NRA Activists Prepare for Today and 2012 in Pittsburgh

NRA Activists Prepare for Today and 2012 in Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh, PA –-( Pro-gun patriots rolled up their sleeves and went to work on April 29 th at NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Workshop, held in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Though most attendees were home state Pennsylvanians, NRA members were present from states across the country. Diversity in geography notwithstanding, all were united in a single mission– learning what they could do to affect legislative change this year and prepare for the 2012 elections!

As they do every year, many of NRA’s officers stopped by the workshop to pay tribute to the attendees who serve as the tip of our grassroots arrow.

Former NRA President Ron Schmeits, NRA President David Keene, NRA First Vice President Jim Porter, and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre each came to the podium and gave credit for NRA’s successes to those to whom it rightly belongs–our members and grassroots activists.

Each stressed the need for attendees to re-double their efforts not just this year, but in preparation for the all-important 2012 elections. Also in attendance were a number of NRA-ILA’s Election Volunteer Coordinators who once again are prepared to lead the charge in recruiting and organizing pro-gun volunteers.

Grassroots staff provided attendees with an overview of the threats and opportunities we currently face in Congress, along with Grassroots programs and strategies on how to increase and enhance their legislative and political activism. The presentation contained a mix of “old school,” boots-on-the ground, tried and true practices, coupled with a heavy dose of utilizing new social technologies to enhance our effectiveness.

Topics covered included: NRA-ILA Grassroots programs; federal legislation; voter registration; letters to the editor; effective communication with lawmakers; phone banks; yard signs; Facebook; YouTube; and more.

As expected, NRA’s Annual Meetings were an energizing whirlwind of activities that showed, without a shadow of a doubt, the dedication of NRA members and gun owners across this great nation.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit: