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GOA: Good News You May Have Missed

While Senate Confirms Murthy Nomination,
Getting Rid of Reid was Worth the High Cost


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We’re not going to tell you we’re happy about the way things have gone in Congress the last week.

Obama’s anti-gun executive actions were funded until September 30, and anti-gun political hack

Vivek Murthy was confirmed as Surgeon General by a 51-43 largely party-line vote. (See how your legislators voted below.)

It was hardly unexpected.

Pro-gunners played a central role in taking away congressional power from liberal loons like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi — and soon-to-be-jobless losers like John Walsh (D-MT), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

And these former “friends of the Second Amendment” gave us a nice knife-in-the-back on their way out the door.  This is the reason you never get too close to a rabid dog.

We’re not going to tell you that victory doesn’t matter.  Or that defeat doesn’t matter.  They do.

But for those who are feeling down-in-the-dumps, we would make four points:

FIRST, WE WON THE TWO CRUCIAL BATTLES THAT MATTERED.  We sent Harry Reid and his cadre of clowns swirling down the toilet bowl of history.  And we have set up an electoral template that will ensure that they don’t regain power in 2016.

In addition, we killed Obama’s legislative gun control agenda. Had we lost the battle against Universal Gun Registration — a.k.a., the Toomey-Manchin background checks — it would have been a serious setback.  But we didn’t, and it wasn’t.

SECOND, WE CREATED, FROM SCRATCH, A REBEL ARMY IN THE HOUSE THAT IS READY TO BOLT AGAINST JOHN BOEHNER’S PERFIDY.  When we started fighting the unconstitutional, anti-gun Cromnibus, every indication was that we would get zero Republican votes.  Zero.

Instead, after a loud and boisterous grassroots campaign, we got 67 — almost a third of the caucus.  And by forcing Boehner to spend an entire day begging, one-by-one, for votes, this means that Boehner will be in less of a position to betray us on an unconstitutional, anti-gun amnesty bill.

THIRD, ELEMENTS OF THE PRO-GUN MOVEMENT ARE NOW CONSIDERABLY LESS LIKELY TO SUPPORT ANTI-GUN DEMOCRATS LIKE HARRY REID, JOE MANCHIN, AND MARK BEGICH, AS THEY DID BEFORE.

Save for three exceptions, all Senate Democrats voted for the anti-gun Murthy.  And of the three Democrats who voted pro-gun, two of them are being discussed as gubernatorial candidates in two years.  This means we are facing the old pattern in which “red state Democrats” will only vote pro-gun if they are facing an upcoming election.  Otherwise, they revert to voting anti-gun.

The good news is that this pattern has now become painfully obvious to virtually all of the gun movement.  So, hopefully, other gun groups won’t be fooled into supporting anti-gun Democrats and acting as the instrumentalities of their own defeat.

FOURTH, NOW VIVEK MURTHY IS SO DISCREDITED THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE THE GARBAGE SPEWING OUT OF HIS MOUTH OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

Gun Owners of America has always believed that the Second Amendment is worth fighting for, even when we are faced with huge odds.  The battle over Obama’s legislative gun control — and the Toomey-Manchin background checks — was initially viewed as hopeless.  Yet, we won it, and the importance of that victory was transformational.

We also would have liked to defeat Harry Reid’s scheme to confirm Vivek Murthy.  And, while we don’t like to lose, there have been a lot of benefits which have flowed from undertaking the battle.

In a few months, the government-funding bills for the “fiscal year” running fromOctober 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, will begin to move.  It will be “a new season.”  And we will start fresh with another opportunity to block Obama’s unconstitutional, anti-gun “executive actions.”

We hope you will be with us in the fight.

ACTION:  Click on the links below to see how your legislators voted.  If they voted to support the

Constitution, then thank them.  If they voted wrong, then express your disappointment.  You can see they voted here:

* House vote on the anti-gun funding bill (Cromnibus)

* Senate vote on the anti-gun funding bill (Cromnibus)

* Senate vote on Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

NOTE:  The cromnibus bill number is HR 83.  But be warned:  The description of the bill refers to the tiny legislative vehicle on which the gigantic funding bill was attached for parliamentary reasons.  So just realize that the votes you are viewing in actuality refer to the vote on the 1,600 page amendment funding the entire government.

Gun Stuff…..

Facts mean little to Bloomberg’s anti gun puppet groups.

Lies and misinformation are everything…

Are you surprised Obama would appoint another anti gun ‘Progressive’. elitist person to fill a slot in his administration?

