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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

Shaneen Allen is Basically Free

Shaneen Allen is Basically Free
— GOA thanks its members for sending postcards to Gov. Christie

“I applaud GOA for pushing constitutional carry in the states and concealed carry reciprocity around the country.” — Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)


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You may remember the story of Shaneen Allen — a mother of two who is a concealed carry permit holder in Pennsylvania, but who was arrested for having her gun in New Jersey.

Yes, Shaneen broke New Jersey law. But the law she broke is clearly in violation of the Second Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to keep and BEAR arms.

So GOA snail-mailed its members and provided them postcards addressed to Governor Chris Christie, demanding that he put pressure on the prosecutor to drop the case.

Well, National Review published a very encouraging update to this story last week:

The prosecutor in Atlantic County has relented, and Shaneen Allen will be admitted into a pre-trial intervention (PTI) program. In consequence, she will avoid jail time, a felony conviction, and the destruction of her life.

This is great news!

After all, Shaneen did NOT commit a violent crime. She was extremely cooperative with the arresting officer.  So much so, he never even would have known about Shaneen’s firearm had she not volunteered the information.

Before the decision to keep Shaneen out of jail, Governor Chris Christie had gone on record saying that he was “monitoring” the case and had hinted at an eventual solution, noting that “the pardon power of the governor is broad and extensive.

GOA defending the right to carry

Shaneen’s ordeal should be coming to an end soon.  But not so for many other gun owners.  And that’s why Gun Owners of America has pursued a multi-pronged attack to prevent future Shaneen Allens from being persecuted:

* In the courts, GOA and its foundation (GOF) have helped defend the right of gun owners by challenging “may issue” carry laws — all of which are discretionary and discriminatory.

* At the state level, GOA has pushed constitutional carry laws that recognize the right of citizens to carry guns without getting permission from government officials.

* And at the federal level, GOA has lobbied for reciprocity legislation to ensure that people like Shaneen Allen can travel out-of-state without sacrificing their right to protect themselves or their families.

GOA pushing legislation to solidify out-of-state carrying of guns

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) authored H.R. 578, which is, unquestionably, the best reciprocity bill in the Congress — given that it doesn’t force constitutional carry states to adopt permit systems.

Put another way:  Other reciprocity bills in Congress would force gun owners, in constitutional carry states like Arizona or Vermont, to first get a carry permit before traveling armed into other states.

The beauty of Stutzman’s bill is that it’s constitutional carry-friendly.  His language protects the God-given right to protect oneself while traveling, while honoring federalist principles at the same time.

But until Stutzman’s bill becomes law, gun owners will need to remain vigilant in helping their fellow brothers and sisters in arms who are persecuted by aggressive, unscrupulous prosecutors.

So thank you, once again, to everyone who sent their postcards to Governor Chris Christie.  Your activism makes a difference!

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.

Morning Miscellany ……………

If Obama does not want one to go to something…

Like the Gun Rights Policy Conference..

Well then..

One should damn well go!!
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Go..

Read this..

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Trickle-Down Tyranny: Cop Doesn’t ‘Give A Damn’ About Constitution Because Obama Doesn’t

A New Jersey police officer refusing to entertain a citizen’s complaints about 1st and 4th Amendment violations recently made it crystal clear how disregard for liberty and the law of the land is a trickle-down problem.

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Gun Owners of America’s Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama Regarding 2A

On behalf of one of the largest and oldest firearms rights groups in the United States, we respectfully suggest that the White House replace the erroneous explanation of the Second Amendment at once..

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Fact…

Those Right Wing Legal Gun owners and Carry permit holders..

Are a lot more law abiding then the general public…

And more so then the lying media which refuses to report that and often lies about it..

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The Nuge…

Today’s journalism cockroaches!!
Agreed..

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Morning Miscellany …………….

Nazis in the school..

The young man was attempting to read it during his free time, when the teacher forced him to call his father after he refused to put the Bible on her desk and inform him that this kind of material was not permitted in her classroom.

And as a Father I would hope this young man’s Father would have reminded this ‘teacher’ about the 1st Amendment..

