GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment

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GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
While gun owners dramatically winning the culture war
“The founders did not establish a right to bear arms,” GOA’s Erich Pratt was quoted as saying to Newsmax.  “They assumed it already existed [and] said that it ‘shall not be infringed.’ [But] gun-control advocates frequently want to skip over those words.” 

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Gun Owners of America joined a chorus of pro-gun organizations in slamming idiotic comments made recently by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

In a newly released book, Justice Stevens said the Second Amendment should be altered to say that people only have the right to bear arms “when serving in the militia.” 

GOA blasted the comments, adding that gun owners would welcome the opportunity to demolish Stevens’ arguments in the court of public opinion.  

“Bring on the debate,” said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt in an interview with Newsmax over the weekend.  Gun control advocates are always “pushing for draconian gun restrictions” while hiding behind words like “gun safety.”

But to a gun banner, those words are code for, “We just want the military and the police to have guns,” Pratt said.  “So let’s get them out of the closet.”

Gun owners need not worry about Stevens’ idea gaining traction.  Even an anti-gun liberal, like Professor Alan Dershowitz, opposes Stevens’ proposal.

“You don’t amend the Magna Carta,” Dershowitz said. “You don’t amend the Bill of Rights. There are certain things that you just leave pristine.”

GOA agrees.  And increasingly, so do the American people.

Polls show more Americans opposing gun control

Remember all the phony polls which were used by Obama last year in order to push gun control? 

Remember the unrelenting unilateral media pressure to ban guns — pressure reflected in even the “conservative” media? 

Well, who’s laughing now? 

Tuesday, the liberal USA Today was forced to concede that even liberal pollsters have found a massive, cataclysmic shift by Americans in favor of the right to keep and bear arms. 

We bet that USA Today trolled all of the polls for some evidence that Americans embraced gun control to the same extent as their editorial board.  What they found was a liberal Pew poll — conducted immediately after last year’s Newtown vote in April — that found that Americans were statistically evenly divided between pro-gunners and anti-gunners.  Okay, it’s a liberal poll. 

But what was even more interesting is that, in 2000, the same poll, asking the same questions, had found Americans supporting gun control by a margin of 66% to 29% — a 37% gap in favor of gun control. 

And Pew is not alone. 

Later in 2013, Gallup found that 51% of all Americans do not support stricter gun control.  In 2000, that number was 38% — with 62% of Americans supposedly favoring more anti-gun laws. 

Of course, 2000 was the year when gun owners confounded the pollsters and elected George Bush as president, over the anti-gun Democratic candidate, Al Gore. 

Hence, you shouldn’t trust the polls.  But when liberal gun grabbers are forced to concede that the polls are against them, that tells you something really interesting. 

So, guess what, in this Easter week, we note that even Satan quotes scripture when he has no choice.

Bloomberg gets it really, really wrong

Speaking of the forces of darkness quoting Scripture, anti-gun former Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose this Easter week to try his hand at some biblical exposition.

But before we tell you about his whopper, Bloomberg made headlines on Wednesday after announcing his “threat” to spend $50 million to change people’s hearts and minds in favor of gun control.

Never mind the fact that Bloomberg has anything but the Midas touch when it comes to pushing gun control, as he’s lost almost every battle where he’s spent his millions.  

“I guess he’s free to do so; he’s got money to waste,” said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt on MSNBC.  “But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”

Indeed, Bloomberg lost in Nevada last year, where he tried to get a universal gun registry and universal background checks enacted.  

He lost in Colorado, where he tried to rescue two state senators from being recalled because of their gun control votes.  

And he lost in the U.S. Senate, where a concealed carry amendment actually garnered more Senate votes than did his proposal for expanding background checks on guns.

But it’s not just on guns where he gets it wrong.  Obviously proud of his efforts in pushing firearms restrictions, Bloomberg said this week that:

“If there is a God, when I get to heaven, I’m not stopping to be interviewed.  I’m heading right in.  I’ve earned my place in heaven.  It’s not even close.”

Wow, if he thinks he’s blessed because of his efforts to disarm the public, he should consider passages like I Samuel 13:16-22, where arms control was considered a curse; and Luke 22:36, where Jesus told His disciples to sell their cloaks and buy a sword (if they didn’t already have one).

And as for breezing right through the pearly gates, without an interview, and gaining entrance on the basis of his own very tainted efforts?  Does he really think that he can buy his way into heaven because of the millions he’s spent on “social issues”? 

Most people would find that disgusting.

Sadly, it appears that Bloomberg has no idea what this Easter weekend is all about.  And so on that note, we here at Gun Owners of America hope that you and your family will have a blessed holiday.

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Click here for “What does the Bible say about gun control?” — in English or Spanish — to get additional arguments refuting Bloomberg’s views on religion and gun control.

Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court

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Gun Owners win key victories, including one
before the Supreme Court

And gunnies say goodbye to a good friend

“Otis McDonald was a gracious Christian gentleman who loved his family and wanted nothing more than to keep them safe,” said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt, who interviewed McDonald (for his NewsHour radio program) after the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald’s favor and struck down Chicago’s gun control law.


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GOA won a huge victory before the Supreme Court in the McCutcheon case last week — a decision which will effectively allow GOA supporters to contribute greater total dollar amounts to help pro-gun candidates get elected.

One of the arguments that Gun Owners of America made in its amicus brief was that the Court should not trust Congress to regulate elections — a point that was echoed by Chief Justice John Roberts on page 3 of the McCutcheondecision:  “And those who govern should be the last people to help decide whoshould govern.”

GOA is also thankful for Justice Clarence Thomas, whose opinion most closely resembled the arguments made in GOA’s brief.

While Justice Thomas concurred in the majority decision, he also issued his own opinion, saying he would have gone further to overturn all contribution limits — something that Justice Thomas has urged for years, and something that GOA’s brief urged, as well.

Gun owners can read GOA’s amicus brief here; and the U.S. Supreme Court decision here.

GOA helping states block federal gun laws

Gun Owners of America recently thanked its Idaho members for their activism in helping their state become the latest to nullify President Obama’s gun control agenda.

GOA issued several alerts into the state in favor of the nullification bill, and GOA activists rose to the occasion.

After Governor Butch Otter (R) signed the bill into law in late March, GOA issued a statement to the media congratulating residents of the Gem State.

“By signing this nullification bill into law,” said GOA’s Director of Communications Erich Pratt, “Idaho has joined an elite class of states that are telling the feds to ‘get lost’ — especially when it comes to unconstitutional gun control infringements.”

The new law will bar Idaho officials from enforcing federal gun control laws, and the law will penalize officers who give such orders.

“Almost a dozen states have introduced similar bills this year,” Pratt said.  “And Alaska and Kansas enacted their own nullification bills last year.”

Gun owners smack down Bloomberg gun control in New Hampshire

It has been a long, hard battle in the Granite State, but the self-proclaimed nation’s Mayor — the anti-gun Michael Bloomberg — has come up empty-handed.

The former New York City Mayor is spending millions of dollars all over the country in an effort to expand background checks to prevent more and more law-abiding citizens from owning guns.

In New Hampshire, Senate Bill 244 was introduced with this end in mind by an anti-gun Democrat.  As introduced, the bill would have imposed gun bans on large classes of Granite Staters.

This ban could have covered police and firemen with PTSD; or seniors with Alzheimer’s, many of whom have very large and valuable gun collections which they would like to pass on to their children.

GOA worked with the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition in the state to get the onerous provisions stripped out of the bill.  After a long hard battle — where some weak-kneed gun groups in the state even supported gun control “lite” as an alternative — the state Senate did the right thing and stripped out every word of gun control.

The legislature is still in session, and thus, it “ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”  But this is a big victory for the Second Amendment in New Hampshire, and another huge defeat for the Bloomberg agenda nationwide.

Saying goodbye to Otis McDonald

Finally, we report, with great sadness, that Otis McDonald — a recent icon in the gun movement — died last Friday, April 4.

Gun owners will remember him as the valiant resident of Chicago who brought down the city’s handgun ban — a case which was finally decided in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court in the now famous McDonald v. Chicago.

GOA Executive Director interviewed him for his radio program and later appeared with him on the Judge Jeanine Pirro show on Fox News last year.

McDonald died last week at the age of 80 after a long illness.

“While Otis is no longer with us, his legacy will continue on for years,” Pratt said.  “Otis McDonald will truly be missed.”

Gun owners can read GOA’s amicus brief in the McDonald decision here and the U.S. Supreme Court decision here.

 

Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

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Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

“It really doesn’t matter, when somebody shows up at a place, why they’re trying to kill people,” Erich Pratt, the group’s director of communications, told MSNBC. “The important thing is that people be able to protect themselves.”


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Yesterday’s tragic shooting at Ft. Hood raises the question once again: How many more lives must perish before Congress repeals the ban on service members carrying guns?

We now know that Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, brought a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun onto Ft. Hood yesterday and killed three other people, before killing himself.

Fox News reports that the rampage ended when a female MP drew her weapon, causing Lopez to take his own life.

It was previous base shootings like this one that prompted Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) to introduce H.R. 3199 last year, a bill to repeal the ban on carrying firearms on military bases.

 Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

Rep. Stockman blasted the glaring double-standard that keeps our servicemen disarmed.

