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oaklander
07-31-2009, 6:42 PM
Alright, in "OT" there's a thread entitled "Are You Politically Awake (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=208201)" and the OP appears to be sincere in his belief that the country is going down the crapper.

That being said, he doesn't really offer any concrete solutions or action-steps.

I'd like to start a thread in which we explain CONCRETE ways to get involved with gun rights.

Here's the first suggestion: VOTE.

I'd like to hear more suggestions (I know there about 50 ways to get involved, but I don't want to type all of them, I'm tired from working all day - partially on a 2A-related case). . .

LOL

Shotgun Man
07-31-2009, 6:48 PM
Is there some way can get the hobos, vagabonds and illegals to vote down the ballot pro-2A? Maybe an outreach program?

oaklander
07-31-2009, 6:52 PM
Worked for Obama! (Out reach, that is). . .

LOL

Is there some way can get the hobos, vagabonds and illegals to vote down the ballot pro-2A? Maybe an outreach program?

badicedog
07-31-2009, 7:17 PM
Take one new person shooting. Let them experience it! Get involved, talk to "anti-gun" neighbors, co workers. I work in medical field and most nurses are very anti gun but are willing to listen. Some have even bought a handgun for home defense.

Legasat
07-31-2009, 7:24 PM
How about a Citizens Petition? The way I understand it, this is not like a grocery store petition that expresses a point of view that someone can just throw away. This is a legal challenge to the policy (or policies), of the United States Gov't (or California State Gov't). It is the beginnings of suing the US Gov't (or State Gov't), telling them that what you are doing is illegal. It would tell them what we want (hearings of fact, redress & correction). If we get what we want (or part of it), great. If not, we have gone through a process called Exhausting Administrative Remedies, and have made the case right there for court.

We would need verified signatures (easy enough to verify on the web, with return email verification), and we would need LOTS of signatures. Maybe even put a Second Amendment in the petition that rewrites some of the laws that need change.

I am NOT a lawyer, and maybe someone with more legal knowledge than me can explain the process better, but I do a lot of reading, and came across this.

Thoughts?

aplinker
07-31-2009, 7:24 PM
Alone we're weak, united we're strong: Join NRA.

Futurecollector
07-31-2009, 7:33 PM
Pay it forward :43:

you know take one friend shooting, have them inturn take one...so on and so on

bulgron
07-31-2009, 7:43 PM
In our NRA Members' Council, we're always looking for people to keep an eye on city council meetings and board of supervisor meetings, just in case they try to sneak something past us related to gun control. We're also always looking for people to keep an eye on the local media for negative stories on guns so that we can respond to them when they pop up. Neither of these things need take a huge amount of time.

Just sayin' ....

gregorylucas
07-31-2009, 7:46 PM
Pay it forward :43:

you know take one friend shooting, have them inturn take one...so on and so on


+1, this changes alot of minds.

Also (unfortuneatly) being in a life threatening situation without means of protection does.

Greg

yellowfin
07-31-2009, 7:49 PM
Run for an open seat of a small local elected office. The small stuff gets overlooked because it's boring but it makes a difference. Public safety committees, school boards, and zoning/planning commissions are BIG places where being in the right place at the right time and keeping the wrong people out make huge heaps of difference- like whether an anti gun teacher gets tenure or a gun shop gets its biz license approved.

Futurecollector
07-31-2009, 7:52 PM
+1, this changes alot of minds.

Also (unfortuneatly) being in a life threatening situation without means of protection does.

Greg

Yes it sure does,

My new girl's mom is the biggest anti ever.... I mean Anti EVERYTHING,

she wont allow water guns in her house,


haha on a side note you all should have seen her face when I spent the night there and I told her mom that I had an SKS and an AK in my trunk...

anyways I was talking to the daughter and she really really wants to go to a pistol range, so I'm going to take her and take a .22, 9mm, and .45 and teach her an what not. This is the 4th or 5th girl that Ive taught how to shoot and what not, the first girl, my ex :( just went out and bought a mossy 12ga lol..

It works and is the best way to reach out to all of the antis... remember women do not like being victims!

GaryV
07-31-2009, 8:29 PM
This is the 4th or 5th girl that Ive taught how to shoot and what not, the first girl, my ex :( just went out and bought a mossy 12ga lol..

You might want to be careful teaching girls you're going to break with how to shoot!

obeygiant
07-31-2009, 8:40 PM
Get the word out to other online communities that you belong to whether they are firearm related or not.

- In the AB962 thread I think there were about 10 other forums that got involved because of members here at calguns taking the initiative to bring the subject up and discuss it.


Call and write your elected officials.

- Be polite and respectful but let them know that their constituents are watching what they do on these matters.


Talk it over amongst friends and colleagues.

