I am so tired of listening to that shallow excuse not to write one miserable email or make a toll-free phone call, it gives me ulcers.

I do not give three reheated bean shits if your State Representative or Senator are Jim and Sarah Brady brought back to life and elected to the chair: You write them and let them know your dislike to any particular bill you are against or Gun Control in general.

You need to make noise. You need to make the Opposition understand that there are a lot of people against a bill (or fucking 22 bills) right now in the Florida legislature.  Make them understand that contrary to what Moms Demand says, there is no 90% of Floridians in favor of Universal Background Checks or a weapons ban. The may vote that way, but maybe they won’t oppose with confidence or even suddenly develop the runs when it comes voting time.

But when you do not contact tour Legislators because  “it is a waste of 120 seconds of my life better served farting and scratching my privates” then you are helping our common enemy. Your Anti Gun Legislator will say TRUTHFULLY “I have received almost no complains about this bill and I will thrown my full support with the tens of thousands of Floridians that want Gun Safety in our streets and schools and had told me they want this bill.”

And you helped with that load of bullshit because your could not compromise your manicure by pushing typing or dialing.

We are playing for keeps. Move your ass.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

9 thoughts on ““But my legislator is a Democrat/RINO who always votes against guns.””
  1. Incentive to actually make a phone call.

    The politicians assume that every preprinted post card is worth one vote. (One of the reasons why I toss the NRA Truth About Gunowners poll into the trash. Waste of a good stamp.)

    Every e-mail is worth a handful of votes, varies depending on the number of constituents. But, for this discussion, let’s say an e-mail is worth 100 votes.

    A written letter is probably worth about 300 or so votes.

    A phone call is worth about ten times that, or 3000 votes. That 120 seconds to talk to a Congressional staffer are well worth the time. If 10 people actually pick up the phone, and call their Congressman, or Legislator, that politician will assume those call represent tens of thousands of votes.

    If anyone has more experience with polling statistics and can provide a more accurate representation of how our esteemed elected officials consider phone calls, versus e-mails, please correct me.

    1. …except that my lovely local rep apparently doesnt have voice mail and never answers the phone.

      Kind of annoying, actually.

  2. I spent about two hours on the phone with my representatives staff last week. One call to my state rep (D), one call to my state Senator (D), one call to each of my US Senator’s both D’s.

    In each case I gave my full name and address. Made sure they knew they were my representatives, and expressed how I wanted them to vote on the bills in question.

    They are not the least bit interested in why. I had each of the staffers read back what they were going to be telling their boss, in all four cases they just read back my name and city and that I wanted them to vote in a particular way on a particular bill. The reasons I gave was not written down in and is not communicated to their bosses.

    It might not make a bit of difference in the long run, but I have to start somewhere.

    1. I am lucky in that all my Federal elected officials are R, and I come from a very strong gun rights state, but I do call them regularly on other issues.

      It is my State and City Assembly members that I need to work the gun issues with. My current mayoral administration is a “kinder/gentler one” more interested in making the criminals and the homeless comfortable than giving a toss about the taxpayers needs.

      Regardless, I used to send out e-mails, but now it is calls. Gets a lot more attention. And, you can follow up with an e-mail or letter to double down on the reasons for the issue.

    1. Here is the list copy/paste from the tracker account I have in the House site. There are a couple there not doirectly related to guns

