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Smart Guns / Foolish Legislators--The Assault Weapons Ban May Be Bush's Undoing
various FR links | 02-17-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 02/27/2004 12:53:14 AM PST by backhoe

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086334/posts
Smart Guns / Foolish Legislators
Independence Institute ^ | 2001 | C.Leonardatos, P.Blackman, D.Kopel
 
 
The Essential "End the AW Ban" Contact List & Sample Letter Thread! ( 1 2 3 )
 
Request for CSPAN Junkies ( 1 2 3 4 ... Last page )
 
 
Here's a little ammo for those writing letters-
The Second Amendment - Commentaries
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086172/posts
Democrats encouraged by Senate approval of amendment requiring handgun safety locks
mLive ^ | 2/26/04 | Associated Press
 
 
BTW, I'm from PA; Santorum is toast. You may not be up for reelection for 2 years, but I'll remember.
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086461/posts
NRA Director Sen. Larry Craig's Ammunition Ban Amendment
KeepAndBearArms.com ^ | February 26, 2004 | Angel Shamaya
Two bits the real purpose is to ban all sales of surplus military ammo...
Republican traitors. They should check and see how many people vote for them primarily because they don't want Democrat style gun control before they go off half-cocked. The upcoming election is going to be about turnout.
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086458/posts
NRA Statement About False S.1805 Rumours
National Rifle Association ^ | 10/27/2004 | National Rifle Association
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086390/posts
Senate RollCall Gun Lawsuits ( To require safety locks on all handguns sold in the United States)
Associated Press ^ | Thu Feb 26 2004 | Associated Press
Information on the bill, S. 1805, can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086241/posts
NRA Determined To Pass S.1806
NRA Members' Councils of California ^ | 10/26/2004 | H. Paul Payne
 
 
Gun Suit Reform Could Still Be Shot Down
Fox News Channel ^ | February 25, 2004 | John Lott, Jr. and Grover Nordquist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News
KEYWORDS: awb; awban; backhoe; bang; banglist; bush43; firearm; firearms; gun; guncontrol; guns; handgun; pistol; revolver; rifle; shoot; shooter; shooters; shoots
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1 posted on 02/27/2004 12:53:15 AM PST by backhoe
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1086472/posts
Reckless Lawsuit Preemption (S. 1805) Debate Underway....
NRA-ILA ^ | 2/26/04 | NRA-ILA
2 posted on 02/27/2004 12:59:21 AM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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To: backhoe
I think W has the Democrats right where he wants them and the AW Ban will soon be history and his hands are clean.

Jolly good politics, if I do say so myself!
3 posted on 02/27/2004 1:07:19 AM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: sonofatpatcher2
Thanks for looking^
4 posted on 02/27/2004 1:10:13 AM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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To: backhoe
Appreciate the grouping. Nice work.
5 posted on 02/27/2004 2:14:40 AM PST by B4Ranch (Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.--Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: B4Ranch
Appreciate it- thank you.
6 posted on 02/27/2004 4:09:58 AM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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To: backhoe
BUMP!
7 posted on 02/27/2004 4:51:32 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND PBS & NPR - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Appreciate the ^
8 posted on 02/27/2004 4:59:02 AM PST by backhoe
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To: sonofatpatcher2
"I think W has the Democrats right where he wants them and the AW Ban will soon be history and his hands are clean."

Dream on. I guarantee that Bush will sign a renewal of the AW ban. He just won't do it before the election.
9 posted on 02/27/2004 5:21:17 AM PST by ought-six
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To: backhoe
Bump for future reference/later reading.
10 posted on 02/27/2004 6:41:45 AM PST by Born Conservative (Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.)
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To: backhoe
(What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)

It depends what the meaning of 'not' is.
Thanks for the post.
11 posted on 02/27/2004 7:45:26 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch; All
Thanks, all, for dropping by.
12 posted on 02/27/2004 10:04:35 AM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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To: Joe Brower; B4Ranch; *bang_list
Joe can ya boost this back and around to the top with your ping list ?

Stay Safe !

