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MICHIGAN COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS: million gun march
Time to Muster
by Skip Coryell
Well, it would appear that we've started something. Last week I challenged you to build a website, and, not only did you rise to the challenge, but all of you took it to the next level. We now have a major media event on our hands.
Within hours of the challenge, dozens of people emailed me and volunteered to build the Million Gun Owner March website for free. I was happily surprised. In fact, over a 48-hour period, I received no less than 100 offers to help. I selected a lady named Terri from Ann Arbor who immediately took to the cause with rabid enthusiasm. In less than three days, Terri built a beautiful and professional website. It went online on Friday morning and we are now making history. (Many thanks to Terri, her husband, Mike and their team.)
In the first 24 hours we had over 4,000 people visit the site. Most people bookmarked it and are coming back repeatedly. We now have 2,000 on our mailing list and we are rapidly approaching 400 registered users on our talk forum. All this, and we are still only 6 days old. Amazing.
Yesterday I got an email from a man named Randy. He said the "Outspoken Sportsman" from da U.P (Escanaba radio talk show host) wanted to interview me. I called him and we had a lovely half hour talking about the march. Bill Moore is full of yooper spirit and it was refreshing talking to a man who doesn't mince words. He asked me to come back monthly and give him an update on the march. I happily agreed. (www.theoutspokensportsman.net)
Then early this morning I got an email from some fellow named Tom Gresham. My first thought was "I never heard of this guy. Must be somebody with a webcast in his basement." But I didn't flinch. Heck, I'll talk to anyone about this march. If I have to interview in a swamp with some redneck who owns a computer, then so be it! After all, it's for the cause.
So I kept answering all my email, then took my family to church, visited my brother, then came home about 15 minutes before I got the call for the interview. About 5 minutes beforehand I logged on to this fellow's website www.guntalk.com and got the surprise of my life. This wasn't some hick with a webcast. This was a nationally syndicated radio show. My pulse quickened and my heart leaped into my throat. I looked at my clock. Two minutes until showtime. I quickly bowed my head and prayed "Dear God. Please don't let me screw this up too bad." Then I remembered the words of my mentor, Ted Nugent, "Just speak truth. Speak passion from your heart." And so I did.
As it turns out, Tom Gresham is a great guy and he loves the Second Amendment as much as I do. The interview went on for an hour and we talked about the march and took some callers. I was shocked when one man called in and donated $5,000. Then Tom's sister sent him a text message and donated her services. She is a professional fundraiser. I suspect that may come in handy. Then during a commercial break, the show's Producer, Jim, talked to me and offered the services of his video company. Another priceless resource.
Folks, this march has legs, and I can feel the traction beneath my feet. Two days ago we had our first steering committee meeting and it went well. We meet again this coming week and we have much to plan and discuss.
But I have to admit that I don't feel qualified for the task that lies ahead. I feel clumsy and incompetent. At the same time, I know that this has to be done. I am, indeed, humbled by the outpouring of support that has come from all over the country. I am working hard, and I graciously accept any help that is offered.
We need money. We need volunteers. But most of all, we need unity. There can be no more bickering among us. It's time to unify. If we don't set aside our differences and band together and fight for our freedom, then we may never get another chance.
Earlier this week, while answering hundreds of emails from supporters, I asked a friend why this was happening, why the support was growing so rapidly. He told me "Skip, it's because you are finally saying what everyone has been quietly thinking to themselves." I suppose it's just a matter of timing. Now is the time.
So I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I will never listen to the people who say it can never be done. This country was built on blood and sweat, but also on optimism and a can-do spirit. I have to admit that I can be a stubborn man. When someone tells me I can't do something, I dig in deep and it's Katie bar the door. Get out of my way!
We have changed our name to the Second Amendment March (see explanation below **) so please log on to our website at www.secondamendmentmarch.com. We need your support, your enthusiasm, and your can-do patriotic spirit. Pass on the message. The march is on! It's time to muster!
Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. He is the author of six books including his newest "RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms", the Ted Nugent-acclaimed book "Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral, the hunting novel "Bond of Unseen Blood", and the Second Amendment novel "We Hold These Truths". He is an NRA Instructor and co-owner of Midwest Tactical Training, teaching CPL classes in both Michigan and Iowa. He also owns and manages White Feather Press. To find out more about Skip, his classes and his writing, go to www.skipcoryell.com and www.mwtac.com.
** We've been getting lots of feedback on our name "Million Gun Owner March" and we are listening to you and taking your comments and suggestions seriously. Your input is important to us. After all, this is a movement of the people; it doesn't belong to us. It moves and breathes and gets its being from "We the People" who give it life and make it live.
Many of you have expressed concern that the name "Million Gun Owner March" implies that people will be marching on Washington DC fully armed and ready to launch an armed takeover. At first I was skeptical, but then I did an internet search and started reading what people were saying across the other forums, and there is merit to what you're saying. People aren't reading it as "Million Gun Owner March" but as "Million Gun March".
Also, we are getting a lot of email from people who don't own guns, but still want to support us. They believe in the Second Amendment, but just choose, for a myriad of reasons, not to own them. We respect that and want them to feel welcome here. We need as much support as we can get if we're going to make this march work.
Because of this, we have decided to change our name to "Second Amendment March". We are still early in this process, so if we're going to change, then now is the time.
Once again, thanks for your input and your support, and welcome to the "Second Amendment March".