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GOA Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy

GOA Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy
– Plus, GOA publishes its 2014 Voter Guide


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BREAKING NEWS:  Gun Owners of America has just released its 2014 Voter Guide, which rates all the candidates running for federal office.  Examine the grades of candidates in your state, and see where they really stand on gun rights!

ACTION:  Please circulate this alert to all of your pro-gun family and friends.  It’s the least we can do to protect our liberties!

IN OTHER NEWS:  GOA Countering Bloomberg’s Agenda

It’s tough being an anti-gun radical like Michael “Big Gulp” Bloomberg these days.

The former New York City Mayor has pumped millions of dollars into his fanatical effort to get gun control passed.

But that money was no match for the massive grassroots resistance that awaited him.  Even liberal media outlets like National Public Radio were forced to report on the unparalleled strength of GOA’s grassroots:

“Gun Owners of America showed with one email alert that it could help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill days before the Senate vote.” — NPR, December 26, 2013

The result?  Bloomberg lost an epic battle in the U.S. Senate last year — even while media pundits predicted his minions would win.

Bloomberg trying to bypass state legislatures

Within the past year or so, the Bloomberg forces lost ground in several states and failed to pass expanded background checks in many places where GOA was active (like Nevada and New Hampshire).

Having suffered so many defeats, Bloomberg is trying to make an end run around elected legislatures by forcing referendum votes around the country.

And to that effort, “Daddy Warbucks” has pledged $50 million in his crazed effort to remodel this country’s gun laws to resemble England’s.

Turning most gun owners into criminals

Bloomberg’s first attempt at buying a state is in Washington. If he is successful in the Evergreen State, simply owning a gun — without making a tiny mistake which would land you in jail — will be like dancing barefoot in a pit of scorpions.

Bloomberg’s proposal — an initiative which will be voted on in the November election — is 18 pages long.  So the only thing most Washingtonians will know about it is the lies Bloomberg is paying to spew over the airwaves.

Bloomberg’s minions have more than a dozen similar referendums planned around the country for 2015 and 2016.

All of this means that educating and mobilizing the grassroots — and the next generation — becomes even more important.

To that end:

* Gun Owners of America has produced a Fact Sheet to expose the real dangers behind I-594 in Washington.

No Surprise: Most Hated Cabinet Officials are also Bad on Gun Rights

No Surprise: Most Hated Cabinet Officials are also Bad on Gun Rights
— Plus, GOA’s message goes viral in social media!


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This is no shocker to gun rights supporters, but the top three hated cabinet officials in the Obama Administration have had terrible records on the Second Amendment.

According to a recent YouGov poll, the soon-to-retire Attorney General Eric Holder is the third most hated official in Obama’s cabinet.

Holder was only topped by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki — both of whom ran programs that were detrimental to gun owners.

Sebelius, who was formerly an anti-gun governor from Kansas, oversaw the implementation of ObamaCare — and thus, the centralization of Americans’ medical information in a way that can be used to deny their right to buy firearms.

And Shinseki actually supervised a department that has continued to use medical information to blacklist veterans and strip them of their Second Amendment rights.

As for Holder, he oversaw the Fast & Furious operation — the ATF’s botched gun running scheme which put weapons into gun smugglers’ hands in an effort to use the increased violence south of the border as a pretext for more gun control in this country.

Click here to read the extended version of this alert, as it will show you more of Holder’s anti-gun record and what GOA will be doing when his replacement is announced.

GOA message goes viral on Social Media

GOA produced a meme recently which highlights the importance of the local sheriff in trumping federal gun control.

This Facebook photo went viral — and just last week, a Delaware paper credited GOA with having contributed to this social media frenzy.

In an article featuring Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wicomico County, Maryland, the author reported that the sheriff’s views on refusing to enforce federal gun laws “have gone viral” and have garnered kudos from law-enforcement around the nation.

Given that people like Michael Bloomberg are spending millions of dollars to dupe voters in places like Washington state to support gun control, it is all the more urgent that GOA educate the public on the real power that sheriffs have.

In fact, educating sheriffs themselves is also important — which is why GOA’s Larry Pratt spoke to several dozen sheriffs two weeks ago, giving them examples of how their fellow brothers in arms have nullified federal excesses in their individual counties.

You can read Larry’s encouragement to our nation’s sheriffs here.