13 posted on 02/27/2004 10:21:37 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: backhoe
nice work, thanks.
14 posted on 02/27/2004 10:24:35 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: going hot
Thanks- here's more:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1087256/posts
List of amendments to S. 1805! (Gun Lawsuit bill).
Thomas register ^ | 2/27/04 | Thomas register
15 posted on 02/28/2004 12:42:31 AM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1087144/posts
An NRA UPDATED on the Fight to Protect Firearms Manufactures
National Rifle Association ^ | February 27, 2004 | National Rifle Association
16 posted on 02/28/2004 1:03:57 AM PST by backhoe (The 1990's? The Decade of Fraud(s)... the 00's? The Decade of Lunatics...)
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Sample Faxes / E-mail on S.1805 & Essential Contact Info!!!
 
 
The End of Gun Control
 
The Essential "End the AW Ban" Contact List & Sample Letter Thread! ( 1 2 3 )
 
 
The Senate needs to act, gun owners need to speak on this one - S. 659 ( 1 2 3 )
 
 
Grisly Columbine Evidence Put on Public Display

17 posted on 02/28/2004 5:02:10 AM PST by backhoe (Another artifact left over from The Decade of Fraud(s)...)
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To: Squantos
Bump!
18 posted on 02/29/2004 7:20:48 AM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088076/posts
Breakdown on Assault Weapons vote in Senate
me
I'm so used to being stabbed in the back by RINOs on the 2A, that I can already feel the spot where knife is going to go in this time.
19 posted on 03/01/2004 1:04:44 AM PST by backhoe (Another artifact left over from The Decade of Fraud(s)...)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088171/posts
S. 1805, Gun Lawsuit pre-emption bill, my response to 14 amendments.
Self | 3/1/04 | Richard Brengman
20 posted on 03/01/2004 2:04:07 AM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088315/posts
S1805 Gun Lawsuit bill (and AWB, gun show, ammo, etc) live threat - 12:00 discussion resumes
CSPAN | March 1 | CSPAN




http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088329/posts?page=12#12
Democrats Put Silencers on Their Anti-gun Agenda
NewsMax ^ | 3/1/04
21 posted on 03/01/2004 9:10:08 AM PST by backhoe
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088432/posts
S. 1805: Don't Help Schumer Kill It (Neal Knox)
Email | 3/1/2004 | Neal Knox
22 posted on 03/01/2004 1:08:31 PM PST by backhoe
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088567/posts
Senate gears up for assault weapon vote
UPI ^ | 3-1-04
23 posted on 03/01/2004 3:40:53 PM PST by backhoe
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To: ought-six
It expires in September.
He cant sign the renewal after the election, as it will have sunsetted.
If it gets to his desk before September, he will sign it.
Its going to be a long six months watching this unfold.
24 posted on 03/01/2004 4:08:05 PM PST by sarasmom (Vote no on all judicial retentions. Dont vote for any new judges. Impeach the rest.)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088650/posts
Senators Try to Extend Assault-Weapons Ban(Bush supports reauthorizing)
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040301/D811RFJO2.html ^ | 3/1/04 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088649/posts
Assault weapons vote down to the wire in the Senate
ABC 7 ^ | 3/1/2004 | AP
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088619/posts
Washington DC Slams Senate Push to Repeal Gun Law
Reuters ^ | 3-1-04 | Christina Ling
I don't think I understand - - weren't those "local gun laws" in place when this woman's son was shot?
 

25 posted on 03/01/2004 4:16:25 PM PST by backhoe
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To: backhoe
You are doing a grand exemplar job of tying all these together. Thanks again.
26 posted on 03/01/2004 7:40:10 PM PST by B4Ranch (Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.--Eleanor Roosevelt)
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Not bulletproof
Washington Times ^ | 3/02/04 | John R. Lott Jr.
I have been involved in the gun control debate since the debacle of the 1968 gun control laws.
We have won nothing since that time, have only been fighting a rear guard action as we retreat down the slope.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1088806/posts
S. 1805, SENATE TO VOTE ON GUN BAN & ENDING GUN SHOWS TOMORROW!!!!
NRA-ILA ^ | 3/1/04 | NRA-ILA
27 posted on 03/02/2004 2:26:45 AM PST by backhoe
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To: B4Ranch
Thanks for looking- my kind regards to you.
28 posted on 03/02/2004 3:05:39 AM PST by backhoe (The 1990's? The Decade of Fraud(s)... the 00's? The Decade of Lunatics...)
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Traitors!!!
 
http://www.nra.org/frame.cfm?title=.../www.nraila.org
 
www.awbansunset.
 
