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Who Voted Against Jeff Sessions?

Anti-gun Senate Democrat Puppets Dance on Chuck Schumer’s Strings

 

The Senate just had its first big test on guns in the 115th Congress.

And with one exception, every single Democrat voted anti-gun.

The vote was on the confirmation of GOA ally Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General.

With the exception of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, the successful 52-47 vote was otherwise completely party-line, with Republicans voting for the Second Amendment, and Democrats opposing it (Sen. Sessions abstained).

As a senator from Alabama, Sessions had been one of that chamber’s most pro-gun votes.

Most recently, Sessions led the fight which killed the anti-gun sentencing bill. That legislation would have created mandatory 5-year minimum sentences for gunsmiths who didn’t get a $2,250 gun license.

It would also have increased prison sentences by 50% for gun-owning veterans caught up in the Veteran’s Disarmament Act.

Senator Sessions has been a long-time supporter of national constitutional carry reciprocity and due process for veterans — and an opponent of unconstitutional “no-fly no-buy” and background check/gun registry legislation.

We had expected endangered Democrats from pro-gun states who are up in 2018 to pretend to be pro-gun — at least for the next two years.

These include Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Joe Donnelly from Indiana, Jon Tester from Montana, Claire McCaskill from Missouri, Bill Nelson from Florida, Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, and Angus King from Maine.

Instead, these anti-gunners danced on the end of Chuck Schumer’s strings — apparently more indentured to Washington’s Leftists than to their own constituents.

This is particularly notable since all of these anti-gun Red State Democrats (if they were in the Senate at the time) also dutifully voted for political hacks Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — both of whom spent their tenures trying to shred the law and the Constitution in order to go after gun owners.

As we said, anti-gun icon Joe Manchin is apparently making a frantic effort to save his seat among West Virginia’s increasingly hostile electorate. That said, the gun-control supporting Manchin immediately announced that he would oppose the HHS nomination of Tom Price — apparently because Price wants to repeal the anti-gun ObamaCare program.

A humorous political sidebar was the Left-wing Elizabeth Warren, who spent an hour throwing insults at her fellow senators until an almost infinitely tolerant Senate finally had had enough — and forced the startled Warren to shut up and sit down.

So it’s going to be a fun two years. Perhaps as many as eleven or twelve Democrats up for reelection in pro-gun states are effectively telling their constituents to “drop dead.” Our guess is that it’s these twelve whose political careers that are dead.

ACTION: Write your senators. The prewritten letter will thank those who voted in favor of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation and express disappointment in those opposed.

 

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Constitutional Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform introduced in the Minnesota House today!

Contact your local Rep.

Talk nicely to them.

Unfortunately mine is one whom believes Big Government should make all our decisions, including the right to protect oneself and family…

Today, in the Minnesota House, Representative Jim Nash (R, HD 47A, Waconia/Carver County) introduced two major pieces of bi-partisan pro-gun rights legislation.

  • HF 238, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2017, would reform Minnesota’s self-defense laws by removing the duty to retreat, expanding the existing castle doctrine in one’s home or place of abode, and simplifying and clarifying today’s confusing mix of statutes and case law.

    Today, in order to make the right decision about the lawful use of force to defense one’s self, family, or a another, a law-abiding Minnesotan must analyze their situation, process multiple statutes, and recall more than a dozen Minnesota court cases in less than a second – all while being faced with imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.

    This law would serve to protect law-abiding Minnesotans who otherwise could be prosecuted for making an innocent mistake while trying to defend themselves against violent attack.

    HF 238 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 17 co-authors. Additional authors, including DFLers, will be added in the coming days.

  • HF 188, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2017, would make permits to carry optional in Minnesota. Constitutional Carry, also known as “permitless carry”, allows any person who is not already prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm under existing federal and state law, to carry a firearm without a permit.

    Permits to Carry would still be available for reciprocity reasons through the same process as exists today.

    The Second Amendment states “the right to keep and bear arms… shall not be infringed.” Forcing citizens to pay for classes and seek permission from government to exercise a fundamental constitutional right is wrong.

    Constitutional Carry is currently legal in eleven states – similar legislation is pending in more than a dozen states in 2017.

    HF 188 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 14 bi-partisan co-authors

We Cannot Afford to Stand By

Get GOA’s Voter Guide Into as Many Pro-Gun Hands as Possible

Election Day is just ONE WEEK away.

The presidential polls have tightened up, and both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a dead heat.

If Trump is able to pull out a victory next week, Gun Owners of America will be pushing full throttle to purse an aggressive, pro-gun agenda.

These are just a few of the things that GOA wants to accomplish:

* Pass Concealed Carry reciprocity into law.

* Remove the U.S. as a signatory on the U.N. Armed Trade Treaty.

* Repeal every single anti-gun executive action that Obama implemented, including the gun ban on seniors, the draconian restrictions on gunsmiths and the limitations on private gun sales.

* Repeal the anti-gun ObamaCare law that threatens to use medical information to disqualify thousands of gun owners.

But if Democrats are able to use illegal voters to steal this election, Gun Owners have a massive job on their hands.

Under Clinton, our rights would be under their greatest assault ever.

Hillary Clinton’s gun confiscation agenda includes:

* Gun control by Executive Order, on a scale that makes Barack Obama look like a novice. If fact, she’s explicitly promised it.

* Banning private sales (because she favors Universal Background Registration Checks which ban private sales, unless buyers get government permission).

* Imposing a 25 percent National Gun Tax. As you remember, she went on the warpath for this in 1993 as First Lady. Not only would it make guns more expensive, it gives the feds a second set of paperwork to record your names, address, identity, and what guns you own.

* Appointing a radical Supreme Court to overturn the Heller decision. She has stated that she disagrees with Heller and that she will make that case every chance she gets. If Heller is overturned, the courts would no longer recognize the “individual right” to bear arms.

We only have a week left. And you can be sure that what happens on November 8 will have consequences for years to come.

Are you making sure that your pro-gun friends and family will be getting to the polls?

And have you viewed GOA’s Voter Guide — which analyzes every congressional race in the country — and distributed it to friends, family members, and gun shops?

There’s much to do, with only a little time remaining. Thank you for everything you can do to get pro-gun candidates elected next Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Larry Pratt
Executive Director Emeritus

 

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