Share Thread:  
"I've Never Seen Anything Like It"

Quote:"I will tell you that I have never seen anything like this. Not even during the 60s,” says an elder Democratic Senator.

Ladies and gentlemen...we were heard.

The Maryland Department of General Services estimates our attendance at 4,000. As of last count, more than 1,770 of you signed up to testify. The number may reach 2,200, according to a senior Senate Democrat.

You literally broke the process. They have never seen so many people sign up to testify - most rallies end with people getting back on a bus and going home.

We demanded to be heard. We stood in line for hours to get our name down. We did not back down. The look of astonishment was real, as Senators found hundreds of people still waiting to testify at 9 PM. Their staffers rushed to the hallways with video cameras, because this has never happened.

"These people are serious."

Gun Control Advocates are doing their best to spin your involvement - they get friendly media to downplay our numbers, and then went so far as to get on the floor of the Senate and claim the NRA made you do it via some kind of "robo-call.” They have the Baltimore Sun editorializing that this was just a bunch of "angry white men" trying to keep their guns. Did they see our crowds? Did they not see our diversity, our good nature and our respectful appearance?

They did. They are just doing anything they can to publicly minimize your role. Privately, they acknowledge that they woke a sleeping tiger. Gun Control will not be a cake walk in the 2013 General Assembly.

Your Effect

Your determination and stamina had a profound impact. Lawmakers in both chambers were knocked back on their heels, and the education we provided in written and verbal testimony not only highlighted significant failings in the text of the Governor's proposals, but also called into question the entire premise of his plan.

Yesterday, the Governor decried to a national newspaper about how we are "drowning out Gun Control in Maryland.” Yes, sir, that is exactly what we aim to accomplish.

Link to 3 pages of pics, make sure to click through to pages 2 and 3...

Big Grin
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt

Yesterday, the Governor decried to a national newspaper about how we are "drowning out Gun Control in Maryland.” Yes, sir, that is exactly what we aim to accomplish.


Next Steps

We must do this again. A number of bills have already been submitted in both the House and the Senate that breaks apart the various provisions of SB 281 into smaller pieces, in theory allowing them to pass as much as they can without a single politically costly provision killing an entire omnibus bill. They aren’t stopping. Neither will we.

More than just rally, we are going to testify. More than testify, we are going to go into their offices and tell them what we expect them to do. And when we are done knocking on their comfortable office doors, we will go into their home districts and educate any and all about the Governor's "2013 Public Criminal Conversion Act.”

They think we do not have the stamina. They think we had our fun and will walk away.

They are wrong.

Go head, guv. Keep poking that cage and see what happens. You were elected to serve the people. Now, STFU and serve them.

This should be a good model to follow for any such efforts.
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.
Awesome pics. And a great job by those folks.

Clearly the crowd was full of angry, old, white guys... Rolleyes

Politicians understand one thing: Threats to their cushy jobs. Right or left doesn't matter too much in most circumstances. Keeping the office and all the perks matters.

Pressure. Keep pouring it on.
Very inspiring. Thank you for posting.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
Would have been nice if they captioned their pics

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." -Patrick Henry
That's nice and all but its pretty much meaningless unless such conviction results in real change next election day. Major electoral change has long term benefits. Its no accident that so many years after 1994 any new AWB has slim chance of seeing the light of day.

I wish them luck!
Dave, proudly annoying members of since Sep 2012.

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Software by MyBB, © 2002-2015 MyBB Group.
Template by Modogodo Design.