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NRA Activist Vows ‘Flood of Letters’ from GOP Backing Del Mar Gun Show

Michael Schwartz says critics are the "lunatic fringe" in debate over show at fairgrounds.

Firing back at what he called “a very small, vocal group” of critics, a San Diego NRA leader announced a letter-writing campaign Monday to preserve the Crossroads of the West gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Michael Schwartz, the local National Rifle Association activist, told about 220 members of the San Diego County Republican Party that the board with power to extend the gun show contract “seemed resistant” to opponents.

“But we want to make sure that they [the 22nd District Agricultural Association board] know how many people in San Diego support the gun show,” Schwartz told the gathering at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

But rather than circulating a form letter signed by many, Schwartz said county GOP Chairman Tony Kravric suggested “old-fashioned” handwritten notes.

So with clipboard in hand, Schwartz and his wife and others went about handing out lined paper at the party meeting.

He made some suggestions.

“Please stay away from words like Draconian,” Schwartz said from the lectern in the Bernardo Ballroom. “Avoid labels and that sort of thing. Just tell them how much you like the gun show.”

He urged letter-writers to note the show’s tradition and its reputation as a “family event.”

“They have a 30-plus-year history of safety and professionalism,” he noted.

“We’re the reasonable side. They are the fringe lunatics—unless we choose to sound and act otherwise.”

He reported that the Del Mar City Council was considering a resolution saying “they aren’t fond of the gun show.”  [In fact, the council voted 5-0 to back a petition calling for no extension of the gun show contract.]

“Fortunately, it’s the other board that makes the decision,” Schwartz said.

“I’m going to deliver the handwritten letters … to the [fair] board … the Del Mar City Council, and I’m also going to send it to the Union-Tribune,” he said. “They’re going to get a flood of letters.”

By the end of the meeting, he said he had 150 letters in hand—including 100 penned Monday night. 

Ken Stone January 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
U-T San Diego reports that 200 letters supporting gun show have been sent: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/18/tp-gun-show-backers-sharing-their-side/
dragon February 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM
It is a shame that politicians are reducing themselves to use children to support banning guns..The media doesn't help either..They report that someone is using an automatic weapon and it just isn't true..Also, people who clear the background/DOJ should have the right to carry and buy without restrictions...Soon they will tell us that you will have to check-in your guns at night and pick them up in the morning..Senator Yee has tried to close down gun shows/gun shops in the San Francisco bayarea for years..He doesn't get it..Just because his friends and family are protected by the CHP and other agencies thats why he acts like he does and the rest of the politicans..

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