America's gun owners are some of her most loyal, patriotic, and productive
citizens. Yet we have suffered unprecedented abuse during the seemingly endless
Having been demonized and used as scapegoats for societal problems that the
administration won't address honestly, we have been targeted for annihilation by
anti-gun organizations and the propaganda experts of the Democratic party. They
think their divisive and destructive campaign will help put Al Gore in the White
House and win back a majority in Congress.
Why do they think gun control will be a winning issue for them this year?
Because they think we are the lazy, ignorant slobs portrayed by their elite
media allies. They are making the fatal mistake of believing their own
We have listened to their lies for eight long years. We have suffered from
deceitful, carefully planned attacks designed to make the public fear and hate
us. Now we're mad as Hell and we aren't going to take it any more. In the words
of Admiral Yamamoto, they have "awakened a sleeping giant and filled him
with a terrible resolve".
Very few gun owners enjoy politics. Most just want to be left alone, but this
election year we are going on the offensive like never before. It is time to
stop writing letters to unresponsive, self-serving politicians. Between now and
November, each of us must devote our energy to politics at the grassroots level,
beneath the enemy radar.
If you don't already have your own plan, I would like to suggest a two part
First, get together with some of your shooting buddies and determine who the
pro-gun candidates are in your area. In my area its easy, all the Republicans
are pro-gun and all the Democrats are anti-gun. It may be different where you
live, so check with your state gun organization or the NRA if necessary. If
there are no good candidates to support locally, you can still participate by
sending money to national pro-gun organizations. They will see that it goes
where it will do the most good.
Contact the appropriate local party headquarters. You will find them listed
in the yellow pages under "political organizations". You and your
friends should volunteer to aid the campaign of one or more pro-gun candidates.
They will invite you to attend a meeting for volunteers where you will learn
some eye opening facts about politics in your area. You'll find that they are
desperate for people to help put up signs, make phone calls, ring doorbells or
stuff envelopes. Volunteer for the type of work that sounds best to you. This is
a great chance to make new friends and get to know your neighbors. You will have
access to bumper stickers, literature and signs that you can use in phase two.
The second phase involves outreach to the community of gun owners. It starts
at your county elections office. Grab a stack of voter registration forms and
absentee ballot applications. Take them, along with the stuff you got from party
headquarters, and contact all the gun oriented clubs and businesses that you can
find in your area.
Ask the gun shop owners and gun club officers if you can leave voter
registration forms and campaign literature where it can be picked up by gun
owners. Make up some small signs on your computer explaining how important it is
for gun owners to register and vote in this election. Make an attractive display
by attaching the sign to a small box that will hold the forms.
Organize a political action team at your local gun club. Use the membership
list to contact even more gun owners. Make sure that each one is registered to
vote and ask them if they would be willing to volunteer themselves. The team
should call everyone on election day and remind them to vote. Anyone who can't
make it to the polls on election day should be given an absentee ballot
Arrange now to take election day (Tuesday, November 7th) off work. Use one of
those vacation days that you've been saving for a special occasion. Campaign
volunteers are especially valuable on election day to call voters who haven't
yet voted or to drive people to the polling places.
This is your chance to make a difference. Don't just whine about how the
government is taking away our rights. It will only happen if we let it.
There are roughly 80 million gun owners in America. Perhaps 5 million feel
strongly enough about preserving their rights to have joined a gun rights
organization. Imagine the impact that 5 million highly motivated campaign
workers will have on the election. Others before us have made the ultimate
sacrifice to preserve the freedom that is now under attack. Surely we can
sacrifice some of our time between now and November 7th.
Good luck and good hunting.
Dr. Michael S. Brown is an optometrist in Vancouver, WA who moderates an
email discussion list for gun issues in Washington state. He may be reached at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or through