“Why are civilians at a restaurant allowed to defend themselves but soldiers trained in firearms aren’t?” Stockman asked.  “Why can’t we extend common sense gun laws like open carry to our soldiers?”

Ret. Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford — who survived the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting, despite being shot 7 times by Nidal Hasan — shocked an MSNBC host today when he said “I think more guns” is the answer.  

“Had it been where other service members [had] guns or weapons on them at that time,” Sgt. Lunsford said, “I don’t think [Lopez] would have reacted the way that he was reacting.”

It is imperative that gun owners urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 3199.  Every time we repeal another gun-free zone, we take away another killing zone that the Left can use to clamor for gun control.

  Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

To be sure, the political Left has spent the entire day trying to exploit this tragedy in hopes of resurrecting calls for gun control.

Should we ban those on anxiety meds?  How about servicemen with PTSD?  What about just anyone who is seeking psychiatric counseling?

These are the questions that MSNBC hosts have raised today.  But over and over again, even their own liberal guests continue to shoot down the idea that society can accurately predict which non-violent individuals are likely to commit violence in the future:

* Former FBI agent and criminal profiler, Clint Van Zandt:  “There is no real litmus test for who’s going to commit violence.”

* NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski:  “[Psychologists] saw no sign of likely violence or suicidal tendencies from [Ivan] Lopez.”

* Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, a NYU professor:  “PTSD by itself, it doesn’t make people violent.”

So even though gun grabbers are trying to use tragedies like this to expand gun laws — making them even more draconian — the dirty little secret among the “intelligencia” is that background checks are doomed to fail:

* Remember Adam Lanza at Newtown, Connecticut?  He stole his firearms from his mother, whom he murdered.

* Or how about the Clackamas Mall shooter?  He stole his AR-15, just as Lanza (one week later) would steal his firearms.

* Then there was the James Holmes at the Aurora theater in Colorado.  He passed two background checks.

* Or how about Jared Loughner in Tucson, Arizona?  He passed a background check.

No wonder that America’s police officers, by a 2-to-1 margin, support concealed carry as the answer to large scale shootings — as compared to expanding mental health checks for gun buyers.  (See page 6.)

“Saving lives by allowing trained soldiers to carry firearms should be an easy fix,” said Rep. Stockman.  “No reasonable person can oppose that.”

ACTION:  Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act; and thank those who already have.  By using the GOA Engage feature — and inputting your address — the appropriate message will be selected, based on whether your Rep. has cosponsored the bill.

REPS. TO THANK FOR ALREADY COSPONSORING H.R. 3199:

Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11]

Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1]

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26]

Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27]

Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1]

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]

Rep LaMalfa, Doug [CA-1]

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1]

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]

Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8]

Rep Stockman, Steve [chief sponsor]

Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3]

Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14]

P.S. It’s time to put an end to the dangerous gun ban on military bases.  Click here to help GOA reach out to more gun owners so we can increase the pressure on politicians in Washington.

Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?

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Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?
Take the GOA poll and send a message to Gov. Christie

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might soon face a monumental decision over a gun control bill that could land on his desk — and this comes as he ponders whether to throw his hat into the ring for a presidential run.

A bill to limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and to instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals — is currently working its way through the state legislature.

It has already passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate, as well. More on this story below, along with information on the GOA Poll Question that will generate results from you all — results which GOA will send to Gov. Christie.

But first, there is monumental news from a state that borders New Jersey, and it has many observers wondering if the oncoming electoral tsunami in November might take out sitting Democrats and Republicans all across the country.

Tea Party write-in candidate defies the establishment

Both Republicans and Democrats alike were “stunned” when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a Pennsylvania senate race last week.

Out of more than 22,000 votes cast, Tea Party Republican Scott Wagner garnered 10,654 write-in ballots (or 48 percent), reducing the mainstream Republican and Democrat candidates to just 27 percent and 26 percent of the vote.  This marks the first time in Pennsylvania history that a write-in candidate has won a state senate seat.

“It takes a huge volunteer effort to run against one’s own party, and this recent coup shows that the angst against tone deaf Republican establishment types is substantially growing,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt in a column this week.

“Observers are starting to publicly ask if the Pennsylvania tsunami might have ‘national implications’ that should worry the establishment of both parties,” Pratt said.

Go here to read the entire article.

New Jersey Governor Christie facing big choice over gun control

An anti-gun bill is working its way through the New Jersey legislature and may soon be sent to Republican Governor Chris Christie for his consideration.

Assembly Bill 2006 passed the Assembly by a 46-31 vote last week and is now expected to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature in upcoming days.

This would put Governor Christie in a quandary, as he is seen as eyeing the GOP nomination for President, but within a Party that leans heavily to the right on gun issues.

A.B. 2006 would change the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” from the allowable 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Click here to take the Poll Question: “Should Governor Christie veto A.B. 2006?”

