American Rifleman - May 2010 - (Page 14)

OFFICIAL JOURNAL SPECIAL REPORT president’s column By Ronald L. Schmeits, President Help Us Mobilize An Election Day Army Of Freedom-First Voters! ay Day, a holiday traditionally observed on or around May 1 of each year, is now associated with various socialist, communist and freedom-destroying political movements around the world. Mayday, from a French expression meaning “come help me,” is a code word used internationally as a distress signal. And today, with the month of May upon us, with America’s economy, her freedoms and her founding principles facing greater disruption and distress than in several generations—and with Election Day six months away—I’m issuing this urgent warning and call to arms for every freedom-loving American: Join me in preparing for the crucial 2010 elections now. I believe that right now, more than M estimated 20 to 30 million American gun owners and hunters are not registered to vote! I need your help to nd them, reach out to them, warn them about the dangers our rearm freedoms—and all our freedoms—now face, and recruit them into freedom’s army by getting them registered to vote. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, or if you know of any fellow gun owners, hunters or freedom-loving citizens who haven’t registered to vote, I urge you to help ensure every American gun owner’s voice is heard and heeded on Election Day by taking action now. If you wait until the 11th hour, it could be too late. More than half of the states in the U.S. require you to be registered to vote at least four weeks before I urge you to help ensure every American gun owner’s voice is heard and heeded on Election Day by taking action now. ever before in our lives, our freedoms depend and demand that “we the people” defend them by standing up and being counted on Election Day. That’s why I’m calling on you—as one who shares my love for the freedoms that make America unique in the history of the world—to help me identify, contact, muster and mobilize an Election Day army of registered, red-hot, freedom- rst voters. Here’s the challenge we now face. Right now, there are an estimated 80 million gun owners in the U.S. Polls consistently show that 23 to 28 million Americans consider themselves to be members of, or affiliated with, the NRA—whether or not their membership dues are up to date. Yet as hard as it may be to believe, an Election Day. In many others, the lead time is two weeks or more. So spread the word, and start today. Please also consider making a taxdeductible contribution to the NRA Freedom Action Foundation to help us in this e ort. Through mailings, TV, radio and Internet initiatives, the Freedom Action Foundation educates Americans everywhere on the importance of their Second Amendment rights and the urgent need to protect them by exercising their right to vote. Visit for more information. I’ve been politically active for most of my adult life. From 1976 to 1980, I served as mayor of Jordan, Minn. In New Mexico, I served on the Governor’s Business Advisory Committee under four administrations, both Republican and Democrat; and in 2003 I worked closely with our governor and legislature to win passage of New Mexico’s Right-to-Carry law. If there’s one thing I learned from those experiences, it’s that the only way to make our elected leaders do what we want is to prove to them—over and over again—that it is “we the people” who call the shots, not them. They need to hear and heed their constituents—not their political cronies and party bosses. When they say one thing on the campaign trail, but then do just the opposite after they’re elected, they need to explain exactly why in clear and simple language. When they take an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, they should not abuse their power to undermine or overrule the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. That’s not what this country is about. Our country was founded by people who ed England to escape the very kind of elitist arrogance and over-reaching authority we see today among too many of our lawmakers. Since then, generations of immigrants— from Europe, Asia, South America and around the world—have come to this country precisely because the freedoms we enjoy as Americans are unique and unprecedented in the history of civilization. Yet too many of our leaders want to throw those freedoms away—and to do so, they lie to the American people. The only way we can stop them is by deploying an army of freedom- rst voters on Election Day. So let’s start recruiting and rallying that army right now. For news about legislation and your NRA, visit:, and 14 M AY 2010 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - May 2010

American Rifleman - May 2010
Editor’s Letter
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
One On One With Ted Nugent
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
American Marksman: A First-Timer’s Guide To 3-Gunning
Bushmaster ACR: A Transformative Firearm
Coming To America: Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation
The 2010 Golden Bullseye Awards
Magnum Maximization: Ruger’s Extra-Capacity .327 Revolvers
NRA LED: A Half Century Of Service
Annual Meetings
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - May 2010