American Rifleman - October 2009 - (Page 107)

Voter registration ith each election, Americans go to the polls and make decisions that a ect—for better or worse—the future of freedom in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 72 percent (142 million) of the eligible voting age citizen population (197 million) were registered to vote in 2004. This means that more than 55 million people were eligible to vote, but unregistered—and therefore did not participate in the November 2004 elections. Far too many gun owners and hunters are among them. And every year, millions of teenagers turn 18, thus becoming eligible to register and vote. Many of them have spent their formative years learning hunting and shooting skills. Now, NRA-ILA has created a new a liate, the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on nonpartisan voter registration and citizen education. The NRA-FAF has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax-deductible. The Freedom Action Foundation, in turn, has launched a new campaign—Trigger the Vote. And to serve as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman, we brought on board one of America’s most persuasive action heroes—Chuck Norris. Visit to hear his message. This campaign has deployed a new approach to reach the younger generation, using new social media outlets. It will also use traditional methods of outreach including TV, radio and direct mail. And Trigger the Vote is mobile, going on the road to educate and register voters on a nonpartisan basis at gun shows, shooting ranges and anywhere else gun owners, hunters and shooters can be found. The campaign posts regular updates on the site, including short videos of volunteers explaining why they are putting their time and e ort into the campaign. You, too, can be part of the campaign. Visit the website, recommend it to friends—and use it to persuade any unregistered gun owners, hunters or shooters you may know to get on board by registering to vote. Then, click on the “Why Me, Why Now” tab to send us your testimonial, whether a short video, photo or even just an e-mail telling us what you did to sign up new voters. We’ll post the best submissions for all to share and to inspire other visitors to the site to do their part as well. Visit today—and Trigger the Vote in your community. To make a tax-deductible donation to support the campaign, visit the Freedom Action Foundation’s website at and click on “Contribute.” W Chuck Norris is the Honorary Chairman of Trigger the Vote. On the campaign’s website at, Norris warns, “There is a fear in our great nation—one that is not without basis. Americans coast to coast are buying guns and ammunition at a record pace, because they fear that their Right to Keep and Bear Arms is in danger and they are correct. But emptying the shelves at gun stores is not the answer. The answer is to Trigger the Vote.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009

American Rifleman - October 2009
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Welcome To NRACountry
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
Trigger The Vote
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - October 2009