If Initiative 594 can teach us anything is that there is a new game being played and that is the massive dumping of money on carefully selected states to pass gun control laws. This kind of stuff works on a limited basis and usually starts backfiring when reality sets in and Unintended Consequences make their appearance. However, it is easier to institute this crap than it is to get rid of it as history has taught us.
So, the obvious answer is to raise money to beat them at their game. But instead of brute force funding, we need to do it in a strategic manner and focused as we obviously do not have the Bloomberg & Gates resources. Our advantage is still in the numbers and the noise we can make at the local level.
I have been unrelenting on trying to make the point that you must belong not only in the NRA but your state gun rights organization. But now we have to make things a bit different: We need to donate at least once to the organizations and this is a simple way: Donate at least the amount of the membership.
How does that go? Take the NRA as example: Membership is $35 so set aside another $35 for one of the two working sub-divisions, the NRA-ILA if we are aiming at legislation or NRA-PVF if we are dealing with elections. If your local Gun Rights organization, like Florida Carry has a Sustaining memberships of $25, set aside another $25 as pure, 100% unadulterated donation.
If your budget cannot do both membership and donation at once, go for the membership (because numbers do matter when lobby time comes) and then make the donation whenever your pocket can afford it. If they are offering trinkets of stuff, tell them not to send you a thing and to save that money for the fight…OK, maybe one sticker, but that’s it.
The Opposition has already mentioned they will repeat the I-594 model in other states. We need to cut them off at the pass and this is one of the steps to do so.