Maryland ––(Ammoland.com)- Maryland's second annual 2A Tuesday is in the books, and given the weather and traffic issues of the morning, I would consider it a success.
How can I consider a small rally of 200 – 300 participants a success, when we have had many more in the past? It is quite simple really, given that the state had 3 – 4 counties close schools and another 2-3 had a two hour delay, icy roads, and traffic accidents that shut down entire roadways, 200 – 300 people still made it out to the rally.
Thank you to everyone that made it out to the event and made it a success. 200 – 300 people took the time to not only come to the rally and hear our keynote speaker, Ms. Emily Miller, but to hear the heads of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Mr. John Josselyn, The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, Ms. Andi Morony, and the NRA-ILA representative for Maryland, Ms. Shannon Alford speak as well.
We had the largest turnout of elected officials stand in the cold with us, each waiting their turn to speak to you, the members of the 2A community. After everyone listened to the speakers, 200- 300 people went to the offices of their elected officials to speak to them about issues that concern them with regards to the Second Amendment.
You see, this wasn’t just a rally, this was a lobby day, this was a chance for you to schedule an actual meeting with your elected officials and talk to them about the issues. And the benefits of doing this on 2A Tuesday are many. For those that have never had a conversation with their elected officials, it gives them the opportunity to do so with like minded individuals. It gives those that have experience with talking to their elected officials, a chance to pass that experience on . It also reminds our elected officials, that we are not going away and that the numbers from 2013 were not a flash in the pan.
As I said in my speech, this is a contact sport and it is a 365 day a year contact sport. Certainly we want you to make contact with your elected officials during the legislative session, but also during the rest of the year. When you see your representatives during the year, make contact with them, make sure they know who you are and that you are in their district.
For those that missed 2A Tuesday, we have two more opportunities in Annapolis. We fondly refer to these as “gun bill” days, and there is one for the House and one for the Senate. This year the “gun bill” days are Tuesday, March 10 2015 for the House, and Thursday, March 12 2015 for the Senate.
As we get closer, we will be putting out information on the bills in each hearing and where we stand.
As always, if you have any questions on the bills, how to lobby your elected officials, or just have a question in general related to our rights, please do not hesitate to ask. I hope to see as many of you as possible March 10 and 12 2015.
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