As A Rabidly Anti-gun Executive Takes His Oath Of Office...
There is some good news for gun owners
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...."
As our new President takes his oath of office today, the war against
our rights is soon to begin. In fact, it has already begun, as Obama's
choice for Attorney General (Eric Holder) is one of the most anti-gun
picks that he could have made.
As we mentioned in last week's alert, Holder supported policies --
during his tenure in the Clinton administration -- that were aimed at
driving the nation's gun dealers and manufacturers out of business. As
part of an Obama administration, he will have even more power to
continue his war against gun owners.
At lot has happened since you received our alert last week. GOA was
asked by the Judiciary Committee to testify at the Senate hearings on
Eric Holder, as we were the ONLY national gun group that has told
Senators we will rate their vote on confirming Holder.
We also "hammered" one of the Republican members of the
Judiciary Committee -- Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah -- in his home state
after he announced his support of the Holder nomination.
Last week, GOA issued a stinging alert and mobilized its members in the
state of Utah after The Hill reported on January 12 that Hatch
"will support Eric Holder's nomination for attorney general,
giving him a major boost toward confirmation."
GOA is never timid about putting the heat on faltering legislators, no
matter what their party affiliation. Strangely, GOA was disinvited
from appearing before the Judiciary Committee, and not allowed to
Well, the Committee might try to squelch our voice, but they cannot
squelch yours. Your Senators have to answer to you -- and they need to
hear that an Attorney General who just argued (in the DC v. Heller
case) that there is no individual right to keep and bear arms does NOT
deserve to be confirmed.
Please take the recommended action suggested below, even if you have
already contacted your Senators. This is just too important.
And now for some good news... Bush commutes the sentences of Ramos and
You might remember that, last month, GOA and its members issued a
strong plea to President Bush, urging him to pardon Ignacio Ramos and
Jose Antonio Compean -- two Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to
ten years in prison in 2007 for shooting a smuggler. Their conviction
was fraudulent, as there is no such crime as "using a gun in a
Because this precedent could greatly impact all gun owners, GOA got
involved in this case and submitted amicus briefs in the courts. If
the feds can prosecute its own agents on trumped up charges for
"using" a gun in a crime, then why not also a mom or dad who
is driving their kids through a gun free school zone while armed?
Well, good news arrived yesterday when President Bush -- as one of his
last acts in office -- listened to GOA members and commuted the two
agents' sentences! We wish a full pardon had been granted, erasing
their felony conviction, but at least they will be home soon with their
ACTION: Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
to send your Senators the
pre-written e-mail message below.
----- Prewritten Letter -----
I urge you to vote AGAINST Eric Holder for U.S. Attorney General.
Holder has been a long-time gun control activist. Most recently, he
joined 12 other former Justice Department officials in SUPPORTING the
DC gun ban and arguing the Second Amendment does NOT protect an
Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled against Holder in the DC v. Heller
case. But this is a man who will try any means to enforce gun control.
Remember his attempts -- as an official in the Clinton Administration
-- to make an end-run around Congress and use the courts (through
litigation) to impose gun control? He strongly approved of the HUD
lawsuits against the gun industry, where through a system of extortion,
HUD only promised to drop the lawsuits if gun makers would impose
certain gun restrictions.
Eric Holder is tremendously out of step with the American people. In
February, 2008, a USA Today/Gallup poll reported that 73% of all
Americans support the INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms. Eric
Holder is in the extreme minority. Please don't vote to put him into a
position where he will be able to use the force of government to
discourage gun ownership in America.
Please vote NO on Eric Holder for Attorney General.
What's Your Current GOA Status?
Obviously, we now face years of invigorated attacks on our gun rights.
Shutting down gun shows, prohibitions on specific calibers, another
semi-auto ban, and the anti-gun extremists' Holy Grail of mandatory
federal licensing and registration of all gun owners -- these are just
some of the horrors that we already know we'll have to defeat head-on.
It can't be done without every single voice being counted. That's why
we are asking you to consider making the commitment of becoming a Gun
Owners of America Life Member. By doing so, you put the politicians on
notice that neither you nor GOA is going away -- that no matter who's
in the White House, there is always going to be a solid wall of
Now is a perfect time to come a Life Member. In addition to providing
GOA an infusion of much-needed funds, you can take advantage of a free
firearms inventory software promotion.
And if you aren't a GOA member at all, isn't it time you became one? Or
maybe you are a current member and can't commit to Life at this time,
but could spare another small additional donation. In those instances,
the free software also applies... because GOA is doing all it can at
this time to line up the troops for the battles that surely must be
Please go to http://www.gunowners.org/ordercs.htm
to upgrade your
participation in GOA.