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What the heck are Republicans thinking?

Omnibus Spending Bill is Quickly Becoming an Anti-Gun Leftists’ Dream

The government-funding Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which is currently being negotiated in the House, has all the marks of a “Democrat’s Dream.”

And cowardly Republicans are surrendering on many levels — including on gun rights. 

The biggest threat to gun owners in the omnibus is the potential that the anti-gun Fix NICS may be added may be added into the bill before it comes to the floor.

If Fix NICS (or Take the Guns First) language is added, it will kill concealed carry reciprocity for the rest of the year.

But this is not the only problem with the omnibus.

Said a column in The Washington Times on Monday: “Congressional Republicans who repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare instead are racing today to rescue the law with truckloads of federal cash.”

GOA has published many alerts in the past on the danger that ObamaCare poses to our gun rights. But for some reason, the House GOP is trying to rescue that failing law.

Regardless, our message to House Republicans is this: If the omnibus spending bill is turning into such a Democratic bill — pursuing a Democratic anti-gun agenda — then let the Democrats provide the votes to pass it.

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Lots of 2A Issues could be Added to the Omnibus 

Here are just some of the anti-gun problems which could end up in the omnibus spending bill:

1) Obama-like “Fix NICS” gun control (resulting in the disarmament of millions of veterans, older seniors and more)

2) ObamaCare bailout (which helps preserve the anti-gun data collection in ObamaCare that will negatively affect gun owners)

3) Amnesty for anti-gun voters (leading to more anti-gun elected legislators)

4) Internet taxes (including for gun sales).

To see a longer explanation for each of these points above, please see the web-version of this alert here.

There are many additional problems from a constitutional perspective, but what I’ve listed above cover the 2A-related concerns.

A Vote for Anti-gun Fix NICS is a Vote to Kill Reciprocity 

Our response here at Gun Owners of America is to “kill the bill” if it contains gun control.

And if there’s one issue that we should keep bringing up to each congressman, it’s this:  Do not accept any Fix NICS (or Take the Guns First) language in the omnibus.

To take up Fix NICS now would mean that concealed carry reciprocity will get left behind.



Politicians After Our Guns?

Proposed Gun Cotrol Bills currently submitted.

U.S. House

HR 3947 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 3962 – Bans online sales of ammunition

HR 3984 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers

HR 3986 – Would require the placement of tracking ID into ‘all’ firearms sold in America

HR 3987 – Would require a fee to purchase a firearm through NICS and use these monies to fund the CDC to conduct research on gun violence that was previously found to be biased by Congress

HR 3998 – Bans firearms for known or ‘suspected’ terrorists

HR 3999 – Bans parts that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 4018 – Institutes a ‘3’ day waiting period nationally for purchase of handgun

HR 4025 – Expands reporting of multiple firearms sales

HR 4052 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

HR 4057 – Expansion of Prohibition for firearms ownership for being on a Terrorist Watch List

U.S. Senate

  1. 1915 – Would require all firearms to be personalized for restricted access and use
  2. 1916 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm
  3. 1923 – Expands background checks of firearms
  4. 1939 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers
  5. 1945 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

If you have not contacted your politicians….you best start..

GOA Leading the Charge Against Anti-Gun Loretta Lynch!

GOA Leading the Charge Against Anti-Gun Loretta Lynch!

Gun Rights on the Chopping-Block as Early as Next Week

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“If Lynch is confirmed, she is the Supreme Court’s fifth-vote-in-waiting.” — GOA’s Michael Hammond, TownHall, March 24, 2015

ACTIONUrge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step.  And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well.

GOA leads opposition groups against Lynch

Gun Owners of America spearheaded a coalition of almost 30 groups this week and sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States.

While GOA has been busy coalescing grassroots opposition against the anti-gun nominee, the battle is far from over. 

The vote on her nomination could occur as early as next week.  And right now, the Republican Senate holds “all the cards” in the fight to stop her nomination.  If they hold together, her nomination will be defeated.

And, well it should be.  Lynch has said under oath that she effectively intends to spit on the Constitution — and continue to implement Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful and anti-gun executive actions.

Next to Obama himself, Loretta Lynch will be the most important “Lynch-pin” in the administration’s efforts to permanently obliterate the Constitution.  Without the active support of the Attorney General — who, traditionally, has been the servant of the law, and not the lawless president — Obama’s fraud scheme collapses.

Will Senate Republicans stick together and sink the Lynch nomination?

The question now remains:  Will Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell throw away his last shred of leverage against a historical lawlessness which Republicans universally whine about?

Senator McConnell can ensure that Lynch clear a 60-vote hurdle (overcoming a filibuster) rather than just passing with a mere 51-vote majority.

