A commenter to my last post about the City Council Meeting said that he’s mentioned the Virginia Citizens Defense League to Virginia shooters at the National Matches and had gotten little reaction.
To be honest, it doesn’t really surprise me. Let me tell you, it’s not for lack of trying. We have booths set up at virtually every gun show in the state trying to drum up new members. The VCDL e-mail alerts go out like clockwork. We take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to get press and get the word out.
It all goes back to the lack of commitment of the majority of gun owners frequently lamented by David at The War on Guns.
Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of any given cross-section of society is actually willing to put any effort into anything “extra-curricular”. As effective and active as the VCDL is we “only” have about 3,000 members. In a state with about 6 million adults, that has issued (if I remember correctly) somewhere around 140,000 Concealed handgun permits, that’s pretty pathetic.
And we’re one of the more successful state organizations. If we can do what we have with the numbers we have available, just think what we could do with 10,000…40,000…100,000…a million members. It boggles the mind.
But getting more than a minute fraction of the gun owners in any given area distracted enough from their everyday run of the mill problems (and latest episode of American Idol) to take the time to get involved…or even pay the least attention to what’s going on…is, um, challenging.
But that’s OK. We continue to do what we can…because…well…that’s all we can do. And, in the meantime, the next time you’re at a gun show and see our banner, don’t avoid us. We don’t bite. And we work hard every day to help maintain and expand on our hard-earned rights in Virginia. Come join us. You can even do it online. The more members we have, the more voters we represent, the more effective we can be in representing all Virginia gun owners in Richmond and in the various city governments throughout the state. At least sign up for the E-mail alerts and stay informed. Even if you don’t have the time and wherewithal to be a full-fledged activist, you can send an e-mail or make a phone call to our legislators once in a while. If everyone did a little something every once in a while, the impact would be tremendous.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
— Edward Everett Hale