While - so far - the only social issue that the Tea Party has involved itself in locally or statewide here was the same-sex marriage ban (photo), the movement soon will involve itself in the dispute over gun rights.
According to an exclusive interview this week with area Tea Party organizer Steve Carter, the issue already had come up during one planning meeting of Tea Party activists in neighboring Alamance County - and will be discussed at the next meeting of those activists within a week or two. Being that all Tea Party members who even ever mention guns are staunchly in favor of gun rights - and staunchly opposed to gun control - it's not hard to predict what position this area's Tea Party will take on this issue.
Prior rallies - some as recent as this April's - make obvious that this area's Tea Party can easily turn out large numbers of activists to protest on behalf of any cause the movement chooses. So did 2010's defeat of a proposed local tax hike in this county - immediately after a Tea Party rally downtown made it the central cause.
Also, prior experience shows that this state's Tea Party can turn out significant numbers of "uniformed" activists - all wearing similar shirts - to pester legislators in Raleigh as key votes approach, something that has worked successfully on various issues so far.