How Gov. Christie acts on this legislation could have a huge bearing on his viability in a Republican presidential primary.

Given that Gov. Christie is, most likely, considering a presidential run, gun owners all across the country have a legitimate stake in communicating with him on this issue.

And that is why Gun Owners of America is requesting the following two action items.

(1) ACTION for citizens outside of NJ: GOA has set up a Poll Question which simply asks:  Should Governor Chris Christie veto A.B. 2006 — a bill that will limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens into criminals?

No matter where you live, GOA would encourage you to distribute this alert and then to cast your vote — as we will make the poll results available for the Governor and his staff.

(2) ACTION for NJ citizens: In addition to taking the poll, please use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments to Governor Chris Christie. You can use his webform at: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/

Or, you can call him at: 609-292-6000.

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Dear Governor Christie:

I urge you to veto Assembly Bill 2006, should it make its way to your desk.

The legislature has no business limiting the ability of citizens to protect themselves. And to be sure, A.B. 2006 is a severe restriction on my Second Amendment rights.

This bill would limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals.

If my life is on the line, why should you tell me how many rounds of ammunition I can use? You wouldn’t dare subject the police to a 10-round magazine limit — and with good reason.

A study of the NYPD found that their cops (in 2000) fired an average of 16 shots per incident when facing armed attackers. And another study of self-defense cases over a five-year period, in the NRA’s Armed Citizen, revealed that citizen-defenders faced multiple attackers 36% of the time. The threat of multiple attackers — who are impervious to pain because of illegal substances they’ve taken — all underscore the danger of limiting my ability to defend myself.

Banning the tens of millions of standard-capacity magazines that are already in circulation won’t keep them out of dangerous hands, but it will make people like me less safe.

Sincerely,

 

Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee in Serious Trouble, Thanks to You!

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Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee in Serious Trouble, Thanks to You!
– Plus, GOA needs your help to stick it to fascist states like NY and CT

“Past comments [Vivek Murthy] made in support of gun control have drawn strong opposition from the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.” — The Huffington Post, March 17, 2014

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SURGEON GENERAL PICK ON LIFE SUPPORT, THANKS TO GUN OWNERS

It’s not time to declare victory yet.

But it is interesting that the White House is publicly considering delaying the vote on the Vivek Murthy nomination to be Surgeon General until after the November elections.

We alerted you in early February to the problems with this anti-gun nominee for the post of Surgeon General. As a physician and pro-Obama activist, Murthy actively advocated gun bans, magazine bans, and gun registration.

According to yesterday’s Huffington Post, Murthy’s support for a ban on semi-automatic firearms “isn’t sitting well with powerful leaders in the gun lobby” like Gun Owners of America. And today, the liberal Huffington Post said that “bellyaching” from “Gun Owners of America has given unfortunate pause to common sense in Congress.”

An unfortunate pause to common sense? Well, we did point out the Huffington Post is liberal.

Thankfully, because of the united pro-gun opposition to Murthy, ten Democrats are now considering voting against this Surgeon General nomination. Since the only Republican defection thus far is Mark Kirk of Illinois, this would be enough to defeat Murthy, even with the illegal nomination-related rules changes Democrat Leader Harry Reid enacted last November.

Interestingly, according to Saturday’s New York Times, one of the options considered by the White House would be to delay the nomination until January, when, it hopes, newly reelected “red state” Democrats like Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), John Walsh (D-MT), Mark Udall (D-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Warner (D-VA) would be once again free to vote anti-gun.

Hopefully, gun owners will have something to say about the outcome of these and other races.

STUTZMAN RECIPROCITY BILL WOULD STICK IT TO FASCIST STATES LIKE NY AND CT

By now, you’ve probably heard that states like New York and Connecticut have responded to Newtown by going into “full confiscation mode:”

* New York City is sending out letters to registered gun owners, demanding that they relinquish guns holding more than seven rounds.

* In Connecticut, the Hartford Courant is insisting that the state imprison up to 300,000 gun owners who have not complied with the most recent registration demands.

All of the time, we are receiving e-mails from gun owners in these states and elsewhere, demanding that something be done about these atrocities against the Constitution.

We are working with litigators to try to challenge states such as these in court — in the face of a judiciary which is increasingly packed by Obama with anti-gun judges.

But one thing we can do to force states like New York and Connecticut to recognize the Constitution is to pass reciprocity legislation like H.R. 578, which has been introduced by Congressman Marlin Stutzman in the House and currently has 38 cosponsors.

Why is this important?

Because, under H.R. 578, federal law would compel states like New York and Connecticut to “allow” concealed carry holders from other states to walk their streets without being compelled to submit their names to state gun registries.

