In the wake of continuing efforts by Barack Obama to scare us into destroying our guns, Black Friday recorded the largest number of gun purchases (as evidenced by background checks) on record: a stunning 185,000 firearms purchases.
It is hard to overstate the importance of this.
“The entire background check system is flawed. Not only is it unconstitutional — and disarming many law-abiding citizens — it’s failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe.” — GOA’s Erich Pratt in USA Today, July 28
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A couple of weeks ago, GOA alerted you to the Lucky-Gunner giveaway, which will result in the Brady Campaign dishing out thousands of dollars to the top vote-getting gun groups.
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GOA in USA Today
After a recent spate of shootings — in Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Lafayette, Louisiana — USA Today asked Gun Owners of America to respond.
Many in the media and on Capitol Hill are calling for greater restrictions on firearms owners. But GOA pointed out that current gun control restrictions are failing to stop bad guys from getting guns.
Not only that, the entire background check system is “flawed,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt to USA Today readers. Not only is it denying guns to honest Americans, it’s “failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe.”
So what does prevent mass shootings from occurring?
Pratt cited the Florida pastor, who this past December, prevented a possible mass shooting — and saved the lives of several men, women and children — when he used his concealed firearm to incapacitate a shooter.
And he reminded readers of the many law-abiding citizens who halted mass shootings this year — in a Philadelphia barber shop in March; on a crowded Chicago street corner in April; or in a Youngstown, Ohio bar in June.
These are just a few of the many self-defense cases, Pratt said, where armed citizens have stopped massacres, and enabled others to stay safe.
Again, Gun Owners of America wants to thank you for your support of our lobbying efforts — and for helping us to stay on the Front Lines and in the Public Square, educating Americans on the importance of our Second Amendment rights.
GOA Pushing Constitutional Carry in the States
“You don’t need a government license to write a book. So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?” — GOA’s message to legislators in the several states that are considering permitless carry bills
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With the state legislatures in full swing, Gun Owners of America is working around the country to enact “constitutional carry” legislation.
The concept of constitutional carry is simple: An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government.
You don’t need a government license to write a book. So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?
GOA is actively working in five states right now — Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Texas — to protect the right of people to carry firearms without permission from government officials. (You can view GOA’s state alerts in these states here.)
Currently, Americans can carry firearms without a license in seven states: Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana. And lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.
In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.
More states may be introducing constitutional carry bills. If you become aware of such a bill in your state, please don’t hesitate to contact GOA.
Stay tuned for further updates on these bills.
Is Lying About Gun Rights a Prerequisite for Attorney General?
The Obama administration, which has perfected the art of lying to the American people, has found a chief law-enforcement officer who will fit right in: Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch.
For those who believe lying (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”) is justified to accomplish “noble” anti-gun policy goals, Lynch appears to be the perfect choice.
But for those who think the Attorney General should tell the truth (for a change), well, not so much.
Lynch stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions last week, and the nation saw a lot of dissembling on her part. (Go here to read a fuller account of Lynch’s evasiveness.)
Bottom line: We’ve seen this course of conduct before. It starts with an Obama nominee who, like Lynch, obviously comes from the far, far Left, but who has a minimal paper trail. (Lynch’s chief patron was New York anti-gun zealot Charles Schumer.)
Like Lynch, Justice Sonia Sotomayor had schmoozed the Judiciary Committee, claiming under oath that she was open-minded about the Second Amendment.
But as soon as she was confirmed, she made it clear, in an opinion that did not require her views on the issue, that she believed the Heller case should be reconsidered. Obviously, Sotomayor had never been open-minded about the Second Amendment; she had, instead, lied under oath.
And so it was with the deceptive testimony of Eric Holder and Elena Kagan.
There’s an old saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But what do you say about someone who allows themselves to be fooled a fourth time?