MichiganShooter.cOm
 
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2429370
 
http://www.wmsa.net/people/neal_knox/040301.htm
The NRA's gamble lost. S. 1805 is now loaded up with a ton of garbage - gun bans, end to gun shows, mandated gun storage locks.
We need to burn the phones and kill this beast.
 
CSPAN thread for Tuesday 03/02/04
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089178/posts
Senate Votes for Gun Show Background Checks
abc ^ | 3/2/04
This is going to pass and Bush is going to sign it.
At which point, Bush can count on losing what will be a narrowly contested election.
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089168/posts
Senate OKs Assault Weapons Ban Extension
ABC News ^ | WASHINGTON March 2 | The Associated Press

29 posted on 03/02/2004 12:04:43 PM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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To: backhoe
The Republicans are extraordinarily good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
30 posted on 03/02/2004 12:23:36 PM PST by B4Ranch (Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out.)
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To: B4Ranch
The Republicans are extraordinarily good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Indeed, they are.

I have opined very little on this subject, but I am mulling over what to do. Needless to say, this is my line in the sand- anyone who supports this abomination, I will work day & night to unseat.

31 posted on 03/02/2004 12:27:18 PM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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RINO's Who Voted To Extend Assault Weapons Ban
Fox News | 02 March 2004 | Sean327
32 posted on 03/02/2004 12:29:20 PM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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JOHN KERRY VOTED FOR KENNEDY's ban on ALL CENTERFIRE AMMO (63-34 defeated) - Yeas and nays
Thomas ^ | 3-2-03 | Ted Kennedy
33 posted on 03/02/2004 3:12:06 PM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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We (The "internet" gun community) Can make a difference and we did today.
 
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=68542&perpage=25&pagenumber=2
can someone explain in "plain English" todays events?
 

34 posted on 03/02/2004 3:53:48 PM PST by backhoe
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To: sarasmom
It expires in September. He cant sign the renewal after the election, as it will have sunsetted. If it gets to his desk before September, he will sign it.

IMO you are incorrect. If he does Kerry wins by a landslide while gun owners go to the range and practice on election day instead of voting.

35 posted on 03/02/2004 4:00:22 PM PST by alaskanfan
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To: alaskanfan
President Bush has already said he will sign it.
Now you might buy the media's attempt to portray him as an untrustworthy liar, but having watched his actions, I believe him to be a man of his word.
He will do exactly what he has said he would do.
There are several major domestic policy issues where President Bush has stated his position, that I totally oppose.
I will not change my position, and neither will he.
I admire him for that, even when I think he is dead wrong.
It is my duty as a citizen to decide who I think is the best choice for POTUS in November.
But you can bank on the fact that President Bush will sign the extension of the AWB if it hits his desk.
He will not be re-elected if he does.
Just the facts, IMHO.



36 posted on 03/02/2004 6:13:15 PM PST by sarasmom (Vote no on all judicial retentions. Dont vote for any new judges. Impeach the rest.)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089678/posts
Senate Republicans scuttle gun bill
USATODAY ^


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089443/posts
Do Gun Control Activists Pad Gun Death Statistics?
http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,113094,00.html ^ | March 02, 2004 | Wendy McElroy
37 posted on 03/03/2004 2:35:36 AM PST by backhoe (What part of "Shall Not be Infringed" is so hard to understand?)
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To: sarasmom
Now you might buy the media's attempt to portray him as an untrustworthy liar,

As far as me believing what the media says, if they told me the sun was going to come up tomorrow, I would want to wait and see for myself.

I believe President Bush to be a man of character, a welcome change after "the most ethical administration" of the previous eight years. I disagree with some of the current administrations policies, but I think he is the best candidate currently running for POTUS.

Was the vote on S.1805 with the riders a way of keeping President Bush from having to sign the AWB. IMO that is a distinct possibility, but I will wait to see what happens in the next six months.

Do I think that there is a possibility of President Bush changing his mind about signing the AWB if it ever reaches his desk? I don't believe we will ever know the answer to that question.

