This is the second installment of Reload RI, our tips for how you can help prepare to protect the second amendment in Rhode Island before the next legislative session. Want to help? Run for office and fund pro-freedom politicians.
On the short list of people we recommend you support are Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-Foster, Glocester, Coventry), Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Exeter, NK), Rep. Steve Casey (D-Woonsocket), Rep. Dennis Canario (D-Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) and candidate for RI House of Representatives in Johnston Ed Doyle (D). Of course there are others, but these are five that have stood out to us in their support for our rights.
Better yet, run for office. We need more than five people in the State House to fight for our rights. If you have the means and the time, running for office is one of the best ways you can help. Even if you lose you will bring much needed attention to the fight for our rights and force your opponent into taking a stance on the second amendment.
But politics starts locally. Defend it in your town first. Exeter is the perfect example of how a little town can affect the entire state’s direction on gun related legislation. Start a local awareness group on Facebook. A great example of such is the East Greenwich Firearms Owners Alliance. A small group of people sharing information on what the town is doing can have a big impact if they’re organized. This type of preplanned organization will help you find friends in your area to carpool to hearings and protests with and to campaign for pro-freedom candidates in your town and districts. These are very effective and you’ll make friends and shooting buddies. (If you do start a page for your town, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and we’ll promote it on our Facebook page so your neighbors will find it).
Part III coming next week.
See Part I, Reload RI by clicking here.