And then some..

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Chicago..

Where the anti gun crowd rules and have ‘controlled’ the gun problem..

Not!!

22 in 12 hours shot!

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Pro Gun.. Rise in business..

Bet no robberies either!!

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LIEberal Anti Rights Rep from New York..

Wants Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America investigated..

For you know..Something!!

Cause he stands for our Rights and in the Progressives twisted world that is wrong!!

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 Minnesota’s own anti gun queen..

Weer’d takes her to task once again and points out her idiocy..

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One wonders about the sanity of this supposed ‘smart’ President..

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Being paid while they ‘investigate’?

An apparent choking death!

Much like the Government of Tyrant Buck Ofama ‘investigating’ his crimes..

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1.7% of Americans claim to be ‘Gay’!

And their screaming and whining for their ‘rights’ causes so much dissension and hate..

Wow..

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R.I.P. James ‘Maverick’ Garner..

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Good News You Might Have Missed

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The Anti-gun Left is coming unglued; frustrated by legislative defeatsGun Owners of America will run an ad against you or billboard against you and say you’re trying to take their guns away.” — Former President Bill Clinton, appearing on Morning Joe, MSNBC

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The Anti-gun Left is coming unglued; frustrated by legislative defeats

 

Gun Owners of America will run an ad against you or billboard against you and say you’re trying to take their guns away.” — Former President Bill Clinton, appearing on Morning Joe, MSNBC


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You might remember that back in June, Barack Obama lamented that his “biggest frustration” as President was not being able to get gun control pushed through the Congress.

Well, the President’s words were like a dog whistle to the anti-gun Left, who are fervently doing their best to attack GOA and NRA — in an effort to discredit our influence on Capitol Hill and amongst the grassroots.

Within the past week, several media outlets joined together with anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and have leveled their “guns” at the gun lobby and their grassroots members.

And yesterday, an anti-gun Congresswoman even launched a personal attack against GOA’s Larry Pratt.

But as stated by the pro-gun website The Truth About Guns, these “anti-gun articles [about GOA and NRA] are riddled with misinformation, mischaracterization and misdirection.”

Click here to read more.

Your activism really does make a difference!

Have you ever wondered if your phone calls, emails and postcards make any difference at all?

(You shouldn’t, if you’ve been a member of Gun Owners of America for any length of time, as we frequently document the tremendous impact that our members and activists have made upon the political process.)

But recently, we once again witnessed the power of the grassroots — and the leftists in the Senate are still reeling from their defeat, having failed to pass the so-called “Harry Reid Preservation Act.”

Click here to read more about this GOA grassroots victory.

GOA activist wins AR-15

Congratulations go to Alex from Texas, winner of the 2014 Independence Day AR-15 sweepstakes. (See the picture above.)

Alex is a Texas resident who appreciates how easy GOA makes it for gun owners like himself to contact his representatives.

“I’ve gotten GOA’s emails for a long time, and I try to take action on your alerts whenever I can,” Alex said.

Out of the thousands of participants who entered the raffle, Alex was the winner of the S.W.A.T. AR-15 rifle with 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

So if you entered the raffle, but didn’t win, don’t fret — GOA will soon be having and end of summer gun give-a-way. So keep watching your emails — and especially the GOA Facebook page.

 

NASCAR’s David Gilliland to Drive GOA Car at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday

 

Finally, David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will take the wheel of the Gun Owners of America car in the Super Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday, July 19.

Gilliland will be joined by his father Butch (a retired NASCAR driver) and son Todd as three generations of one of southern California’s favorite and best-known racing families will be on the track and competing in the same race for the first time ever!

The GOA car is owned and funded by Tri-Signal Motor Sports.  Dennis Furden, owner/driver of Tri-Signal Motor Sports, is an avid Second Amendment supporter who started his racing career in 1972 at the age of 11. He has competed and won more than 100 races in his 40 plus years of driving.  He has competed at various levels and recently finished 6th place in points in the NASCAR Whelan All American Series Super Late Model division.

Click here to read more.