38 posted on 03/03/2004 7:15:59 AM PST by alaskanfan
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1091172/posts?page=3#3
Million Moronic Moms at it again [need a counter protest]
Millions of Moronic Moms ^
39 posted on 03/05/2004 12:57:20 AM PST by backhoe
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The FIVE-MINUTE HANDBOOK (RKBA)
awbansunset.com ^ | 06-28-03 | JASPAR@aol.com

Posted on 06/28/2003 8:48:02 AM EDT by backhoe


A FIVE-MINUTE HANDBOOK FOR GUN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS


Copyright © 2000 by JASPAR@aol.com All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution is permitted so long as this copyright notice is attached; the complete Handbook (including the introduction) is reproduced; no word or words are altered in any way whatsoever, and the web site address http://www.jaspar.net is attached. Thank you!


INTRODUCTION


I've been a gun rights activist for nearly 10 years.


I wasted a lot of time for the first 5 years because no one gave me the rule book you are now reading.


Maybe that's because no one had written it. This is the stuff I wish I had known starting on day one.


If you've just arrived at this party, the next 5 minutes you spend reading this might save you 5 years of otherwise wasted time and energy.


If you've been in the gun rights game for a while, this handbook will be the fastest refresher course you've ever taken.

This past year I've received a lot of mail from jittery gun owners who are finally waking up to what's happening to our right to keep and bear arms (RKBA).


This handbook is mostly for them.


If the rules I list below scare off a few folks, so be it. I want to tell it like it really is -- to give a quick snapshot of the tips, tricks and tactics that actually work in RKBA activism.


The bad news is that this is not a complete list of the rules.


The good news is that there will never be a complete list of rules.


The rules listed below are based on my own experience from working thousands of hours with down and dirty RKBA activist pros. I am deeply grateful to all of them. They know who they are.


Some of these rules have been followed for so long by old-time activists that they have forgotten what the original rules were.


It's time to list them again.


And sneak in a couple of new ones.


So read them and weep, or read them and rejoice.


THE HANDBOOK RULES


NO ONE IS AS INTERESTED AS YOU ARE. Nowadays everyone's attention span and time are limited. Be grateful if you get anyone's attention on our issue, even for a few seconds. Some wannabe activists come in like a lion, then disappear faster than sh*t through a short dog. Take whatever you get from any volunteer. Praise and thank them. Don't be disappointed when they drift away. They will. But some come back. Keep the light on for them.


THE NRA STINKS. So does GOA, SAF, JPFO, and any or all of the rest of the gun rights organizations. At the same time, all of these organizations are the best thing since sliced bread. We won't keep our rights without them. It's normal to love them and hate them at the same time. Be sure your complaints about them go to the person who can do something about your problem. Never give up your membership -- it's much easier to fix things from the inside. Avoid griping in public -- our opponents love it when we do. Always handle our dirty laundry behind closed doors. Always.


THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET. There is no single answer, rule, or solution. Never has been, and never will be. None of us will write the single brilliant letter to the editor or internet message that will miraculously turn everything around. Keep steadily busy. Do as much as you can, whenever you can. Anything you do counts, but some things count more than others. Find out what counts. Then do it.


THERE IS NO FINAL VICTORY. Preserving RKBA is an ongoing PROCESS. We are winning and losing battles during this process, but the war will never be over. Becoming active to keep your gun rights is a lot like cleaning your house: it's thankless and boring work, but necessary. Like dirt, the antigun crowd will just keep coming back. Forever. Your activism will keep us winning more than losing. Our opponents count on wearing us down. They love it when one of us (not you, of course) gets discouraged and drops out. When you fully understand and accept the reality that RKBA is a never-ending struggle, you're automatically in the top 5 percent of all RKBA defenders. Congratulations.


RKBA ACTIVISM IS BORING. It's especially boring when you are doing things that really make a difference. Most of us want drama. We want to be entertained. Phone bank calling, precinct walking, going to RKBA grassroots seminars -- suddenly, even a trip to the dentist for a root canal will start to look better. Sorry, but there is no workaround on this aspect. Freedom is not free. It's a pain in the ???. Get used to it, get over it, and get to work.


USE THE POWER OF FEAR AND GUILT. Gun owners are susceptible to these emotions. Awaken sleeping RKBA activists by tapping these powerful emotions. Fear and guilt will move mountains -- and fill the collection plate, and recruit new members. If gun owners won't become active for themselves, ask them to do it for their families. For their children. For their country. And -- this tactic works! -- ask them to do it for YOU.


