Monthly Archives: May 2016

We vote in TWO days… We are looking for action

Talk to your neighbors, family members, maybe even the folks who look at your delete lastsigns.  We need them to come out and VOTE on Tuesday night.

We had a bright yellow ad piece in this morning’s Springfield Republican.

We have ads scheduled on WAQY radio (102.1 FM) tomorrow 8 ads that will air from 6am to 6pm during morning and afternoon drive time and the mid-day as well/

We will be manning our sign posts on Longmeadow Street at the town lines both North and South.  We need supporters there both 6:15-8am and then 4:30 to 6pm.

We still have signs to get out and on lawns… Do you have a friend or family member in town who will let you put out a sign?

Get in touch to volunteer to stand or request signs…

Don’t let our future be determined by silence…

Hyperbolic rhetoric and jingoistic displays of “patriotism”

Dear “Stealth team”-   (PS we have no stealth team…)delete spy-kids-gadgets

The following was published in a blog on the website of WGBH (Boston Area Public TV)-  Tale a look at how we are described.

PS- The NRA did not mobilize us, or support us… our group was founded by Walt Lamon who lives in Longmeadow. All of our committee members are from Longmeadow.

We have highlighted some of the sauciest parts…

NRA Sponsors “Stealth” mobilization in WMass

Jerold Duquette (PoliSci Prof at CSSU)

At next week’s spring Town Meeting in Longmeadow there will be three articles on the warrant seeking to regulate fire arms in this Western Mass suburb of Springfield. Articles 29, 30, and 31 were placed on the TM warrant by citizen petition, which means that they did not have to be approved by the Select Board. The articles call for a ban on fire arms on town property, a requirement that residents seeking gun permits identify and describe all their fire arms as part of the permitting process, and a town-wide ban on assault weapons and “high capacity feeding devices.”

The citizen petitioner is Longmeadow Selectman Alex Grant, who said he’s “looking forward to a nice debate on these issues” and that “[a]s long as we’re respectful, it’s going to be valuable for our democracy.” Local gun owners, however, appear to be anything but pleased about the opportunity for such a debate at the spring Town Meeting. Opponents of gun control in town wasted no time organizing and mobilizing against these measures. The N.R.A.’s “Institute for Legislative Action” targeted Longmeadow’s proposed gun control bylaws. Within weeks, signs started showing up on lawns in Longmeadow asking residents to “Vote No on Articles 20-30-31.” These signs include a link to a recently created web site, What they do not include is any mention of what articles 29, 30, and 31 are about.

With the help of the N.R.A., opponents of gun control in Longmeadow are engaged in “stealth” political mobilization operations.  Under the auspices of something called the “LongForLiberty Task Force” they have been conducting stand outs (which they call “awareness stations”) at prominent intersections in town where they hold their ambiguous “No” signs and wave to passersby at rush hour. However, they don’t hold any signs that identify their cause (i.e. preventing gun control bylaws from being enacted in Longmeadow). Clearly, they don’t actually want to make “the public” aware of their cause, rather they want to make the town’s gun owners aware without alerting “the public.” The idea is to mobilize opponents in town to attend the TM and vote down the proposed bylaws without alerting town residents who would be supportive of local gun control measures.

Longmeadow is an upper middle-class bedroom community that is hardly a hotbed for 2nd Amendment zealots. Were the issue properly and publicly joined by the town’s population, these proposed gun measures would pass easily. If the N.R.A. subsidized signage did include anything about “guns” or “gun control” it would likely have the opposite of its intended effect. 

Though clearly a bit sneaky, this stealth mobilization is fairly smart.  There has been very little public attention to this issue and Town Meeting attendance is usually quite low.  Furthermore, the gun control articles are near the end of an unusually long warrant, which means that they may not be dealt with until late in the meeting. Longmeadow Town Meeting attendees are notoriously unwilling to remain at the TM late into the evening. Many residents leave right after the consideration of whatever item drew them to the TM.

So, on Tuesday night, May 10th in the Longmeadow High School gym a well-coordinated, though stealthy mobilization campaign will be up against what are probably majority sentiments in Longmeadow regarding gun control.  Fortunately for the N.R.A. backed local gun control opponents, well-organized and passionate minorities often prevail over less well-organized, less passionate majorities in American politics. Although, I suppose there might also be an even more stealthy mobilization operation underway among Longmeadow’s gun control supporters?

