MESSAGE FROM DI
Hello, and welcome to our new quarterly report. Here you will see how the DC Project has been advocating for the preservation of the Second Amendment. We will share what we have learned on our journey, and provide tips and information for how YOU can make a difference in your community.
Please don’t hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions or suggestions. Also, please share this with your like-minded family and friends to encourage their activism. Finally, please keep in mind we’re always fundraising to counter the anti-gun efforts of Moms Demand Action and groups like them!
DC PROJECT – ADVOCACY IN THE NEWS
Speaking With Giants…
DC Project’s Illinois Delegate, Rhonda Ezell, and Arizona State Director, Cheryl Todd recently spoke with Ammoland’s John Crump about the Second Amendment.
John Crump has interviewed countless people from all walks of life for AmmoLand News and those interviews provide a remarkable look inside the minds of some of the biggest names in the Second Amendment community.
From his conversations, Crump authored a book titled Speaking With Giants, Interviews From Ammoland.
Rhonda made history in the United States of America as the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago to allowing gun ranges to be available to law-abiding citizens. A ruling in her favor was issued by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on July 6, 2011, overturning a lower court decision.
In addition, Rhonda founded Chicago Guns Matter. Chicago Guns Matter is an organization made up of pro-gun advocates in and around Chicago, who share with the urban community how to exercise their fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Cheryl owns AZFirearms along with her husband, and she co-hosts the Gun Freedom Radio show. From her life experiences, she brings a unique perspective to the world of Gun-Rights and the need to speak into the next generation of American Citizens.
Rhonda and Cheryl are featured in the book with each having chapters of their own. Click here for more information.
Welcoming Women to the Counter
Our Colorado delegate, Mia Anstine, writes about how to remove the intimidation factor for women shopping for firearms and accessories in a recent story published in Shooting Industry Magazine. Click here to read it.
Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms, and archery instructor. She is a staff writer for and guest contributor at various outlets including the Outdoor Channel, NRA Publications, Game & Fish Magazine, and Armed Lutheran Radio. She was the first American woman, and of Latin descent, to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). As a public speaker, she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She teaches firearms safety and skills and takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted around the world and enjoys sharing her adventures with others.
DC Project’s Virginia State Director, Jill Slayton McDaniel interviewed on Gun Freedom Radio. Click here to listen. You’ll hear her answer questions about Virginia gun control legislation, and why Virginians can not afford to fall into complacency. She also talks about breaking through and debunking gun control MSM propaganda, how to remain engaged and be a community resource, and, how social media can help.
Jill founded Mom-At-Arms, which is a grassroots “sleuth site,” that exposes Gun Control organizations and their funding partners.
DC Project Promotes Education NOT Legislation
Shooting Industry Magazine published a story about why the actions and messages of the DC Project are especially important for folks who make their living in the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry.
Explaining why gun rights are women’s rights, the article quotes a number of DC Project delegates who are active Second Amendment advocates, and have shared their personal stories with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Armed and Feminine: Firearm Training By and For Women
According to DC Project’s Pennsylvania’s State Director, Kelly Ann Pidgeon, “For more than a century, women have fought for all kinds of rights, including the right to vote, the right for hiring and promoting equality… and now equal rights for self-defense. As I have told politicians, do not put a political agenda ahead of a woman’s life!”
In this story authored by David Truby for NRA Women, read more about Kelly’s journey toward hands-on instruction and activism. Click here for the full story.
SPEAKING OUT In Writing…
Missouri State Director, Susan Myers, took action in July when St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner made news by charging Mark and Patricia McCloskey with felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon after they used their legally armed firearms to defend themselves and their home from trespassers.
She wrote to Missouri House Representative Ben Baker, who shared the letter he sent to Gardner calling for her resignation. The second letter was to Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt after he announced his filing of a brief in the McCloskey case calling for its dismissal, citing the Castle Doctrine.
Susan’s letters thanked the recipients for their support of the Second Amendment and described the mission of the DC Project.
“We hope you use this example as inspiration for writing your own letters to lawmakers,” says DC Project Founder, Dianna Muller.
Ashley Hlebinsky, Arizona delegate, recently filed a declaration as “expert” ISO the latest Motion for Summary Judgment in the Guedes v BATF case to overturn the bumpstock ban. Details of the case can be found here.
Ashley is President of The Gun Code, LLC, a consulting business, where she serves as a museum advisor, expert witness on both civil and criminal cases, freelance writer, certified firearms instructor, international lecturer, on-camera historian, and television producer. She recently founded the first association in the United States to promote the academic study of firearms history and material culture.
DC PROJECT – PERSONAL STORIES
Read about DC Project delegate, Nikki Goeser’s heartbreaking story in this article by Lauren Evans in the Daily Caller where they discuss the ordeal Nikki endured, and why she decided to write a book. Click here for the full story.
Nikki’s book details the guilt and loss she experienced losing her husband, and how she turned anguish into activism. “Stalked And Defenseless: How Gun Control Helped My Stalker Murder My Husband in Front of Me,” exposes how gun laws intended to protect her left her vulnerable, and how she fights back.
DC Project Fundraising Match 2020
The DC Project 2020 Fundraising 3-Gun Team Match is being held October 30 through November 1 at the scenic Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnett, TX. Click here to register.
We are seeking sponsors for the match, and donations don’t have to be firearms-related! We are thinking outside the box and welcome donations ranging from cash to food items for the match, and accessories. Since we won’t have a traditional prize table for competitors, we would like products, but fewer and larger items are preferred as opposed to smaller items. Those bigger ticket donations of product will be auctioned to bring donors even more visibility.
Two days of competition will be preceded by an open-to-the-public festival from 1 to 5 pm and banquet from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, October 30.
This is a truly unique event. The team events come with built-in drama with the fast-paced 3-Gun format, plus the women and junior competitors have large social media followings (delivering great content for sponsors). Click here for a video of the 2019 match highlights.
The DC Project is partnering with other pro-Second Amendment organizations to initiate a national movement in support of gun rights by wearing the color teal. The #TealFor2A campaign will provide a counter-visual to “red shirts” of Moms Demand Action and other anti-gun organizations.
Any teal shirt shows your support for the 2A, but if you want one of our TEAL “Educate Not Legislate” shirts see below.
Looking for DC Project merchandise? Visit the website for the latest t-shirt designs, jewelry, stickers, and accessories.
Ordering is simple, and every purchase helps the DC Project fund our efforts to preserve the Second Amendment through education and advocacy.
HOW TO TALK ABOUT GUN RIGHTS
It’s important to know what to say and how to say it when you’re talking about gun rights. Because the DC Project’s mission stands on the premise of education, we have developed some language tools to make it easier to have a conversation and discuss 2A issues with confidence.
How to Talk About Guns, Safety, and Protecting the Civil Rights of All Americans helps you craft your own story and further the 2A conversation that is wrongly drowned out in many parts of society and media.
Click below to access the blog post for more details and to download the flyer.