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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

With the November 2 election just around the corner, here are some activities in which pro-Second Amendment activists must be involved to assure victory for pro-gun candidates on Election Day. While we can`t expect every gun owner to do everything, we must work to ensure every gun owner does something!

YARD SIGNS: The key to placing yard signs is location, location, location. Put signs where large numbers of people will see them, but out of right of ways. Ask fellow firearm owners who have property that would make a good sign location to post a sign, and make sure the "natural resources of the pro-gun community" (gun shows, gun shops, shooting ranges, and gun and hunting clubs) have signs prominently displayed. Don`t put signs on private property without permission, and don`t tamper with the opposition`s signs! And, of course, make sure you have a pro-gun candidate`s sign in your yard or on your property!

LITERATURE DROPS: Literature drops are an extremely effective way for pro-freedom candidates to get their message out. Again, take advantage of the "natural resources" of the pro-gun community. Gun shows are the best venue to conduct a literature drop. Check with the show promoter to set up a literature table or share one with a fellow NRA member or pro-gun supporter. Or, better yet, hand out pro-gun candidates` literature to all attendees as they enter the show. If distributing literature in neighborhoods, never put materials in a mailbox! Remember, the goal of this activity isn`t to debate with anti-gun voters, but rather, to distribute as much material to as many potential voters as possible!

BUMPER STICKERS: Make sure every vehicle you own has a pro-gun candidate`s (and/or NRA) bumper sticker on it. Then, work to ensure the vehicles of your friends and fellow firearm owners are proudly displaying a sticker(s) as well! ILA Grassroots has limited quantities of candidate stickers for the following states: AK, CO, FL, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NC, NH, NV, OH, SC, SD, VA, & WA, as well as "I`m the NRA and I Vote" bumper and lapel stickers. If you need additional stickers, please contact the Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Please submit at least one letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of a pro-gun candidate between now and Election Day. Consult your paper`s deadlines, as some papers stop accepting political letters to the editor on a certain date prior to the election. You can find media contact information by visiting our homepage— www.NRAILA.org — and accessing the "Write The Media" link. Your goal in writing should be to ensure that pro-gun candidates are receiving positive media in these final days leading up to November 2.

GET OUT THE VOTE & ELECTION DAY ACTIVITIES: Now that we are in the final two weeks of the campaign season, candidates are focusing their efforts on Get Out The Vote projects, and laying the final groundwork for a barrage of Election Day activities. This requires assistance contacting voters by phone, walking precincts, volunteering to drive pro-gun voters to the polls, and putting up signs and handing out literature at polling locations on Election Day.

VOTE BUSH-CHENEY AND FOR ALL OTHER PRO-GUN CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE ON NOVEMBER 2: The ultimate act of volunteerism, of course, is casting your ballot on Election Day. Please be sure you vote on Tuesday, November 2, and urge your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. Remember, too, that in many states you can vote early, prior to November 2. Exercising this option not only ensures that your vote will be "banked," but that you will have free time on Election Day to help with the aforementioned activities! NRA-ILA has a section of its website to assist you with early or absentee voting. To access this site, please go to www.NRAILA.org, and click on the "NRA-ILA HelpingAmericansVote" icon and select your state. Or, you can go directly to the site at http://NRA.HelpingAmericansVote.org. With this election tight as a tick, we can not take even a single pro-gun vote for granted! For candidate information, to assist you when voting, refer to your November NRA magazine, which contains NRA-PVF`s Candidate Endorsements, or visit www.NRAPVF.org and click "Elections."

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved with these, and other, similar activities in your area:

1) As we have been noting, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has put together a sportsmen specific 72-Hour Deployment plan. This entails sportsmen and sportswomen from "non-target" states traveling to "target" states to organize sportsmen during the last 72 hours of the campaign. A 72-Hour Task Force Volunteer must be willing to participate in grassroots activities such as walking door to door, mailing literature, and phone banking. He or she must be willing to commit at least five to seven (or even more) days of his time to the 72-Hour Task Force Volunteer Program (though if you can only volunteer a couple/few days, you will be utilized). Each volunteer would need to commit to arriving in the assigned target state no later than the evening of Thursday, October 28, and stay through Election Day. Travel and hotel expenses would be covered. In addition, volunteers will receive a per diem for food. (The RNC will make your travel arrangements.) If you or someone you know can help with this endeavor, please contact Angela Hill at (202) 863-8600 or via e-mail at: ahill@rnchq.org. WHEN CONTACTING ANGELA, PLEASE LET HER KNOW YOUR ARE AN NRA MEMBER AND SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTER!

2) Please contact your NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC), who is a local NRA member spearheading our pro-gun volunteer campaign efforts. To locate your EVC, please visit NRA`s websites (www.NRAILA.org or www.NRAPVF.org) or contact the ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE-8683.

3) Contact pro-gun candidates` local campaign offices directly. By visiting the "Elections" section of www.NRAPVF.org you`ll find that many of the pro-gun candidates have a hyperlink that you can click to go directly to their website to find their contact information.

Thank you for all you have done to date to protect our freedom, and all you will continue to do until the polls close on Tuesday, November 2!

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