|Legislative Report 4th Quarter 2012|
|Written by Bill Dowden, Legislative Director|
|Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:08|
The Indiana General Assembly earlier in the year enacted and Governor Daniels signed Senate Bill 1, which reaffirmed the long-standing right of a Hoosier to resist an unlawful entry into his/her dwelling. There continue to be some voices around the state who claim that this is a "shoot first, ask questions later" or a "kill a cop" bill. Statements like that indicate either a failure to actually read the bill, or worse, a deliberate attempt to mislead the uninformed. The bill passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and the people making such absurd statements know that none of our legislators would have voted for the bill if those accusations were true.
Voters are accustomed to hearing a candidate for public office urging people to get out and vote for him because "this is the most important election I can remember." This year, though, this is being heard across the country, not so much from the candidates themselves, but from the people. The year 2012 could very well be a watershed for the freedom and prosperity that America has enjoyed for generations. Members of our State Rifle and Pistol Association, as well as thousands of pistol, rifle, and shotgun owners in Indiana, are very aware of the threat from Washington to their right to "keep and bear arms."
It is incumbent upon each of us to know our officeholders and their positions on the issues ---local, state and federal -- and then support and vote for those who stand with you. The next issue of "American Rifleman" will have the grades and endorsements for candidates for State and Federal office, but that information will also be available on the NRA-ILA website the first of October.
If you are not already working with your local political party or candidates, you can volunteer to help pro-gun candidates by calling your area Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC). The EVC for your area was listed on the front cover of the October "Rifleman" or you can get the name by calling the NRA-ILA grassroots hotline at (800) 392-8683.
A great price has been paid for the freedoms we enjoy -- if we are going to continue enjoying those freedoms and pass on to our children and grandchildren the legacy of "the land of the free and the home of the brave." We must be willing to invest some of our time and treasure in the struggle.