- I had at least two people at my work that overheard me talking about AB962 that offered to call their elected officials because they were outraged at the invasion of privacy and the waste of money.

Paladin
07-31-2009, 9:58 PM
See the "16 things YOU CAN DO" linked in my sig line.

I need to revise the "business card fliers" by bumping something off to put Calguns Foundation on.

oaklander
07-31-2009, 10:27 PM
Awesome work - thanks!

See the "16 things YOU CAN DO" in my sig line.

I need to revise the "business card fliers" by bumping something off to put Calguns Foundation on.

EDIT - here it is for the newbs:

I've addressed this before:http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=801285#post801285

What can we do?

(1) Register to vote (https://ovr.ss.ca.gov/votereg/OnlineVoterReg), and, come hell or high water, vote in EVERY election, whether it is "just a primary" or a general election. Encourage your pro-RKBA family members and friends to do the same. Pass the link of this webpage on to them.

(2) Join the NRA or upgrade your membership to Life, Endowment, Patron or Benefactor levels (http://membership.nrahq.org/). Major donors who can contribute significant amounts to the fight, go to: http://ringoffreedom.com/index.html

(3) Take newbies shooting. Make the first time as easy as possible by providing ear and eye protection and the guns (and cleaning them yourself afterwards). If you want to be generous, pay for the range fees and the ammo too. Be sure to give the new shooters a safety lesson before going to the range.

(4) Give NRA memberships and Junior memberships as Christmas/birthday/graduation/other gifts (http://membership.nrahq.org/). Be sure to mention the free subscription to either America's 1st Freedom, American Rifleman or American Hunter (or InSights for Juniors) magazine and all the free benefits (http://www.nra.org/benefits.aspx and http://www.nra.org/affiliates.aspx).

"Federal and many state election laws dictate that funds used to assist candidates for office must be raised separately, and that is the task of NRA’s political action committee—the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). Neither NRA member dues nor contributions to ILA can be used directly for the election or defeat of candidates.

Because of these clearly defined parameters, and because only a small fraction of ILA’s operating budget comes from regular NRA membership dues, both ILA and NRA-PVF must continuously raise the funds needed to sustain NRA’s legislative and political activities. The resources expended in these arenas come from the generous contributions of NRA members—above and beyond their regular dues" (http://www.nraila.org/About/PoliticalVictoryFund/). Therefore,

(5) support the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA's lobbying arm (http://www.nraila.org/About/). Sign up for their free Grassroots Alert emails at: https://secure.nraila.org/EmailSignup.aspx, and to donate, go to: https://secure.nraila.org/Contribute.aspx); and

(6) support the NRA's Political Victory Fund, the NRA's political campaigning arm (http://www.nrapvf.org/ and, if you are a NRA member, log in at the "NRA Members" page to be taken to a secure page for donating specifically to the PVF).

(7) Support the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, which fights for your 2nd A RKBA in state and federal courts (https://www.nradefensefund.org/index.aspx). "You can support the Fund’s work through direct donations, estate planning, and support through the CFC or United Way payroll deductions. Our Combined Federal Campaign number is 10006" (https://www.nradefensefund.org/message.aspx and https://www.nradefensefund.org/contributionsnew.aspx).

(8) Work with your local NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator (http://www.nraila.org/About/ElectionActivity/).

(9) Sign up for "CAL-ERTs" from CalNRA to know what CA state bills to support or oppose and when (http://www.calnra.com/).

(10) Join your local CalNRA Members' Council (or start one) (http://calnra.com/mc/directory/).

(11) Support the CalGuns Foundation so they can use the courts to defend our 2nd A RKBA in California (http://calgunsfoundation.org/main/).

(12) Get in touch w/Team Billy Jack and tell them you'd like to volunteer to help their efforts (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=72266 and www.californiaconcealedcarry.com).

(13) Give out pro-RKBA "business cards" to people whom you talk to about guns/RKBA/CCWs, esp at gun shops, shooting ranges, shooting clubs (IDPA, IPSC-USPSA, PPC), and to people looking at gun magazines at newsstands (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=72594). Stick them under the wipers of parked vehicles w/NRA, LE, military, American flag, martial arts, Ducks Unlimited, etc decals.

(14) Put up RKBA/CCW fliers, keep some in your car w/tape/stapler and post them at different places you go (esp those mentioned in regard to the business cards) (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=72830).

(15) Every 2 yrs new voters get to vote for the first time -- figure out how to influence the youth for our cause (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=72594). BB guns, pellet guns, AirSoft and paintball can be good half-way steps for minors, esp for those who, for one reason or another, can't use firearms. See also numbers 1, 3, and 4 above. The youth are our future!

(16) And last, stop funding our enemies by boycotting the various organizations, celebrities, and companies that the NRA has identified as supporting the fight against us (http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=15).

See also: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=60176
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=70487
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=55793