Look down the ballot

Look down the ballot....

With all of the attention on the Presidential race -- a race in which, in my opinion, gun owners have no good, viable option -- a voter might forget about the rest of the elections he will be voting upon.

And while I'm interested in what's happening in the Presidential race, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is focusing on Colorado races.

In other words, look down the ballot a bit...

All of Colorado will be voting on the open U.S. Senate seat, and if our group had a federal PAC, we'd be openly supporting Bob Schaffer against Boulder liberal Mark Udall. Though I wouldn't classify Bob Schaffer a hero, he voted pro-gun when in Congress, even better than the U.S. Senator he's trying to replace.

If you live in Northern or Eastern Colorado, Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave can easily be labeled a hero. While in the Colorado legislature her stances and actions for gun owners are legendary, standing up against any compromise of our Second Amendment rights. And in Congress, as Chairwoman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, she has worked tirelessly to regain the rights we've lost.

If you live in Senate District 19 (Arvada/Westminster), you'd have the chance to vote for Libby Szabo, a firebrand of a gal RMGO PAC endorsed early on. She's facing hard-left liberal Evie Hudak, and it looks like Szabo may win despite the terrible environment for Republicans.

Senate District 25 in the Brighton area pits Republican Robert John Hadfield against State Rep. Mary Hodge. Hodge voted against concealed carry (as well as every good amendment to the legislation), against Make My Day Better, in favor of putting concealed weapons permit holders in the criminal database.

Senate District 16 pits proven pro-gunner Don Ytterberg against Democrat State Sen. Dan Gibbs. Gibbs unapologetically supported the extension of the entry of ccw permit holders into the CCIC database, something reprehensible to every gun owner.

Even if you are not motivated by the presidential race, there are other reasons to vote.

Sincerely,

Dudley Brown
Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Heller decision: 1 step forward, 2 steps back

Heller decision reaffirms most gun controls

After an initial assessment of the Supreme Court's Heller decision, this decision may go down as the court ruling that stops gun bans but protects gun control.

Click here to read the actual decision.

Though we'll have a more comprehensive analysis of the case later, there is some good -- and a lot bad -- in the SCOTUS decision:

  • It reaffirms the Second Amendment as an individual rights, and is unconnected with service in a militia
  • It overturns trigger lock requirement laws as unconstitutional

However, it essentially reaffirms the ability of government to license, register and regulate all types of firearms.

In short, it gives a green light to all forms of gun control except the banning of entire classes of arms.

Again, we'll have a full analysis shortly.

Help!

A personal note from Dudley Brown, Executive Director

I need to ask a personal favor.

I desperately need to contact more people, to expand our army, or I fear our liberties are in grave danger.

By just forwarding this e-mail, with a personal note of encouragement, to every friend and co-worker you know who believes in the right to keep and bear arms, we can gather new reinforcements for the right to keep and bear arms.

And we're certainly going to need those reinforcements.

The coming 12 months could be the worst ever for Americans who own firearms, or even those who may want to exercise that right in the future.

Why do I say that?

As you watch the unfolding Presidential campaign drama, it is perfectly clear that neither of the major parties is going to nominate a candidate whom even the most starry eyed optimists could term a friend.

Without re-hashing every detail, Sen. John McCain has made a career out thumbing his nose at gun owners across our country while he represents arguably the most pro-gun state in the nation. If he were to represent the entire nation as president, he would undoubtedly cave to the anti-gun cries of California and New York.

And Sen. Barack Obama is dramatically worse. He’s even signed pledges to make all semi-automatic firearms illegal.  But this note isn't about the Presidential campaign itself.

Also troublesome is that the checks-and-balances we might expect from Congress, given the current make-up, will instead be a rubber stamp to the gun control schemes of Sarah Brady and her ilk.

In Colorado, things are not much better. Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter sits in the Governor’s seat, with a State House and State Senate controlled by the far-left side of the Democrat party.

And this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on what could be a landmark case for gun owners -- but it could go in either direction.

Any one of these items is a concern. But taken all together, the coming 12 months -- both on a national level and in Colorado -- should have gun owners biting their nails.

So the real question is: What can we do about it?

I get that question daily: "With all that's happening, what can I do?"

As a 19 year political consultant, I firmly believe our answer is in the mobilization of gun owners -- and those who are willing to fight for the right to keep and bear arms.

You see, holding a position in favor of gun rights is not enough. Actually doing something to advance our gun rights is what is required.

Yes, you can try to convince an anti-gunner (or a neutral person) to change his or her position on the gun issue. That’s called the “Education Theory” of changing public policy.

But changing an individual’s mind on a controversial issue is difficult, at best. Let me illustrate.

You probably know someone in your family who is anti-gun (or at least not pro-gun). Everyone does.

You can spend 4 hours every Thanksgiving and Easter with your anti-gun aunt (who loves you, and whom you love) trying to convince her of the rightness of your arguments about the Second Amendment. And even with that amount of time and good will, it rarely works (though, obviously, honor dictates you make the attempt).

So does it seem logical that a 30 second commercial (costing millions of dollars) from a stranger is going to convince people to change their stance, when countless hours with someone you know didn't?  No, I don't think it seems likely to be effective.  And other methods of "educating" have the same premise. 

This displays what I believe is our problem: so many "gun rights leaders" subscribe to this education theory, and I don't believe it gets us anywhere.

Yes, we’ve all convinced someone to change their position. Most of us have a success story, but most often a change in mind comes from a real-life circumstance, not idle chatter.

So if “education” doesn’t win for the side of freedom, what does?

Mobilization.

The mobilization of our side is the key to victory, not education. As the saying goes "Ideas do not have consequences, only actions."

Mobilizing gun owners across Colorado (and across our country) is the vital link to changing public policy.

It doesn’t take 51% of the public.

It takes a determined group of activists who fight smart and hard.

Which is exactly why I am sending you this note today.

I’d like to ask you a personal favor.

Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know who believes in the right to keep and bear arms, especially those who live in Colorado.

Tell that group of people “I trust Dudley Brown at Rocky Mountain Gun Owners to fight hard for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms -- I hope you'll take action, and join with us in this crucial time."

Then ask them to subscribe to our low-volume, no-spam Colorado gun rights alert list by clicking here.

In other words, help me mobilize your friends and co-workers.

Of course, we’d love to have them as donors and members of RMGO.

And if that’s something you, or they, would like to do right now, you can donate through our secure online form by clicking here.

But more importantly, let’s get them involved -- in even a small way -- in the battle to save our rights.

The next 12 months are demanding our attention.

Without question, we are in a pivotal point for gun rights.

So let’s call in some reinforcements. Let’s build our army for freedom.

Sincerely,

Dudley Brown
Executive Director

P.S. The next 12 months are pivotal for our gun rights.

And so I’m asking you to do me a personal favor.

Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know who believes in the right to keep and bear arms, especially those who live in Colorado.

Tell that group of people “I trust Dudley Brown at Rocky Mountain Gun Owners to fight hard for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms -- I hope you'll take action, and join with us in this crucial time."

Then ask them to subscribe to our low-volume, no-spam Colorado gun rights alert list by clicking here.

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