Productive Weekend

I spent the last two afternoons working the VCDL table at the Southeastern Guns and Knives Gun Show held at the Hampton Coliseum.

I have to say that this was the busiest gun show I’ve ever seen in Hampton.
I have a feeling that the prospects of a Democrat dominated federal government have increased the interest in buying firearms, magazines and such that may not be available in the near future. I imagine that had a lot to do with the large turnout.

We got a lot of interest, had many, many people stop to speak with us, handed out hundreds of pamphlets, accepted plenty of donations to VCDL and to VCDL-PAC, sold a few T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and such, signed lots of people up to our e-mail list and even signed up several new members.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who linked here and helped increase awareness of John Moses Browning day events last week in Richmond. Most people I mentioned it to had heard about it, and some mentioned it first. We got many, many positive statements from people who had heard about it and had become aware of VCDL through the coverage.

If you are a Virginian and want to help, click any of the links above to get involved with VCDL in any way you can. (we’ll accept donations and support from non-Virginians as well).

Please join. It’s only $25 per year, VCDL does NOT bombard you with solicitations for additional donations like some gun rights groups do, and we are CMP affiliated which is one of the requirements for purchasing a rifle from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Don’t think that being a member of the NRA is enough. Although I am a life member of he NRA and support their mission, their emphasis is on the national stage. VCDL is the most effective and active player in Virginia gun rights. We are the “point man” in Virginia and the more members we have, the more voters we represent, the more effective we can be in Richmond in support of YOUR gun rights as well as our own.

I would also urge any readers in other states, if you aren’t a member of your state level gun rights groups: join. Find out about the groups in your area, find out what they’ve done and what they’re doing, get involved. Do as much as you can. I don’t have the time or money to do as much as I’d like, but I write letters and e-mails, I call legislators, I work the gun shows when I have the opportunity and I make the big events when I can. When we all do a little bit, it amounts to a lot of good work getting done.

I’ve heard many people over the years say “I wish we had a group like VCDL in OUR state.” The chances are, you do. The only difference is that you aren’t involved in it and aren’t aware of the work that they’re doing. If you really want to do something for gun rights in your state, get involved at whatever level you can.

“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


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