You did it!
Your calls, emails, and attendance at the hearings told our legislators that we won’t stand for any more infringements — and they listened. Today, Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen announced that the House would not be hearing any gun control bills this session.
No “assault weapon” bans.
No magazine bans.
No universal registration.
As we told the Pioneer Press last night:
Andrew Rothman, vice president of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, said critics like to point to the National Rifle Association as the “500-pound-gorilla” because the organization can send in professional lobbyists.
But it’s local grass-roots groups like his — where the power is people, not money — that make an impact, he said.
“Day to day, week to week, year to year, it’s the locals making those one-to-one contacts with legislators and our volunteer lobbyists who spend time at the Capitol for 25 years that make that difference. You don’t have to like us or agree with us to trust us, but we have that track record,” Rothman said. “By far, we saw that in the hearings in February and March, when the gun rights supporters outnumbered the gun banners 10 or 20 to one. That wasn’t an accident. It was because our people care. And there are a lot of us. And those who are out to restrict rights of others are in a tiny, tiny minority.”
The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance has no paid staffers. Since 1989, the group has relied on volunteers and donations from Minnesota residents to get the word out, Rothman said. And their voices are being heard loud and clear.
Don’t sit back and relax quite yet! While gun control is dead this session in Minnesota, in Washington, D.C., it’s still on the table.
Call and email Senator Franken, Senator Klobuchar, and your Congressman or Congresswoman (see the end of this email for phone numbers and email links). Tell them that Minnesotans have shown how they feel about having their rights threatened. Tell them that as a constituent, you expect them to respect the Second Amendment.
Call or email Rep. Tony Cornish, Rep. Debra Hilstrom, and Sen. Julianne Ortman and thank them for their strong, principled leadership in defense of our rights this session. If your own reps served you well, let them know. If they didn’t, let them know that, too!
If you haven’t yet signed up for a GOCRA membership, we hope you will. The next fight is always just around the corner.
Thank you for being a part of our winning team!
Your GOCRA volunteer crew:
Alfred, Andrew, Bryan, David, Evan, Jason, Joe, Lonn, Mark, Pat, Paul, Rich and Rob