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Many of us B1T$# but what do you do in the concrete to affect change?
#1
Until this year ('12) all I did was gripe on line, Argue w/ those I disagreed with and generally get frustrated that NOTHING WOULD EVER CHANGE. Sound familiar?

I am starting this thread for 2 reasons:
1 - To get folks thinking about getting off their soap boxes and actually find something you love to do that might actually make a difference.
2 - Publicize what some of you are actually doing so you might energize others by giving them ideas and/or possibilities.

These activities do not have to be politically based but mine is so this is the forum where I placed the thread.

I will go 1st.
After attending an Appleseed weekend I decided that I enjoyed the program so much that I would work toward becoming one of the many volunteers who teach others about our heritage as well as basic rifle marksmanship. If I can just motivate 1 person to get off the couch, I view my time as well spent.

How often can we actually motivate others into action by what we are currently doing?

Anyone else out there making a difference? No matter what it is.....if you see a difference being made - put it out there so others might catch the same thing that got you going!
Ladies of the Second Amendment

"I regard giving as necessary to right the balance" Hu Chung

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#2
I became a firearms enthusiast activist. I've opened many people's eyes to the facts of firearms ownership and have actually had local laws changed in favour of firearms owners through activism. Live and lead by example.
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#3
1) Locally I work with a network of residents in Berks, Lehigh, and Bucks county that are politically active.

2) Worked with representatives and local sheriffs on licensing issues and lock-box issues for court facilities.

3) Met with future State Rep. Michael Schlossberg this past month (he's running unopposed), had meetings with others over the summer as well.

4) Reviewed bills with FOAC higher-ups before they got introduced (constitutional carry, a couple others).

5) Stay on the mailing lists for pro and anti gun groups to keep aware of issues they are publicizing.

6) Write Op-Ed articles, will have one in Philly News (probably just online this time) next week.

7) Work the polls with voter's guides in hand and occasionally volunteer time for a campaign.

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What's the biggest thing I'm struggling with? Getting a 'chapter' up and running as I envision it and would like to see. I'm not the most organized person in the world and I am extremely pressed for time. I do a lot on my own but I struggle with grouping that into a working network that actively meets and does more than just talk about what myself and others are doing.

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The biggest contribution that people can make to pro-gun causes isn't money, it's time. Meet with your local reps and those just outside of your area, get connected with local news media writers and broadcasters who discuss these issues to put your voice in, and most importantly stay informed of what those who hate our rights are doing and work against it.

The biggest threat to our rights is gun owners going quiet, not letting our voices be heard, and being politically apathetic. Officials in Philly and elsewhere will attack your rights so long as you say nothing, so long as you don't push back they'll get away with it.

ByblosHex hits it right on the head, "live and lead by example". If all you want to do is bitch that's fine by me, we're all better at one thing or another, just do it professionally and do it in the direction of your local reps. After all they are the ones that need to hear it when you're outraged.
IronSight, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#4
What change are you advocating?

PA is a fairly pro 2A state.
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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#5
I'm an elected official in my town. Instead of yelling from the sidelines, I jumped into the trenches.

If anyone wants tips on how to get involved in that way, feel free to ask! Cool
Regards,
Paradigm
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#6
I am going to assassinate Big bird.
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Valorius;32704 Wrote:I am going to assassinate Big bird.
If this was the other forum, you'd be permabanned. Probably by.. Gnbrotz.
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#8
1 year ago to this day I owned exactly zero firearms and had never been shooting in my adult life.

Today I own 11 firearms, and go shooting at least twice a week.
stimrob, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#9
MrPeanut;32643 Wrote:What change are you advocating?

PA is a fairly pro 2A state.

Dodgy
IronSight, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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IronSight;32869 Wrote:
MrPeanut;32643 Wrote:What change are you advocating?

PA is a fairly pro 2A state.

Dodgy

It's true. There aren't many other States I'd ever actually live in. I don't really have any complaints about PA's firearms laws. I can OC and CC pretty much anywhere I want with very few exceptions and I can carry anything I want without any exception.
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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