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The Truth About the Shutdown, Part 3

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October 8 – Head Start for Low Income Children Act to fund an initiative championed by President Obama passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act to conduct negotiations, resolve differences, re-open the government, and address the debt passes the House.  SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act to keep federal workers who are still on the job paid on-time unanimously passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

The federal government shutdown is now in its 10th day. MN Senator Al Franken and his fellow Democrats in the Senate continue to refuse to work with Republicans. It’s time for the Democrats to get back to work. The #SenateMustAct to end the shutdown.

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Who? Tales! Good What? Tyranny! Shutdown!

Those dangerous CCW holders…Turning our streets into the Wild West…Blood everywhere…Oh..wait!!
Maybe NOT!’

Police Officers One Third More Likely to Murder Than Concealed Carry Permit Holders

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Pisshead Morgan…British subject kicked out of Britain for lying..
Comes here and spreads he bullshit which includes lying how ‘violent’ crime is down with the oppressive Gun Control in his Homeland…
Again his lies..
Facts just plain suck don’t they Pisshead?
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I don’t think so…

Be a Good Victim & Surrender!

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Tyranny has a new face ..

And it’s name is….

Obama – The New Face of Tyranny

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Hurting some and pandering to others…What does that tell you?

Wake up Sheeple!
Speak out!

Obama’s Shutdown: Parks for Amnesty Activists Only

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The Truth About the Shutdown, Part 1

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September 20 - House Republicans pass a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (230-189) to keep government running at current spending levels and defund the Affordable Care Act. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

September 28 – House passes another Continuing Resolution to keep government open and avoid a shutdown. Republicans attempt to negotiate with Democrats and agree to delay implementation of Obamacare for 1 year. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

September 30 – the House insists on a plan to fund government at current spending levels and pass Continuing Resolution that includes provision to ensure NO SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR CONGRESS under the president’s health care law. House Republicans request a formal House-Senate conference. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT! 

October 2 – Open our National Parks Act, to keep national monuments like the WWII memorial open, passes the House with bipartisan support (252-173). SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT! 

October 3 – Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act passes the House (265-160). SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT! 

And That’s Just The First Week…Stay Tuned for Part 2!   

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GOA Fights to Preserve Stand Your Ground Laws,

GOA Fights to Preserve Stand Your Ground Laws,
Pro-gun Majority on Court

“Mr. Holder’s comments rankled gun-rights groups and other supporters of [Stand Your Ground] laws…. Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America, said the attorney general ‘wants to take us back to the days where those who are under attack are forced to retreat.’” — Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2013

GOA Standing our Ground against assaults
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y the Obama Administration

It was a good week for gun owners in many respects.

First, unless you were living in a cave the past few days, you have surely heard about the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida.

While this was certainly a tragic case, the jury followed the law and acquitted Zimmerman of second degree murder — in the case which has now become internationally famous.

Predictably, the Obama administration is using this case to demonize gun owners and attack Stand Your Ground laws around the country — laws which remove a person’s duty to retreat prior to using deadly force when facing “death or great bodily harm.”

GOA has fought to get these laws enacted in the past, and we will continue lobbying to keep them from being weakened or watered down.

As an aside, the Zimmerman defense team NEVER invoked “Stand Your Ground” as a defense.  So all these attacks on Florida’s SYG law are simply disingenuous attempts to use a manufactured “crisis” to advance their left-wing agenda.

Nevertheless, Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he wants us to return to the dangerous doctrine that requires citizens to retreat before they can protect themselves.

This thinking comes from the same school of thought where college students in Colorado were recently told they must urinate or vomit on themselves to prevent rapists from attacking them.

In other words, people should think of every way possible to NOT use force in protecting themselves.  Never mind that George Zimmerman couldn’t retreat because Trayvon Martin had him pinned down while beating his head into the cement.

GOA has called on Eric Holder to issue an apology to George Zimmerman and his family.  The Justice Department used taxpayer dollars last year to organize protests against George Zimmerman — long before the trial ever occurred.

“We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, and Lady Justice is supposed to be blind,” GOA’s Erich Pratt was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal.

Yes, justice is SUPPOSED to be blind.  Sadly, the DOJ had its hand on the scales long before the Zimmerman trial even started.

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Senate victory preserves
Gun Owners’ ability to defeat anti-gun judges

Gun Owners achieved another victory this week and can report that our ability to filibuster anti-gun Supreme Court Justices — and preserve the Supreme Court’s Heller decision — remains intact.

Granted, this victory has come at a price, and many conservatives in Washington are saying that Senate Republicans “caved” in their dealings with Senator Harry Reid.

