What can we do to protect our Second Ammendment Rights from this latest assualt by the Liberals?
In the wake of the actions of the nut-job in Colorado, (I mean other than joining the NRA,) what can we the people do to counter act this latest liberal attack on our right to keep and bare arms?
I guess I should clarify something. I hope all Americans who love hunting, shooting, or collecting firearms have all ready, or will soon join the NRA!
Asked By: Brian V - 7/24/2012
A composite of the previous answers is great. Write your legislators in both the senate and the house, especially if they are anti-gun. Let them know they have constituents that feel strongly about it, and their opinion on the matter influences your vote. A good issue now would be the UN Arms Treaty. If issues come at the local level, or you disagree with a state law, don't hesitate to write your state legislators or attend local council meetings. Remember, most laws concerning transport and carrying of firearms are state laws, not national. Promote pro-gun candidates anyway you can, whether it be a sign in your yard, making calls, tossing them a few bucks, etc.
Educate others about firearms. Guns are not evil, they are inanimate objects, it's the person who is holding the gun that ultimately decides how to use, or if to use, the firearm. This can be done through a local NRA chapter, an Isaac Walton League, hunting organizations such as Pheasants Forever, etc. If you can contribute to those organizations, do so. These organizations do more to promote gun education, safety, and protect hunting land than anyone else.
Don't get sucked into pointless arguments. Some anti-gun folks, and for that matter people on one side of any argument, aren't looking for an open minded argument and are just looking for someone to speak down to. Along these lines, don't be one of those people. "Stay classy San Diego" is good advice. Post on Facebook groups or on twitter.
If you carry concealed, keep it concealed! You won't look cool if you let it show, you'll just take people out of their comfort zone and push them towards an anti-gun stance by doing so. I think in an appropriate environment wearing an appropriate pro-gun shirt is OK. However, if you wear something that is snarky or insulting that promotes guns, you're hurting your cause, true of anything. Done correctly you can get people thinking along the lines you went them to be so they can reach their own conclusions. Be respectful and mindful that others have a right to their own opinion and free speech, even if they are wrong ;-)
Finally, be safe, encourage safety and educate yourself, not just others. The less negative press guns get, the less negative public sentiment there will be. Know what you are talking about with verifiable facts. In the past decade, anti-gun sentiment has actually gone down. This is one of the reasons you haven't heard Gov. Hickenlooper (D-CO) or the President use Aurora to promote gun control. Most people realize garbage when they see it. A lot of people here in Colorado, myself included, were sickened when Mayor Bloomberg and Piers Morgan attacked guns before they had even pulled the bodies out of the theater. They unknowingly hurt their cause more than they helped it - and it works both ways.
Answered By: Livy - 7/25/2012