“If you build it he will come” may have worked in the fantasy “Field of Dreams,” but in real life, getting people to show up to an event requires promotion. Getting them to help in that promotion requires no small amount of repetitive cajoling.
Dead Patriot Films has produced an outstanding documentary, “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,” a film “that brings audiences to the center of the controversy over the issue that is dividing our nation – gun control.” Gun Rights Examiner readers have been part of the core support for the documentary since the project was first introduced by producer Kris Koenig on the Kickstarter fundraising website. This column has urged support for the project throughout development and production. With the release of the finished film, this column has also been a consistent voice sharing with readers how they can get involved to host screenings of their own.
Using the TUGG website, gun owners can create a theater event to screen the film, to spread the word, to sell tickets, and to even make “five percent of the gate,” with grassroots groups being able to request a higher ticket price to raise funds for their group. If successful, this will further influence theater owners to obtain the film through traditional distribution.
From that link, we can see past events, such as the recent screening in Sacramento, and importantly, upcoming ones. Those include:
- A confirmed September 3 showing in Roseville, Minnesota, presented by Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum and Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance -- there are 47 open seats at this writing, and two days left to fill them.
- A pending September 11 showing in Somerdale, New Jersey, presented by William Murphy --Only three persons have committed, 70 tickets must be sold to meet the minimum threshold, and the TUGG event will close out tomorrow unless that changes. It’s hard to believe, in the Garden State of all places, that gun owners would not be using every tool at their disposal to promote the Second Amendment. The inescapable conclusion is that most are not aware of this event.
- A confirmed September 11 showing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, presented by Gordon Hutchinson -- there are 10 days left to buy one of the 26 currently-remaining tickets.
- A pending September 11 showing in La Jolla, California, presented by Jerome Lundhagen -- there are currently three days left to buy tickets. 21 people have confirmed they are going and a total of 46 confirmations are needed if the event is to happen. As in New Jersey, with all the anti-gun legislation going on in California, it is difficult to understand how gun owners would not embrace this screening.
- A pending September 16 showing in Amherst, New York, presented by Hyde Hitchcock -- 16 people have indicated they are going but 57 confirmations are needed, and there are eight days left to make this event happen. Someone make the case that New York doesn’t need this as much as California and New Jersey.
- A pending September 18 showing in Metairie, Louisiana, presented by the Louisiana Shooting Association -- 74 people are going but 14 more tickets must be sold in the next 10 days for this event to happen.
- A pending September 21 showing in Daphne, Alabama, presented by Robert McMillan, Alabama Gun Rights – 40 people have reserved tickets, but the event will only happen if at least 66 do, and there are 15 days left to make that happen.
- A pending September 28 showing in Los Angeles, California, presented by Tony Leal -- this one needs 78 confirmations to happen in the next 18 days.
- A pending September 30 showing in Monterey, California, presented by Sheepdog Advanced Firearms Training – at present, 73 more tickets must be sold in the next 22 days.
Gun Rights Examiner will continue to urge rights advocates to host TUGG event screening in their own cities, with the caution that it involves more than just signing up for a TUGG event and will require a creative and persistent marketing effort to make the event a success. That includes recruiting support from local and state gun rights groups, and especially making effective use of the internet via blogs, discussion boards, and, importantly, social media like Facebook and Twitter.
The thing is, this can only go so far, and it then becomes incumbent on other gun owners hearing such appeals to take action. Committing to attend an event would be a “win-win,” because not only would the film be worthwhile to see, but the opportunity to meet and network with like minds could prove invaluable when the need arises to join together and defend/promote the right to keep and bear arms.
Think of it as a muster call, and a very easy and rewarding one to answer.
At the very least, if someone cannot attend, it’s difficult to fathom an excuse for not even sharing such information, and that’s my challenge to everyone reading today’s Gun Rights Examiner column. Take five minutes -- right now, before doing anything else -- and share this information, and urge whomever you share it with to become a force multiplier and do the same.
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