Are you connected?

Author:Codrea, David

My dog-eared copy of The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison and Jay's brilliant essays promoting the Constitution, features a wonderful illustration on its cover: A man in a tri-corner hat is reading a newspaper aloud to an engaged group of fellow townsmen. One is trying to read over his shoulder. One is explaining things to an elderly gentleman. One seems to be shouting, whether in disagreement or enthusiasm none can say. One, dressed ruder than the rest, sits on a porch step listening intently.

This is the way information and opinions were shared in Founding-Era America. The ideas of liberty, self-determination, representative government and unalienable fights, spread and took root. Communities separated by distance and differences became unified. A tyranny was expelled and a republic was born. And the key was the ability to disseminate information.

That's why it's distressing when gun owners tell me they're not Internet users, and have no desire to be. We're fortunate enough to live in an age of instantaneous communications, but the single best means for relaying timely information critical to preserving and restoring our gun fights is ignored by far too many. Some say they're put off by the technology--a surprising admission considering how adept they are with technical firearm details. Others say they have no interest. My favorite excuse is they don't have the time.

The fact is, if you're a gun owner and you're not on the Internet, you are not informed, no matter how strong your opinions. You simply can't be.

Even a magazine like this, as fine as it is, or your NRA membership magazine with it's more politically-detailed content, can't change that. The words I write on this hot afternoon in July will not see print until If urgency exists to react to a...

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