GOA social media is able to go viral because of partners like you.  And we are able to communicate with our nation’s sheriffs and educate them on the Constitution — thanks to the generous contributions from GOA members.

Thank you for standing with Gun Owners of America

Eric Holder to Resign

Eric Holder to Resign


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Today, anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will be resigning from his post as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

While gun owners welcome his departure, Eric Holder leaves many questions unanswered.

Holder successfully stonewalled and dodged answering questions of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and fellow House Oversight Committee members concerning Fast & Furious, the ATF’s botched gun running scheme which put weapons into gun smugglers’ hands in an effort to use the increased violence south of the border as a pretext for more gun control in this country.

Holder exhibited such disregard for the law that he was indicted by Congress in 2012 for withholding documents relating to Fast & Furious.

As you know, the failed operation directly led to the death of Brian Terry, an American citizen and Border Patrol officer. Holder has refused to take responsibility for Fast & Furious, and his resignation will be a way for him to quietly step out of the spotlight, and avoid being found officially guilty.

Gun owners will remember that GOA opposed Holder’s nomination from the very beginning.  You can go here to see how your Senators voted on Holder’s nomination in 2009. 

 

GOA Once Again Enters the Fray in Important Court Decision

GOA Once Again Enters the Fray in Important Court Decision

“The DC registration law [is] in violation of the Second Amendment [and] undermines the primary purposes of the right to keep and bear arms — to resist tyranny and to defend self, family and property.” — GOA amicus brief in Heller III


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Gun Owners of America submitted a vital amicus brief in Heller v. DC on Tuesday — in a case that is otherwise known as Heller III.

This case has national implications, as the courts continue to chip away at the Second Amendment and the DC v. Heller decision from 2008.

Gun owners remember that year well, as it marked the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which struck down the draconian gun ban in Washington, DC. The Court correctly noted that the right to keep and bear arms is one that “belongs to all Americans,” and is a right that “shall not be infringed” or denied, thus allowing citizens to better “resist tyranny.”

GOA was involved in the original Heller case — in what is now known as Heller I.

After DC lost this decision, the city council crafted registration and licensing regulations so onerous as to technically permit possession of handguns in the home, but in effect making it so difficult and expensive that many people found it impossible to legally acquire a firearm.  The District also banned so-called “high capacity magazines” and so-called “assault weapons.”

When Dick Heller, the plaintiff from Heller I, brought suit to challenge these new restrictions in 2010, GOA again came to his defense in what is known as Heller II.

But given the anti-gun animus of DC’s District Court, it was not surprising when the judge completely disregarded the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller I, and used a “balancing test” to pit gun owners’ rights against the need for public safety.

Never mind that the Second Amendment completely nullifies such balancing tests, saying that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

And never mind that all legitimate studies — both private and government — show that guns actually make people safer!

Regardless, the district court judge rejected every single pro-gun argument … rejected every single pro-gun study … all of our data, and every bit of expert testimony.

Not only that, the judge gave maximum weight and full credence to every bit of evidence put on by DC’s anti-gun lawyers.

So this is where we now stand.  Based on that subjective “balancing” of hearsay evidence, it is no wonder the district court judge found every one of DC’s registration regulations to be constitutional.

GOA’s amicus brief (in Heller III) reminds the DC Circuit Court of Appeals of the first principles articulated in Heller I that DC judges have consistently abandoned, and we take the District Court’s opinion to task for permitting sociology and statistics to trump constitutional rights.

Again, this case is important for gun owners around the country, as GOA works to ensure the courts are upholding the proper understanding of the Second Amendment.

Bloomberg loses…again!

Voters Issue Another Rebuke to Bloomberg!
– Thanks to all of you who helped make it happen

This was a good week for liberty.

Why?  Because one of America’s most outspoken, pro-gun sheriffs defeated attempts by an anti-gun liberal Mayor who tried to take him out.

David Clarke, Jr., is the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He is a true patriot and has run public service ads saying things like:

* “Simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option….  Consider taking a certified safety course in handling of firearms, so you can defend yourself until we get there.  You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.”

* “Wisconsin’s [concealed carry law] now gives you the same advantage that I have.  Now it’s the crook who has to wonder what you might do.  It can be a great equalizer….”

GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt personally awarded the “High Noon Award” to Sheriff Clarke last year for “standing for truth when others run, and for telling the truth even though politically incorrect.”

For all these reasons, it’s no wonder that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hates him so much.

Bloomberg, who is a billionaire, poured $150,000 into the sheriff’s race in Milwaukee, trying to unseat him in his primary this past Tuesday.

But Daddy Warbucks’ money couldn’t buy an election in Milwaukee County, as Clarke won by a comfortable 52-48 percent margin.

GOA’s Political Victory Fund rallied gun owners in the state of Wisconsin to contribute to Sheriff Clarke’s campaign.  And GOA’s Facebook page made gun owners around the country aware of this important race.

In other social media news from GOA:

* Missouri residents are demonstrating they know more than federal judges like Catherine Blake, who ruled that AR-15s are not constitutionally protected in Maryland and are “dangerous and unusual.”

Looting in Ferguson, MO

In the Ferguson, Missouri area, AR-15s have become one of the top sellers, as residents are rushing to protect themselves from potential violence and rioting.  Check out GOA’s latest video on protecting the firearms that the courts want to ban.

* Thousands of gun owners are LIKING and COMMENTING on the story published by WorldNetDaily.com which reported on how GOA recently reprimanded President Obama for his erroneous views on the 2nd Amendment and for his confusion of rights versus privileges.

Protect and Defend

Your Help Needed to Stop Further Infringements!

“Universal background checks would help Obama establish a universal gun registry.” — GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt, July 2014

There have been a lot of gun-related stories in the news recently.  For example, a Clinton appointee yesterday upheld Maryland’s draconian gun law, ruling that AR-15s and AK-47 style firearms are not constitutionally protected because they are “dangerous and unusual.”

Ironically, this judge’s ruling comes at a time when residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are using AR-15s to keep looters from burning down their stores.  (See the picture above.

Brady Background Checks a dismal failure 

Another big story that the liberal media pounced on was the death of James Brady last week.

Brady was critically injured during the failed assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life in 1981.  Brady survived the attack and pressed for a background check law that now bears his name.

While the anti-gun Left claims these Brady background checks have been a success, recent Justice Department reports show otherwise.

As this graphic shows, only 13 bad guys were actually taken off the streets for illegally trying to buy guns in one year.

Nevertheless, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats want to expand background checks to include all gun buyers — a scheme that would help this administration to establish an illegal gun registry.

Before departing for their August recess, Senator Reid promised he would schedule an upcoming vote on universal background checks — perhaps in the early fall.

Help GOA defeat universal registration

GOA recently alerted gun owners to this “universal registration” threat.  By now, GOA members should have already received this legislative update in their mailboxes.

GOA will be watching the Senate closely and will alert you to any movement on this front.  Click here to sign up for GOA’s email alerts.

 

Great news for gun owners across the country came out of an obscure Georgia runoff last night.

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Jody Hice Wins Runoff Election!
— Great news for gun owners across the country came out of an obscure Georgia runoff last night.
In the 10th Congressional District, Jody Hice handily defeated his opponent and will face nominal opposition in November.

Jody is a great friend of the Second Amendment, and thanks to the support of people like you, GOA was able to flood the airwaves and mailboxes with his pro-gun message.

Georgia’s 10th District had been represented by GOA Life Member Paul Broun, who was chairman of the U.S. House Second Amendment Task Force and a leading voice in protecting your gun rights.  That’s why when Mr. Broun stepped down, it was imperative that we fill his seat with someone who would step in and fight just as vigorously for the right to keep and bear arms.

Gun Owners of America was proud to support Jody Hice early on in his race because he is a tireless leader for gun owners in Georgia, and he is more than ready to fight against the gun grabbers in Washington, D.C.

Jody and his wife are both gun owners, and they know that the true meaning of the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about your God-given right to defend your life from the tyranny of any aggressor.

We need principled individuals like Jody Hice safeguarding liberty in the halls of Congress, and your support of GOA helps to make that happen.

Just by chipping in $10 or $20, you will be part of GOA’s ability to help the best pro-gun candidates across the country.  Because no matter where you live in the country — even if it’s in the deepest of blue states — GOA’s candidates will be looking out for your gun rights.

GOA is making your voice heard this election cycle as we continue to show President Obama and Nancy Pelosi that we are sick and tired of their illegal gun control schemes.