ACTION: Sadly, the writing is on the wall, and Loretta Lynch will probably be confirmed as Attorney General. But it’s important, nevertheless, for Americans to urge Senators to oppose the Lynch nomination. So click here to send a message to your two Senators
Sen. Harry Reid Falls from His Throne; House Reinforced with Pro-gunners
As you have no doubt heard, Republicans successfully took control the U.S. Senate last night, and in the process, dethroned one of the most anti-gun Majority Leader’s in the history of the Upper Chamber. As of now, the Republicans hold a 53-seat majority, although they may gain another seat in Louisiana.
Voters across the United States stood against President Barack Obama’s policies and, in doing so, have elected candidates who will stand up for the Second Amendment.
We now have more new pro-gun Senators and Congressmen heading to Capitol Hill to aid as reinforcements in the battle to protect our right to keep and bear arms.
GOA’s Political Victory Fund was proud to endorse a number of these new pro-gun Senators — men and women who will stand up for the Second Amendment and for the freedom of firearms ownership.
Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska Get New Pro-Gun Senators
Dan Sullivan defeated anti-gunner Mark Begich in Alaska after a tight race in which many thought Begich was sure to win.
Dan received an “A” rating from GOA because he supports good pro-gun legislation such as the right to carry — and opposes gun control measures like the so-called “assault weapons” ban and universal background checks.
Former Sen. Mark Begich was “D” rated with GOA. Among his many anti-gun votes were his support for anti-gun Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both are rabidly anti-gun and are now serving permanent positions on the Supreme Court — thanks, in part, to Begich. Many Court watchers expect that over the next two years, there will almost certainly be at least one new Supreme Court Justice nominated by President Obama.
In Montana, former Rep. Steve Daines cruised to victory, easily beating his anti-gun opponent, Amanda Curtis, by a margin of 57—40. Anti-gun Sen. John Walsh decided not to run for reelection after he was caught up in a plagiarism scandal.
GOA endorsed Steve early in his campaign and worked closely with him during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has proven himself to be a staunch Second Amendment supporter, and he will bring a much needed pro-gun vote and leadership to the Senate.
After spending months being trashed in the media and being told he had no chance at winning, Rep. Cory Gardner defeated Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, as the residents of the Centennial State fired their one term incumbent.
As Senator, Udall joined other Democrats by voting for the anti-gun Sotomayor and Kagan as Justices to the Supreme Court. Not only that, he voted with anti-gun President Obama 99% of the time and was endorsed by the anti-gun (former) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In contrast, Cory Gardner has been a stalwart defender of the Second Amendment while serving in Congress, and now that he is serving in the U.S. Senate, Colorado gun owners have one pro-gun Senator they can depend on.
In Arkansas, anti-gun Senator Mark Pryor tumbled to defeat as the voters in his state threw their support behind Rep. Tom Cotton. Tom has been a Second Amendment advocate in Congress, co-sponsoring national concealed carry reciprocity and H.R. 35, which would repeal the gun free school zones ban.
During his tenure in the Senate, Mark Pryor consistently voted against the rights of law-abiding gun owners. For example, he voted for a veteran’s gun ban (in 2013) that would send a person to prison for 15 years for selling a firearm to a veteran, without realizing that he was one of the 175,000-plus military veterans who was put into the NICS system for PTSD.
Tom Cotton ran on constitutional principles and on his sound voting record, which helped him defeat the heavily-entrenched Pryor by 17 points.
When longtime anti-gunner Sen. Tom Harkin decided he would not seek reelection in 2014, Second Amendment advocates breathed a sigh of relief. Although, most pundits assumed that his equally anti-gun House counterpart, Bruce Braley, would crush any competition in the race and become Iowa’s next Senator.
But State Senator Joni Ernst threw her hat into the ring and emerged out of a crowded primary field earlier this year. Boasting a pro-gun voting record while in the Iowa State Senate, Joni used the last two months of the campaign to steadily gain ground on Bradley, eventually taking the lead in the polls and winning by 8.5 points.
In Nebraska, Ben Sasse comfortably defeated Dave Domina by more than 30 points once the race was called. GOA endorsed Ben early on in his primary, given that he has put forward a strong pro-gun message.
After cruising to victory on Election Day, Ben will now head to Washington, D.C., to join fellow pro-gun Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer in the fight to protect our God-given Second Amendment rights.
Victory in the House: Pro-gun Message Carries Candidates to Success
Victory wasn’t limited to the U.S. Senate only. GOA also endorsed numerous non-incumbent candidates running in open seats or against anti-gun incumbents.
These new pro-gun U.S. House members include:
Ken Buck in CO-04
Jody Hice in GA-10
Dave Brat in VA-07
Alex Mooney WV-02
Rob Blum in IA-01
Steve Knight in CA-25
Frank Guinta in NH-01
Lee Zeldin in NY-01
Many, many other pro-gun House incumbents also won their reelection campaigns, and GOA looks forward to our continued relationship with their offices.
It is paramount that solid constitutional Members maintain a strong presence in the House to keep Speaker Boehner and the Republican Leadership accountable. Gaining these eight new pro-gun representatives will provide much needed reinforcements to the pro-Second Amendment congressmen who are already there.
After spending millions of dollars spewing lies to the American public, Michael Bloomberg and the gun control movement lost heavily this election cycle. (His one notable victory took place in Washington State, but even that battle showed the weakness of the anti-gun movement.) The myth that running a campaign supporting the Second Amendment evaporated at the polls.
Anti-gun incumbents repeatedly were met with defeat as their pro-gun counterparts crushed them, often times by double digit percentage points.
GOA will now focus efforts on holding these men and women accountable as they serve the citizens who sent them to Capitol Hill to protect this country and uphold their constitutional oath.
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ACTION: Make sure that you check out GOA’s 2014 Voter Guide. This guide rates all the candidates running for federal office. So examine the grades of candidates in your state, and see where they really stand on gun rights!
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Canadian shooting underscores who the real terrorists are
After murdering an unarmed Canadian soldier on Wednesday, an Islamic terrorist drove to the Canadian Parliament and ran inside.
Armed with a rifle, he intended to commit even more damage, but was thankfully brought down by the Sergeant at Arms.
Anti-gun activists have already pounced on this shooting to call for more stringent gun control laws in Canada. But one author contrasted the Parliament attack with another Canadian terrorist attack using a car:
What about the Muslim terrorist who drove down two Canadian soldiers on Monday, killing one of them? Does that prove that we need more car control?
That would be liberal logic for you.
GOA report: Government thinks YOU are a potential terrorist
Sadly, much of this “liberal logic” has infested the Obama administration, which continues to ignore the real threats to freedom and to blame gun owners instead.
After all, what do the above two terror attacks (in Canada) have in common with the recent Oklahoma beheading … the first Ft. Hood shooting … both World Trade Center attacks … the attempted Times Square bombing … the Empire State building shooting … the Boston Marathon bombing … the Arkansas recruiter center slaying … and more?
The answer? All these attacks were perpetrated by Islamic militants — most of whom were yelling Allahu Akbar while perpetrating their evil deeds.
Which is what makes the Obama Administration’s treatment of gun owners so obviously political. The administration has ignored the threat from real terrorists, while insisting on calling murderous rampages — such as the one by Major Nidal Hassan at Ft. Hood — “workplace violence,” rather than “terrorism.”
In fact, several reports issued around the country — by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and several state governments — all point to conservatives and gun owners as being the real threat to the safety and welfare of Americans.
As stated in a report that GOA recently published:
If you are the kind of person who takes a principled view on gun rights and limited government … has attempted to stock up on firearms, magazines, and ammunition in fear of possible and actual bans … or has ever voted for a third party in a political election … then know this — you had better look over your shoulder, because your government is watching you, and considers you to be a threat.
Make sure to get GOA’s report entitled, “Attention Gun Owner: Your Government Considers You to be a Potential Terrorist.”
Read it … pass it around … let your friends and acquaintances know who the Obama Administration considers to be the real enemy.
And then in less than two weeks, you and your friends can do something about it — when Election Day arrives.
So please help your friends, family, church group, gun club, etc., stay informed and remain active. Download GOA’s 2014 Voter Guide today and pass it around to your pro-gun family and friends!
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
— 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