WATCH OUT FOR MISDIRECTED, TIME-WASTING EFFORTS. E-mail to elected people is pretty much worthless -- unless the official already personally knows you. Internet polls are useless. Online polls make some folks think they are actually doing something. They are not. It's a false sense of accomplishment. It's like bringing a doctor to a dead man. Focus on the stuff that works. If you're going to hunt ducks, go where the ducks are.


POLITICIANS ONLY CARE ABOUT VOTES AND MONEY. In-person visits, phone calls, and snail-mailed, handwritten letters to elected folks help -- because politicians know that if you take this much trouble, you and your family and friends will also vote.


HOT TIP: Make yourself known to politicians for issues other than gun rights. Don't present yourself as a single-issue person. Praise and help politicians on THEIR pet projects. Then, when a new gun control law comes up, your opinion will seem especially credible. Otherwise, you will soon be stereotyped and discounted as a single-issue voter.


ANOTHER HOT TIP: Politicians have to explain why they vote Yes or No on proposed laws. Sometimes they really need your help in composing explanations to their constituents. If you want your elected official to vote No on a seemingly popular new gun control law, she might be more willing to vote your way if you give her a "back door" -- a good, common sense explanation that she can give to all of her constituents.


GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN OFFICE IN THE FIRST PLACE. If we have the right people in power, antigun laws will not be passed. Period. The laws are what matter. This concept is so simple that many folks can't see it, just like they can't "see" the air they breathe. The anti-rights crowd can hold all the gun control seminars and news conferences they want, but nothing will happen unless they can pass more laws. This fact tells you about the how, what, where, when, why, and with whom you should be spending your time, energy, and money. Politicians pass laws. Therefore, you must get involved in politics to protect your gun rights. There is just no way to get around this. Sorry. I don't like politics either. Bummer!


STOP THE SABER RATTLING -- NOW! Avoid those shrill folks who sound threatening or talk about doomsday. It's a waste of your time. These noisy folks remind me of a couple in a failing marriage who only talk about a getting a divorce instead of talking about their real problems. If they don't solve their problems, separation or divorce becomes the inevitable outcome. Some people get pumped up on silly fantasy scenarios. I do not.


ARM YOURSELF WITH ACCURATE INFORMATION. Paradoxically, bad information or disinformation is a plague in the so-called Information Age. When you write or talk about firearms issues, use only the facts, the truth, and the provable. Verify any quotes that you use. Back up your generalizations with powerful and specific examples. Get on the internet, and get your like-minded friends online. Join several of the hundreds of net communities that will keep you informed instantly and completely about our special issues. Information is power!


IGNORE MEDIA SPIN AND THE NEWS WAVES. It's far too easy to go bonkers reacting to the latest media-driven crisis. Don't let the media push your buttons. The RKBA grassroots pros I know do not overreact to crises. In fact, most of the ultra-pros that I know do not react at all to media hysteria. Bashing the media about their bias is not productive. Some gun owners use media bias as an excuse to do nothing -- because the situation seems so overwhelming and hopeless. Truth is, if you are a busy activist -- already steadily doing stuff that matters -- you will find the media reacting to YOU. Be friendly and polite with them -- not hostile. Become a reliable source of information for them. And just keep on being ACTIVE.

JUST SHOW UP. It's been said that 80 percent of success is showing up. Being there. Showing up to vote. Showing up at an RKBA seminar. At your assemblyman's office. At a city council meeting. My father's favorite motto: "Your actions speak so loud that I can't hear a word you're saying." Your "silent" activism can be a model for others. What will your 3 hunting buddies think when they find out you spent an afternoon handing out brochures door-to-door for a pro-gun politician?


DON'T MESS WITH TRUE BELIEVERS. In the time you spend trying to convert one hard core antigun person to our side, you could have gone out and motivated and organized 20 people who already think like you do. Go with the flow. It's easier on your nerves, and much more effective. Personally, I have converted several anti-rights true believers, but never again! Lots of NRA members are not registered voters. A lot of gun owners aren't NRA members. Even more folks have no idea of their elected officials' positions on gun issues. Where is your time most effectively spent? Think about this before you spend an hour writing a clever response to a silly message you found somewhere on the internet.


