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FirstFlight
05-01-2010, 3:59 PM
Your Duty as a Gun Owner to Vote
By Jeff Knox


Your Duty as a Gun Owner to Vote

FirearmsCoalition.org
Manassas, VA --(AmmoLand.com)- I propose that the “firearms fraternity” begin placing as much emphasis on voting and voter education as we do on safety and safety education.

Unintentional firearms injuries and fatalities have dropped by some 60% over the past 20 years while the number of firearms in circulation has more than doubled. These amazing results are not due to government programs, laws, or regulations.

They are a result of education and an almost universal acceptance of and insistence on adherence to the basic rules of firearms safety. Gun owners not only practice firearms safety, they advocate for it and expect it from others, and they shun anyone who fails to abide by the rules. The improving firearms safety record is a stellar example of positive peer pressure. We in the firearms fraternity need to extend that success into the realm of voting.

Gun owners should see voting in every election, and having a general understanding of the candidates’ positions regarding rights, as a core obligation for themselves, their friends, and their family. Those who do not vote – regardless of their excuse or rationalization – should be seen as letting down their brothers and sisters in arms. They are failing in their obligation as citizens, and empowering the enemies of liberty. In short, GunVoters need to look at gun owners who don’t vote with the same incredulity that they would look at a person who recklessly waves a gun around with a finger on the trigger. Excuses like “My vote doesn’t matter” should be received with the same disdain shown when someone says “Hey, it isn’t loaded.”

While it is too much to expect every gun owner to immerse themselves in politics, it is not too much to expect them to cast an informed vote every time the polls open. Activist GunVoters can do more than they might realize to improve the turnout among other gun owners by using social pressure. That’s because social pressure is what gets most people to the polls in the first place. Experts who research voting patterns and motives have boiled it down to these few broad factors: “Does my vote matter?” “Will my vote benefit me or others?” “Do I feel obligated to vote regardless of benefit or impact?” “How much does voting cost me in time, hassle, etc.?”

If the answers to the first three questions outweigh the answer to the last question, the person votes, otherwise they don’t. With most people realizing that their one vote, among thousands or millions, does not affect the outcome of an election, it is the sense of duty, obligation, or tradition which tips the scale in favor of voting.

It is that sense of obligation that activists need to plant and nurture in every gun owner and to spread to every close friend and family member of gun owners. Gun owners are generally good about voting, but we must work to make it a core tenet of the “firearms fraternity” that gun owners vote every chance they get. And they vote with individual rights at the top of their candidate qualification criteria.

As patriots and inheritors of the sacred trust of the Second Amendment, gun owners have a duty to vote as an expression of faith in our Constitution and way of life, as an expression of appreciation and connection to the men and women who gave us these blessings and those who have defended them through the generations. Voting is not only homage to the past, but also a promise to future generations that we will do everything we can to provide them with the same rights and opportunities that our parents and grandparents passed on to us.

Along with stressing these traditional values, we must establish a new tradition of voting as the fulfillment of an obligation to one another to do our part to protect the Second Amendment and the entire Constitution. If we can develop and nurture such a voting culture among gun owners, we can be the most formidable force in American politics.

An important step toward achieving this goal is easy access to reliable information about elections and candidates. That is what www.GunVoter.org is all about. The vast majority of Americans – gun owners and non-gun owners alike – are simply not interested in politics and find it confusing and unsettling. That leaves it up to GunVoters like you and me, those of us who do follow politics, to make sure that the rest of the fraternity can easily find the information they need to be responsible, informed voters – GunVoters.

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About:
The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition is a project of Neal Knox Associates, Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org

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big red
05-01-2010, 4:25 PM
Since I was eighteen I have only missed one local county election and never missed a state wide or national election even when I was gone. I have done my part for 44 years but I see fewer and fewer people in the voting booths now. I tell them if they did not vote don't bitc- to me.

SickofSoCal
05-01-2010, 6:36 PM
I wish there was something or someone useful to vote for..........then I may be tempted.

nk-1911
05-01-2010, 7:15 PM
There are always local propositions to vote for. If there is no good candidate to vote just leave it blank. No excuse not to participate.

Fjold
05-01-2010, 7:16 PM
I wish there was something or someone useful to vote for..........then I may be tempted.

There is always something on the ballot to vote against.

Half of the propostions listed on the ballot want to spend my money. Vote "No" on these so that I can buy more guns and go hunting more.

Colt-45
05-01-2010, 7:21 PM
There is always something on the ballot to vote against.

Half of the propostions listed on the ballot want to spend my money. Vote "No" on these so that I can buy more guns and go hunting more.

+1,000. Agreed.

N6ATF
05-01-2010, 8:48 PM
There are always local propositions to vote for. If there is no good candidate to vote just leave it blank. No excuse not to participate.

Or write in your own name.

big red
05-02-2010, 1:43 AM
the ballot speaks louder than anything in a civilized society. It is the ballot that should be protecting the gun rights and not the other way around based on the Bill of Rights as hammered out by our forefathers. When we have to use the gun to get back our rights under that document we have failed as citizens and we have failed our forefathers and what they entrusted us with. Vote this year and every year from now on. Do not let your children and grandchildren down.

FirstFlight
05-02-2010, 5:56 AM
I have never voted for anyone I agreed with 100%. What one has to do is grit their teeth and vote for the candidate who is the lesser of the evils. Not voting is giving a vote to the worst person on the ballot.

jshoebot
05-02-2010, 6:58 AM
Or write in your own name.

haha i like that! that's what i'll be doing :)

but yeah, all my friends who don't vote and then b*tch about laws they don't like or politicians they don't like, i tell them to shut it because they didn't vote. if you don't vote, your complaint is invalid as you did nothing to change anything!