Skip to comments.Virginia Is For Pro Gun Activists(VA)
Posted on 08/02/2009 9:15:58 AM PDT by marktwain
National Rifle Association Virginia - -(AmmoLand.com)- As I noted in last months column, the 2009 Virginia elections will be ground zero for our grassroots activities this year. Not only will these elections determine the future our of our gun rights in Virginia, but they will also be used as a barometer for the 2010 elections.
If two recent events I attended in Virginia Beach are any indication, we are well positioned this year in Virginia to remind politicians running in 2010 that those who oppose the Second Amendment do so at their own political peril!
On July 16, my Virginia Beach tour begin with a Volunteer Kick-Off meeting I conducted along with NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative (CFR) Tom Garloch. (Tom is one of six CFRs we have hired and placed on the ground in strategic regions across the state to register pro-gun voters and ensure pro-freedom candidates have sufficient volunteer support. NRA Grassroots staff is also coordinating similar activities near NRA Headquarters.) The fact that 80 staunch pro-gun stalwarts came out on a beautiful summer weeknight shows that gun owners in the Commonwealth are fully engaged in this process and are demonstrating this fact through their actions. At the meeting, attendees learned what more they could do with NRAILAs two primary missions this election season: 1) registering pro-gun voters; and 2) ensuring they actively support and turn out to vote for pro- Second Amendment candidates.
Those in attendance represented a good mix of long-time activists, as well as some new faces. We managed to sign up 62 new FrontLines volunteers, who will be fully engaged with Tom Garlochs activities in the region. Nearly half the attendees took phone lists and corresponding scripts, agreeing to contact thousands of Second Amendment supporters to urge them to register to vote in the days immediately following the meeting. Further, more than 100 Im the NRA & I Vote yard signs and hundreds more bumper and lapel stickers were distributed among the attendees for prominent display throughout the pro-gun Virginia Beach community. Not a bad start!
This meeting was the first of seven similar meetings we will conduct across Virginia to bolster the grassroots networks of Toms fellow CFRs that are living and working in targeted regions throughout the Old Dominion State.
My and Toms work didnt end on Thursday, however, as early Saturday morning we met with approximately 100 Virginia Beach Republicans, who are already fully engaged in the 2009 campaign process. An informal survey showed more than half the attendees were current NRA Members, ranging from annual members to Benefactor members! I even managed to sign up a young woman as a new member on the spot.
Once again, as with our Thursday night volunteer meeting, we were able to recruit more volunteers, distribute call sheets and scripts, and provide attendees with yard signs and stickers.
Our efforts in Virginia Beach were heartening, as they demonstrated that many NRA members and pro-Second Amendment activists are already engaged in this years elections, and are willing to assist further. Our challenge now is to ensure that more gun owners, hunters, and Second Amendment supporters throughout Virginia are registered to vote and will active support those candidates who support our rights. While we can never expect everyone to do everything associated with a successful grassroots campaign, our efforts in Virginia to ensure everyone does something will continue in full force right through Election DayNovember 3and into 2010!
Here is the link to the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) site:
We will see if blue Virginia will at least vote in a Republican Governor. It is amazing how fast Virginia fell and North Carolina is following quite quickly. What they are Presidential blue and two Senators blue?
Please consider donating to the statewide ticket it VA, very pro-gun across the board. Ken Cuccinelli, our AG candidate, gets an A+ rating from the NRA and is a friend of gun owners across the Commonwealth.
This is a huge election folks, we need all the help we can get. Help us turn Virgina RED and keep up the momentum for the mid-term elections!