SIMPLICITY STILL MATTERS. The old rule, Keep It Super Simple (KISS), is as important as it ever was. It applies to internet postings, planning, speeches -- everything. And keep it short. And keep it sweet: don't ever ridicule or insult anyone. Did you notice that I did NOT say, "Keep It Simple, STUPID?"


YOU ARE ALL ALONE. Well, not quite alone. You do have some help. The NRA has a staff of several hundred. There is no way humanly possible that "the NRA" can put out all the brush fires started by the anti-rights crowd. Pro-gun national organizations give direction and information -- but they cannot save your rights. Only YOU can save YOUR rights. You are 100 percent responsible. When you fully accept this reality, you are automatically in the top one percent of all RKBA activists.


THE HIDDEN BONUS OF GUN RIGHTS ACTIVISM. The more involved you get with firearms freedom, the more you will realize that your single issue actually complements and protects other human rights issues. Personally, I am deeply offended by many aspects of today's culture. When I focus my activism on RKBA, I can often sense I am making a measurable difference. All rights -- like all humans -- are connected.


WHEN IN DOUBT, JUST DO SOMETHING. Sometimes we don't know what will work. Sometimes the rule is that there are no rules. I once wrote an essay I thought was mediocre at best. Five years later, I'm still receiving mail about it. Don't hesitate to try something new and innovative -- get it out on the table! Often your finest essay or brilliant letter will not be acknowledged, or you will just get a form letter response. But that letter to the editor that you dashed off in a few minutes appears in tomorrow's newspaper! Go figure. Better yet, try not to figure. Trust yourself, trust your instincts -- and just do something.


I'll see you in the trenches.

40 posted on 03/07/2004 4:51:48 PM PST by backhoe
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A Warning for America; Canada Through The Looking Glass:

41 posted on 03/08/2004 4:17:36 PM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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Honor, Racism, Service Rifles & "Assault Weapons": One Black Cop's View
2nd Amendment Police Department ^ | 3.8.2004 | Police Officer "Snake" Bowman
42 posted on 03/09/2004 12:52:39 AM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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Readers' lock-n-load response (Vitello swings at gun owners ... and misses again)
Newsday ^ | 3/9/2004 | Paul Vitello


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Children 'should get gun lessons'
BBC ^ | 9/04/04
43 posted on 03/09/2004 9:27:18 AM PST by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the TrackBall into the Sunset...)
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Democrats Come Clean: They Still Treat Gun Owners as the Enemy (Right to Keep and Bear Arms)
www.humaneventsonline.com ^ | By Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman
44 posted on 03/09/2004 4:19:18 PM PST by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the TrackBall into the Sunset...)
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Self Defense -- A Vital Human Right
Guns & Ammo HANDGUNS Magazine | Don B. Kates
Gun owners should be aware that for more than a decade there has been a massive, richly funded international effort to ban and confiscate all civilian-owned firearms in the world. This effort, which is being promoted under the aegis of the U.N...
45 posted on 03/10/2004 1:56:16 AM PST by backhoe (My guns protect Your freedoms...)
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Minnesota Assault Weapons Ban
KSTP AM 1500 | 03/20/2004 | craig61a
Make sure and let your elected officials know how you feel about this... There shooting for August 2004 enactment...
46 posted on 03/20/2004 1:51:27 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Effectiveness of assault-weapon bans still unclear
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 20, 2004 | Dana Wilkie
Here's the dirty little secret the anti-gun bunch doesn't want the people to know. Except for a few meaningless cosmetic features there is no difference between the the banned firearms and the sanitized post-ban versions of the same guns. If removing the bayonet lug, pistol grip, and flash hider from a Kalishnikov transforms it from the monstrous weapon of mass destruction they say it is into an inoffensive target rifle, then yes, the AWB was a huge success.
47 posted on 03/21/2004 1:43:04 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Win-Win
NRO ^ | March 22, 2004 | Michael I. Krauss & Robert A. Levy
48 posted on 03/22/2004 11:58:16 AM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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A Weapon Surrendered
NRO ^ | March 25, 2004 | John R. Lott Jr.
49 posted on 03/25/2004 4:07:48 PM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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Assault weapon ban's effectiveness debated
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 28, 2004 | Torsten Ove
50 posted on 03/28/2004 7:27:21 AM PST by backhoe (--30--)
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