While Lynch doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate, she probably has 51 votes because there are some Republicans who support her — like Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Some of these Republicans argue that Lynch is somehow “qualified” by a standard that ignores her pledge to violate the Constitution.

But make no mistake about it:  When you lay your hand on the Bible, you don’t swear to get more education — or more experience — or a higher IQ.  You swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  And, absent that, no candidate can be viewed as “qualified” to hold office.

Other Senators who support Lynch say she shouldn’t be punished for implementing Obama’s illegalities.  They ignore the fact that in recent history, an Attorney General has resigned, rather than implement a president’s unlawful order.  No Attorney General who plans to use the “just following orders” excuse should be elevated to that office.

Still others say that Lynch’s confirmation is necessary to get rid of Holder.  But Lynch represents a much greater danger than Holder — especially, if her confirmation puts her in line as the potential fifth anti-gun vote on the Supreme Court.

So let Eric Holder continue to fester in his cavernous offices on the fifth floor of Justice — a specimen of the political “undead” who haunts the living after having failed in his effort to orchestrate his own apotheosis.  Lynch is the looming danger threatening to destroy our Constitution; Holder is just a nightmare from the past.

ACTIONUrge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step.  And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well


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.)


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.


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 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).


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.

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?


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.”

Media BiASS: Not News, Brown Nosing, Butt Licking, Leftist Babbling…

CBS’s Schieffer Empathizes with Obama: Did You Ever Say ‘Are We Ever Going to Get a Break?’


In his pre-recorded Face the Nation sit-down with President Barack Obama, CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked about putting more troops into Iraq, fighting ISIS, giving Congress a chance to act first on immigration and whether Democratic election losses were his fault, but he also devoted several questions to empathizing with Obama, as if Obama were a victim of circumstance and not responsible for failures or making situations worse: “You had a tough summer. We saw the rise of ISIS, the outbreak of Ebola, trouble in the Ukraine, illegal immigrants coming across the border, did you ever go back to the residence at night and say, ‘are we ever going to get a break here?’”


Halperin on ABC: GOP Must Take Risk and Confront Their Base


Appearing on ABC’s This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Mark Halperin co-host of With All Due Respect on Bloomberg, pressed the GOP to take “take some risks” after winning control of the Senate during this year’s midterm elections. Speaking during a panel discussion, Halperin argued that the GOP runs the risk “standing up to the Tea Party caucus and talk radio” but that they must take risks “if they want to do what’s good for their politics and good for the country.”


CNN’s Lemon: ‘Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests’ With ObamaCare?


CNN’s Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Alisyn Camerota stuck to the left’s spin about the results of the 2014 midterm elections on Thursday’s CNN Tonight, as they discussed President Obama’s Wednesday press conference. Lemon wondered, “Why do people vote against their own interests? Because if you look at West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas…they put mostly Republicans in office…But they are the states that are benefiting the most from the Affordable Care Act.”


NBC: ‘Republicans Have Drawn Their Own Battle Lines’ By ‘Doubling Down’ On ObamaCare Repeal


In a report for Thursday’s NBC Today, White House correspondent Kristen Welker continued the network’s effort to preemptively blame Republicans for any gridlock that may occur in Washington following the GOP’s landslide win in Tuesday’s midterm election: “Republicans have drawn their own battle lines, doubling down on their pledge to repeal the President’s signature piece of legislation, ObamaCare, and vowing to approve the Keystone Pipeline, which the President has resisted.” Introducing the segment, fill-in co-host Willie Geist noted congressional leaders meeting with President Obama at the White House on Friday and wondered: “But can a lunch really do anything to break the long-standing gridlock in Washington?”


Nets Predicted Republican Doom With Hispanics, Yawn at GOP Surge


For years, liberal journalists have been predicting Republican doom with Hispanics, declaring that rage from the growing ethnic population would result in a permanent GOP minority. NBC’s Matt Lauer, for instance, wondered if the severe “damage” could be repaired. Yet, the Republican landslide on Tuesday was powered, in part, by a strong showing with Latinos. So far, this has been ignored by ABC, CBS and NBC.


IRS Admits They Never Looked for Lerner’s Missing Emails, Networks Skip Revelation


On November 5, Judicial Watch announced that the IRS admitted “that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the ‘missing’ emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials.” So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been dedicated to this latest revelation in the IRS scandal? 0.


