There are times in our lives when we find the courage to do things we never imagined. A few years ago I was invited to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to speak about gun rights. When the invitation came, I didn’t hesitate. I agreed, and then my heart raced as I prepared to head to a city I’d never visited to speak alongside lawmakers and ask for my rights to be protected. Since then, I’ve been to meet legislators multiple times.
This week I spent two days alongside other women of the DC Project telling our stories and showing the faces of gun owners (our faces) to our legislators in Washington D.C. My family always asks, “Do you think you made a difference?” My answer to that is “YES!”
We ARE doing something to make a difference. We want everyone in the United States to be safe. The women of the DC Project are moms, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers. We support the Second Amendment, and WE ARE OUR OWN FIRST RESPONDERS.
If you want to make a difference, you can help. If you have money consider donating $100. Go to https://mia.limited/DCPDonate. If don’t have money, use your voice — stand up and speak up; reach out to your legislators and tell them your story (always be respectful), go meet them, call them, and email them.
Be someone they remember and let them know that you’re there to back them when they’re backed against a wall, feeling like they have to make a law that someone else is screaming at them about. Help them enact legislation that makes us safer.
There were 11 of us who came to DC this week. A few of the girls met with Sen. Marshal (KS) the day I flew in. On Tuesday, we had breakfast with Rep. Hartzler (MO), then met virtually with Sen. Hyde-Smith(MS) and a couple of others. We also met with staffers of several Senate Judicial Committee members to present our stories.
Wednesday, we had a few more meetings including one with Rep. Graves (MO) staff, and our lobbyist met privately with Rep. Scalise (LA). That evening, we joined nearly 40 Representatives for the Second Amendment Caucus.
About the DC Project
The DC Project affirms that firearms safety and violence prevention are achieved through education, not legislation. We encourage the preservation of America’s gun culture and highlight the diversity and rising demographic of female gun owners through ongoing advocacy because gun rights are women’s rights. According to Muller, “We believe that self-defense is a human right and that we are our own first responders. We understand the importance of preserving the right to protect ourselves. Members of our foundation regularly stand before legislators and lawmakers on the frontlines of this battle to protect this crucial right and make their voices heard through education. Stand with us by donating to the DC Project and wear the color teal to let others know you support the rights of responsible gun owners too.”
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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and a range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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