Bills Facing Heavy Grassroots Opposition
-- Your activism peels six Reps. off stealth gun control bill!
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
You guys have done a great job in recent weeks. The following is a
report on two of the issues that Gun Owners of America has alerted
you to, and the resulting progress that we have made together:
1. Supporters of Gun Control Education Bill are Losing Ground.
Not too long ago, GOA alerted you to a dangerous education bill
(H.R. 1078) that was on a "fast track" to George Bush's desk. This
bill would set up so-called Presidential Academies to train
educators in history and civics, with no safeguards that the
education would steer clear of the existing anti-gun propaganda that
is ALREADY PREVALENT in the public schools.
We are pleased to report that because of your activism, six
cosponsors of H.R. 1078 have removed their names from the bill:
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
You should not underestimate how significant these defections are.
Congressmen RARELY remove their names from a bill. The fact that
not just one -- but six -- would jump off the bill is evidence of
the immense grassroots pressure. You should take a moment to pat
yourselves on the back.
These defectors should also be commended for doing the right thing.
It is encouraging to see that there are representatives in Congress
who are humble enough to admit when they've made a mistake. Let
them know you appreciate their bold step.
Now, there is good and bad news on this front. The good news is
that your overwhelming opposition to the bill -- and the resulting
hemorrhage that has ensued -- has slowed down the bill's progress.
Supporters wanted the President to sign the bill over a month ago.
The bill seemed to be sailing along, even garnering a unanimous
approval in the Senate. But your opposition has put Representatives
on notice that there are serious problems with the bill.
The bad news is that the President is still demanding that Congress
send him the bill. And that is why it is imperative that you
contact the White House if you have not already done so. (Please
see the Action paragraph below.)
2. Schumer-McCarthy Bills Not Getting the Expected Support.
On another front, GOA recently alerted you to the Schumer-McCarthy
legislation (H.R. 3227 and S. 1706) -- two bills that would
sacrifice more of our privacy and deny even more good Americans
their right to keep and bear arms.
As we reported in our most recent alert, this legislation has the
potential to dupe many pro-gunners into cosponsoring the bill.
Already, there is one NRA Director (and one former Director)
cosponsoring the bill. And a few other "moderately" pro-gun
Congressmen have cosponsored the bill as well.
But, there have been relatively few good guys to sign on to the bill
so far, AND THIS IS A TESTAMENT TO YOUR HARD WORK AND ACTIVISM. Of
the 56 Representatives and 7 Senators that have cosponsored the two
bills, only seven have GOA ratings between an "A" and "C."
A- Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham (R-CA)
C- Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)
C- Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL)
B- Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN)
C- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
B Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
C- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
It would be helpful for these legislators to hear from their
1. ACTION on the Anti-gun Education Bill (H.R. 1078)
A. Make sure you've asked President Bush to oppose the bill. You
can contact him by visiting the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center
to send him a pre-written
B. If your congressman is one of the six (listed above) who has
removed his name from H.R. 1078, please be sure to thank him or her.
2. ACTION on the Schumer-McCarthy Bills (H.R. 3227 and S. 1706)
You can reference our previous alert (see
) to read a more in-depth
analysis of this legislation, and to find prewritten text to send to
your congressmen. You can also use the Gun Owners Legislative
Action Center to send them a pre-written e-mail in opposition to
this gun control bill.