NRA has put out a call for action now that the 2010 election cycle is officially under way.
The 2010 legislative session has started, with Congress and most states currently in session.
With the holidays now in our rearview mirrors, it is time to turn our energies toward our critically important legislative agenda and the 2010 elections. Much is on the line for our gun rights, our country, and our future. In recent election cycles, gun owners have enjoyed great successes. But none of our victories have happened by accident. It takes careful, long-term, advance planning to ensure victory for the Second Amendment on Election Day, as well as in the legislative arena. In order for us to meet the inevitable challenges and opportunities we will face this year, our preparation must begin now.
As in every election year, two things will win this yearâ€™s elections for gun owners — votes and volunteers. And no pro-Second Amendment candidate can do without both. Be assured, the anti-gun crowd is hoping you donâ€™t turn out in support of, or volunteer for, our candidates.
If you are not currently registered to vote, or if you have recently moved, please make sure you register to vote at once. And please ensure every one of your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners are registered voters as well. For information on voter registration requirements, deadlines, and applications for your state, contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), or visitÂ here.
The second part of our formula for electoral success is actively volunteering your time to the campaigns of candidates who support our rights. This is where your NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) becomes integral to our efforts. Your EVC is an NRA member — just like you — who spearheads our volunteer campaign activities in your congressional district. For more than 15 years, EVCs have been acting as the liaisons between NRA members and gun owners in their districts and various pro-freedom campaigns. The main role of an EVC is to provide these campaigns with dedicated, educated volunteers to assist with phone banks, literature drops, precinct walks, voter registration drives, Election Day activities, and other volunteer campaign activities. Your EVC is also your local point of contact to assist with NRA-ILAâ€™s legislative agendas at the federal, state, and local levels. This yearâ€™s elections are critical, but we must also remain vigilant in defending our gun rights from inevitable legislative attacks.
Even if you can spare only a few hours here and there, your EVC needs to hear from you. To identify and contact your EVC, please clickÂ here, or call ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-VOTE (8683). Please do not hesitate. Contact your EVC today!
While most congressional districts are currently covered by an EVC, there are still vacancies we are trying to fill. Please clickÂ here to review the EVC vacancies in your state and help us find replacements. Spread the word to your fellow activists in these districts, educate them on the EVC program, and either have them contact their state Grassroots Coordinator directly, or pass their information along to your stateâ€™s Grassroots Coordinator, so he/she may follow up with these individuals to learn if they are interested and able to step into the breach and serve as an EVC. Remember, the more competent and active EVCs we have in districts across the country, the better prepared we all will be to achieve victory this year — politically and legislatively. If you are interested in serving as your districtâ€™s EVC, or want to learn more about the program, please visit ILAâ€™sÂ website, or contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), and ask to speak to your stateâ€™s Grassroots Coordinator.
For us to succeed this year, our grassroots campaign battle plan needs to be inÂ placeÂ NOW. There simply isnâ€™t any time to spare.
The Congressional elections in districts 4 and 15 are expected to be very competitive, and gun owners may be particularly useful in making sure our interests remain represented. Even in Congressional districts considered safe, NRA members have the opportunity to make a difference in state elections for top offices, as well as local House & Senate seats.