We attended the Gun Rights Across America rally in Denver yesterday and were gratified to see how many Coloradans were in attendance. Talking to folks in the crowd, we heard the same theme – our theme – again and again.
These were people exactly like we were just a year ago. People who had never been involved in politics before but who saw their rights being eroded or brazenly stolen while no one intervened. They felt lost and small but would not sit quietly on the sidelines. They didn’t know exactly what to do but they decided to do something – writing their Representative or Senator with honest statements and pointed questions; attending a rally to find and network with like-minded folks; joining a pro-rights group; talking to a neighbor.
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Small steps like these led to bigger efforts for some. We met with several of the guest speakers and found they had the same “baby step” beginnings but found the drive to take them further. Fellow recaller Victor Head is now running for public office in Pueblo. Isaac and Edgar of “Guns for Everyone” travel the state to provide free concealed-carry training to those who need it. Linda Elliott of “One Million Moms Against Gun Control” and Brenda Blake of “The Well-Armed Woman” empower other women to embrace their Second Amendment rights and to make their own choices about self-defense. Jim Heath is the local coordinator for the Appleseed Project, helping Coloradans not only improve their rifle marksmanship but connect with their heritage and the history of their rights. And, of course, Don Dobyns and Sergio and Alicia Perez of GRAA who organized and ran this event, giving people like us a rallying point and proof that we aren’t alone in our desire to protect our rights.
We’re honored to have met with these folks and encourage you to check out their sites listed below. And to follow in their footsteps. All it takes is that first “baby step” – and you will be far from alone when you’re ready to take it.
Guns For Everyone
Gun Rights Across America
One Million Moms Against Gun Control
The Well-Armed Woman