Broadly speaking, rank and file police in America support gun rights. After all, beat cops know a good guy with a gun might someday save their life, too. On the other hand, police administrators largely toe the line of their political bosses.
Big Democrat-run cities or university towns too often have top cops dedicated to furthering the cause of gun control. They have to in order to keep their paychecks coming.
In some cases, such as Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (pictured above), about the only thing people can do is vote them out of office.
Recently, to prove her anti-2A bona fides, Valdez lent her name to Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions. Seems Ms. Valdez opposes national reciprocity.
In other cases, such as Chicago’s top cop who’s accountable only to the Mayor, the little people have little influence over them. Well, aside from holding them up to ridicule for their failure to reign in crime.
Don’t despair though. We still have options.
In America, police chiefs love to form their own little organizations. Those orgs acts as their collective mouthpiece, often in support of gun control.
Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions likes to tout as much. “Major law enforcement organizations unanimously oppose federally mandated concealed carry.” Her group then posts the seals from a number of cop groups.
Included in those groups: The Police Foundation, The Police Executive Research Forum, The Hispanic-American Police Command Officers Association, The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association among others.
How can you influence these groups? Easy. Cut off their funding. Don’t donate to them.
For decades, police and fire fundraisers have drawn all manner of unscrupulous people. These folks prey on the widespread support of public safety organizations. While most law enforcement fundraisers are legitimate and laudable, many are not. Some of these fundraisers don’t even net their charitable organization sponsors pennies on the dollar.
Others are outright scam. Pervasive problems in the fundraising industry has even caused the Federal Trade Commission to include consumer information on their website about police and fire charitable calls.
When you get a mass mail fundraising solicitation from one of these gun-hating groups, don’t just throw it in the trash. Instead, mail it back in the postage paid envelope with a note letting them know that you won’t be donating and why.
When you get a telephone solicitation from a representative of these anti-gun groups, don’t just hang up. If you’ve downloaded the free Mr. Number app on your phone, you can report the number to Mr. Number as a telemarketing call.
That will block calls from that number for you and other Mr. Number app users. Blocked calls can’t raise money for these police groups, crippling their ability to raise funds.
Less money means reduced ability to influence public opinion.
Gun rights advocacy takes many forms. Denying funding to anti-gun rights police groups costs you nothing, and it deprives them of the life blood they need to continue their misguided work.That, ladies and gentlemen, is a job well done.