Thursday, September 29, 2011

15 Million is a Big Number

We ran into this article yesterday and were impressed by multiple things: the concept of a book that looks into the prevalence of guns in the hands of strong, able women; the artistic approach documenting women and their guns; the recognition that firearm safety is a major part of the passion; and numerous other things.  

The article brings to light that "based on polling research and gun-sale statistics, an estimated 15 million to 20 million women in the United States own their own firearms", and thus discusses a book written by photographer Lindsay McCrum, who stays away from the politics and controversy of the topic.  She approaches the issue from a curious perspective and seems to honor the different passions of the women she interviewed and photographed, by commemorating their reasons for having and loving guns.

My favorite picture (mind you, I only read the article so I'm sure there are many more fabulous pictures to be mentioned) is this one: 

It might be a neat idea for a coffee table book!

Sam on the News

We find it exciting that the news calls our own Executive Director when they are looking for comments on issues regarding the Second Amendment!  Yesterday, in a matter of 10 minutes, Sam Paredes had 2 news stations schedule interviews with him ... both to be filmed in our office.  Sam is no stranger to the news stations, hence, both reporters called and asked for him directly.  Whether he is on the local (or state) news or radio stations throughout the state, it's always exciting to see someone you know so eloquently inform the public of what is actually happening in the world of guns ... well, depending on the soundbites the stations chooses to use.

Anyways, in case you missed them:

Disclaimer: For the record, GOC is in no way supporting or taking a position on medical marijuana 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

hate mail

Here in the GOC office, we are all aware of the high level of controversy that is brought about by the mere subject, and purpose, of our business.  We do it because we believe in it; and most of the time, we get to engage with fellow believers in the Second Amendment.  The phone calls and letters we get are oftentimes born out of frustration, defeat, and all too often lost hope.  It's difficult when it feels like you are always losing; we know!  However, when we get those phone calls, we have the opportunity to encourage our members and remind them of all the successes we have had!  It's a chance for us to motivate their action and strengthen their passion for the cause ... and that is something that we have to keep doing, because hope is not lost!  (It's an ongoing fight that we must NOT give up on!)

Now occasionally, we encounter the opposite types of communication.  The type that comes from the disgruntled left; the people that are angry that we exist.  It can be infuriating!  But I think the best way to look at it, is as entertainment.  Their pure anger, criticism, judgement, and malicious accusations of our morality are really quite extravagant.  I mean, don't we live in a world where we must be "tolerant" (to use a liberal buzz word)?  Oh, ya ... I forgot.  We are supposed to be tolerant of them ... not the other way around.  How could I forget? (note my sarcasm)

Check out this letter we got today (all the way from ENGLAND!).  I will consider this one for the record book ... we are frustrating the liberals in England, which means, our impact must be bigger than we thought!!  (to zoom in on the image: click on the image, then right click on the pop-up image - click "open image in new window/tab - then zoom in, via the settings/tools on your browser, on the new tab until you can read it better!)

Wrapping Up Session

Sorry about the temporary hiatus!  August and September were/have been busy with the last fundraising banquet of the year and the end of the legislative session.  For info on the bills that passed the predominately anti-gun legislature, check out our article here.  The governor currently has 4 bills on his desk and we are waiting to hear his decision (please veto, please veto, please veto!)  We are still encouraging gun owners to call and write letters to Governor Brown to ask him to VETO all the gun bills ... check out the article mentioned above for his contact info.

We can't give up hope yet!!!