As you may know, I’m leaving Rhode Island for Texas this summer. Before I leave, I’m helping the rabbi and his pals fight Ocean State pols’ push for civilian disarmament. As someone who’s watched the lights go out in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland I’ve come to the conclusion that testifying for gun rights at public hearings is like pissing in the wind, only more time-consuming. So I’ve mooted a new/old approach and created a new slogan. With a bit of luck and the wind in the right direction (see: above) RI’s pro-gun crowd will go down this path. But before unleashing it on my fellow organizers and gun owners, I’d appreciate it if you could read the letter below and share your thoughts on the strategy and/or suggest others. Much obliged . . .
What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Rhode Island gun owners send a few emails, make a few phone calls and simply show up at State House hearings to protest gun ban bills will get the same result as gun owners who testified in front of legislators in New York, Maryland and Connecticut. They will lose.
Rhode Islanders, we will lose our right to own, purchase and sell modern sporting rifles. We will lose our right to own, purchase and sell standard capacity ammunition magazines. We will lose our right to “shall issue” concealed firearm permits to protect ourselves, our families and other innocent life. That’s insane.
It’s time for a different approach. It’s time for a show of force.
There’s only one way to stop the Rhode Island politicians from removing our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: we must convince them that they will lose their jobs if they support ANY of these gun control bills.
Phone and email your local elected officials and tell them you will vote against them if they vote against your gun rights. As Rhode Island is a one-party state, tell them you will vote against them in the Democratic primary in 2014. If you’re a Republican, tell them you will register in the primary as a Democrat to vote them out.
More than that, Gordon Fox and his friends at the State House must SEE us. Yes, we must show up at the State House for hearings on these bills. But again, that wasn’t good enough in Connecticut, New York or Maryland; politicians played video games while gun owners testified for their rights. It won’t be good enough in New Jersey or Massachusetts either. And it’s not good enough for Rhode Island.
Our plan: get right in their face. We will protest at their places of business. At public events where they speak. We will find these anti-gun politicians and gather in front of them and make our voices heard. Outside of their comfort zone. In front of the press and their colleagues and supporters.
If we are to defend our right to keep and bear arms we must show the politicians that we’re large and in charge. That this state, this government, belongs to us. That they work for us. We simply will not tolerate their position on gun control.
Our message will be straightforward and respectful: gun control doesn’t work. Gun control doesn’t reduce violent crime. Gun control doesn’t stop spree killers. Gun control doesn’t keep us or our loved ones or our communities safe. Gun control doesn’t work. It never has and it never will.
We will not sacrifice our right to keep and bear arms on their mistaken belief that our guns are a problem for anyone other than criminals and madmen.
So do it. Contact your local representatives and tell them gun control doesn’t work—and they’ll be out of work if they support it. Just that “Gun control doesn’t work and I will vote against you in the next primary if you support it.”
Then email your name and phone number (for text alerts) to the Citizen’s Rights Action League (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will assemble the names for our “flash mob” alerts.
Get ready to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Rhode Island gun owners will stand and fight. That will be seen and heard. Because that’s the only thing Rhode Island politicians respect. Your gun rights depend on this. Thank you.