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One Month To Go— What (More) Can You Do?

Friday, October 6, 2006

With the November 7 elections 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 Second Amendment supporters to get out their message regarding pro-freedom candidates.  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! 

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 “Take Action” section and then clicking 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 7.
GET OUT THE VOTE & ELECTION DAY ACTIVITIES:  Now that we are in the final month 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. These activities require 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.

ATTEND A FREE NRA-ILA “MIX N’ MINGLE”:  “Mix N’ Mingles” provide NRA members with training on what they can do locally to propel pro-gun candidates to victory on Election Day.  To see if a “Mix N’ Mingle” is scheduled near you, or to register to attend, please call ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), or visit www.nraila.org/workshops/.

Thank you for all you have done to date to protect our freedom and for all you will continue to do until the polls close on Tuesday, November 7!

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.