So here is today's suggested New Year's resolution:
I will send at least one politician a copy of the gun rights questionnaire and then make his/her answers or lack of response known to my fellow gun-owning voters.
Naturally, I'd love to see you do more and work with a grassroots group to make a project out of it, but for now, why not try it just once? To help with that, I've prepared a sample solicitation that you can copy and paste into an email, a campaign website contact form, or a letter:
I see you're running for political office. I would like your unequivocal responses to some questions to help me determine where you stand on the right to keep and bear arms.
1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?
2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?
3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.
4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.
5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?
6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern, and will you use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right?
7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons? Why?
8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms?
9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?
10. If elected, will you back your words of support for firearms rights up with consistent actions? How?
Plenty of politicians give us general platitudes that tell us nothing. I am seeking specific answers to these questions. I intend to share your responses--or lack of response--with gun-owning voters.
After all, they work for us. Why would we hire anyone without interviewing them first to see if they're a good match for the job?