A New Year’s tradition at Gun Rights Examiner is to suggest resolutions gun owners can make that will help them promote and preserve the right to keep and bear arms. These are typically not very expensive, time-consuming or difficult to keep, yet individually, they can make a difference in our lives, and cumulatively, they can help shape the environment we live in.
Much of the current mess we find ourselves in can be attributed, at least in part, to gun owner detachment, apathy, and unwillingness to personally share in the burdens of gun rights activism. That’s a shame, because it really doesn’t require a lot of effort to get and stay engaged, and the personal rewards and friendships made can be invaluable.
My resolution from year’s past is one that I scrupulously keep, barred only by unforeseen circumstances that prevent it.
I will do something every day to promote and/or defend the right to keep and bear arms.
What to do?
It doesn't matter. Something. Get in the habit. Get in the practice. Ideas will start to come naturally.
If every gun owner made a commitment to doing this, we would have a very different social and political climate.
If you’re open to specific ideas and suggestions, I have a list at the end of the above-linked column of previous resolution articles I wrote a few years before. Take a few moments and check out the ones that sound like they may interest you, or if you have something to add, please share it with the rest of us.
Perhaps, like Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, you’ll come up with 10 things to do and watch for. Or maybe you’ll join St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hofmann in embracing the outlaw life.
As now freed-up ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s resolution to establish well-funded, professional and coordinated lobbying groups in the states has been exposed (albeit pretty much ignored as yet), your committed resolve to be active at all levels in defending and promoting the right to keep and bear arms will be nothing less than critical in 2014.
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