To those who would argue that New York and Connecticut would violate federal law and never allow this, our response is “Make my day!” H.R. 578 would put Andrew Cuomo and Daniel Malloy in the role of constitutional bigots, standing in the school house door in order to defy federal law.

(And besides, the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Congress does have power, under the 14th Amendment, to protect American citizens who are having their gun rights violated by states and localities.)

Some believe there is going to be an electoral revolution in Connecticut this November or a few years hence. Nothing could add more fuel to that fire than the realization of residents that people from other states have constitutional rights, but not them.

H.R. 578 is, by far, the preferable reciprocity bill, because it recognizes constitutional carry states like Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont and Wyoming — and does not require their residents to change their laws or get permits in order to benefit from it.

Another bill (H.R. 2959), being pushed by another gun group, would require Vermont to repeal its pro-gun laws and would require residents of constitutional carry states to get optional permits. While that’s not horrible, it does deter other states from adopting constitutional carry laws.

In addition, the Cornyn-Thune counterpart in the Senate, like H.R. 578, recognizes constitutional carry states — and is the version that garnered a supermajority of 57 votes in the Senate just last year. So what would be the point in passing the less preferable version in the House, only to have it sent to an interminable House-Senate conference!

H.R. 578 is the preferable reciprocity bill. But we need to increase its current 38 cosponsors.

ACTION: Contact your Representative . Ask him to cosponsor H.R. 578. Tell him he should cosponsor H.R. 578, even if he has already sponsored a reciprocity bill which is not as good.

Gun Owners Prepare to Seize Senate from Harry Reid

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Gun Owners Prepare to Seize Senate from Harry Reid


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At GOA’s request, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has bypassed Harry Reid’s stranglehold on the Senate by bringing a pro-gun bill directly onto the Senate calendar.

The bill is H.R. 4118, and it was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 250-160 vote.  (See the vote here, with “Yea” being the pro-gun vote.)  The bill would suspend the individual mandate of the anti-gun ObamaCare program for one year, thus protecting the privacy of gun owners.

Normally, bills that pass out of one chamber are referred to a committee in the other chamber.  But Senator Paul intervened by using a parliamentary technique to bring H.R. 4118 onto the calendar, rather than letting it be referred to a Senate committee.

Now that H.R. 4118 is “on the calendar,” this means that ANY SENATOR can now “move to proceed” to the bill, thereby CIRCUMVENTING HARRY REID’S STRANGLEHOLD over the Senate agenda.

This is huge.

It is important to gun owners because ObamaCare lays the groundwork for taking millions of Americans — those taking anxiety medications or who have PTSD or ADHD — and feeding their names into NICS’s gun-ban database.

It is important because, already, Obama, by executive fiat, has waived federal privacy laws to clear the way for these gun bans.

It is important because it forces weak-kneed senators running for reelection — senators who claim they want to “fix” ObamaCare — to vote, up or down, on whether to let 30,000,000 Americans facing hundreds of dollars of penalties off the hook.

It is important because it opens the door for “motions to proceed” to other pro-gun bills, including legislation restoring veterans’ rights and creating national reciprocity for concealed carry rights (both of which have close to 60 votes).

It is important because it allows us to compile a target list of vulnerable senators who claim they want to “fix” ObamaCare — just as Nancy Pelosi is trying to use a “discharge petition” in the House on the anti-gun amnesty bill to create a target list of GOP members.

Now, we are asking Rand Paul and other senators to begin circulating a letter of support in the Senate for a “motion to proceed” to the ObamaCare suspension, H.R. 4118.

There are procedural niceties to forcing consideration of the motion to proceed, but our parliamentary experts are working with senators to show them how to accomplish this — and to get this bill sent to the President.

Well, you might ask, isn’t Obama just going to veto H.R. 4118?  GOA’s Legislative Counsel Michael Hammond discusses the answer to this question in a recent Red State piece.

But the answer is that sending H.R. 4118 to Obama would put him in a real bind.  We believe that Obama will eventually be forced to delay the mandate, and that H.R. 4118 will create an inextricable conundrum for him — as it will give credit to Rand Paul (and other pro-gunners) in the Congress for having forced the issue.

ACTION:  Call or  Click here to write your senators.  Ask them to support the motion to proceed to H.R. 4118, which will suspend ObamaCare’s individual mandate for one year.

GOA Helping to Neuter Obama’s Gun Control Agenda

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GOA Helping to Neuter Obama’s Gun Control Agenda

Gun rights advancing, despite adversity

“GOA was the first group to jump in and help with my legal expenses. They really made a difference.” — Connecticut gun owner (and state senate candidate) Walter Reddy, thanking GOA’s Larry Pratt for helping him to get his guns returned from overzealous prosecutors

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There’s been a lot going on around the country, and Gun Owners of America has been at the center of much of it. We thank our grassroots for their involvement in these efforts and for taking action on our alerts.

