posted on Jan, 27 2020 @ 06:04 PM
I have made a few off comments that I have been doing some extracurricular activity and that I would write up a thread about it. Mudpit because of the
main subject matter gets under some people’s skin and they are going to howl about it.
The ongoing actions in Virginia were a wake up call for many across the country. Seventeen states have passed some variation of a Red Flag Law with
twenty one more states with pending legislation working its way through the process. Even the NRA passively supports Red Flag Laws on the surface.
Virginia went way, way too far with companion bills including a redefinition of “Assault Weapon” to any semi-automatic that holds more than ten
rounds in a detachable magazine.
On December 22, 2019, I was invited to join a private group on Facebook called Ohio Stands United. At the time of my joining there were less than one
hundred members. There are 54,649 members at the the time of this writing and that number continues to rise.
This group was formed specific to Ohio with the standing goal of initiating Second Amendment Sanctuaries in as many of Ohio’s 88 counties as
possible. Currently six of the 88 (Clermont, Lawrence, Jackson, Meigs, Pike and Scioto) counties have passed their resolutions. Another forty have had
local meetings and are at various stages of progress towards passage. Now it is important to note that a resolution is nothing but a simple
declaration and only takes a vote of two of the three County Commissioners in the county to adopt it.
But enough with the group itself and its mission. That is not the point of the thread. The point is that we have organized over 54,000 people in just
over a month. Rather than just being another lobbying group like Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohio Gun Owners Association and the National Rifle
Association (all of whom are either supporting some of the bills or are not actively participating) we are a true grassroots group with no membership
dues nor operating budget. And one of the above groups has appealed to a county that passed the resolution to rescind it.
With Ohio’s laws our little nobody group is capable of introducing legislation or amendments to the Ohio Constitution directly to the voters to
decide, bypassing the State government process entirely. By simply gathering signatures, a minimum of our own plus four more each. It is within the
realm of possibilities of just our own within the next six months at this pace. Already politicians running against incumbents are asking for casual
endorsements and promoting their platforms to solicit votes.
A mere 37 days has yielded all this. No budget. No fees. Just people getting off their chairs and communicating. The way things are supposed to
happen in the American system of government. Just like the early conversations in churches and taverns that formed this country. Imagine that.