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Truth Squad Newsletter - February 2013

  

NRA DEAL, GIVEAWAY BOTH END THIS WEEK!

 

The political fight is joined. This is worse than we've ever seen. I have thoughts on that below, but want to start with a few things that actually relate to guns and shooting.

First, two deadlines are approaching.  

Our giveaway of a Ruger LC380 semi-auto pistol ends this week, on Friday, March 1st. Enter for a chance to win the LC380 at www.guntalk.com/contest.

Also, this Thursday, February 28th, marks the cutoff of the great deal the NRA has on life memberships. Normally $1,000, you can buy life memberships for yourself and anyone else for only $300. The regular phone lines are jammed, but we have a special toll-free number for Gun Talk folks. This number should get you right through to a person who can take the order: 1-888-678-7894.

A month ago, after only three weeks, we had generated more than 6,000 new NRA life memberships and more than $2 million. I'll get a final number later this week and announce it on the radio show this Sunday.

This is a great deal - Don't wait!

  

NEW SELF-DEFENSE ONLINE SERIES

 

We just finished shooting ten episodes of a new online series we call "First Person Defender." In each episode, we put someone into a self-defense scenario to see how they do. We use firearms modified to take the Simunitions FX marking cartridges. Think paintball at twice the velocity. These things hurt! But you sure learn from your mistakes. We staged a home invasion, kidnapping, abduction, robberies, active shooter, and just plain crazy people attacking the good guy (who doesn't know what's going to happen). It's exciting. It happens fast. Plus, there's a lot to learn.

My takeaway from it? Many people think they got training in their concealed carry class. They are walking around with the completely false belief that they are prepared. They learned otherwise. You're going to love this series. We'll have it available online soon. I'll announce it on the radio, and here in the Truth Squad newsletter.

If you want to develop better skills and a solid mindset, go to www.shopguntalk.com and buy our two new DVDs -- Concealed Carry 1 and Fighting with the 1911 with Tiger McKee. Doesn't matter what model of pistol you use, you'll learn much from both DVDs.

  
 

DO THIS TODAY!

The National Coalition To Stop The Gun Ban is calling for everyone to make five CALLS today and tomorrow . That's Monday and Tuesday. Not emails. CALLS!  

Read what Jeff Knox at the Firearms Coalition said on this: http://www.firearmscoalition.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=655:make-5-calls-for-freedom&catid=1:alerts-list&Itemid=128

That's five phone calls. I would add to send five emails, also.

Harry Reid can be contacted at:
http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm  
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542
Fax: 202-224-7327

John Boehner can be contacted at:
http://www.speaker.gov/contact
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117

To get contact information on your two Senators go to:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

To get contact information on your Representative go to: http://house.gov/ and enter your ZIP Code in the top right corner.

Or, visit visit the NRAILA's website (http://nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx).


In your emails, the staffer who reads them won't get past the first line or two, so I like Jeff's bullet points. Use these.

* No New Gun Laws.
* No universal background checks.
* No gun bans.
* No limits on magazines.
* If you vote in favor of the president's anti-rights agenda, I will work to defeat you in your next election.
* You can't keep guns away from criminals. You must keep the criminals away from guns.
*Locking up guns doesn't work. Locking up criminals does.

Actually, that's all you need to say. My recommendation for a follow-up letter is below.

Do this today and Tuesday!

  
 

WHERE WE ARE

Much of what I spend time on amounts to finding ways of presenting thoughts in ways that connect. Whether it's on buying a quality gun for self defense ("Oh, so you're the guy who wants the CHEAP parachute!") or putting into perspective the current political situation and how it not only compares to other times, but how we need to be thinking about it. 

That second one really is pretty easy. We've never seen anything like this. I've been actively covering gun rights for more than 40 years, and I have the files from my father, Grits Gresham, who covered it for 20 years before that. We have had calls for banning the ownership of handguns as well as other gun ban measures, but never have we had the concerted efforts of the White House, a hugely-financed and effective campaign machine turned to promote gun bans, and a media which long ago cast aside any pretense of objectivity and heartily embraces their activism on the disarmament of the American people.

On the other hand, we never have been so well connected, had so many new gun owners joining our ranks (even if they don't fully appreciate the scope of the political threat), and we certainly have never seen the level of commitment to preserve the Second Amendment now evident everywhere you look.

The question, then, is how do we win? Attached to that is the vital issue of what, exactly, will constitute a win? Will losing only some of our guns and our rights rather than most of them be a win? Or, do we realistically think our "win" is to stop the gun banners completely and actually take back some of the gun rights we have lost? Actually, that's not a wild fantasy. 

