There’s a rally against I-594 set for Thursday, January 15 in Olympia. If you missed any of my incredibly incisive posts on this harebrained initiative, you can check them out at the links below. Meanwhile, here’s the scoop for Thursday. The event is being called the Rally for Your Rights. Details:
What: I-594 – Rally for Your Rights
When: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.
Visit your legislator: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Front Steps of the State Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington
- The Washington Firearms Leadership and Activism Group (WAFLAG)
- Protect Our Gun Rights Washington
- The Gun Rights Coalition
- The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms
- The Second Amendment Foundation
A kerfuffle seems to have arisen regarding appropriate attire for this little clam bake. Lemme save you some time: If you want to be taken seriously, dress appropriately. If you show up looking like something that just crawled out from under a rock or Rambo Reincarnated, don’t be surprised if you’re viewed accordingly. Tip #1: Thinsulate.
Tip #2: If you’re serious about this issue, don’t just show up at a rally and bail. The next step is to visit your legislator. (Calling ahead for an appointment is not mandatory, but is highly recommended.) Be prepared. Be professional. Be concise. You’ll likely have no more than 15 minutes. Be polite. Don’t act like an idiot or a kook, either on the phone, via email, or in person. No one likes being screamed at. These people have feelings, too.
Highly recommended: Bring a one page summary of your concerns regarding I-594 in clear, easy-to-read bullet points. (Do not haul in War and Peace, Part II. No one has time to read it.) State exactly what you want your legislator to do and why. Be clear. Be crisp. Consider bringing freshly baked cookies and a smile with your legislative talking points. Both will go a lot further than foaming-at-the-mouth rabidity or a condescending, confrontational approach.
Tip #3: Apple pie. No one forgets homemade pie.
Tip #4: Follow up your visit with a handwritten thank you note. Remind your legislator when you met him/her and why. Thank him or her for their time and interest. You’ve just made an indelible impression, and possibly opened the door to further constructive dialogue.