Dingell, McCarthy, Working on 'Compromise' Gun Bill
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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"The Gun Owners of America [has] already launched a public campaign
to block the legislation that the NRA supports, warning that the
proposal could 'block millions of additional, honest gun owners from
buying firearms.'" -- Newsweek, April 24, 2007
1. It is imperative that you contact your Representative immediately
and urge him to oppose the McCarthy/Dingell bill. A "compromise"
[read: gun control] deal is in the works and all legislators --
especially those who are pro-gun -- need to hear from gun owners
GOA members have received a mailing from us within the past week,
asking them to send postcards to their U.S. Senators. It is
IMPERATIVE that you mail those postcards in. We want to increase the
heat on these legislators by deluging them with thousands of
postcards. Now, once you've sent in those postcards, we would ask
you to e-mail the specially-tailored message that is included below
along with contact information.
2. Please circulate this alert to all your pro-gun friends and
family, and encourage them to take action as well.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Anti-gun Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) continues his assault on American
Dingell has been tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to broker a
compromise with Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on H.R. 297, a gun control
bill being pushed in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting.
The bill provides about $1 billion to the states to "provide the
National Instant Criminal Background Check System [NICS] with all
records concerning persons who are prohibited from possessing or
receiving a firearm... regardless of the elapsed time since the
As GOA has pointed out in previous alerts, this could lead to
millions more Americans being included in the FBI's database of
Dingell, being a former NRA board member, is in a unique position in
the Congress on Second Amendment issues. Despite the fact that he
betrayed gun owners by supporting the Clinton semi-auto ban, he is
still viewed on the Hill as one of the few pro-gun Democrats.
So his support gives the bill the appearance of having the support of
gun owners, when actually it is the most massive expansion of gun
control in over a decade.
McCarthy, of course, is the most notorious anti-gunner in the
Congress. Her sitting down with Dingell to decide the fate of our
gun rights is like two foxes deciding how to best guard the henhouse.
To make matters worse, Dingell is in negotiations with the NRA to
come up with a 'compromise' as quickly as possible.
The NRA itself told Newsweek in an exclusive interview on April 24
that the group "backs [the] proposed new legislation" in the House.
Newsweek reported, "The NRA's position puts the group at odds with
the Gun Owners of America, which has already launched a public
campaign to block the legislation that the NRA supports, warning that
the proposal could 'block millions of additional, honest gun owners
from buying firearms.'"
Politicians always seek to pass laws in the aftermath of a tragedy,
as if one more law will stop evil people from doing evil deeds.
Instead of passing more and more laws that ultimately will snuff out
our liberty, we should consider repealing gun control laws that
prevent citizens from defending themselves when a madman strikes.
CONTACT INFORMATION: You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action
Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
to send your
Representative the pre-written e-mail message below. And, you can
call your Representative at 202-225-3121 or toll-free at
----- Pre-written letter -----
Gun Owners of America informs me that H.R. 297, a colossal gun
control bill, is on the fast track. I strongly urge you to oppose
The Virginia Tech tragedy, which Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is using to
try to push this bill, highlights the failure, not success, of gun
Instead of passing yet more laws that restrict my Second Amendment
rights, Congress should consider repealing the failed gun control
laws already on the books -- laws that increasingly result in
law-abiding adults being disarmed just when they need their guns the
Please oppose the McCarthy bill, H.R. 297, and let me know what you
intend to do.