Thirdpower notes that the local gun show near him broke records. This weekend around here, the Oaks gun show was absolutely swamped. I just hope all these people panic buying are planning to join the fight, because there’s no guarantee you’re going to get to keep what you panic buy if you don’t. Voting with your wallet is part of the picture, but only part.

But we also need to make the Obama Adminstration sorry they decided to fuck with gun owners, and make sure lawmakers and policy makers can’t take a dump without running into some gun owner asking them to vote against more gun control. We have to hold feet to the fire, of Democrats and Republicans alike. So what do we do?

  • Know the facts.
  • Communicate with lawmakers. Communicate with them now. Communicate with them when we have an actual bill, and keep the pressure on.
  • Show up at rallies and protests when asked.
  • Give them idea of things to do (Something must be done!) that doesn’t involve more gun control.
  • Talk to neighbors, friends co-workers and family. This can often be more productive than shouting at people on the Internet. Use some of the same idea you use with lawmakers.
  • Do you belong to a gun club? Get them involved.
  • Sign people up for NRA. I know a lot of people don’t like them, but they are who the politicians pay attention to, and a surge in NRA membership would make them pay attention.

I believe our opponents response was planned and coordinated, and they were ready to execute the moment the awful news hit the airways. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure where I would have found professionally made signs late on a Friday ready for noon Monday delivery. I don’t know how so many of the same outlets were right on message. We were told by anti-gun groups in the weeks approaching that change was coming, and that the writing was on the wall for our day in the sun being soon over. That smacks of someone who knows of a brilliant plan, and who were just waiting for a moment to execute.

Our side is not quite so coordinated. We are composed of a great many more people than our opponents have ever given us credit for. We take time to mobilize, but the Powder Alarm has sounded, and we’re seeing signs of it. The petition at the White House is getting close to 40,000 (it was 18,000 when I posted yesterday about it). The NRA’s plan was radio silence. We did this without them. If Joe Manchin, who is backpedaling a bit, think what they are facing right now is scary, well, sir, I think you ain’t seen nothing yet. Today I’ve been focusing dark clouds on the horizon, and make no mistake, we’re in the fight of our lives. We emerged from the 1994 AWB beaten up, but our strength renewed. If we fight them back now, this will be it for them. They will no longer be able to keep up the narrative of the NRA, and gun voters as a paper tiger. But that depends on what we’re willing to do.

20 thoughts on “Mobilization”

  1. Put the fear of re-election on Joe Manchin even if you are not in his district.
    Already contacted Senator Rubio. I won’t even bother with the other idiot. My congressman is next.

    1. “Read it and more importantly share.”

      I read it and very strongly recommend that it is NOT shared.

      Or at least not to anyone who has not made up their mind on this issue. That type of writing may be good for making people on either extreme who have made up their mind, but those who have not made their mind up will extremely likely be turned away from our side with talk of civil war and mass murder.

      Now is not the time for expressing talk of “civil war”, “blood in the streets” and murdering traitors.

      Please, please, PLEASE do not distribute this kind or thing or by interviewed by a news organization, you would almost certainly be hurting the cause we are all working for.

      When I (as the resident gun nut at work) was asked about this at work, my response was that “My father taught me not make decisions while I was mad and I am sick and furios about what happened in Ct. The bodies are not in the ground and people are trying to get their pet bills passed. We need to find out what happened before we can figure out how to prevent it”.

      Now is not the time to offend those who have not made up their mind PLEASE!


      1. Let’s make sure about one thing: you’re absolutely sure a decapitation strike against “the Right” is impossible? Note I’m asking about capabilities, not intentions.

        I’m inclined to think it is (e.g. I have a lot more faith in the US Internet’s resilience), but I can’t say I’m 100% sure. It does require something the Soviet Union ran out of, enough people willing to murder for the state. There’s also the pesky witness problem, some snatches will be opposed by force, etc.

  2. Which Bob Casey office are we meeting up at? Philly newspapers won’t cover us, but the Morning Call in allentown just might. The lehigh valley office is a pretty good place to demonstrate.

      1. Harrisburg, Philly, Scranton, Erie, Pittsburgh, Lehigh Valley. 6 places to show him our numbers.

        Email me if you want to try and put something together. I’m off though the rest of the year. I’ve got time. Mcall will send a reporter out if we get turnout.

  3. Donating to your state level gun rights organizations can’t hurt either. Here in California that’s the CRPA Foundation and the CalGuns Foundation. SAF and NRA-ILA too.

      1. Who’s the best to donate to here in PA? ACSL?

        I’ve done GOA, waiting to see what the NRA does on Friday. But if I like what I hear, I’ll be donating with all deliberate speed.

  4. Another He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named has some good emotional propaganda out now; HT the Instapundit, quoted at Protein Wisdom, emphasis added there:

    In addition to the gunman, blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut (and most other states). They are the ones who made it illegal to defend oneself with a gun in a school when that is the only effective way of resisting a gunman.

    What a lethal, false security are the “gun-free zone” laws. Virtually all mass murders in the past 20 years have occurred in gun-free zones. The two people murdered several days earlier in a shopping center in Oregon were also killed in a gun-free zone.

    Hopefully, the Connecticut tragedy will be the tipping point after which a rising chorus of Americans will demand elimination of the gun-free zone laws that are in fact criminal-safe zones.

    Some commentary by the blog:

    [He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named] strikes hard at the heart of the problem: politicians who pass feel-good legislation to show themselves “tough on guns” in order to please the modern progressive effete, most of whom have never fired a weapon nor know anything much about them.

    These are the creatures first to stick their faces in front of a news camera after each new tragedy to decry the inhumanity of it all — then begin hinting that they support yet another road of “controls” that punish the law abiding and keep those determined to break the law protected from those who would naturally uphold it.

    It’s despicable. It’s opportunistic. And it shows the liberal fascist impulse, which these days likes to dress itself up as a moral imperative, with the State as Godhead and themselves, by extension, its humble priesthood. By insisting that they hold the moral high ground, and then reinforcing that belief through repetition and reassurance from within the hive mind, progressives believe they can will their manufactured consensus into a kind of perceptional “truth.”

    Now, you may say this is too soon, too harsh, people will never go for it, etc. etc.

    But you yourself, in your heart, believe your approach will fail. I’m not going to say we should take He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named approach, but I will certainly say we shouldn’t take your approach when you yourself don’t believe it will succeed.

  5. Whenever I’ve read news of a politician or group endorsing bad policy on this, I’ve been donating a couple of dollars as I can budget it (times are tough!) to their most significant acceptable opposition, i.e. when Senator Feinstein said she’d push an assault weapons ban, I donated $2.00 to the California GOP. $2.00 is going the the WV GOP next payday for you-know-who. You can’t buy a decent cup of coffee with that, but if donations like that could be duplicated by as many people as possible you’re soon talking about significant spending power.

  6. I am an endowment member of the NRA. I want to hear their response on Friday. After that it will depend on how and where my money is spent.

  7. I signed the petition.
    Yes, we’ve gone without the NRA’s leadership, and not done too badly. I see that no one is accusing us of being NRA puppets, since we’re fighting on our own. It’s probably better that way, at least initially – pure gun rights grassroots vs. anti-gun Astroturf. I kind of like it. It feels exhilarating.

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