CNN Hypes Laugh Similarity Between Joni Ernst and Disney Villain


On Friday’s CNN Newsroom, Brooke Baldwin played up the apparent similarity between Senator-elect Joni Ernst’s laugh and that of Cruella De Vil, the antagonist from Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Baldwin aired a short segment on Ernst and two newly-elected Republican women in Congress. She ended the part about the Iowa politician with her comparison: “Don’t forget about that laugh. Some people call it contagious; other people have likened it to this.” The anchor then twice played clips of Ernst laughing at her victory rally, followed by De Vil’s evil cackle.

Media BiASS: Leftist Media in Hysterics and Denial!! GOOD!!

Denial: Tom Brokaw Claims No ‘Big, Ideological’ Win for GOP


Despite the Republicans dramatically retaking the Senate, increasing their majority in the House and upping the number of GOP governors, veteran NBC journalist Tom Brokaw on Tuesday night insisted, “I don’t think that this was a big, ideological election, as much as it was ‘we want to change the team.'” The ex-NBC Nightly News anchor put the responsibility on Republicans: “Will [voters] fall out of love with Republicans that they have elected to office? That all depends on how the Republicans take control of the Senate now and the Congress.” Sounding a bit cranky, Brokaw continued, “Does [Mitch] McConnell back away from repealing, for example, Affordable Care? Will we not hear about Benghazi again for a while and all the other issues that have been coming up?”


Andrea Mitchell Slams ‘Scary,’ ‘Non-Factual’ GOP Ads


Appearing on MSNBC, Tuesday night, for election returns, anchor Andrea Mitchell angrily denounced Republican ads on Ebola as “scary” and “non-factual.” Hardball host Chris Matthews lamented that ISIS terror attacks had dropped off as an election issue: “How did that cease to be an election issue?” This prompted Mitchell to blast Republicans for their Ebola ads: “But it’s not a substantive argument. It’s a scare tactic…by the Republican opponents of Democratic incumbents who tried to focus on ISIS and Ebola in the scariest, most non-factual ways to take the, you know, the eye off the real, the real issues, which were the economy.”


CNN’s Costello Plays Up GOP’s ‘Campaign of Fear’ in Midterms


CNN’s Carol Costello hyped how “Republicans have managed to use fear so successfully in these midterm elections” during interviews of two former governors on Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom. Costello contended that “Republicans may be on the verge of winning Senate control – thanks, in large part, to a campaign of fear. If you examine the political ads that many Republican candidates have put out, they don’t extol ideas – but Democrats say they do exploit fear.”


ABC Insists ‘The Republican Brand Is Still Very Damaged’


Despite the Republican Party taking control of both houses of Congress as well as winning additional governors races, ABC’s Good Morning America made sure to throw some cold water on the GOP victory. On Wednesday morning, co-host George Stephanopoulos and ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd pushed the line that despite the GOP’s midterm victory “the Republican brand is still very damaged.”


Chuck Todd Denies GOP Wave Election, Then Changes His Mind


During NBC News’s 10:00 p.m. Eastern midterms elections coverage, NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd emphasized that the 2014 midterms were not a Republican wave, but changed his mind within the hour to stating the possibility that it may indeed be a GOP wave. At 10:04 p.m., Todd told Brian Williams in response to his request to walk through “how the Republican plot line” for the evening has unfolded thus far: “What I would say is that everybody is holding serve. Ok? It’s a good Republican night, but it’s not a wave.” Then, at 10:49 p.m., Todd said this about the current state of affairs of the midterm elections: “I think we’re bordering on calling this a wave election. You have an historic number in the House of Representatives.”


Politico’s VandeHei: GOP In ‘Hell of A Jam’ If They Win Senate


Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Politico’s Jim VandeHei absurdly claimed that Republicans would be in big trouble if they took control of the Senate in the midterm election: “…even if Republicans win, I think they’re going to be in a hell of a jam. In that they’re not going to be able to get anything done.” VandeHei predicted Senators like Ted Cruz would be “breathing fire” and that “ultraconservatives” would control the party: “… and it’s what’s gonna make governing almost impossible over the next two years. This happy talk that things can get done is nonsense if you look at the history of the last four years in terms of how these House Republicans want to vote and what the base of the Republican Party responds to.”


Liberal CNN Analyst Laments ‘Best Campaigner’ Dems Have in Obama ‘Locked Away in the WH’


Early Wednesday morning, liberal CNN political commentator Cornell Belcher groaned during CNN’s midterms elections coverage that the Democratic Party’s top campaigner in President Barack Obama was unable to defend attacks against his record and help Democrats on the campaign trailer because he “was basically locked away in the White House.” During a panel discussion about how the election results panned out and how it all went wrong for the Democrats, Belcher complained: “The problem for the White House has been this – arguably the best campaigner our party has was basically locked away in the White House and, in fact, when they were leading attacks against the President, the President was never able to really come out of the White House and defend himself[.]”