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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 19, No. 37 09/14/2012
If there's one thing Brady Campaign president Dan Gross learned from the days when he worked for an ad agency, it's that you have to tailor your message to your audience. So when Gross was writing his most recent commentary for the America-bashing Huffington Post website, it was only natural that he would try to stir up support for gun control by speaking in terms America-bashers were sure to understand.So, on Thursday, two days after four Americans--Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods--were murdered by America-haters in Libya, Gross said that those of us who think that America is the greatest nation on Earth should prove it--by imposing more gun control.
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We reported last month that the Department of Justice's Inspector General's draft report on "Operation Fast and Furious" placed most of the blame for the debacle on Phoenix‑based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and on the Phoenix U.S. Attorney's Office staff.This week, Fox News reported that it had obtained exclusive portions of the DOJ's IG report that have not yet been made public, and that the documents, while not complete, show that dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials ignored public safety in the deadly "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation.
It is probably safe to say that a majority of Hollywood's stars and A-list actors fall on the anti-gun side of the aisle when it comes to their view of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Historically, not all are anti-gun--Charlton Heston, Tom Selleck, and Chuck Norris, for instance--but a majority are. And for those stars who are pro-gun, openly admitting to that fact these days would bring almost certain disdain and attack from their peers (think Rosie O'Donnell).It comes as somewhat of a surprise, then, that mega-star Brad Pitt recently had so much to say about the issue of gun ownership, both as an individual right, and as a part of our national identity.
In the waning days of the 112th Congress, there is an outside chance that the U.S. Senate could vote on a sportsmen's package--S. 3525, "The Sportsmen's Act of 2012." S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land.
The engine that drives the NRA machine is you…and your fellow tens of millions of Second Amendment supporters. The one factor in any campaign that is critical is TIME. Every day we are not working to increase our volunteer ranks is a day lost that we will never get back. As the calendar turns and we get closer to Election Day, things only get more hectic. That is why RIGHT NOW is a great time to ensure you maximize your effectiveness in those crazy days and weeks leading up to Election Day. What should you be doing TODAY to ensure success on November 6? We have some suggestions.
It has been estimated that well-placed campaign signs can account for four percentage points on Election Day. Think back to the 2000 presidential election, where 537 votes in Florida separated George W. Bush from Al Gore, and four percentage points seems like a landslide!While you are focused like a laser beam on the November 6 election, some gun owners may not be aware of what's at stake for the future of the Second Amendment on Election Day.
Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative (CFR) is an NRA-ILA staff person who will be living in your area, coordinating our volunteer activities with one goal in mind--ensuring pro-Second Amendment voters turn out to "Vote Freedom First!" on Election Day. Your CFR will be recruiting volunteers to: register voters, make phone calls, knock on doors, generate letters to the editor, distribute candidate information, attend events and turn out the pro-gun vote on Election Day. Please contact your CFR today to find out how you can assist in ensuring pro-freedom lawmakers are elected to office.
ARIZONA: Attend the Arizona NRA Voice of Freedom Banquet- September 27!
CALIFORNIA: Several Anti-Gun/Anti-Hunting Bills Waiting Governor's Action
COLORADO: Future of Target Shooting at Stake on Millions of Acres of Federal Land
COLORADO: Attend the NRA Castle Rock Campaign Field Office Grand Opening on September 22!
INDIANA: Rumor Control: The Truth About Indiana SB1
MICHIGAN: Senate Needs to Hear from You about Several Pro-Gun Reforms Up for a Vote
MISSISSIPPI: Recent Attorney General Opinion Could Affect How You Carry Your Firearm for Protection
MISSOURI: Attend a FREE Campaign Kick-Off Open House at the NRA Columbia Campaign Field Office on Saturday, September 15!
MISSOURI: Attend the NRA-ILA Kansas City Defend Freedom Rally on September 26th!
NEVADA: UPDATE: "Assault Weapons" Presentation Pulled from Agenda by the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice
NEW MEXICO: Village of Corrales Councilors Reject Restrictions on Lawful Carrying of Firearms
NEW YORK: Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education presents the 2012 Firearm Civil Rights Conference
NEW YORK: Gun Owners Victorious in New York
NORTH CAROLINA: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Charlotte Campaign Field Office on Thursday, September 20!
NORTH CAROLINA: Update on Johnston County Noise Ordinance
OKLAHOMA: Plan for Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Recommends Elk and Deer Hunting
TEXAS: Help The NRA-ILA Identify Non-Compliance Among Employers on One-Year Anniversary of Texas Parking Lot/Employee Protection Law
TEXAS: Hunting Reforms Take Effect on September 1st
VIRGINIA: Planning Process Underway for James River National Wildlife Refuge
VIRGINIA: Virginia Shooting Sports Association Holds Annual Meeting
WISCONSIN: Governor Scott Walker Suspends Four-Day October Hunt in the South-Central Chronic Wasting Disease Zone
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