Conversation with a member of Congress
I had a phone conversation with my Representative this morning. I consider him a personal friend, and have known him for several years. His kids are part of my County 4-H Program, and his eldest daughter (who is one of the most natural markmen I have ever seen) will be going to a 4-H Shooting Sports program training with me next month.
Several topics came up during this conversation, a couple of which I'd like to highlight here.
He first told me that this administration is as far left a we will ever see. And that's from a person who is not one to exaggerate. The Constitution of the United States means very little to them. It's power and control. One example is the attempt to get statehood-like representation in Washington DC. It makes not one whit of difference what the Constitution says. It's more that DC is a liberal stronghold with a lot of liberal support.
We also discussed what we, at the local level, can do. Amongst the things he suggested is of course, write to your representatives and senators regardless of their affiliation, stance on guns, the Constitution and especially the 2nd Amendment. They need to know your feelings. The problem in a lot of cases is voter apathy. Also, get involved in the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program: CMP Home) . There are many like minded folks shooting at Camp Perry in Ohio, and more to the point, it's a wealth of knowledge. Get involved in youth shooting sports programs. For example, one which I've touted on this board a number of times - the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Here's the URL to Ohio's version - Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports . One of the things I've found is that if you get the kids interested in shooting sports, the parents at best get involved, and at least lose their fear of the unknown. They find out that we are not a bunch of ultra right wingers who wear cammies and hide in the wood waiting to shoot something or some one. Our kids are going to be the future, and if enough include guns in that future, at least the next generations won't have to do what we are doing to preserve our rights.
Or, we can chose to sit around and do nothing about things and not get involved. And I don't need to explain the consequences of that choice.
I won't publicly divulge the name of the guy to whom I spoke. If you want to know who he is, PM me. But what I will say is that he is one of the true patriots who believe very strongly in the part of his oath where he swears to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies - foreign and domestic. Not selected parts of the Constitution, but the Constitution in it's entirety.
Thanks for reading and listening.