As November’s critical election draws nearer, many people have asked me what they can do to ensure the future of the Second Amendment.
Of course, we’ve chronicled before various grassroots ways you can get involved in the protection of our right to keep and bear arms. But those wishing to make financial donations should be aware of a company that greatly values the Second Amendment and will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar.
Rock Island Auction (RIA) Company, an Illinois firearm auction house, has launched the “Rock Island Auction Freedom Challenge,” an online fundraising campaign aimed at raising money to support the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action's efforts to preserve Second Amendment-protected rights. RIA has pledged to match up to $1 million in donations raised through the online video campaign.
“If you have a gun, and you want to continue to own it legally, then this challenge is for you,” said RIA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Hogan. “It doesn't matter if you go hunting, target shoot, want to protect yourself or your family, are a member of an at-risk group, are a sport shooter, or are a collector. We want your donation, and we will match it. If every person who owned a gun donated just one dollar, the impact would be enormous.”“If you have a gun, and you want to continue to own it legally, then this challenge is for you.” — Patrick Hogan, CEO of Rock Island Auction Company
Rock Island Auction Company is the world's number-one auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. Founded by Hogan in 1993, RIA continues to set records for sales and to lead the industry with its extensive marketing efforts.
Companies like RIA that provide such generous support can make or break election-year success. The firm’s dedication to the Second Amendment—and to the National Rifle Association—should be appreciated and admired by all who cherish our American freedom.
Hogan said he hopes that the challenge “will show the vast diversity of firearms owners in this country and that, regardless of a social sphere or reason for owning, we can all come together to help preserve this important right.”
The goal, he said, is to reach beyond traditional political activists and activate all Americans who exercise their Second Amendment rights. With over 100 million gun owners in America, the fundraising effort could make a significant difference in a critical election year.
Second Amendment supporters who accept the Rock Island Auction Freedom Challenge will record a video of themselves—challenging their friends and family to take the challenge and stating why they are participating in the challenge—and then post to their own social media pages. Donations can be made at RIAFreedomChallenge.com.
It is not necessary to receive a challenge to participate. At the time this column was written, the challenge had already raised nearly $45,000. A generous response by A1F Daily readers could easily double that amount in just a short time.