While this alert will show where we stand right now, please make sure you see the ACTION ITEM at the bottom.

NULLIFICATION BILLS ADVANCE NATIONWIDE

Gun Owners of America has been working with legislators in several states to prohibit state and local officials from enforcing Barack Obama’s gun control agenda.

Go here to read more about these efforts — and to see what you can do to add your voice in opposition to the recent anti-gun regulations promulgated by Health and Human Services.

ANTI-GUNNER BLOCKED IN HIS QUEST FOR ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL

Despite the fact that the Senate blew up its own rules in order to destroy the filibuster, anti-gunners were not able on Wednesday to trot out the 50 votes needed to break a filibuster of the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General.

You can go here to read more about this vote.
And here to see how your Senators voted.

WILL CT ARREST 300,000 GUNNIES & CONFISCATE THEIR GUNS?

An amazing example of civil disobedience is occurring in the state of Connecticut, but the national media is hardly talking about it.

Go here to read more about this story and to see what GOA is doing in the state.

OBAMA/HOLDER NICS CHANGES TO IMPACT GUN OWNERS

The big story this week relates to Eric Holder’s justice department, which will shortly announce NICS changes that would result in the permanent seizure of large numbers of firearms by executive fiat — and make it harder for gun owners to get their seized firearms back.

Regularly, GOA receives pleas from members who have had guns seized by police, both legally and illegally. The common thread is that law enforcement is seldom cooperative in returning the firearms.

Sometimes police challenge the gun owners to “sue us.” And when there is a form and a procedure, authorities frequently ignore deadlines to respond.

Under Obama’s proposed changes, most gun owners with seized guns would have to go through a new NICS check. Since 8% of NICS checks produce “yellow” responses — and 95% of these are false negatives — you can be sure that few of these 8% are ever going to get their seized guns back.

In addition, Obama would create a centralized computerized registry of veterans and others who failed background checks.

Gun Owners of America will ask Congress to defund these lawless and unconstitutional actions.

ACTION: Contact the three key players in the House Appropriations Subcommittee, who have the power to include legislation to “defund” Obama’s anti-gun Executive Actions in the appropriations bills that will be moving over the next few weeks.

Those three key players are Frank Wolf (R-VA), Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Andy Harris (R-MD). Those who live in these districts, can contact them by cutting-and-pasting the letter below and using their webforms. Those who live outside of the districts can contact them by fax or phone.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Rep. Frank Wolf, Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee

* Webform: https://wolf.house.gov/contact/email-me#.UxjBhqYo6vE

* Phone: (202)225-5136

* Fax: (202)225-0437

Rep. Aderholt, Vice-Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee

* Webform: http://aderholt.house.gov/email-me2/

* Phone: (202)225-4876

* Fax: (202)225-5587

Rep. Harris, the most actively pro-gun member of the subcommittee

* Webform: https://harris.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

* Phone: (202)225-5311

* Fax: (202)225-0254

—– Pre-written letters to Reps. Wolfe, Aderholt & Harris —–

Dear

I urge you to include legislation to “defund” Obama’s anti-gun Executive Actions in the appropriations bills that will be moving over the next few weeks.

Eric Holder’s justice department will shortly announce NICS changes that would result in the permanent seizure of large numbers of firearms by executive fiat — and make it harder for gun owners to get their seized firearms back.

Regularly, Gun Owners of America receives pleas from its members who have had guns seized by police, both legally and illegally. The common thread is that law enforcement is seldom cooperative in returning the firearms.

Sometimes police challenge the gun owners to “sue us.” And when there is a form and a procedure, authorities frequently ignore deadlines to respond.

Under Obama’s proposed changes, most gun owners with seized guns would have to go through a new NICS check. Since 8% of NICS checks produce “yellow” responses — and 95% of these are false negatives — you can be sure that few of these 8% are ever going to get their seized guns back.

In addition, Obama’s unilateral actions would create a centralized computerized registry of veterans and others who failed background checks.

So please make sure that upcoming appropriations legislation contains language to “defund” Obama’s Executive Actions.

Sincerely,

Anti-Gun Doctor Poised for Confirmation as Surgeon General

Gun Owners of America

Anti-Gun Doctor Poised for Confirmation as Surgeon General
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On Thursday, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension(acronym: HELP!) Committee approved the nomination of anti-gun doctor Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General of the United States.

Like most of Obama’s nominees, Murthy’s primary “credential” is his rabid support for Barack Obama during the presidential election. As such, the office of Surgeon General — once an honor given to physicians who have distinguished themselves in their field — has now become nothing more than electoral “payback” to a political hack.

And make no mistake about it: Murthy gives the term “hack” a bad name.

