A lot has happened since we last sent one of these emails. The Canadian Government managed to finally eradicate the Freedom Convoy by eliminating more Canadian freedoms. After a handful of opportunistic law changes, hundreds of arrests, hundreds of seized vehicles, countless frozen bank accounts, and promises to hunt down the tens of thousands of citizens who supported the Freedom Convoy, Justin Trudeau declared victory over his own people. Then, he condemned the Russian Invasion of Ukraine because, "Canada will always stand against Authoritarianism."
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government dropped its restrictions on private gun ownership, began arming its citizens with automatic rifles, and broadcasted information about how to disable tanks with Molotov cocktails. And even under the choking flood of Russian and Ukrainian propaganda, we can still see some clear examples of regular citizens using mere rifles to effectively stop and slow military invasion forces.
Earlier this week, President Biden began his State of the Union Address praising the actions of the Ukrainian people who are fighting back against mechanized forces using small arms. And then, moments later, he demanded swift action to disarm the American people. As Democratic legislators, wearing large Ukrainian flag pins, applauded and laughed, he decried "ghost guns," demeaned the ability to make guns at home, and then demanded a ban on assault weapons, smirking, "You think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests?"
But with the midterm elections coming soon, we think these demands might not turn into immediate action. Many officials running for reelection will likely want to avoid highlighting the obvious contradiction of sending arms to Ukrainian citizens while banning them from American citizens. And so, now is a fantastic time to push for more gun freedom, especially at the state level.
As always, we recommend that you find the groups local to you to get involved in this fight. Organizations like Georgia Carry, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, and Missouri Firearms Coalition are keeping track of the legislation in their respective states and helping citizens be more involved in getting bills passed.
First, a bill needs at least one sponsor in the House and one in the Senate. Often a bill will have multiple co-sponsors, but these legislators usually have a lot of different irons in the fire. They need encouragement to push their least popular bills, such as gun bills that attract negative press or pushback from more moderate centrist Republicans.
They have to exert a lot of time and energy to move those bills through subcommittee and committee hearings before they reach the main floor and can be voted into law. Phone calls, emails, and personal visits actually do a lot to move the needle. This is why Bloomberg and other groups pay people to sit in committee meetings wearing Mom's Demand Action shirts. It's very effective for changing the tone, and changes can happen fast.
The most effective thing is direct face-to-face interaction with your representative, followed by presenting supporting testimony at committee hearings, calling committee members to ask for their support ahead of time, and then sending emails. Personal emails work the best; copy-paste spam is easily ignored. Interestingly, calls to encourage reps are rare, and effective.
Currently, some great bills are winding their way through the process here in Tennessee, and each offers a lot of opportunity for everyone, but particularly Tennesseans, to be involved in pushing legislation along. We've been working on a few things here and there, but one of the best things you could do to help is come along with us to the TFA/GOA Lobby Day on March 16th.
Two years ago, we attended their Lobby Day in Nashville and had a firsthand look at how regular folks' involvement actually affects how their representatives vote. So, if you are in Tennessee, please consider attending, calling, or emailing in support of the following good bills that we at T.REX are pretty excited about. Some of them will be decided tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
If you aren't in Tennessee, get connected with your local state organizations, and maybe skim through the list of bills that we are working on here for some examples of things to keep an out for in other places.
Good Bills to Support
Wednesday 3/9 (TOMORROW)
HB 1735 / SB 2291
HB 2509 / SB 2628
Tuesday 3/15 (Next Week)
HB 2521 / SB 2521
HB 2554 / SB 2523
HB 2323/ SB 2638
HB 2777 / SB 2823
HB 2524 / SB 2866
Report from Tuesday 3/8 (Today)
HB 1898 / SB 2803
HB 2770 / SB 2698
Bad Bills to Oppose
We also have three particularly bad bills pending, which need to be opposed.
HB 2087 / SB 2170
HB 2620 / SB 2211
HB 2724 / SB 1970
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