October 2012 - Pg 13-Vice President’s Message
VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Time to Vote
by Vincent Shuck
There’s just a month to go until Election Day – November 6. And while most of us on this side of the 2A debate may have already selected our Presidential candidate, there is more left to do and more campaign activity to observe.
Polls, to the extent we pay any attention to them, are showing the election is still close. This election will decide the direction Congress takes on gun control, who gets to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, how the economy will be managed, whose wealth will be redistributed and whether there will be more or less government in our lives. We need to be involved in the decision.
Of course, both parties have their pet talking points, but some hints are available about the party’s direction in the Republican and Democratic platforms. They are available for complete review if you want to wade through the lengthy documents, but the portions on the Second Amendment are telling. The Republican platform supports the Second Amendment and argues against further gun control. The Democratic platform feigns Second Amendment support but calls for more legislation and regulation. One YouTube video sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation explains this organization’s position on knowing where a candidate stands on gun control before you vote and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO4pQZJzTHo&feature=youtube
Aside from all the TV ads and the many campaign speeches, the major pending campaign activity is the debate schedule. The Presidential debates will be held on October 3, 16 and 22.
The Vice Presidential debate will be held on October 11. All of the debates will begin at 9:00 p.m., Eastern, and will be broadcast on the major TV networks and the cable news channels.
The Presidential election certainly attracts the most attention, but we have equally important local, state and Congressional elections to think about. Our votes will decide if state governments control their spending and what happens to the majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.
If you want to assist in some way with getting out the vote or assisting a local candidate, I encourage you to contact your local NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator. Call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Program at (800) 392-VOTE or go to the website www.nraila.org to find out how you can help local pro-gun candidates.
Finally, I hope you don’t sit home on Election Day and when you do vote, please avoid the temptation to “make a statement” by giving your vote to a third party candidate or to a write-in. Doing so will only help President Obama get re-elected. This is not the year to express your self this way. Join me in voting next month; let’s make a change.
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