The 2009 Texas Legislative Session begins two weeks from today. If your State Representative and State Senator have not yet received copies of the SCCC Handbook: Texas Edition (http://www.cafepress.com/lasttshirts.322143673#), you have only a few days left to make sure they each receive a copy before the start of the session (delivery of new handbooks takes about 10 days).
Once the session begins and Senator Wentworth’s concealed carry on campus bill is filed, gun control activists and the media will pressure each legislator to take a public stand on this issue. Legislators who haven’t received information from us will likely base their positions on information from our opponents. It is imperative that each Texas Legislator be presented the FACTS of this issue BEFORE he or she is cornered into voicing an opinion.
To find out whether or not your legislators have received copies of the handbook, as well as to learn how to locate and contact your state legislators, check this Facebook discussion: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=1 … topic=5484
The most cost-effective way to send a handbook is to have it delivered directly to the legislator, along with a “gift message” from you. The handbooks must be shipped to each legislator separately, so if you’re ordering a copy for both your State Representative and State Senator, you’ll have to place two separate orders.
If your legislators have already received copies of the handbook, consider sending a copy to the editor of your local newspaper or the news director at a local TV station. Almost as important as educating legislators is the task of educating the media.
Now is also the time to begin studying the handbook yourself (a PDF version can be downloaded free of charge: http://www.concealedcampus.org/tx_sccc_package.pdf) and using the information contained within to compose letters to college officials, state legislators, newspaper editors, etc. You’ll want to have your letters ready to go when the issue finally “catches fire.” A sample letter to state legislators can be found here: http://www.ConcealedCampus.org/write.htm
We are on the verge of a fight like none we’ve ever seen. It’s time to prepare for battle!
W. Scott Lewis
Advisor / Former National Media Coordinator
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus