Great Use Of Technology To Advance Gun Rights

I just saw something that I wish every state’s gun rights organization would adopt. It is a voter app customized to where the voter lives and has the ratings of the candidates on gun rights and Second Amendment issues.

The Buckeye Firearms Association is on the cutting edge of the fight for our rights. This app is only part of it. The other is their F.A.S.T.E.R. program which teaches armed defense to school personnel in those districts that will allow it. My colleague Rob Morse went through the F.A.S.T.E.R. program so he could observe what they do. Here is his report on it. In addition, BFA has provided trauma kits to schools around the state of Ohio.

More info on their app:

Now Ohio voters can create a voter guide customized for the ballot in their district with the new mobile app will allow Ohio’s gun owners to quickly see which candidates support Second Amendment rights.

The app reveals grades and endorsements from both Buckeye Firearms Association PAC and the NRA Political Victory Fund on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

This easy-to-use application eliminates the need for voters to know their exact voting district or be forced to choose the correct district from a list of several hundred races which are on the ballot across Ohio.

“Our organization represents the interests of more than 4 million gun owners in Ohio,” said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. “And these gun owners are highly protective of their Second Amendment rights.

“So we created this app to give them the power to see exactly which candidates in their voting district best understand their concerns and have demonstrated support for gun ownership, hunting, sport shooting, and related activities.”

In addition to showing statewide candidates and candidates running for the Ohio House and Senate, the app also shows select local candidates who may be running for Judge, Sheriff, Commissioner, and other positions. Note: not ALL candidate have been graded, only those in key or contested races.

The application is simple to use:

•Visit on your phone, tablet, or desktop.
•Enter your LAST NAME, STREET NAME, and ZIP CODE. (If you live at 123 Main St., enter just MAIN. If you live at 2500 N. St Rt. 741, enter just 741.)
•Select your COUNTY from the list of Ohio counties.
•Press “Lookup Voter Record” and select your name to see the candidates on your ballot.

The app uses the Ohio Secretary of State voter records to find the exact voting district for you. So the results you see are just the candidates who will appear on your ballot for this election.

“It’s no secret that gun owners are a serious voting block,” said Rieck. “They are politically active and have high expectations of their elected officials. They do their research and they vote. Gun owners can easily turn an election when they feel their rights are at stake.”

Interested voters can also download a printable Voter Guide listing all the grades and endorsements of Buckeye Firearms Association PAC in the BFA Election Center.

Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots organization dedicated to defending and advancing the right of citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation.

H/T Outdoor Wire

“Remember, This Isn’t A Toy”

The NRA has a great new video out promoting their Trigger The Vote campaign. As you can see below, it involves a father sitting down with his son and explaining that what is contained in the locked pistol case isn’t a toy.

The father is absolutely right. Our right to vote isn’t a toy but too many voters treat it as such. Otherwise, why would we have politicians like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi still in office.

I registered to vote on my 18th birthday and I have voted in every primary and election since. When I registered to vote, I had to go down to the Board of Elections office in the Guilford County Courthouse. I didn’t have someone from ACORN register me at a shopping mall or get registered when I renewed my driver’s license. Frankly, I think we make it too damn easy to register to vote and we are paying the consequences with the number of low-information voters polluting the system.

That said, if anti-gun Democratic politicians want to make it easy to register to vote, I say we should use it to our advantage. If you have a friend, family member, or 18 year old (and up) child, you need to make sure that they are registered to vote if you want to keep your gun rights. Our enemies are not sitting still and we can’t afford to either.

If you believe in the right to self-defense, gun rights, and/or a gun owner and you aren’t registered to vote, what the hell is your problem? You are putting the burden for preserving your rights on those of us who are registered and who vote. While there are a lot of us, it often just isn’t enough. So get your act together and go register to vote. And when the time comes, vote.

The Polls Are Open – Go VOTE

The polls have already opened in both the Eastern and Central time zones by now. If you did not vote by either absentee ballot or early voting, then go vote!

One comment I heard on voting the other day struck me as needing a response. The person said they only voted in Presidential elections as they were the important elections. All elections are important and all elected people will have some impact on your life. In my county we elect some mostly administrative positions including the Register of Deeds and the Tax Collector. How those people administer their office will have as much impact on you as many decisions made in Congress or the state house or the White House.

I am passionate about voting. I registered to vote back in the days before we had the Motor Voter laws or the people from ACORN going door to door registering people to vote even if their name was Mickey Mouse.

On my 18th birthday, I marched myself down to the Guilford County Courthouse and registered to vote. I haven’t missed an election, primary, or even a run-off primary in the 35 years since then. I don’t expect everybody to be as passionate about it. But this is a general election and it has the potential to be one of the most significant in my lifetime.

We can’t take our country back nor assure our civil rights unless we vote. I can’t stress that enough. The work that Alan Gura and the Second Amendment Foundation are doing in the courts is mightily important. However, I think they would agree that their job would be easier and our rights more secure if we had sympathetic legislators passing good laws and that won’t come unless you and I vote. I did my part two weeks ago in North Carolina’s early voting so now it is up to you.