Surgeon General Nominee Would Be Bad for America’s Gun Rights…

President Obama has nominated anti-gun activist Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General. Particularly given the president’s determination to reinvigorate taxpayer-funded gun control propaganda under the guise of public health research, confirmation of Dr. Murthy would pose a serious threat to the rights of gun owners. Dr. Murthy’s résumé of partisan activism on behalf of gun control, in which he specifically leveraged his status as a doctor, is detailed at length in a letter NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox sent on Tuesday to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), reasserting NRA’s opposition to his nomination.CC-Murthy-Quote

Tell Your Senators to Say NO to the Anti-Gun Funding Bill!

“GOA [has] stood alone among national gun rights groups …” — The Examiner, December 11, 2014

“Gun Owners of America (GOA) says Republicans should vote against a trillion-dollar government funding package Thursday afternoon … because it would also provide more than $1 billion in support for “Barack Obama’s anti-gun executive actions.” — The Hill, December 11, 2014


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ACTION: Defeating the anti-gun funding bill in the Senate is, admittedly, a “hail Mary” pass.  But it is one worth throwing. Contact your Senators and ask that they vote against the “Cromnibus.” (You can also call them at 202-224-3121.)

PRO-GUN CONSERVATIVES COME JUST SHORT OF THWARTING BOEHNER

You’ve probably heard the news already regarding the corrupt anti-gun government funding bill which passed late last night.

In the end, even liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) balked about supporting the bill, known as the Cromnibus.

But Boehner was aided by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who worked the phone tirelessly Thursday, giddy at the prospect that Boehner would agree to fund Obama’s illegal executive actions on gun control, immigration and the anti-gun ObamaCare.

In the end, the Boehner-Obama-Biden team was able to pass the giant $1.1 trillion anti-gun bill by a vote of 219-206.  And 162 House Republicans who campaigned by opposing gun control, ObamaCare, and immigration amnesty dutifully voted to fund all three.

Notably, there were 67 Republicans who voted against the anti-gun Cromnibus — and they voted NO for the right reasons. You can see how all Representatives vote d here.

Now, the bill goes to the Senate, where it will be voted on sometime in the next few days, depending on the resolve of opponents on the Right like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — and, ironically, opponents on the Left like Elizabeth Warren who have their own problems with the bill.

SEVERAL ANTI-GUN PROVISIONS

Those of you who have been following our website and/or Facebook will have already seen our analysis of the Cromnibus.

As a matter of process, this gigantic bill was hatched in secret and sprung on the American people less than the 72 hours before consideration, which was promised by Republicans when they asked us to elect them.  This is precisely what the GOP said it would not do if we gave their party control of Congress.

As a matter of substance, the bill spends hundreds of millions of dollars to fund Barack Obama’s illegal executive actions on guns. Consider what it does:

(1) It “fights gun violence” with $1.1 billion — an increase of $53 million.  We all know this is a euphemism for gun control, and there is nothing which prevents the administration from using this money to support its anti-gun “executive action” agenda.

(2) The bill increases funds, by $13 million, for the widely abused NICS system which Obama has spent the last two years trying to expand — both through unsuccessful legislation and then through unlawful executive action.

Among the people stripped of their Second Amendment rights by the bill’s largesse will be over 175,000 law-abiding veterans.  The bill is, thus, a kick in the pants to those who served our country honorably and are counting on you to protect them.

(3) The bill rewards the ATF for its illegal Fast and Furious program with an extra $22 million. Eric Holder has thumbed his nose at Congress with respect to any accountability for this outrageous abuse, and yet the drafters have no problem rewarding him for his contempt of (and for) Congress.

(4) The bill also provides $73 million for states like New York to impose gun bans when psychiatrists, as a result of its anti-gun “SAFE” Act, are forced by state law to report their patients, based on subjective determinations with no real due process.  Tens of thousands of people may experience unconstitutional gun bans in New York alone, thanks to this bill.

(5) Moreover, the bill provides $3 million to encourage Americans to lock up their safety with trigger locks, so that their guns will not be available in connection with a burglary or armed home invasion.

(6) Finally, as noted above, the bill fully funds the anti-gun ObamaCare law (which threatens the privacy of millions of gun owners) and the President’s illegal executive amnesty (which begins a process of legalizing millions of new anti-gun voters).

Sure, the bill carries forward both pro- and anti-gun boilerplate from previous years.

But the drafters put their money where their mouth is.  And that is in support of Obama’s unconstitutional “executive action” gun control.

PRO-GUN HEROES WHO NARROWLY MISSED TORPEDOING THE BILL

Pro-gun conservatives in the House came super close to derailing the Cromnibus on an earlier, parliamentary vote.  This is a vote which determines, among other things, whether any amendments will be allowed on the House floor during consideration of a particular bill.

Democrats typically vote in lock-step against the “rules vote,” and Republicans typically vote in unison in favor of the rule.