Head of Doctors for Obama, Murthy dutifully changed the name to “Doctors for America” just as other Obama house organs were making similar changes. After the shooting in Newtown, Murthy’s group authored an open letter to Obama that urged restrictions on gun rights in the name of the medical profession, stating:

It’s time for common sense gun rules like background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as a comprehensive plan to address gun violence including ensuring funding for research and data-collection on gun violence and ensuring that health care providers can ask patients about gun ownership in order to counsel them appropriately about safety measures.”

This would put Murthy to the Left of Obama’s public position on gun control.

Murthy’s internet communications reflect a similar hatred for the Second Amendment. The Twitter feed of @vivek_murthy reads, in part:

1. Vivek Murthy @vivek_murthy Apr 21
“Signs of progress-we got 20 votes in the senate in favor of gun violence legislation that we wouldn’t have had 1 year ago. Have faith #dr4a”

2. Vivek Murthy @vivek_murthy Apr 21 “Docs fired up to keep fighting for gun safety laws @Drsforamerica natl conference with @haroldpollack Brina Milikowsky, Eric Fleegler #dr4a”3. Vivek Murthy @vivek_murthy 21 Dec 2012
“NRA press conference disappointing but predictable – blame everything in the world except guns for the Newtown tragedy. #wakeup”

If Murthy, as a mere Obama lapdog, was bent on threatening the Second Amendment, imagine what he would do with his hands in control of federal “health” research funds. We already know that President Obama would like to unleash taxpayer dollars in order to produce junk science supporting gun control.

The fight to defeat Murthy’s nomination is made harder by the fact that anti-gun Senators like Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have voted to change the Senate rules so that Murthy can be confirmed by 50, rather than 60 votes.

But we are not going to allow the confirmation of this anti-gun crazy without a fight. And Gun Owners of America will score a vote in favor of Murthy as an anti-gun vote.

ACTIONContact your two Senators and urge them to OPPOSE the Vivek Murthy nomination and forward this email to your friends and family.

GOA: Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

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Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

– GOA’s message drowning out the Bloombergs & Piers Morgans

“Rather than present credible data to counter GOA, [Bloomberg.com] defers to talk of clouds and bunnies, while resorting to nothing more than cumulus fluff.” — Gun rights author, David Codrea, reporting how a Bloomberg hit piece on GOA fell flat (February 20, 2014)

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“I laugh at your foolishness,” said a Bloomberg.com editorialist recently, when commenting on efforts by Gun Owners of America to help stop the anti-gun amnesty bill.

Bloomberg’s hatchet man, Francis Wilkinson, just can’t understand why gun owners would be concerned about legalizing millions of anti-gun voters who broke the law to get here.

In his February 19 editorial, he ridicules GOA (and you) for thinking this could be an “electoral threat” to gun rights.

But as David Codrea writes at Examiner.com:

The major problem with Wilkinson’s snottiness is that’s all he’s got. GOA refers people to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, which shows overwhelming preference among “unauthorized immigrants” for the Democrat party. They can also point to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s political advocacy that all illegal aliens “have earned the right to be citizens.”

It must irritate the Left to the Nth degree that groups like GOA are able to reach hundreds of thousands of grassroots gun owners and to mobilize them on key issues.

No wonder the Left has tried to get the IRS to harass conservative organizations like GOA or to place “monitors” in media newsrooms. The Left does not have the total grip they once had (ages ago), and it drives them crazy.

But thanks to your activism — especially in response to our recent alerts that were aimed at Republicans — the congressional leadership has halted plans for pushing the anti-gun amnesty bill.

It truly is a result of your activism, because your voice has been able to drown out a media Siren Call that, if left unrebutted, would continuously seduce congressmen into doing its bidding. So thank you all for staying involved.

And speaking of activism … there’s some more good news.

YOU ASKED, WE HEARD YOU!

Some of you have asked us to fix the “submit” button in our Legislative Action (Engage) Center — as it seemed to suggest that a pre-written letter would be sent off to your congressman, prior to your being able to read it.

While that was never the case, the “submit” feature was confusing. So we addressed this problem.

Now when you go to the Engage Center — after clicking on the Take Action button — you will notice that the button below your address says: “Continue on to Write a Letter.”

Clicking that button will bring up a pre-written letter that can be amended by you, the activist, or sent “as is.” As many of you know, you were always able to preview and edit the prewritten letter. But now, it is no longer confusing.

Problem solved!

CNN’S PIERS MORGAN BLAMES GUN OWNERS FOR HIS DEMISE

Well, it looks like CNN’s Piers Morgan is calling it quits.

According to the London Times, “Piers Morgan has admitted defeat in the nightly ratings battle and plans to step down from his CNN show.”

