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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.

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.

Loretta Lynch Needs to Come Clean — Or Be Defeated!

Loretta Lynch Needs to Come Clean — Or Be Defeated! 

 

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Loretta Lynch — nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder — is making the rounds among Senators.  She is schmoozing them and trying to win their votes with sugary one-on-one private meetings in which she says nothing.

But we know the drill.  Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan did the same.  In the case of Sotomayor, Kagan, and now Lynch, they had a limited paper trail on guns, and professed to believe in the Second Amendment.

Then, the day after they were confirmed, they became our worst enemies.  And it became pretty clear that they hated us — and the Second Amendment — all along.

There’s no absolute way to weed out lying anti-constitution nominees.  But we need to do a better job than we’ve been doing.

For this reason, Gun Owners of America is asking Senators to force Lynch to go on record with respect to the legality of anti-gun actions by the Obama administration.  Not to determine whether she agrees with the President, but to hear her views on the legality of his actions.

For instance, in some parts of the country the ATF is routinely copying all dealer 4473’s and bound book entries in connection with its routine annual inspection — thus creating ade facto national gun registry of law-abiding gun owners.  And make no mistake about it:  If regionally held records can be accessed in Washington by the push of a keystroke, it’s a national gun registry — prohibited by federal law.

Does Lynch believe this process is unlawful?  If not, her disregard for the law makes her unqualified to serve as attorney general.

The Obama administration has tried to outlaw the importation of shotguns and ammunition.  And it is being urged to ban the import of semi-autos, thus circumventing Congress’ decision to reject that ban.  In the case of shotguns, the administration has argued that they have no “sporting purpose.”  Huh??!!

Irrespective of whose signature was on that ban, we know the real “mover” was Eric Holder and the ATF.

And then there’s Operation Fast and Furious.  Does Lynch have a problem with that?

Does she favor semi-auto and magazine bans?

What about ATF’s illegal efforts to register multiple sales of firearms?  Or the administration’s efforts to financially strangle gun dealers and manufacturers by labeling them as “risky businesses” under Operation Choke Point?

All of these questions need to be answered.  And, if Lynch refuses to answer them or answers them wrong, she needs to be opposed.

What about the argument that the defeat of Lynch keeps Eric Holder in place — given that he has said he would serve until she was confirmed?

It’s not an easy problem.  But we see no moral way that Senators can vote for Lynch if she refuses to say whether she would abide by the law.

And, while Holder’s hatred of the law has pretty well discredited him, Lynch could still use the lame-duck Attorney General gig as a stepping stone for the Supreme Court.

ACTIONContact your Senators.  Ask them to vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch unless she fully and satisfactorily states that she will uphold the Second Amendment and gun owners’ rights

Republican Leadership Prepared to Relinquish all (Gun) Policy Decisions to Democrats…

 … for the Next Ten Months!


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First, the good news.  Last week, you contacted your congressional representatives and demanded a “short term” Continuing Resolution.  They heard you, and every conservative in Washington is echoing this theme.

Now for the bad news.  Even though Republicans just won control of Congress, what’s the first “bright idea” the Republican leadership comes up with after their wave election?

ANSWER: GIVE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS FOR THE NEXT TEN MONTHS!!!!!   

Thankfully, the overwhelming percentage of conservative Republicans in Washington are opposed to this.  And that’s why we need to keep lighting the fire under them, so they will continue to keep pressing their leadership to stand up to Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Here is what’s at stake: Virtually all spending and policy decisions are made on the giant government-funding bill, called the “continuing resolution” or “CR.”

And it’s in the “CR” where we have been able to defund much of Obama’s anti-gun agenda:  defunding the shotgun import ban, Fast & Furious, the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, etc.

The current “CR” is slated to expire on December 11. So the Republican House has two choices:

1. It can allow the repudiated Democrats currently in control of the Senate (until January 5) to make all of the spending and policy decisions — which will affect your gun rights — until September 30, 2015. It would do this by passing a so-called “long-term CR” which would set policy and spending until the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2015).

2. Or it would do a “short-term CR” into January, February, or March. This would allow the newly elected Republican Congress to set spending and policy for the federal government for most of next year.

What difference does it make?

Given Obama’s “veto pen,” all of the pro-gun policy for the next two years will probably be achieved on this bill — or not.

When April 15 hits — and millions of Americans are hit with hundreds of dollars of ObamaFines — we may be able to create a massive fight over ObamaCare’s unconstitutional mandates.

And this could be the best chance that gun owners have of eliminating a backdoor gun ban — where health data is compiled on millions of Americans and used to disarm gun owners (similar to how 175,000 military veterans have already been disarmed).

But we can’t do it without a short-term CR.

Finally, with respect to the anti-gun amnesty provisions Obama is about to illegally promulgate by executive fiat? We can address these in a Republican controlled Congress. But we can’t, so long as Harry Reid is in the catbird’s seat.

So we ask this of Republicans: Why did we elect you? It certainly wasn’t so that you could cede all of the spending and policy decisions to Democrats for 37.5% of your congressional term.

It’s time to show some backbone. And the first step is a short-term CR.

ACTION:  Contact your Representative and urge him to insist on a “short-term CR.”

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!