Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Brady Bunch is already licking their collective lips in
anticipation of the new Congress being seated. Visit the Brady
Campaign's website and you will see talk of a "momentum
shift" in our
nation's capital that will "make it hard for the gun lobby to weaken
gun laws and creates opportunities for passage of common sense [sic]
Indeed, the attack has already begun.
BRADY BUNCH ATTACKING GOA
Earlier this month, the Brady Campaign asked the Federal Election
Commission to investigate GOA's practice of posting its candidate
ratings on the Internet. Millions of gun owners rely on these
ratings, and that is something the Brady Bunch would like to halt.
In 2002, the Bradys rejoiced when Congress passed the Incumbent
Protect Act, stating that "now the gun lobby's stranglehold on
Congress will be broken." Indeed, they want to make it illegal for
GOA to tell gun owners what their legislators are actually doing.
But it should not surprise anyone that a group which doesn't
understand the Second Amendment does not understand First Amendment
freedoms as well.
Realize that we are going to need your help more than ever in 2007.
Because of this recent Brady assault, we could be looking at a very
costly court battle that could eventually go all the way to the
Gun Owners is not going to back down, however, from the Brady
Campaign's intimidation tactics. We realize that these candidate
ratings are extremely important, for they force your legislators to
stay in the light.
But the Brady Bunch wants to keep you in the dark! They don't want
you to know the truth. The more they can hide what anti-gun
legislators are doing, the greater their ability to take away your
Oh sure, they say they just want to take guns out of the "wrong
hands." Yeah right. If that were true, then why don't they support
legislation to repeal the DC gun ban?
The answer is obvious, they support the DC gun ban, and they want to
export it to the rest of the country. Do you remember them joining
with us to work for the DC gun ban's repeal? Of course not! Do you
remember seeing them on our amicus brief to strike down the recent
San Francisco handgun ban? No way! They support gun bans, despite
all their claims for only supporting "common sense" gun
For them, "common sense" gun control means that only the police and
the military have free access to guns... just like in England.
GOA SUPPORTING BILL TO REPEAL NATIONAL PARKS GUN BAN
Well, GOA is going to stand in their way, even if it means that we
have to fight a lone battle for gun owners, as we did earlier this
year when we were the ONLY gun group in Washington opposing the
McCarthy gun grab.
Even now, there is still work to be done. GOA helped Sen. George
Allen (R-VA) draft legislation to repeal the gun ban in national
parks. (Two other Virginia groups -- Virginia Gun Owners and VCDL --
did a lot of heavy lifting on this issue as well.) There is little time
left for this legislation to pass, so gun owners should call Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) at 202-224-3344 (or fax him at
202-228-1264) and ask him to fast track the Allen bill (S. 4057).
BIG THREAT POSED BY DEMOCRAT ANTI-GUN CONGRESS
But the real challenge to our gun rights is that we will have to
spend a good bit of the next two years fighting defensive battles, as
we will see the following types of legislation:
* Bans on ammunition
* Expansion of the Brady data base to include the names of countless,
law-abiding gun owners
* A re-authorization of the semi-auto gun ban (a ban which President
Bush is on record as supporting!)
* A prohibition on gun shows
* A gun ban that will prohibit any handgun from being sold which can
not be "personalized" -- thus preventing loved ones from using a
spouse's firearm in an emergency.
All of these ideas were introduced by Democrat congressmen this past
year. With their new majority, you can expect these bills -- and
others -- to start moving quickly.
STOPPING BRADY EXPANSION JUST GOT MUCH TOUGHER
Because of your efforts, GOA was able to single-handedly kill the
Brady expansion this year. The bill was introduced by Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-NY) and was expected to pass easily. It was considered
to be "non-controversial" because pro-gun lobbyists in Washington
were telling legislators they could vote for the bill.
But congressmen didn't hear that from Gun Owners. You can read the
details in our upcoming newsletter, to find out just how we fought
the lone battle to kill this pernicious piece of legislation.
The December issue of The Gun Owners will encourage those of you who
are already receiving our newsletter. However, you should realize
that the attacks on our gun rights are about to escalate, as a result
of the new Congress that was just elected.
With only GOA opposing this insidious gun grab, it is going to be a
lot harder to stop in the new Congress.
GOA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
As you can see, GOA is going to need a huge war chest over the next
two years, if we are going to stay in the fight and protect your
Second Amendment rights -- as well as GOA's ability to keep you and
the public informed.
The FEC court battle alone could cost thousands upon thousands of
dollars. In real terms, we could be fighting battles at every level
of the federal government -- in the legislative, judicial and
executive branches. (Don't think for a moment that President Bush --
who is himself a supporter of the semi-auto gun ban -- is going to
lift a finger to help us.)
We look forward to the fight, but we can't fight these battles
without YOU. Our members are our strength. It is because of you
that one legislative office told us this year: "Oh s--t! We got a
lot of postcards and e-mails from GOA members."
That answer right there explains why the McCarthy gun grab is dead
for the year! It is because of your hard work.
So will you continue to stand with us?
Please say that you will by going to
and signing up or renewing
your membership. A $20 membership with Gun Owners of America is the
best bargain in town. For a mere nickel a day, you will be helping
to preserve your gun rights for future generations.