One of the big changes from previous fights on gun bans is the current White House. As I have been saying for six years, Barack Obama is firmly committed to banning the ownership of as many firearms as possible. Even a casual examination of his past statements confirms this. Now freed from worrying about running for office, he has stopped disguising his hatred of guns and gun owners (remember his "private" comment about us being bitter and clinging to our guns and religion?), and has turned his massive (and massively effective) campaign organization to the task of convincing the public that it should swamp Congress with calls for gun bans. "Organizing For Action " (OFA) has millions of dollars and millions of names of Obama supporters. Today it begins a huge push for gun bans.

Which brings us to the question of how we need to think about this. In gun fighting training, I hear the phrase "The body will not go where the mind has not already gone." In other words, you have to get your mind right. You must work -- actually work -- to create the right mindset before you can take effective action.

Effective action. Not just action.  

The mindset has to recognize that this is unique. Never have we been under the concerted attacks we now see. This requires immediate action. Every week, or more often, each of us needs to CALL the offices of our elected representatives. Call the offices in Washington. Then call their offices in the state. Send emails. Use the www.ruger.com advocacy web site (they made it easy), but don't stop there. 

If you get a response with anything that looks like the standard, "I support the Second  Amendment, but..." you are hearing from a gun banner. Time for a response.

Here's one you can use. Customize it as needed.

Dear Senator/Congressman ______________:

Thank you for your response.

Unfortunately, you have gotten some very bad advice, and it makes you look foolish. You are wrong on the facts about firearms and their uses.

For you, this clearly is a matter of agenda rather than facts or what would actually make people safer. Now that we have your nonsensical statement on the record, I feel obligated to tell you that I well remember that in 1994 many Democrats in Congress were sent home because of their votes for the Clinton Gun Ban. President Clinton acknowledged this in his 1995 State of the Union address.  

In much the same way, votes for the proposed Obama Gun Ban will produce the same results -- Democrats will be defeated in large numbers in the mid-term elections, likely costing the Democrat party control of the Senate. Of course, President Obama will not be affected because he is in his second term.  

History does repeat itself. I will work hard to make sure it does.

My promise is that I will devote time and money to guarantee the defeat of anyone who votes for a gun ban (any type of firearm) or any restriction (specifically a move to cripple the capacity of magazines) on legal firearms owners. This includes any "background check" scheme which includes a database of gun owners.

This is my promise to you.

Sincerely,

 

What does NOT work? Being nasty doesn't change minds. The letter above is strong and pointed, but it isn't nasty. Calling someone a traitor, telling her that her actions constitute treason, or ever saying anything about Hilter or Nazis will immediately strengthen their will to ban guns. 

We are right, but write this down on the back of your hand and refer to it often. The goal is not to convince politicians we are right. The goal is to win. You win by convincing them you can hurt them. To a large degree, they vote on the basis of how it benefits them. 

Be clear. Be short. (Always start with the statement that you are asking them to actively oppose any restriction on guns or gun rights.) Be polite. Be firm. It's okay to bring up that you are using Facebook and Twitter to tell others in your area about this politician's position on your constitutional rights.

Mindset. We need immediate action on this one. We also need to understand that this is like fighting terrorism. You don't "win." You just commit to fighting it for generations. 

Yes, we tire of it. You can allow yourself to feel tired -- for an hour only. Then, look at your children and grandchildren, remind yourself that if we don't stop this now, they will live in a country where only the state has access to firearms. Any student of history knows what follows.

Then pick up the phone and call that elected official's office again.

  

SHORT SHOTS

 

- Check out the new web site and the great commercial from the Second Amendment Foundation at www.equalgunrights.com.

- Another win in Chicago. The Seventh Circuit turned down a request to rehear the Moore v. Madigan case en banc (the entire panel of judges). This is the case where the Seventh Circuit ruled that the Illinois ban on any type of handgun carry (the state bans both open and concealed carry) is unconstitutional under the Heller and McDonald decisions. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely.

- From the Oregon Firearms Federation: State legislators in Oregon introduce a Draconian gun ban measure, (http://www.oregonfirearms.org/massive-gun-ban-introduced).

"HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one."

- Magpul says it will leave the state of Colorado if that legislature passes the repressive gun ban it is considering. Other companies may follow.

- Many gun companies are now saying they will not sell to law enforcement agencies (police, sheriff's offices, etc.) any firearm that the citizens in that jurisdiction are not allowed to own. This was spurred by the illegal measures passed illegally (yes, I mean both of those "illegal" references) banning semi-auto rifles and limiting magazine capacity to seven rounds. The largest gun companies have not yet joined in. Those which are publicly-traded face additional restrictions -- stockholders could sue if the companies reduce profits by cutting off LE sales.

















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