(GOA) Gun Rights in Peril

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  1. Marlin T

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    Gun Rights in Peril
    Barack Obama in the White House; many pro-gunners out of Congress

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    Wednesday, November 5, 2008

    Based on his voting record in the Illinois state senate and in the
    U.S. Senate, President-elect Barack Obama will be the most
    anti-Second Amendment president in the history of America.

    In January, the new President will govern alongside congressional
    leadership, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader
    Harry Reid, who are also extremely hostile to gun rights and who now
    enjoy greatly expanded majorities.

    There can be little doubt about the direction in which gun rights are
    headed. The questions are how far will the anti-gunners go and how
    fast will they move?

    Many comparisons have been made to the first two years of the first
    Clinton Administration, in which one party controlled both ends of
    Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Almost all experts agree that it was Clinton's overreaching on issues
    like gun control that cost his party control of Congress. Barack
    Obama will start out governing with even larger majorities than did
    Clinton.

    Obama ran a campaign high on rhetoric and short on specifics. The
    President-elect claims he will govern from the middle, but the
    question for gun owners is which Obama will show up at the White
    House -- the "centrist" from the campaign trail, or the radical
    anti-Second Amendment extremist who supports gun bans, waiting
    periods for firearm purchases, one gun a month restrictions, and
    more?

    His party's large gains in the Congress give the incoming President
    more room to maneuver with a radical agenda.

    An equally important question is the outlook for gun rights in the
    new Congress. That Obama will sign any anti-gun bill that gets to
    his desk is a certainty. But what can gun owners expect from the new
    Congress?

    Hopes of Congressional restraint on gun issues dimmed with each
    election return as Pelosi's and Reid's majorities grew to historic
    proportions.

    While there are many moderately pro-gun Democrats in Congress,
    they're not the ones calling the shots. The leadership is completely
    in the anti-gun camp, so expanding their majority would have a
    negative impact on gun rights regardless of who filled those seats.

    Unfortunately, though, many seats that flipped parties also went from
    strong pro-gun to strong anti-gun. Gun owners suffered heavy losses
    in the Senate. Here's a look at five Senate seats that switched
    parties (all switches went from Republican to Democrat).

    Colorado -- The retirement of A-rated Senator Wayne Allard set up a
    battle between anti-gun Rep. Mark Udall and pro-gun former Rep. Bob
    Schaffer. This is one of three senate seats that flipped from "A" to
    "F."

    New Hampshire -- Pro-gun Senator John Sununu was defeated by F-rated
    former governor Jeanne Shaheen, another "A" to "F" shift.

    New Mexico -- Long-time Senator Pete Domenici, who was D-rated and
    usually voted against gun owners, was replaced by F-rated Congressman
    Tom Udall. Udall defeated A-rated Representative Steve Pearce,
    making this a big loss for gun owners.

    North Carolina -- Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole ran as a pro-gun
    control candidate for president in 2000. Since being elected to the
    Senate from the Tar Heel state, however, Mrs. Dole compiled a good
    pro-gun record. Dole's defeat at the hands of F-rated anti-gunner
    Kay Hagan is a dramatic flip for gun rights.

    Virginia -- F-rated Republican John Warner retired. Former governor
    Mark Warner (no relation) trounced "A" rated Jim Gilmore, also a
    former governor. Either of the candidates would have been an
    improvement over the retiring Senator, but Mark Warner refused to
    answer the GOA survey and has a mixed record on gun issues.

    In the battle for the U.S. House of Representatives, gun owners also
    were hit hard.

    Of the 18 incumbents who were defeated, 15 were pro-gun (only two
    were replaced by a pro-gunner). Of particular disappointment to gun
    owners were the losses of Republican representatives Marilyn Musgrave
    (CO-4), Tom Feeney (FL-24), Bill Sali (ID-1), and Tim Walberg (MI-7).
    These representatives were among the most ardent Second Amendment
    supporters.

    In the 32 open House seats, the results were mixed. Thirteen seats
    went to A-rated candidates, while six went to F-rated anti-gunners.
    Nine new congressmen are "Not Rated," meaning they have no record and
    refused to fill out a GOA questionnaire. Four new members fall
    somewhere in the middle, leaning toward a pro-gun position but no
    guarantees. Note: a handful of close races across the country are
    obviously headed for recounts, but this is how things look at the
    moment.

    The A-rated winners in open seat elections are: Tom McClintock (R-CA)
    (this race is still subject to change), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Bill
    Posey (R-FL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Debbie Halvorson (D-IL), Aaron
    Schock (R-IL), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Blaine
    Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Christopher Lee (R-NY), Glenn Thompson (R-PA),
    Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). These
    representatives will have their work cut out for them, as the new
    Congress has moved decidedly in the anti-gun direction and many
    pro-gun leaders were defeated.

    All in all, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can’t help but be emboldened
    by their gains and there can be no denying that gun control
    legislation is on their agenda.

    So what can gun owners and sportsmen do to help prevent a gun control
    tidal wave? Get involved and stay engaged!

    Gun Owners of America will continue its efforts as Capitol Hill's
    no-compromise gun lobby. But GOA's effectiveness depends on your
    activism. Please continue to send the e-mails to your congressmen,
    and forward GOA Action Alerts to pro-gun friends.

    If you are not a member of Gun Owners of America, please join today
    at http://www.gunowners.org/ordergoamem.htm so that you can start
    receiving our newsletters and other important gun rights information.

    The entire Congress needs to know that we're watching, and if they
    attempt to ban even one firearm or expand unconstitutional gun
    control in any way they will pay at the polls in the next election.


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    cling
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  2. Rommelvon

    Rommelvon New Member

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