While there may be truth to that assertion, the facts are this:

* The time-honored right of Senators to filibuster has come under increasing attack, especially since pro-gun forces have used the Senate filibuster to defeat anti-gun judges (like Caitlin Halligan) and anti-gun legislation (like the Toomey-Manchin registration amendment).

* GOA worked with pro-gun Senators in January to beat back attempts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to blow-up the filibuster rules, via the so-called “nuclear option.”

* Recently, Senator Harry Reid engaged in another all-out assault on the filibuster, but he settled for an agreement where certain appointments would get confirmed and others would be taken off the table — but, most importantly, where the filibuster would remain untouched!

By reaching the deal, Republicans have averted a parliamentary precedent that would have allowed:

1) A swing anti-gun Supreme Court justice to be approved by a 50-vote (plus Biden) margin — instead of garnering 60 votes;

2) A precedent that would allow gun control to be approved by 50 votes (plus Biden) margin — instead of garnering 60 votes; and,

3) An anti-gun ATF Director by a 50-vote (plus Biden) margin — instead of garnering 60 votes.

The downside is that Harry Reid has now demonstrated that he can get what he wants by threatening to use the “nuclear option” to blow up the Senate as an institution. We expect him to drag out this threat again and again and again.

Harry Reid Moves to Destroy the Senate Rules that are Blocking Passage of Gun Control

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Harry Reid Moves to Destroy the Senate Rules that are Blocking Passage of Gun Control

You can’t be “just a little bit pregnant.”

Similarly, you can’t cheat “just a little.”

Once you have made it clear that you are willing to break the rules in order to win, the rules are meaningless.

So it is with some alarm that we note that Harry Reid — in an exercise of raw power — intends within the next week to try to openly break the Senate rules in order to confirm all pending Executive Branch nominees.

You may remember that, at the beginning of the year, Reid made the specious argument that you could change the rules at the beginning of a two-year congressional session — and only at the beginning of the congressional session.

Well, we are no longer at the start of the term.

A quarter of the 113th Congress had now come and gone. And even the pseudo-intellectual arguments for obliterating the Senate rules are gone.

This is an exercise in raw political power. This is an effort by Reid to say: “I can cheat whenever I want. And no one can stop me.”

The first showdown case will occur over efforts to fill the National Labor Relations Board. You may remember that Obama was slapped down by the courts for appointing these “members” as “recess appointments” when Congress wasn’t in recess.

Now, having been caught cheating, Obama and Reid are threatening to tip over the chess board in order to confirm these illegal “recess appointments.”

But that’s just the beginning.

Once it is impossible to filibuster Executive Branch appointments, Obama will soon carry through on his word to slam through a rabidly anti-gun zealot to head the ATF.

And does anyone think that the Senate would comply with the niceties of the rules it has obliterated — if what was at stake was an anti-gun zealot nominated to the Supreme Court in order to overturn the Heller and McDonald decisions?

Finally, it is just not credible for Reid to say: “I’m going to cheat. But I’m going to define the way in which I cheat to limit my cheating to this narrow way.”

All year, MSNBC has been whining that Democrat gun control has been thwarted by the Senate filibuster rules.

If the Senate’s filibuster rules are obliterated, you can be sure that the Toomey-Manchin amendment — with its universal gun registries — would soon be brought up again and passed.

Gun owners should realize that the Feinstein gun and magazine bans lost by such a large margin only because a lot of anti-gun senators knew they would not muster the 60 votes needed. If there were a 50-vote margin — and their votes made a difference — many of these anti-gunners would switch their votes and pass Feinstein.

So the reason gun control did not pass is because the Senate rules allowing us to filibuster it. They may seem dry and boring, but the question of whether we win or lose will depend on them.

ACTION: Contact Your Senator. Tell him to oppose Harry Reid’s “cheat scheme” to violate the Senate rules in order to change the Senate rules.

GOA: Thank You for Tying up the Capitol Hill Phone Lines on the Anti-gun Amnesty Bill

Thank You for Tying up the Capitol Hill Phone Lines
on the Anti-gun Amnesty Bill

Your voice has made a difference!

 

“One thing that’s not being reported about this whole immigration thing is the degree to which it’s opposed by the people in this country,” said Rush Limbaugh.  “You try calling, you can’t get through [because] you are inundating them.  You are overwhelming them.”

The U.S. Senate passed the anti-gun amnesty bill today on a 68-32 vote.

Through this long, hard fight, you guys tied up the Capitol Hill phone lines in opposition to the bill.  And your voice has resonated, much to the chagrin of the anti-gun politicos on Capitol Hill.

At first blush, the final tally might seem like an overwhelming loss for our side, but the fact is, it represents the proverbial “kiss of death” for Chuck Schumer’s anti-gun, amnesty forces.

Senator Schumer & Co. fell far short of the goal they set for passing the amnesty bill — a goal they HAD TO ACHIEVE if they were going to have ANY momentum at all in the House.

