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Are you an Activist for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms? Do you consider yourself to be an active participant in this fight?
Have you contacted your Congressmen today, this week, or have you yet to lift a finger?
How many times have you written to your local newspaper to place an informational editorial, twice, four times, or a hundred? Or have you not even written to your local paper yet?
As I have stated on my "Save The Guns" page, I am really fed up with gun owners who constantly complain to me that "how come this happened?" or "where was the NRA?". I ALWAYS reply to them and say, "where were you?"
Well...when major gun control legislation was proposed in your State, did you contact every member on the committee that was reviewing and debating the proposed bill? Did you contact your State Senate and House legislative leaders. Do you even know who they are? Do they know who you are?
Do you get my point yet? My point is that the Second Amendment Activist's job is never done. I used to contact everyone with my old typewriter and I used to have to change the ink every few months. Now I have the nearly unlimited power of the Internet and here on this page, I will provide you with all the very best links and e-mail addresses available to make your journey into Second Amendment activism as easy and painless as possible.
"When I am
abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the
government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come
Writing to a newspaper
Press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
As a responsible, concerned and thoughtful gun owner, your timely response to anti-gun editorials and articles is one of the most effective ways to sway public opinion to the side of truth.
Public officials will scan the editorial pages of newspapers to gain insight on the will of the people regarding certain issues. Your letters and postcards do indeed carry weight and can influence public opinion and those of our elected officials.
Truth is not a weapon that the anti-gun people can wield. The truth about lawful gun ownership and the Second Amendment is not on their side.
Have you written an editorial before? Choose your own local newspaper first. Newspapers are more likely to run editorials from local residents than from residents in an area outside their normal delivery routes.
Try to keep your letter between 100 and 250 words. An editorial too long will not be finished by most readers, especially if they don't agree with you.
Most published letters are clear, concise, a few paragraphs long and are focused on a single subject.
Keep your letter focused on a single topic and try not to ramble from subject to subject. Focus on a single proposed bill and state the bill number, that will usually get the readers attention. Plus stating the bill number lends some credence and weight to your letter.
Most newspapers have a section set aside for readers letters. Write the name of this section on the outside of your envelope. It might get your letter into the paper a day earlier.
Make sure your spelling and punctuation are flawless before sending it. If the newspaper staff has to rewrite your letter to make it readable, it will not be published. So do it right or don't do it at all.
Many newspapers are accepting letters by E-mail. This makes sending out an editorial easier than ever. No excuses right?
Be certain to sign your name, address and phone number. Most newspapers will contact you about your editorial before they publish it to confirm that you are the author and that you would like it published.
Address your letter to the editor of newspaper and make sure it is typed or done on a word processor. Untidy handwritten letters will probably only get a passing glance by the editor's staff.
E-mail or write to these major National Newspapers
unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I
consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment."
"Our Republic and its
Press will rise or fall
is mightier than the sword."
The pen truly is mightier than the sword and the keyboard is also mightier than the pen. The Internet is mightier than both the sword, keyboard and the pen. So use it to the fullest extent possible.
Writing to your Congressmen
Use either form, just plug in your Zip Code and click.
Direct communication with your elected officials is the best way to affect legislative activities. Direct contact with your elected officials come in four different flavors. I have listed them here in order of importance.
When writing to your Congressmen, ALWAYS address it to:
The Honorable Senator ______________ or
The Honorable Representative _____________
You can write to their Washington D.C. offices and their own offices within your State.
Always have your complete name and address on the letter and state that you are a constituent and that you would like a response in return.
When writing, be clear, concise and try to give a bill number. The United States House of Representatives will have a Bill Number like this one:
A United States Senate Bill will have a number that looks like this one:
You should try to be relatively brief and focused on a single subject.
My gut feeling is that a written letter carries more weight than a one minute E-mail.
When writing to your United States Senator, use this address:
When calling, call the following number and ask to be connected to your United States Senator's office.
When writing to your United States House Representative, us this address:
When calling, call the following number and ask to be connected to your United States Representative's office.
U.S. House Members Telephone Directory Call them today!!!
United States Library of Congress Thomas Site (Research any bill or law. This is an Activist's meat and potatoes.)
NRA NEWS The NRA has made contacting your Congressmen easy.
Congressional Auto Mailer Send a single E-mail and hit nearly every Senator and United States House Representatives, with this Auto Mailer.
Writing the President
Writing a letter to the President of the United States seems like a daunting task, but it need not be. The chances are great that the President will not personally read and handle your particular letter.
Basically what you want your letter to do is to log your opinions so that they can influence public policy. If the letters the Office of the President receives are 500 to 1 in favor of a certain policy or Bill, chances are the President will act accordingly. The President likes to go with the polls. He wants to do what the majority seems to want. At least that is what it seems like to me.
Always begin the letter with:
Dear Mr. President,
Don't address it Dear Bill or Dear George, or Dear Barack that is disrespectful.
Again, be specific and don't ramble. Be focused on the task at hand and state Bill numbers if you know them.
Always leave your complete name and address. For God's sake, don't be threatening in your tone, but rather be courteous and firm in your resolution.
If you sound threatening or use threats in any way whatsoever to the President or to your Congressman, you will attract a whole bunch of trouble. You WILL get some undue attention from the authorities too.
I fully realize that we all feel very strongly about these issues, but please, please, please use your heads when communicating them.
The White House
State Home Pages
It is just as important to be active within your own State as it is the Federal Government. Here are links to all the State Home Pages, where you can E-mail your State's Governor, track anti-gun legislation and keep in touch with your State Legislators and upcoming Bills.
There is a more than obvious unfair slant against lawful firearm ownership in the media. Anybody who thinks that media reporting on lawful gun ownership has been fair and unbiased has had their head in the sand. It is important to help keep these "politically correct" talking heads honest in their reporting. Please use these links below to contact the major media outlets.
Subscribe to E-mail alerts to stay on top of proposed legislation. If you subscribe to these alerts, you will be able to respond to legislation in a timely fashion.
NRA-ILA Subscribe to E-mail Alerts
More links for you to try.
NRA-ILA This is the legislative action branch of the National Rifle Association
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