GUNS & PATRIOTS — “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
A group of Longmeadow, MA residents rallied citizens to successfully defeat three proposals for increased gun control aimed at adding restrictions on both gun owners and businesses.
While all three measures were rejected by a majority vote, Henry Lanouette, Communications Director for Longmeadow Citizens for Liberty, says citizens across America can have the same effect in their community.
Lanouette and Walt Lamon founded the group which grew to a committee of about 31 and now has a membership of about 125. The group worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the vote, talking to local media, reaching out to friends and neighbors, putting up yard signs, even handing out informational pamphlets before Tuesday’s town hall and vote.
“We had out-of-town 2nd Amendment supporters who couldn’t vote but wanted to help, so they came to the town hall to hand out pamphlets,” said Lanouette. “They even showed up the week before to stand with us on the road sides to hold VOTE NO signs or an American flag. Of course, this got us branded as ‘stealthy’ because our signs said ‘VOTE NO’ and listed the three article numbers, not the 3 or 4 paragraphs of proposed regulation.”
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