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Thread: OC is the ultimate act of political activism in Washington

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    It is my opinion that that act of OCing is more effective in the fight for 2nd Amendment rights than the following:
    1. Writing letters to your congress person.
    2. Sending donations to political parties.
    3. Sending donations to 2nd Amendment organizations.
    4. Calling your congress person.
    5. Writing letters to the editor.

    Here's why I believe it is the most important activity in which you can participate:

    Every time you OC, you are saying "NO" to the propaganda war that is waged against gun owners. People who OC are like a small army of ants that destroy the anti-gun ownership mythology that is presented in the media. When you OC, you cleanse your pathway of negative propaganda. Million dollar campaigns of negative propaganda can be effectively nullified at NO COST, simply by the actions of a few people who OC. The reason OC is an effective political act is because most of the people around you own and like guns. When they see you OC, they are emboldened to "come out of the closet".

    However, I am not saying that you should not do items 1-5. When it comes to activism, do "all of the above".

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    A firearm is NOT a prop for political activism.

    It is a piece of emergency survival equipment.

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    Dave Workman wrote:
    A firearm is NOT a prop for political activism.

    It is a piece of emergency survival equipment.
    Correct, Dave, but when worn openly, it also sends a message that criminal activity is not welcome in your presence. A win/win situation, IMHO.
    When the **** hits the fan, ask yourself: What Would Bugly Do?

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    bugly wrote:
    Dave Workman wrote:
    A firearm is NOT a prop for political activism.

    It is a piece of emergency survival equipment.
    Correct, Dave, but when worn openly, it also sends a message that criminal activity is not welcome in your presence. A win/win situation, IMHO.
    Yoursentiment is well-intentioned. No offense intended -- when I want to send a message, I use a postcard. And when I want to make a political statement, I write a column, wave a flag or carry a sign.

    I have not known an O/C'er to harm anyone, anywhere. That's because they were minding their own business.

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    For anyone who states that guns are not props for political activism, I have a picture for you. This is Dianne Feinstein holding a scary looking EBR (evil black rifle). This picture was taken while she was agitating for an AWB.



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    44Brent wrote:
    For anyone who states that guns are not props for political activism, I have a picture for you. This is Dianne Feinstein holding a scary looking EBR (evil black rifle). This picture was taken while she was agitating for an AWB.


    Yep, and it became quickly obvious from this image that the woman is a bonehead.

    There is a lesson, a moral, in that.

    There is a monumental difference in being "Hi-Visibility shrill" and being reasoned, calm and prudent.

    People can usually tell the difference in a nano-second.





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    There was a 10 year AWB thanks to the efforts of Dianne Feinstein, as she was successful in imprinting an image in the minds of her "target" audience -- that audience not being people who own EBRs.

    Does the following picture contain props?



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    Why, yes, Brent, that picture DOES contain props. It's a website aiming at a specific audience, whereas Feinstein was prancing for a press conference.



    And you should note that this particular event was not responsible for passage of that 10-year ban on so-called "assault weapons."

    That was the handiwork of the current vice president, Chuck Schumer, a Democrat-controlled Congress and the strong-arming of Bill Clinton and Rahm Emanuel.

    Feinstein can certainly claim credit, but she had plenty of help that was far more capable.

    She wanted a permanent ban, and even some of her closest allies told her to pound sand.

    Now her close allies remember November 1994. And while she can take credit for the AWB, that's tantamont for taking credit for the issue that drove her party out of power for a dozen years.

    Wouldn't want that on my political resume, would you?

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    I wonder why these people are gathering together to pick up trash while OCing? Is it because they enjoy picking up trash? Or, could it be that they understand that OCing is a political activity?

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=55

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    Dave Workman wrote:
    A firearm is NOT a prop for political activism.

    It is a piece of emergency survival equipment.
    A prop? No.

    An essential element of political activism, when OCed? Yes.

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    44Brent wrote:
    I wonder why these people are gathering together to pick up trash while OCing? Is it because they enjoy picking up trash? Or, could it be that they understand that OCing is a political activity?

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=55
    Maybe they're just environmentally conscious.

    And good citizens.



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    Great topic with lots of good views on many different sides. In fact it is so great that opencarry.org has a whole forum devoted to it:

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum6/

    Might I suggest this thread, the title notwithstanding, is NOT Washington related and would be better off in the forum listed above.

    -adamsesq

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    Dave Workman wrote:
    44Brent wrote:
    I wonder why these people are gathering together to pick up trash while OCing? Is it because they enjoy picking up trash? Or, could it be that they understand that OCing is a political activity?

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...mp;forum_id=55
    Maybe they're just environmentally conscious.

    And good citizens.

    Could it be all 3? Speaking for myself, I say yes....I think it's a great way to get exposure, and is the main reason for it.....if we clean up the highway while getting that exposure, then that is a great perk.

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    Shamefully, I haven't been to an OC trash pickup. But I was at the Willow Lake Apt. get together and I can tell you it was NOT primarily to make political statement, though we managed to do so by our actions.

    The primary thrust of that particular get together was to lend support to the LACs living there and to send a message to the criminals, thugs and druggies in the neighborhood that they are not welcome.

    I'm told most of the BGs in the immediate vicinity moved to greener pastures.
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