Some great information from USSC on Utah's caucus meetings this Tuesday evening. Be sure to show up, take some neighbors who will support you over the anti-gun special interests, and encourage family and friends in other precincts to do likewise.

Charles


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> Utah Shooting Sports Council URGENT ACTION ALERT 3/23/08
> Immediate action required- GUN RIGHTS THREATENED!
> PLEASE FORWARD THIS ALERT TO EVERYONE INTERESTED IN UTAH FIREARMS
ISSUES.
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> --- WILL YOU SHOW UP TUESDAY NIGHT TO DEFEND GUN RIGHTS?
> --- WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW A CAUCUS WORKS
> --- HOW TO ELECT PRO-GUN DELEGATES TUESDAY
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> WILL YOU SHOW UP TUESDAY NIGHT TO DEFEND GUN RIGHTS?
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> If you don't bother to show up Tuesday, then you cannot complain
if anti-gunners seize control in the Legislature and start placing
restrictions on legal self-defense weapons, increase fees for
background checks, limit gun purchases to one a month, ban certain
types of guns, demand your guns be locked up in 'safe storage', or
impose de facto registration schemes, or impose unworkable 'gun
fingerprinting' or ammunition micro-stamping restrictions. All these
things are taking place in states where anti-gun legislators have
been elected. We must not let that happen here!
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> Time is running out for people to take a few basic steps to
prepare for Tuesday night's caucus meetings. Unless a sufficient
number of gun rights supporters show up at caucus meetings it is
likely that many of our pro-gun friends in the Legislature will NOT
be on the ballot in November, and you will be left to pick between
two anti-gun choices.
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> Some of the excellent gun rights legislators being targeted
include: Sen. Mike Waddoups (Taylorsville and West Jordan north of
7800 South), Sen. Mark Madsen (Springville, Spanish Fork, Santaquin,
Cedar Fort); Rep. Curt Oda (Clearfield); Rep. Stephen Sandstrom
(Orem) and Rep. Glenn Donnelson (North Ogden). There are others, but
these are among the best who have earned the support of all gun
owners in their districts. They supported us on tough votes, and it
is time for us to support them!
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> The Deseret Morning News had two stories about the caucuses which
emphasize the expected participation by various special interest
groups in the caucus process.
> One describes the interest among those supporting ILLEGAL
immigration http://www.deseretnews.com/article/
1,5143,695263785,00.html They will be targeting pro-gun legislators
who usually support enforcing immigration laws.
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> Another headlined 'Delegates are ones in control of Utah Political
Process' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1...263713,00.html
reads in part:
> 'If someone complains to you about Utah politics this weekend, ask
them where they'll be Tuesday night.
> One of the best-kept secrets in the state is that it is controlled
by the few people who show up to small neighborhood meetings.
> The very best-kept secret is that anyone can attend and wield
astonishing political power. Yes, even you. And even that wacky
Marxist-Leninist holdover living down the street.
> What happens if he shows up and you don't?
> Well, he'll have the chance to help dramatically alter the local
and state political landscape.'
> Now, go read the rest of this excellent piece http://
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1...263713,00.html
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> WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW A CAUCUS WORKS
> An excellent 4 minute 38 second YouTube video shows exactly how a
precinct caucus works, so you will be ready to participate, and pick
a delegate who will support your gun rights. The video was done by
Parents for Choice in Education, and mentions some of their concerns.
USSC takes no position on education issues, but many of the pro-gun
legislators are being targeted by the UEA Teachers' Union because of
their votes on school vouchers. You may find it easiest to elect pro-
gun delegates who also oppose the teachers' union. PLEASE WATCH THIS
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaIXzZdeJtE and have everyone
who will attend the caucus with you watch the video as well.
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> HOW TO ELECT PRO GUN DELEGATES TUESDAY:
> Let's review the steps you need to take--
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> STEP 1- Decide which party caucus you'll be attending. Decide
where your delegate vote would count the most - the Republican or
Democratic Conventions. Probably that will be the party to which your
current legislator belongs. Find the location of your precinct
caucus, and the area it includes. Go to your political party's
website--Republicans: http://www.utgop.org, Democrats: http://
www.utdemocrats.org. The time is 7:00 PM Tuesday March 25th for most.
Call the person hosting the caucus to verify the time. The County
Clerk's office can help too.
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> STEP 2- Make a list of your neighbors within your precinct
boundaries whom you think will support you at the party caucus. Add
their phone numbers and addresses to the list. Find out if other
people will be attending who might work with you to support gun
rights candidates for office.
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> STEP 3- Visit people on the list, ask for their support, and if
they agree to help you, indicate this on your list. Then tell your
supporters, when and where your local party caucus will be held.
Caucus size depends on the size of the precinct, so bring as many of
your friends as possible. You, your spouse and 2 or 3 neighbors may
be enough to get you elected as a delegate! Again, advanced
coordination with potential allies will result in a win for both,
while running competing candidates will almost certainly let the anti-
gun forces win.
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> STEP 4- Arrange in advance for one supporter to nominate you for
delegate position, and another to second your nomination. Arrange for
a friend attending with you to be ready to make calls during the
party caucus to round up more supporters if you don't have enough votes.
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> STEP 5- Call all your 'team' about an hour before the party caucus
and remind them of the meeting. 'The world is run by those who show up!'
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> STEP 6- Get your family and pro-gun friends and neighbors to these
meetings and have them elect you (or another candidate agreed on in
advance) as a delegate to the county and state party conventions.
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> STEP 7- Count your supporters who are present. If you need even
more supporters, get your caller busy contacting anyone who did not
show up and urge them to come. NOTE- Party rules generally require
that balloting shall continue for at least one hour after the time
the meeting opens for business. You have a right to insist that the
rule be observed to the letter.
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> STEP 8- Some persons at the meeting may argue that people who have
served in party offices in the past should be named to the delegate
position(s). Remember that any person legally qualified at the
meeting has the right to run for the delegate position, and don't let
remarks cause you to bow out of a delegate race, unless it is to
unify support behind someone else who will support gun rights.
Remember, the COUNTY Delegate positions are the most important ones,
so try to win those positions, even if you have to compromise on the
STATE Delegate jobs. Note that some precincts may elect more than one
delegate. If your district is one of these, urge other friends to run.
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> STEP 9- Make sure that if more than one of your group is nominated
for the same position that they decline. Otherwise, splitting the
vote might permit a person from outside your group to win the election.
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> STEP 10- After the caucus meeting is over, PLEASE CONTACT USSC AND
LET US KNOW HOW IT went IN YOUR PRECINCT! Let us know the party,
precinct number, and if the delegates will be for pro-gun candidates,
or not. Email this info to: volunteer@utahshootingsports.com
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