I got a call today from a friend who works at Powells, the famous book store in downtown Portland. They had a pretty big scuffle several years ago with managment when they unionized, I believe through the Longshoremen. At any rate, my friend was passing their union reps number on to me cos apparently he reads my magazine and they are sponsoring a series of events training the workers on proper use of firearms. Seems they have already arranged for an NRA instructor to teach a class for them, but are skitish beause of that organizations notorious affiliation with regressive right wing causes. Therefore they want me to be involved in some capacity, though I'm not sure to what extent yet. We'll have to see what happens but I'm excited to be of service. Of course there is a strong connection with gun rights and organized labor, from the 19th century "Lehr und Wehr" worker militia to the mining wars in Apalachia and a modern day militia group started through the aerospace union at Boeing in Seattle which several friends of mine belong to.