But 16 Republican heroes broke ranks, in an attempt to defeat the rule and derail the bill.  In fact, so many Republicans broke ranks that our side was temporarily winning until two Republican Congressmen defected by switching their votes at the last second, giving Boehner a razor thin 216-214 majority.

Nevertheless, these 16 Republican defectors should be thanked for their bravery.  They were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Dave Brat (Va.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Steve King (Iowa), Raúl Labrador (Idaho), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Matt Salmon (Ariz.) and Steve Stockman (Texas).

THE FIGHT NOW GOES TO THE SENATE

There is still one more battle, as the action now goes to the Senate.

To defeat the bill in the Democrat-controlled Senate will presumably require only 41 votes because of the ability of Senators to filibuster. While, admittedly, it is a “hail Mary” pass, it is one worth throwing.

ACTION:  Contact your Senators.  Ask them to vote against the anti-gun government funding bill, both on cloture and on final passage (which will probably consist of a vote on concurring with the House amendment).

NOTE: This alert contains different messages for Republican and Democrat Representatives. By using the GOA Engage site to contact your Representative, the system will automatically select the correct letter.

The Boehner-Pelosi ANTI-GUN Government-Funding Deal:

The Boehner-Pelosi ANTI-GUN Government-Funding Deal: 
“We have to pass it to find out what’s in it”

“The Republicans [want to] agree to an omnibus continuing resolution [which] will be all the way from now through September 30th.  Meaning the Democrats, even though they lost, are going to run the budget show for yet another year, and we’re all sitting out here and asking ourselves ‘why’ and scratching our heads.” — Rush Limbaugh, December 8, 2014


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It’s no wonder why Washington fears our grass-roots activists so intensely.

The $1.1 trillion deal between Boehner and Pelosi to fund the government untilSeptember 30, 2015, was supposed to be anointed by every member of the Republican caucus.

But, thankfully, you’ve given valuable aid and support to several dozen conservative members of

the House of Representatives.

PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK!

“Gun Owners of America warned against doing exactly what the Republican leadership is planning in a November 17 alert.” — David Codrea, The Examiner, December 8, 2014

Now, because of your efforts, between 40 and 50 Republican representatives have ALREADY jumped ship and are opposing the Republican leadership, says Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), who is a also a GOA Life Member.  And with Rush Limbaugh on Monday echoing the message we have been spreading for the last two weeks, the hemorrhaging of the Boehner-Pelosi loyalists can only spread.

This means that at least a fifth — and maybe more — of Pelosi’s minions will have to be ordered to support Boehner for it to pass.  And Pelosi has made it clear to the press that the bill will have to be altered to be satisfactory to her in order for her to provide those votes.

The $1.1 trillion bill — which may run for thousands of pages — will be sprung soon, in anticipation of a House vote on Wednesday or Thursday.  This is precisely the type of ObamaCare-like fraud and secrecy that Republicans said they would abandon when they took control.

WILL GUN POLICY BE SET BY THIS ANTI-GUN CONGRESS?

On guns, there will be both pro-gun and anti-gun provisions which will be carried forward from previous years.

But if we could just delay writing the bill till January — when Republicans will control both the House and the Senate — there is so much more we could do:

* We could push to eliminate the Schumer amendment, which prohibits non-violent Americans who have made mistakes from EVER getting their gun rights back.

* We could stop the ATF from creating regional gun registries by copying 4473’s during routine annual inspections.

* We could put the “kibosh” on the anti-gun aspects of ObamaCare, including the entering of gun-related information in the federally run health database.

Instead, we are faced with a Boehner-Pelosi “December surprise” which effectively gives Obama a pass with respect to all of his illegal actions on guns and immigration.

And what about last Thursday’s House vote, where Republicans declared, in effect, that they were very, very angry that Obama had stripped them of their powers?  MSNBC’s Sam Stein put it pretty well when he said this was just a Boehner trick to allow hapless Republicans to “show their rage … without undermining everything we have to do.”

One more thing — and that is the precedent this may create for Boehner’s actions during the 114th Congress which is coming up: According to Politico’s Glenn Thrush, there is an open question as to whether a Boehner-Pelosi deal to crush Republicans could cause Boehner to “acknowledge reality and actually start passing bigger, more important pieces of legislation [like an anti-gun amnesty] using this across-the-aisle Nancy Pelosi thing….”

ACTIONContact your Representative.  Tell him or her to vote against the Boehner-Pelosi “you-have-to-pass-it-to-know-what’s-in-it” giant non-transparent funding bill.

NOTE: This alert contains different messages for Republican and Democrat Representatives. By using the GOA Engage site to contact your Representative, the system will automatically select the correct letter.