude. Utah
is also one of the highest ranked gun-owning states, so where
are you? I’m not just talking about Utahans here. I’m
talking to YOU. Where are the gun owners?
you -- the woman who loves visiting our site, but hasn’t
joined. I’m talking to the man who loves our stance
on gun rights, but hasn’t taught his wife how to shoot
so she will understand this battle and join in. The guy who
wished his girlfriend felt about guns the way that we do,
but hasn’t introduced her to any of us, so we can help
do some research, get involved, and register to vote. If Sarah’s
stepping back is an indication of what’s to come of
our Constitutional rights, I pity us all. Prove me wrong,
stand up for your rights, then write in and tell us your success
Owners Vote? The Numbers Say Otherwise!
Owners All Bark And No Bite!
I took you for granted, thought you’d always be
as I flaunted and boasted with never a care.
that you’re mine but never once thought
that your drifting away could cost me a lot.
I knew you
were here but I didn’t once ask
what I could do to make our bond last.
me there’s trouble, but I wouldn’t see,
and there’s millions like me who too disagree.
I know it’s
enticing but please don’t you leave,
that temptress is evil, she lies, cheats and steals.
met this deceiver, she loves the control,
of your rights, your thoughts, to have a stronghold.
heard it all too, “for the children” she
and I turned a deaf ear, thought her voice never reached.
I saw that
you weakened, but went on my way,
never lifting a finger or beg you to stay.
her grow stronger, luring you from me,
never knowing such damage may never repeal.
through each day and didn’t once try,
knowing in my heart that you surely could die.
distant gossip that you were near gone,
and I shook in my boots, knowing you were her pawn.
my absence, my lack of insight
nearly cost me what’s dear, what’s precious
. . . my rights!
I see my
erred ways now, but will you forgive
the blindness and ignorance, I want you to live!
don’t leave me, I’m here by your side,
freedom you need me, we’ll fight for our rights.
Freedom you’re weak now, but by truth will you
freedom I’m here now, please stay while I kneel.
let’s ask for the strength to forge on;
freedom let’s hope that others will come.
don’t hear what the temptress is saying;
freedom, those anti’s are all against praying.
rise up now, don’t cower away,
I’m right here behind you, I never will stray.
stand guard while I fight for your honor,
shroud me in truth and arm me with valor.
I pray that our battle be smooth,
but freedom, if not, I’ll die saving you.
I’m sorry for not trusting your heart,
freedom, I love you, let’s vow not to part.