50 Million Round March
Father's Day Event Planned -- "50 MILLION ROUND MARCH"
Emmett, Idaho, May 19, 2000 -- A nation-wide "50 Million Round March" is being planned for Father's Day, June 18, 2000 in support of 2nd amendment rights and to counter the "Million Mom March" which was held on Mother's Day.
This event will demonstrate to elected officials the resolve and the numbers of those individuals committed to retaining their second amendment rights, and send a message to cease enacting laws which infringe on this right for law abiding citizens.
Fathers and their families, friends and neighbors will get together at shooting ranges all over the nation and simultaneously fire over 50 million shots, or "rounds", as a statement in support of the right to keep and bear arms for all law abiding citizens. "Range monitors" will be in place at each event to insure that proper firearm safety is observed.
This effort will also include a letter-writing campaign to congressional representatives, senators, governors and the President informing them of the participants' attendance and their insistence that infringements on this constitutional right cease. As a memento of the event, the participants may include one of their used targets with their letters.
One of the organizers of this event, Jeff Head from Emmett, Idaho, related the following reasons he got involved with such a grassroots event:
The efforts to infringe upon our 2nd amendment rights to self defense have been escalating in the recent months. A veritable chorus from political pundits and the main stream media are trying to convince us that it would be "best for the children" to further restrict firearm use and sales by honest, law-abiding citizens.
The effort, which officially started on Tuesday, May 16th, had already garnered the support of a number of conservative web sites, gun shops, firing ranges, and conservative media outlets.
For more information, please visit www.50mrmarch.com.
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Campaign of 2nd Amendment Events Announced -- "50 MILLION ROUND MARCH"
DATE (Boise, Idaho ) -- May 23, 10 PM -- A campaign of annual events in support of the 2nd amendment has been planned by the "50 Million Round March" beginning this Father's Day, June 18, 2000. Follow-on, annual events are now being planned for Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day and Presidents' Day.
These events will demonstrate to elected officials the resolve and the numbers of those individuals committed to retaining their second amendment rights, and will send a continual message to them to cease enacting laws which infringe on this right for law abiding citizens.
Fathers, their families, friends and neighbors will get together at shooting ranges all over the nation and simultaneously fire over 50 million shots, or "rounds", at each event as a statement in support of the right to keep and bear arms for all law abiding citizens. "Range monitors" will be in place at each event to insure that proper firearm safety is observed.
Each event, in addition to target shooting, will include a letter writing campaign directed at congressional representatives, senators, governors and the President informing them of the participants' attendance and their insistence that infringements on this constitutional right cease. As a memento of the event, the participants will include either one of their used targets with their letters, or two spent cartridges in a mailer box with their letters.
One of the organizers, Jeff Head from Emmett, Idaho, related the following reasons for expanding the effort to a full campaign of events,
"The efforts to infringe upon our 2nd amendment rights to self defense are continuous. Despite the clear lessons of history to the contrary, a constant hue and cry for more and more infringement of our 2nd amendment rights is directed at our elected representatives and the public in general. It is time that we, the law abiding gun owners of this nation, embark on a campaign that effectively counters this. One "event" is not enough, biased "media coverage" of competing "events" and arguments does not effectively counter the opposition. We must find a way to continually punctuate to our elected officials that the 2nd amendment means exactly what it says ... "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", and that responsible firearms ownership and use are one of the great traditions and hallmarks of American liberty, as well as one of the reasons for our unprecedented peace and prosperity as a people. We abandon such a hallmark and tradition at our peril, as history so pointedly demonstrates.
It is our belief, that the five annual events being planned by the "50 Million Round March" represent a grass roots effort which will send a direct and unbridled message from constituents to representatives without intervening media spin or emotional distortion. It is our belief that such a grassroots effort, involving as many of the gun owners of this nation as possible, is exactly what is required to overcome the continual barrage of emotional and distorted claims of those clamoring for more "gun control", and to inspire our elected officials to do their constitutional duty and hold the 2nd amendment inviolate.
In addition, we believe that such a campaign can infuse additional growth and vigor into the entire gun industry. This is good for America and will contribute to the safety of our children. The more law abiding, responsible citizens who buy firearms and ammunition, the safer and more secure our society becomes."
This effort, which officially holds it's first event on Father's Day, June 18th, has garnered the support of a growing number of conservative web sites, gun shops, firing ranges, and conservative media outlets.
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Fifty Million Round March Endorsements and the Fifty Million Round Photo Gallery Announced
May 27, 2000 (Boise, Idaho) The Fifty Million Round March [www.50mrmarch.com], a grassroots effort to energize the gun owners of America to take part, on a direct and individual basis, in influencing their elected representatives regarding the need to preserve their Second Amendment rights continues to gain momentum. Several notable individuals and organizations have endorsed the effort and are working together to make the first event, to be held on Father's Day, June 18th, a great success.
Fathers and their families, friends and neighbors will be gathering at gun ranges all over this nation to shoot simultaneously over fifty million rounds as a demonstration of their determination to preserve their Second Amendment rights. They will then write letters to their elected representatives directly charging them to not infringe upon those rights.
In support of this effort, J. J. Johnson, a well-known writer, speaker, and defender of the Second Amendment said that this effort, "asks not for us to travel to Washington, but to stay home. Not to cower under the pressure of 'political correctness,' but to stand and be counted. We here at the Sierra Times (an internet publication, of which Mr. Johnson is editor-in-chief) stand in proud support of this effort, as well as of those who will join in this -- the ultimate statement to Washington by the Real Men of America..."
L. Neil Smith, another well known and respected Second Amendment activist and writer, had these comments about the effort, "The Fifty Million Round March is an important, ongoing effort to preserve and expand the unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right of every man, woman, and responsible child to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon -- rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything -- any time, any place, without asking anyone's permission. It also represents an unignorable means of communication to those who previously would not hear us and who mistakenly believe they own us. Let them now learn differently."
Gary Fleetwood, an Executive Director from the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia [www.ssaa.org.au], whose group endorses the Fifty Million Round March in America, added his unique perspective when he stated, "Australian firearm owners have experienced the swift and savage consequences of firearm legislation which was implemented because of political expediency. I urge you to participate in this activity to indicate to politicians that law abiding firearm owners in the United States are unified and will deal swiftly at the ballot box with those who support the same draconian gun legislation as seen in Australia. The same legislation that is being promoted in the United States by individuals without roots who prostitute themselves for a social agenda."
In addition, two major activist groups, The Second Amendment Sisters [www.sas-aim.org], and The Tyranny Response Team [www.TRTeam.com], have also declared themselves as endorsing organizations of this new Second Amendment preservation effort.
In a further, major development Sierra Times [www.sierratimes.com] has announced plans to create an on-line "Fifty Million Round Photo Gallery" of fathers, their families, and their children exercising their Second Amendment rights at the various Fifty Million Round March events.
J. J. Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Sierra Times, indicates that, "The goal of Sierra Times in support of the Fifty Million Round March: 100,000 fathers and their children together on Father's day at the gun range. An Internet Gallery of Armed Americans -- and their children. A message Washington will never forget -- and can't ignore."
Jeff Head, an organizer of the Fifty Million Round March, adds, "The Fifty Million Round March fully supports Sierra Times in creating an on-line storage medium of pictures of fathers and their children ... families and their children, exercising their Second Amendment rights together. This will send a most powerful message, a message not only to the politicians of today, but equally important, a message to the upcoming generation in America about a great hallmark of their liberty and how it is to be preserved."