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What Is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group that aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.

You advocate for something when you communicate with your family, friends, co-workers, and with your elected and administrative government representatives. This might include your local town manager, mayor, selectmen, school committee, or board of health. It doesn’t always have to be formal or fancy, or in even in writing.

How To Advocate

You can advocate for your 2nd Amendment rights in a number of ways including:

  • Register to vote, and vote in every election you can.
  • Make phone calls, send emails, and send letters to your politicians
  • Pay attention to your local city or town politics. Every year cites and towns across Massachusetts try to introduce bylaws, zoning changes, or other regulations intended to limit the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights. If you can’t attend or watch the meetings, check the meeting minutes from your town’s selectmen meetings and meetings of committes like the zoning board, environmental committees, or mayoral updates. Watch the items being brought before Town Meeting, often bylaw changes or limitations on firearms will be presented there.
  • Pay attention to your state representative and senator. Many of them have monthly email newsletters, sign up for those. Communicate with their offices about any political issue that catches your attention. You can look up the email and postal addresses for your representative and senator online through this link.
  • Join and support GOAL. The Gun Owners Action League lobbies the Massachusetts legislature to represent gun owners. Your inexpensive membership helps them describe how many voters in their district care about their 2nd Amendment rights enough to join GOAL.
  • Join and support national 2A advocacy organizations that align with issues and style you like.

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