Grass Roots Gun Rights Activist Demand Answers from Presidential Candidates
Colorado -–(Ammoland.com)- On Saturday, at the Iowa Straw Poll, National Association for Gun Rights members and supporters made themselves heard, advancing two pro-gun candidates and toppling a third anti-gunner.
The winners of the straw poll are solid, pro-gun candidates — but more on that in a moment.
Tim Pawlenty, an early national favorite to win the Iowa Straw Poll, finished a lack-luster — and very distant -- third place in the poll and was forced to drop out of the Presidential race on Sunday under pressure from gun owners.
You see, Pawlenty refused to tell gun owners where he stood on important firearms issues.
Refusing to return a survey is often an indication that a candidate is hiding something — often anti-gun beliefs.
The National Association for Gun Rights, and our local partner Iowa Gun Owners, mobilized tens of thousands of gun rights activists across Iowa with phone calls and e-mails urging Pawlenty to return the National Association for Gun Rights survey.
Insiders on the campaign tell us his Iowa campaign office was flooded with phone calls and emails from gun owners demanding Governor Pawlenty make a stand, and return the survey.
National Association for Gun Rights staff and activists even confronted Governor Pawlenty and his campaign staff at the Iowa State Fair, where he continued to rebuff gun owners.
Instead of listening to grassroots gun owners in Iowa, Governor Pawlenty chose to listen to his Washington, D.C. consultants and ignore grassroots gun owners in Iowa, a mistake which cost him at the Straw Poll, and eventually lead to his exit from the race.
Due to the activism of National Association for Gun Rights and Iowa Gun Owners members like you, we were able to educate straw poll voters about the records of ALL the Presidential candidates.
I’m happy to say that Michele Bachmann – who won the Straw Poll — and Ron Paul – who finished in a close second place — both returned their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun.
In addition to answering the National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Candidate survey 100%, both Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have pro-gun voting records in Congress (though Bachmann’s is marred by her vote for the mis-named Patriot Act a few months ago).
A solid majority of 56% of the voters voted for a pro-gun candidate. The Iowa Straw Poll was a decisive victory for gun owners and the open survey program of your National Association for Gun Rights.
While political insiders like Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain refuse to return the Presidential Survey, Iowa voters made it clear they demand a pro-gun presidential candidate.
However, a new candidate, Governor Rick Perry of Texas, has entered the race, and we just don’t know where he stands on the Second Amendment.
I’ve sent Governor Perry a survey, and asked him to return it no later than September 15, 2011.
Send Rick Perry a message. Ask him to promptly return the National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Candidate Survey.
Governor Perry needs to hear from gun owners today!
Thank you for picking up the phone and letting the candidates know that gun owners demand to know where they stand on the issues facing our right to keep and bear arms.
The National Association for Gun Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right-to-keep-and-bear-arms through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to anti-gun legislation. The National Association for Gun Rights’ mailing address is P.O 7002, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. They can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-405-4570. Its web address is www.NationalGunRights.org