Chuck Todd, a perennial water-carrier for the Obama administration, lamented this on MSNBC this week:

“The sweet spot was 75-plus in the Senate because that number would have meant that they would have gotten half of the Republican conference [and would put pressure on House Republicans].  Instead, it looks like they are not going to get that.”

Several times, Senator Schumer tried to achieve his “sweet spot” of 70-75 votes -– which would have allowed him to claim that his bill had momentum going into the House.

But several times, Schumer failed.  And on the final vote, he fell almost ten votes short of what he needed.

This is just the beginning of the bad news in store for Schumer.  Now that his bill goes over to the House, we have a really nasty surprise for him.

It’s called a “blue slip,” and Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) is pushing the House leadership to pass a blue slip resolution that would send the Senate amnesty bill into the trash heap because it raises taxes — an initiative that, under the Constitution, must begin in the House of Representatives.

This is not the only problem the Senate bill has.  In addition to the blue slip problem, both liberal and conservative media are declaring the bill is “Dead on Arrival” in the House for various reasons:

* We have revived the “Hastert Rule,” and Boehner is now saying that he won’t bring up the Senate-passed immigration bill for a vote.

* Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) was quoted in The Washington Post yesterday as saying that the House won’t seriously debate any immigration reform until mid-Fall.

* And in the Senate, we will filibuster any effort to stick it onto a new House-initiated vehicle.

Trust us that the media would have used a 70-80 vote margin to try to create the impression of massive bipartisan momentum. They can’t do that easily now.

Now that the Senate has finished its consideration of the amnesty bill, the battle moves to the House — probably in a few months.  So now’s a good time for everyone to send a parting, closing shot to their Senators.

You can see how your Senators voted here.  Every Democrat voted for the bill, including the following 14 Republicans:  Alexander (TN), Ayotte (NH), Chiesa (NJ), Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Flake (AZ), Graham (SC), Hatch (UT), Heller (NV), Hoeven (ND), Kirk (IL), McCain (AZ), Murkowski (AK) and Rubio (FL).

ACTION:  Contact your Senators Please thank those Senators who voted against the anti-gun amnesty bill and reprimand those who voted for it.

GOA: Gun Owners Score Big in the Senate

Gun Owners Score Big in the Senate
Sell-out amendment falls three votes short of Schumer’s goal of 70
Sometimes victory is relative.  But that doesn’t make it any less definitive.

Today, beginning at 5:30 pm (EST), only 67 Senators — three short of Chuck Schumer’s 70-vote target — voted to shut off debate on the anti-gun Hoeven-Corker-Leahy amnesty amendment. It is noteworthy that only 15 Republicans voted for cloture (to end debate), while an overwhelming majority of GOP Senators voted against it (that is, most Republicans wanted to keep the filibuster in place).

The Chuck Schumers of the world did everything in their power to get the 70-vote threshold which they had predicted — and which became a floor for the number of votes necessary in order for anti-gunners to avoid embarrassment.

They gave Nevada Senators an unending open-ended sky’s-the-limit program to tout tourism in Las Vegas.

They gave Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders $1.5 billion in social spending in order to buy his vote.

And so it went.  One Senator after another after another secured irrelevant buy-out amendments as the price for selling out. It was ObamaCare 2.0.

But that wasn’t enough.

By falling short of their 70-vote goal, Schumer & Co. in effect admitted that the bill would limp out of the Senate without any momentum going into the House.  Coupled with our successful efforts to revitalize the Hastert Rule in the House, anti-gun immigration reform is on track to being dead for the year because House Speaker Boehner has said he will not pass it with largely Democratic support.

Does that mean we can declare victory and go home?  No.  As usual, you don’t pop the cork until they bang the gavel. You keep fighting.
And to that end, gun owners should express their dissatisfaction with Senators who voted for the amendment.  You can go here to see how your Senators voted.
As sweet as the 67-27 vote was, it means that our job is not over.

Schumer was unable to break through his 70-vote target because he was so intent upon slamming this bill down our throats that he scheduled his vote when many of his supporters could not make it. If we REALLY want to continue raining on Schumer’s parade, we’re going to have to repeat our achievement on Wednesday, when the Senate votes on cloture on the substitute which contains the sell-out provisions — and on cloture on the whole bill itself.

This means we need to flip a couple of votes, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) — both of whom both voted for the sell-out — are the most obvious potential pick-ups.
ACTION: Please click here to contact your Senators and thank those who voted correctly (that is, who voted NAY) on the Hoeven amendment.  But reprimand those who voted wrong (by voting YEA).  Please note that the system will automatically select the correct letter for each of your Senators.
And if you have time to phone in your message, that would be helpful, as well.  The Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121.