How New Mexicans Beat State Gun Control Legislation; How Others Can Do The Same — And Take On National Legislation

March 17, 2013, 10:40 am


… It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

At the time, President Lincoln was speaking in the context of the horrors of the American Civil War. But his words are most appropriate at a time when Americans face great societal, economic, and political problems, be it health care, the national debt, and/or “gun control.” In some ways, our country is divided. It doesn’t have to be so. If people get involved with the democratic process, they can surely bring about astonishing changes for the betterment of our great nation. With a little effort, Americans can have “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” We just proved it New Mexico.

The politicians in Washington are inept, ineffective, pushing through unpopular legislation, and even arrogant towards their constituents. Why? Too many Americans are not engaged in our great nation’s democratic process. Maybe people are very busy with their lives, have grown weary of the acrimony in Washington, or just plain don’t care. They cannot afford to be disengaged. Our Founding Fathers would be very upset to see America’s current state of affairs.

I spoke this morning before about 50 people attending a CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) permit class. They got fired up when I told them what a small but dedicated group of New Mexicans accomplished by defeating New Mexico House Bills 77 and 402, two very dangerous “gun control” measures. I got them all to send letters to Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) opposing Senator Feinstein’s heinous “assault weapons” ban (national). Note that what Feinstein calls “assault weapons” are not anything of the sort. They were eager to engage in the democratic process. After hearing about our defeating of HBs 77 (beaten with 3328 emails opposing) and 402 (beaten with 4914 emails opposing) by sending emails, calling the state capital, organizing on Facebook, etc., they saw proof positive that engaging in representative democracy works. Note that we had help from good senators like Brandt and Ivey-Soto, good House members like Rehm and Pacheco, and I’m sure many other people called, emailed, snail-mailed, and faxed the state house. Some staged rallies in Santa Fe.

In that spirit, I have gathered a plethora of resources you can use to fight Washington’s attempt to destroy the Second Amendment to our great Constitution. Please use these resources yourself and distribute them as widely as possible.

Here are 4 template letters you can use yourself and distribute to others so people will get involved in the democratic process to fight “gun control” here in New Mexico and other states:

If you’re not from New Mexico, you can still use these letters’ text, customize them, or just write your own. You can then send your letters to your own national and state representatives, finding contact information using links shown below. Some of these links provide their own suggested text and/or let you enter your own:

You can also enter your zip code below and find contact information for all your elected representatives or click on these links:

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