Email Illustrates Need for Gun Owners to Check Out Solicitors

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Email Illustrates Need for Gun Owners to Check Out Solicitors

USA –-( A “Daily Sanity” email alert sent out this morning by warns gun owners “Concealed carry under attack in United States,” alerting them to the dangers of S. 176, a bill by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.,  that “strips away shall-issue provisions in every state.”

If this bill becomes law, the alert warns gun owners it will “Outlaw Vermont-style [permitless] carry…Establish a national minimum age of 21 for permits; Require that law enforcement be involved in the process (many states simply use NICS checks and county clerks);   Insist an applicant prove (to law enforcement satisfaction) that he or she has a “good cause” for requesting a carry permit…and,  Force applicants to get that same law enforcement officer to certify they are ‘worthy of the public trust to carry a concealed firearm in public.’”

“Insist Congress Stand Up for the Second Amendment,” the alert advises recipients, providing a link wherein they are encouraged to pay anywhere from $29.00 “to fax ALL 100 U.S. Senators” to $175.00, which is claimed has the “BIGGEST IMPACT—fax all 535 Senators and Congressmen, and help our nationwide MEDIA EFFORTS.”

The threat they are fighting certainly sounds ominous, and thwarting it certainly sounds like a worthy battle for gun owners to rally around and engage against.  So it’s curious that checking out S. 176 on the Library of Congress THOMAS federal legislation information resource shows Boxer introduced it in January of 2011, it was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, no further action has been taken since then, and, importantly, there are no cosponsors.

In other words, saying this kindly, there would appear to be other more pressing priorities at present.

So who are the folks behind and what are they about, if not identifying critical issues requiring the diversion of precious and limited financial resources and volunteer efforts?  Unfortunately, the “About Us” tab on their website does not tell us, although they do say “We are conservative” and they’ve posted a copy of the Bill of Rights.

The email alert and the fundraising page are claimed by Shuffling Madness Media of Parker, Colo., which appears to specialize in issues-oriented “fax blast” solicitations, including attaching themselves to the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” issue. A “Whois” domain registry search for Conservative Daily ties into Reap Global, Inc., a business consulting partnership, also of Parker, Colo.

Effective advocacy requires knowing who people soliciting funds from us are, including what they intend to do with the money they raise.  Further, activists need to assess whether or not the issues they are being asked to respond to are critical items requiring attention and resources to combat. And finally, they need to determine whether or not responding to spam and paying private interests to send fax blasts is as effective in terms of personal costs and efforts, and especially in terms of producing desired results, as simply making a phone call or writing a letter to the politicians who specifically represent them.

About David Codrea

David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at

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