With the November 2, 2010 elections quickly approaching,it is important that we all do our part to support gun rights. Below are some suggestions, courtesy of the NRA:
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. You can order NRA signs here.
LITERATURE DROPS: Literature drops are an extremely effective way for pro-freedom candidates to get their message to voters. 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 stickers 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 clicking the “Take Action” icon, and then 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 2nd.
GET OUT THE VOTE & ELECTION DAY ACTIVITIES: With slightly more than two weeks left in the campaign season, candidates are focusing their efforts on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) 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 FOR PRO-GUN CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE ON NOVEMBER 2nd!: The ultimate act of volunteerism, of course, is casting your ballot on Election Day. Please be sure you vote on Tuesday, November 2nd, and urge your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. With this many tight races, we cannot 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.
CONTACT YOUR EVC: Another way to get involved with these, and other, similar activities in your area is to 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).
CONTACT YOUR CFR: Yet another way to get involved in election activities is to contact your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representatives (CFRs). Our CFRs have been working for months to ensure that gun owners are registered to vote and actively working to elect pro-gun candidates on November 2nd. Additionally, our CFRs have been loaded up with FREE bumper stickers promoting our endorsed candidates. To see if your district has a CFR, and to obtain free bumper stickers for your vehicles and those of your family and friends, please visit http://www.nraila.org/ActionCenter/GrassRootsActivism.aspx?ID=114.
CONTACT PRO-GUN CAMPAIGNS: Finally, you can contact pro-gun candidates’ local campaign offices directly. By visiting the “Candidate Grades and Endorsements” section of www.NRAPVF.org and clicking on your state, you’ll find that many of the endorsed pro-gun candidates have a “Contact” link to their websites.