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10-07-2005, 6:00 PM
Folks,

I've been sitting here this afternoon thinking abou the state of affairs here in California. We are a dichotomy. We have the 5th largest economy in the world, and yet, we are also the laughing stock of the rest of the U.S.

It is disheartening to realize the amount of actual, real freedom people have in other states, specifically in regards to firearms. I don't have any children yet, but I don't want them to grow up in this oppressive state.

I think there needs to be a concentrated lobbying effort by organizations like the GOA, NRA, CRPC, and others. We need a letter writing campaign coupled with a media blitz to start bringing these meaningless, and largely symbolic, firearms restrictions under control.

The Roberti/Roos act, and it's subsequent 'add-ons' must be repealed. I can not believe that, even though we have neigh-socialist, leftist senators, that California firearms owners are unable to change the laws. Other states did it, why can't we?

The '10-day wait' needs to be abolished, completely. It is an undesputed fact that crime rates in California are above the rates of the rest of the nation, especially in our urban centers. The '10-day wait' has done nothing. It has had no impact. It is a sham. Most other states follow the Federal 'instant check' system. The thrice-be-damned 'Brady Law' was allowed to sunset. I have seen no blood in the streets. I have seen no rolling gun battles on our highways. I have seen no 'Tombstone gunfights' in our cities.

States, such as Florida, are even passing pro-firearm legislation that benefits its citizens. Why, I ask you, is California lagging behind? It's been said that as California goes, so goes the rest of the nation, and that California is 20 years ahea of the rest of the nation. Why can't we gain victories regarding the right to keep and bear arms? I have to admit, I'm puzzled, and somewhat disheartened.

I saw the 'red county/blue county' map of California during the last elections. 80% of the state was red (conservative). Why are we losing?

If nothing changes, the only alternative I see is to simply move away from the state I grew up in...to turn my back on my home.

I will be writing letters. From what I hear, the first letter that a rep/senator receives, they generally pass off. However, if they see the same letter writer more than once, they start to take notice. In the politico world, it's said that every letter represents 500 people. I'm also writing letters to various firearms organizations to ask for money and efforts to be directed at this state. I sincerely hope that something happens.

I ask you, what else can I do?

just4fun63
10-07-2005, 7:46 PM
I write a lot of letters too. Get a lot of automatic responses. I feel let down by the NRA and CRPA because they don't seem to be leading the fight. I still maintain my membership but it would be nice if we were given direction. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know, but one thing I do know is I will be voting for the redistricting Prop77 this november. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

RRangel
10-07-2005, 8:23 PM
I saw the 'red county/blue county' map of California during the last elections. 80% of the state was red (conservative). Why are we losing?

The big population centers are in the urban area's. That's why the left leaning area's have so much control. Combine that with a left leaning media.

dwtt
10-07-2005, 8:58 PM
Originally posted by M-Rex:
Why are we losing

If nothing changes, the only alternative I see is to simply move away from the state I grew up in...to turn my back on my home.


I ask you, what else can I do?

We're losing because most gun owners don't want to get involved, even if it's a small inconvenience like going to vote on the second Tuesday of November. You won't be the only one who leaves California, but that shouldn't be the case. It's the big money that funds the liberal Democrats in this state that keeps the extremists in office in Sacramento. Those special interests are the same ones pushing for driver's licenses for illegal aliens, banning guns, forcing every Ca taxpayer to pay for the support of people who don't want to work, and right of criminals above the rights of victims and law abiding citizens. As for what you can do, start getting active in stopping gun bans and antigun laws. I mean more than just giving money to the NRA, since the NRA seems to have given up on California. You can start by telling your family, friends, and neighbors about antigun bills in the legislators and ask them to write to their representatives. If an antigun law comes up for vote in your city or county, vote against it and tell everyone you know to vote against it. When you get on the mailing list of your representatives because you have written to them 5 or 6 times in the last year, you'll get notices of "Town Hall" meetings the rep holds in an attempt to look like an average person. Go to these meetings if you can and ask questions of how the rep voted on antigun and progun bills. Tell them where you stand and why. There's lots you can do, but one person alone can't do it, it takes the entire state's gun owners.

capitol
10-07-2005, 9:04 PM
Originally posted by M-Rex:
Folks,
I've been sitting here this afternoon thinking abou the state of affairs here in California. We are a dichotomy.

Dichotomy? Is the name calling really necessary http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

shecky
10-07-2005, 10:16 PM
If I had a nickel for every gun nut drama queen... http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif