No In-Person GRPC But You Can Still Suport The Second Amendment Foundation

As I posted last week, the Gun Rights Policy Conference is going virtual. With the restrictions due to the pandemic, it is was just impossible to hold the conference like normal. Alan Gottlieb said on the Polite Society Podcast that the hotel would have had to limit attendance in the ballroom to 125. Given that last year in Phoenix on Saturday they had more than 1,000 attendees, this just was not workable. When you add in congregating in the hallways during breaks in the session, it would have been a nightmare.

If you are on any of the email lists for the gun prohibitionist organizations like Brady United or the Cult of Personality Known as Giffords, you know that you get requests for donations on an almost daily basis. They are almost as bad as the politicians and that is saying something. People will often complain about the NRA but their pleas for money are not nearly as frequent as any of the anti-gun folks.

So why am I bringing this up?

A friend who I have met at multiple Gun Rights Policy Conferences sent me a suggestion on Sunday. Brent said that wouldn’t it be cool if people donated some of the money saved not traveling to Orlando to the Second Amendment Foundation.

What a great idea!

Say you were driving from Atlanta to Orlando. That is about 450 miles one-way or at least two tanks of gasoline. Let’s say you have a 15 gallon tank and gas is $2 a gallon. That’s $30 each way plus two nights in a hotel. I would conservatively estimate you would have had to spend $300 not including food. While donating $300 to SAF would be fantastic as would even half of that, I think a donation of the equivalent of a tankful of gas at $30 would certainly be helpful in their fight to win back gun rights one lawsuit at a time.

The Gun Rights Policy Conference is a money-spender and not a money-maker for SAF. It costs them a bunch to put the event on. Attendance is free, the box lunches are free, the coffee and treats during the breaks are free, the receptions are free, and the pile of books you get are free. Even with sponsors it still costs a lot of their own money to put on. And it will still cost money to do it virtually.

So if you were planning to attend GRPC – or even if you were not – think about making a donation to help the fight go on. Your future gun rights may depend on it.

SAF’s donation page is here. Please donate generously!

Gun Rights Policy Conference Goes Virtual

The ‘Rona has struck again. The 2020 Gun Rights Policy Conference scheduled for September 18-20 in Orlando, Florida is going virtual. I got notified about it this afternoon.

I was scheduled to speak in Orlando so will be doing it virtually. Fortunately, I’ve been working virtually since March including doing live WebEx presentations. Thus, I have a bit of experience with it.

The Second Amendment Foundation sent out the following notice.

BELLEVUE, WA – For the first time in its 35-year-history, the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms will be a virtual online event, due to the current COVID-19 situation.

“We will definitely miss the face-to-face personal contact with so many friends and activists,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb acknowledged. “By switching to an online virtual event for the 2020 conference, we will reach a far broader audience. Between the actual event, and future visits, we hope to reach at least 300,000 gun owners and rights activists, which will be important in this critical election year.

“Having to go virtual for this year’s event may be a blessing in disguise,” he stated.

Since the first GRPC was held in Seattle in 1986, the event has evolved from 20 speakers and 70 attendees to more than 90 speakers and 1,100 attendees in 2019. The GRPC has become a “must attend” event for gun rights advocates and grassroots activists across the country. This year we anticipate having nearly 100 gun rights speakers.

“This year’s theme remains the same,” Gottlieb said. “We’re calling this year’s event ‘Elect Freedom,’ and we will provide updates on confirmed speakers and the multi-media platforms where activists can join us Sept. 19 and 20.

“GRPC is older than two of my children,” said SAF Director of Operations Julianne Versnel. “I will miss seeing everyone and moderating the event. However, just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it won’t stay on schedule.”

“We are living in extraordinary times,” Gottlieb observed. “This decision was made after carefully analyzing and considering all of the circumstances. Given the current COVID-19 environment and constraints on travel, as well as the inability of our reserved hotel to accommodate us, we will make this year’s ‘virtual’ GRPC the important and memorable event of 2020. Together we will all make the Second Amendment great again.”

It is also my understanding from Paul Lathrop that AMM-Con media conference will also be held virtually. I have participated in all three AMM-Cons and highly recommend them to all bloggers, podcaster, YouTubers, and anyone using new media to get the 2A message out.