      SB 108
      Bill Title:
      Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses
      Bill Sponsors:
      Book
      Date of Last Action:
      1/10/2019 8:21:20 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 135
      Bill Title:
      Transfers of Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Good, Joseph
      Date of Last Action:
      1/9/2019 12:27:25 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 147
      Bill Title:
      Duty to Assist
      Bill Sponsors:
      Cortes, J., Willhite
      Date of Last Action:
      1/9/2019 12:27:30 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 175
      Bill Title:
      Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Hill
      Date of Last Action:
      2/25/2019 3:59:37 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 197
      Bill Title:
      Concealed Weapons and Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Polo
      Date of Last Action:
      1/16/2019 3:42:42 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 364
      Bill Title:
      Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Braynon
      Date of Last Action:
      1/25/2019 8:52:17 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 403
      Bill Title:
      Safety of Religious Institutions
      Bill Sponsors:
      Grall
      Date of Last Action:
      1/30/2019 12:14:10 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 455
      Bill Title:
      Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines
      Bill Sponsors:
      Smith, C.
      Date of Last Action:
      1/30/2019 12:14:25 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 466
      Bill Title:
      Assault Weapons and Large-capacity Magazines
      Bill Sponsors:
      Farmer
      Date of Last Action:
      2/1/2019 9:40:54 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 468
      Bill Title:
      Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Farmer
      Date of Last Action:
      2/1/2019 9:40:54 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 470
      Bill Title:
      Fees
      Bill Sponsors:
      Farmer
      Date of Last Action:
      2/1/2019 9:40:54 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 500
      Bill Title:
      Gun Safety
      Bill Sponsors:
      Stewart
      Date of Last Action:
      2/8/2019 9:06:58 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 553
      Bill Title:
      Pub. Rec./Personal Identifying Information of Assault Weapon or Large-Capacity Magazine Possession Certificateholder
      Bill Sponsors:
      Smith, C.
      Date of Last Action:
      1/30/2019 12:14:57 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 581
      Bill Title:
      Exceptions to Requirements for the Purchase and Sale of Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Clemons, Byrd
      Date of Last Action:
      2/6/2019 5:50:43 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      CS/SB 598
      Bill Title:
      Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Judiciary, Albritton
      Date of Last Action:
      2/22/2019 10:26:53 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 636
      Bill Title:
      Use or Threatened Use of Force
      Bill Sponsors:
      Braynon
      Date of Last Action:
      2/15/2019 10:02:48 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 654
      Bill Title:
      Transfers of Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Book
      Date of Last Action:
      2/15/2019 10:02:50 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 683
      Bill Title:
      Prohibited Places For Weapons and Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Bush
      Date of Last Action:
      2/13/2019 9:05:10 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 709
      Bill Title:
      Discharging Firearms in Public or on Residential Property
      Bill Sponsors:
      Slosberg
      Date of Last Action:
      2/13/2019 9:05:50 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 752
      Bill Title:
      Concealed Weapons and Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Berman
      Date of Last Action:
      2/15/2019 10:20:10 AM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 753
      Bill Title:
      Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Fernández
      Date of Last Action:
      3/1/2019 4:21:21 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 769
      Bill Title:
      Sale and Delivery of Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Smith, C.
      Date of Last Action:
      2/20/2019 1:23:49 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 1122
      Bill Title:
      Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Pizzo
      Date of Last Action:
      2/28/2019 12:00:23 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 6005
      Bill Title:
      Possession of Firearms on School Property
      Bill Sponsors:
      Byrd
      Date of Last Action:
      1/9/2019 12:27:33 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      HB 6007
      Bill Title:
      Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms
      Bill Sponsors:
      Sabatini
      Date of Last Action:
      1/16/2019 3:42:36 PM
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SPB 7026
      Bill Title:
      Not Used
      Bill Sponsors:
      Criminal Justice
      Date of Last Action:
      Available Actions for Bill:

      Bill
      SB 7030
      Bill Title:
      School Safety and Security
      Bill Sponsors:
      Education
      Date of Last Action:
      2/19/2019 9:53:57

  3. I contact my legislator precisely *because* she is an anti-gun D. (After some consideration, several additional adjectives removed…) I know it won’t do any good. I just want her to never be able say that everyone she hears from is for gun control.

  4. I constantly am emailing and writing to my representatives, and even to elected officials living elsewhere to whom I am not a constituent. I speak with other gun owners and people that get upset by pending legislation against the 2A, and I tell them they should write emails and letters, and they stare at me like I’m nuts. The thought never crossed their minds except for the brief couple of second I bring it up, and after that, they decide it’s too much effort. It’s really frustrating how lazy a lot of my fellow gun owners are.

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