THANK YOU for fighting for your gun rights — here’s what’s next

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Due to an email glitch, some people didn’t get this message yesterday, so we apologize if you get this twice. Please note that we’ve updated the probable Senate hearing date next week to THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21.

YOU FILLED THE CAPITOL
Gun rights activists — that’s you! — made a fantastic showing at last week’s gun control hearings at the Minnesota House. At the hearings, a dozen bills were introduced and debated. Eleven of them would restrict our right to keep and bear arms.

For an overview of all of these bills and what they mean, visit our bill reference page at http://www.gocra.org/news/reference/2013-firearms-bills/

But thanks to your turnout, and your flooding the legislature with calls and emails, there are already cracks forming in the support for these attacks on the Second Amendment:

YOU MADE THEM THINK TWICE!
Rep. Debra Hilstrom
Committee member Debra Hilstrom (DFL – Brooklyn Center), apparently sent hundreds of people this email over the weekend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding bills introduced regarding guns. I do not support any bans or the proposal for additional background checks.
Thank you
Debra
Sent from my iPad

We appreciate Rep. Hilstrom’s pro-civil-rights approach!

Rep. Alice Hausman
Representative Alice Hausman (DFL – Roseville), the author of the “assault weapon” and magazine ban bills, was not even in the room to present “her” bills to the committee. She left it to a gun control lobbyist, paid by out-of-state foundation funds, to pitch the proposals. Even the Star Tribune took note of this highly irregular activity.

Hausman later admitted to a reporter from the liberal web site MinnPost.com that she “doesn’t really know anything about guns” and “just sorta signed up.”

LET’S CLOSE THE DEAL – ACTION ITEMS
These bills stand a good chance of being shot down in committee. You can make that happen:

1) CALL and EMAIL Representative Alice Hausman and (politely) demand that she withdraw the bills that she didn’t even present.
651-296-3824
rep.alice.hausman@house.mn

Rep. John Ward

2) CALL and EMAIL Representative John Ward, thank him for his past support of your gun rights, and encourage him to stand by his values, maintain his GOCRA A-rating, and vote against these infringements.
651-296-4333
rep.john.ward@house.mn

Representative Shannon Savick
3) CALL and EMAIL Representative Shannon Savick, remind her that her district is filled with hunters, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters, and ask her to vote against these rights-infringing bills.
651-296-8216
rep.shannon.savick@house.mn

4) CALL and EMAIL your OWN state representative and senator and tell them not to support these infringements. If their info isn’t at the bottom of this email, please update your address using the link below! We need it to get you information specific to your area.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Minnesota Senate will have their own gun bill hearings starting, probably, next Thursday afternoon. If you can join us at the capitol to stand up for your rights, we need you there. We’ll send you more details as soon as we have them.

Please forward this email to gun owners and civil rights supporters, and ask them to sign up at http://www.gocra.org/join.html

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Politicians..Rinos..Blame Bush..Scissors??!!?..Guns..Global Warmening!!..Youth, Guns, Like..

Molotov Mitchell Rips Hillary A New One and Tells GOP Rand Paul Is 2016 Candidate

What difference at this point does it make!! A lot Shillary, a lot you bitch..

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Old Hillary. Blame Bush….

Clinton Blames Bush for Lack of Funds to Secure Benghazi

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A scissors?? Isn’t that the same as bringing a knife to a gun fight? Either way your dead…

“If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the narrator in the video, which shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer.

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Obama/Feinstein: Obfuscation and Vilification

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves … and include … all men capable of bearing arms. … The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” –Richard Lee (1787)

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Form letter from my State Senator…At least I hear from him in a civil manner. Unlike the State Rep I have representing me.

Thank you for sending your concerns to my office.  As a gun owner myself, I’ve been looking at this issue as it plays out on the Federal level.  I have hunted for years, and as a civics teacher, I am of course a strong supporter of the Constitution and its amendments.

I have no plans to author legislation on gun control, and will only support bills that balance both the need to reduce gun violence with the need to protect the rights of reasonable and responsible gun owners.  I am also concerned about mental health issues as they apply to gun violence in this state.  Identification and prevention of mental health issues are key to reducing gun violence without unduly restricting ownership.

I will take your concerns into account as gun ownership becomes an issue of discussion in the Minnesota Senate.  Again, thank you for voicing your thoughts.  An active constituency is a critical foundation for democracy.

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Blame global warming. For everything

Protip: When there’s a problem — any problem — just blame global warming. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ the Center for American Progress’ Christie Hefner said that Chicago’s sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change. ‘Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],’ Hefner, the former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, said. ‘And this year we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem odd, but it is factually true. One of them is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer. And we are having this climate change effect that is driving that.’”

Kids, take note. Why didn’t you do your homework? Global warming, obviously. You failed a test? Sure you didn’t study, but also remember you took it while suffering under global warming. You punched your principal in the face? Everyone knows that’s a predictable consequence of global climate change, duh!

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Blame Bush! Repeat. Forever

If you get tired of blaming things on global warming and want to mix it up, you can always blame George W. Bush or the GOP. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports:

“White House officials and Democrats are blaming the GOP and Hurricane Sandy for the stunning late-2012 shrinkage in the nation’s economy. … The apparent contraction was announced Wednesday morning when the federal Bureau of Economic Advisers estimated the nation’s gross domestic product nudged down 0.1 in the last three months of 2012. … Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, pushed a more explicitly partisan version of the same theme via twitter. ‘GOP holds econ hostage over debt ceiling. Deal to avert crisis includes steep spending cuts they wanted. Economy slows. Blame Obama. #unreal,’ he tweeted at 9.45.”

You may say this doesn’t sound like leadership, but you would be wrong. Remember, in this administration, leadership is defined as leading from behind, which we used to call following. But under this new definition of leadership, Team Obama is a wild success.

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The youth like the guns

Young Americans are apparently more protective of gun rights than older Americans. Jessica Stanton reports for TheDC:

“A vast majority of young adults under the age of 34 believe that Americans have a right to own an ‘assault weapon,’ according to a new Reason-Rupe poll released Thursday. Seventy percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 24-34 year-olds indicated the government ‘should allow the private ownership of assault weapons.’ But a majority of older Americans disagree, with 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 asserting that ‘assault weapons should be prohibited.’”

Surprising.

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