A gun rights advocacy group received top honors last night at the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen's annual banquet in Southington. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was presented with the “Organization of the Year” award by CCS, a co-litigant with their award recipient in the lawsuit against the state’s unconstitutional gun laws, CCDL’s blog administrator Chris Lemos announced to the group’s Facebook followers.
They have their work cut out for them on that score, as well as on the legislative front.
The plaque, pictured here, spells out the reason for the award with superlatives, like “for outstanding achievement.” What that means in practical terms is a core of mostly unrecognized volunteers, that is, a dedicated group of leaders, have stepped forward to do the heavy labor required simply because it needs to be done -- and they’ll not stand idly by and let those with malicious intent control everything.
Anyone who has ever been part of an organizational effort knows there's always such a core, who bear most of the burden and who make most of the personal sacrifices, enduring no shortage of slings and arrows, and getting up to do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. And they don't do it for awards. That said, occasional well-deserved recognition is something everyone who has earned it appreciates receiving, as is appropriate gratitude.
If you're a Connecticut gun owner who has, up until now, let others do all the work on your behalf, and who has not yet said "Thank you" to those manning the walls, it is past time you rectified that. After you do that, get up there on the wall and help safeguard liberty with them. It won’t be your primary motivation, but the next time recognition like this is given out, it will be fulfilling to realize you deserve your honest portion of it.
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