Frankly, I’ll be interested to see just how many of my buttoned-down professional neighbors are packing heat. I’ll also be interested to see how good the N.R.A’s political mobilization training really is. Will opponents of these measures on the Town Meeting floor make the popular but not very intelligent arguments against gun control often highlighted in our national debate about guns? Or, will local gun enthusiasts rise above brain dead, apocalyptic rhetoric and attempt to make rational, practical arguments against the proposed measures that might persuade their reasonable neighbors? Hard to say. The stealthy nature of their efforts so far counsel sophistication, though the name of their “task force” suggests that there may be some hyperbolic rhetoric and jingoistic displays of “patriotism” on the Town Meeting floor as well.

Red, White and Blue wrist bands are in!!!

We have voter wristbands so we can recognize each other on vote night.  These PhotoGrid_1462562629117are intended for supporters who will be attending meeting- not just for random supporters. If you are a voter-supporter and want a band… reach out to us.

If you want a sign… we have some available get in touch.

If you want to volunteer- we have things to do… get in touch.


5 days until our vote… How YOU can help



While manning my “awareness post” this morning a car slowed down and a man
yelled at me “F—ing Americans and your guns – they should take them all!”  That’s what we are up against friends. We have five days to convince Longmeadow Supporters to come out and stay for the vote.


We won’t convince that man, or many others- BUT WE NEED OUR SUPPORTERS TO COME OUT AND VOTE.

  • We will have some information sharing tables at local gun dealers on Saturday morning – and could use volunteers to be there to share the message.


  • We have our awareness roadside stations – and need your presence there…Rt. 5 at the town lines 6:00am to 8:00am and then 4:30pm to 6:00pm.


  • We will need people to hand out info sheets before the meeting- at the Longmeadow HS Monday May 10 at 6:15pm


  • We need all Longmeadow Supported to come and stay for the duration- it might me a long and arduous meeting- but we are begging you to STAY FOR THE VOTE.


  • Please talk to your neighbors, and friends- we have a lot of non gun owner supporters.

PS- Watch for us in the press we have two positive articles in this weeks Longmeadow News. Others??

Keep the faith! Spread the word!

A resident letter to

Another town resident speaks out about Articles 29-31

This letter was submitted to Longmeadow Buzz by Longmeadow resident Mary K. Lewonchukis in reference to the recent letter posted by Alex Grant in the Reminder, and in reference to his previous letters posted in various town publications, as well as his televised appearances.
Click Here to Read Full Article

Standing UP for our freedoms! We need you…

Each Morning and late afternoon you will see dome of us out with our signs at the IMG_20160504_184804
north and south town lines on Longmeadow St (Rt. 5)  We are waving to cars and getting mostly thumbs up.  The negative gestures are lower than 5%.

Our banners came in today and will be out starting tomorrow. And we have our new batch of signs, and will distribute to those who come to stand with us. One day/one shift or EVERY day.

We NEED volunteers to stand and represent…

Mornings we will be out 6:15am to 8:00am and Afternoons from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Drop us a line to we know what coverage we will have.


LongForLiberty Task Force meeting tonight Monday 5/2 7pm to 9pm

Task Force Meeting

Where: Greenwood Community Center 7-9PM20160502_071236-2

We hope you can attend- all supporters are welcome!

Held our Awareness Posts- 6:15am to 8:00AM 

Norm Spence manned the north post and Henry & Kathy Lanouette were in the south.

We had many HONKS and “Thumbs Up”, and several residents stopped to ask… “What is this all about?”. (Brochures were handed out) If you are going to man a post make sure you have both.

One man stopped and said he lived on Longmeadow Street and invited us to “Load my yard up with signs!” .  (We told him when our next batch comes in we’ll set him up!!


It’s CRUNCH TIME…. Public Awareness Stations start on Monday

Tomorrow Monday May 2 leaves only 7 working days until the 20160501_101938vote at the town meeting…   Many of our neighbors are not even aware of what is going on.
On Monday Henry & Kathy Lanouette will man a post on Longmeadow St. (Rt.5) at the Enfield town line from about 6:30am until 7:45am and later from 4:45pm to 6:30pm .
It would be great if some folks could also man a post at the north end of town, at the Springfield town line.
IF we get enough support we hope to have folks at other major intersections of Longmeadow St- Forest Glen, Converse, Williams, and Maple

Want to help? Please respond by email with which days you can join and we will try to split the group between posts. We would like to have people there each workday morning and night.

Bring “VOTE NO” signs- Community info brochures and flags.

Bring friends to help WAVE AND SMILE!!!delete vote 2

And bring comfort items… coffee, soda, water. (Leave area better than we find it OK?)

By the way our first print of signs have been distributed… and we have people waiting for a sign… we expect more around Thursday. If you have any extras… please report in…

We have made great progress, have an amazing group of supporters, and need to keep our strong message in the front of the minds of the public.