But who is the formidable foe that has now handed him his defeat?

Morgan blames “dwindling viewing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude that his show had ‘run its course.’”

How ironic that Morgan blames an “anti-gun campaign” for doing him in. Anyone who has seen his program more than once or twice knows that HE WAS THE ONE who was drumming the anti-gun campaign. He never gave the issue a rest, as he continuously distorted facts and insulted opponents who were clearly more knowledgeable than he was.

The Examiner had this to say on Sunday about Morgan’s downfall: “Cited by more than a few of his critics, one of the better example[s] was when Morgan invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, to argue the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Many of you may remember the two fierce debates that took place between Pratt and Morgan over a year ago.

During their first face-off, Piers quickly ran out of arguments and resorted to name-calling and insults –– saying, among other things, that Pratt was an “idiot” and an “unbelievably stupid man.”

But Morgan’s lack of factual data was plainly obvious. Said one reporter, who watches for media bias: “Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) deserves credit for going on the CNN Piers Morgan program … and calmly and rationally taking the arrogant British host completely apart [and] debunking every tired liberal claim about ‘gun control.’”

You can watch those two debates between Pratt and Morgan here and here.

While we are sure that many in the gun-owning community won’t be missing Piers once he steps down, he won’t be missing us either — but for a different reason.

He will still continue to receive GOA newsletters and receive informative gun-related stories and statistics, given the fact that a GOA member gave Mr. Morgan a gift GOA membership after the first debate with Larry Pratt.

Who knows, maybe once Morgan retires, he’ll have more time to read our newsletters!

The Battle for our Gun Rights is Growing Intense

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The Battle for our Gun Rights
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Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to [act], that’s what I’m going to do…. I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more [gun-related] tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook. — President Obama’s State of the Union address, January 28, 2014

No doubt, you’ve heard the chilling words above already.

On Tuesday night, the President once again demonstrated that he has zero respect for the Constitution or for our God-given freedoms that are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

Obama indicated that if the Congress doesn’t act the way he wants, he’ll pick up his Executive Order pen and write more gun control restrictions into law.

His attorney general, Eric Holder, made a similar statement on Wednesday to legislators on Capitol Hill:  “It is [the President’s] intention to again try to work with Congress, but in the absence of meaningful action [on gun control] to explore all the possibilities and use all the powers that he has to.”

Obama is acting like a tyrant, but many of his supporters inside the Beltway don’t care.  They are defending him to the Nth degree.

For our part at GOA, we’re sounding the alarm and we’re working within the other two branches of government to rein in the President’s excesses.

And that has some folks upset.

Esquire magazine attacks Gun Owners of America

We recently alerted you to the effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to restore the right to carry arms in post offices.  You guys responded wonderfully to this alert, and they are hearing you loud-n-clear on Capitol Hill.

The issue is still not resolved as the Senate committee postponed action on the underlying bill, in part, because of the Rand Paul amendment.  According to The Washington Post, the Paul amendment “require[s] more study.”

In the meantime, gun owners are encouraged to double down in their efforts to contact their Senators.

While the GOA alert found a receptive audience in the gun community, Esquire magazine was horrified and mocked our Tuesday alert, calling us “nutballs” for wanting to reclaim the right to protect ourselves in a Post Office building.

The editors at Esquire share the same fundamental belief as our President, who has nothing but contempt for American gun owners.  Remember the President’s derogatory reference to individuals who bitterly “cling to their Bibles or religion”?

The lines between the opposing sides couldn’t be more clearly drawn.

So please stand with Gun Owners of America and become a member for 2014 if you have not already done so!

The more members we have, the louder our “megaphone” in Washington, D.C., becomes.  Help us to drown out the drivel from the political Esquires in the nation’s capital — wherever they may rear their ugly heads.

GOA involved in three Supreme Court cases

Gun Owners of America continues to fight for Second Amendment rights in the courts.

And currently, GOA (and its foundation arm) has three amicus cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  We are fighting:

1) To protect your right to buy/sell firearms.  In Abramski v. United States, GOA is challenging the ATF’s definition of a “straw purchase.”  The agency has adopted a faulty definition which could, ultimately, threaten to put you in jail for buying a gun from a dealer and then later selling it to a law-abiding family member or friend.

2) To keep you and your guns safe from “no-knock” home raids.  With an increasing number of “no-knock” raids occurring around the country — just because the home occupants are known to own guns — GOA is fighting to protect your safety and privacy in Quinn v. Texas.

3) To protect you from indefinite military arrest and detention.  In Hedges v. Barack Obama, Gun Owners of America helped file an amicus brief in support of Chris Hedges and other journalists and political activists who are challenging Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which allows American citizens to be subject to secret arrest and indefinite detention by the military, exempt from the protections of the Bill of Rights.