Minnesota – -(Ammoland.com)- Thirteen months ago, the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee consisted of two people, a lot of support from leaders at the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, and a belief that mobilizing Minnesota's gun owners could make a difference on November 4th, 2014.
Over the past year, we've learned a lot. How to fundraise, how to build a mobilize a grassroots army, how to buy digital and radio ads, how to craft and send effective direct mail.
None of it was easy to learn, only some of it was fun, and much of it was an uphill struggle.
But there's one thing we always knew: Law-abiding Minnesota gun owners were tired of being kicked around by anti-gun politicians. We were motivated and ready to strike back.
Last night, your efforts paid off in a handful of key races where our PAC was able to make a huge difference:
- In House District 27A (Austin & Albert Lea), MNGOPAC endorsed challenger Peggy Bennett handily defeated anti-gun incumbent Shannon Savick 53% – 40%.
- Shannon Savick was a member of the House Public Safety Committee during the past two years where she never once lifted a finger to protect the constitutional rights of Minnesota's law-abiding gun owners.
- In House District 8B (Alexandria), MNGOPAC endorsed incumbent Mary Franson fended off a challenge from anti-gun candidate Jay Sieling easily in a lopsided 58% – 41% victory.
- Mr. Sieling claimed to be a gun rights defender while privately advocating for a revisited assault weapons ban, licensing of gun owners, and other radical gun control efforts.
We went deep into both of these races, with targeted direct mail, radio and digital advertising, and a very specifically aimed get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort.
Looking across the state, Minnesotans woke up this morning to a pro-Second Amendment majority in the Minnesota House – which is a vast improvement over where we've been over the past two years.
It was your support and direct actions that made this happen!
Together, we built an organization of 119,770 supporters, 536 donors, 242 volunteers – and put a pro-Second Amendment legislature in place in Minnesota.
We'll shortly be sharing plans for the upcoming session, the year ahead, and looking forward to the 2016 elections. In the meantime, you've told us what our priorities should be: Stand your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Fixing Reciprocity, Supressor legalization, a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment to the MN Constitution, and no new gun control.
Thanks again for all of your support and hard work this year! YOU DID IT!Yours in Liberty, Mark Okern, Chairman
Bryan Strawser, Executive Director
PS. Putting a pro-Second Amendment legislature in place in Minnesota isn't an easy or a cheap undertaking. I hope you'll continue to support our efforts by contributing $5, $10, $25, $50, $75, or $100 TODAY to help start off our efforts for the 2015 legislative session. You can contribute via our online, secure form in just a few clicks