NEW GOA Plea for ACTION

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  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Gun Owners Of America To Weigh In On The Supreme Court Gun Ban


    -- Plus, it's time to take care of unfinished business on the
    Veterans Disarmament Act

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007


    By now, you have probably heard the news which was delivered prior to
    Thanksgiving that the U.S. Supreme Court will be taking up the DC gun
    ban case.

    Gun Owners of America's foundation (GOF) will be submitting an amicus
    brief before the Supreme Court in support of the lower court's
    decision that the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

    The case, D.C. v. Heller, resulted in nullification of the gun ban in
    the District of Columbia. Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the
    majority opinion for the DC Court of Appeals which decided that the
    DC law violated the individual right to keep and bear arms protected
    by the Second Amendment.

    Silberman's opinion was based on an extensive review of the
    historical record which makes it clear that the militia was intended
    to be a mandatory body composed of all military-aged males who were
    required to own their own military weapons. He found that the
    "state" referred to in the Second Amendment is a reference to
    society, not a political entity.

    The city of Washington, DC is contesting the appellate court's
    decision in an attempt to preserve its draconian gun ban.

    But the Gun Owners Foundation has commissioned one of the nation's
    top experts in constitutional law. The GOF brief will highlight
    recent legal scholarship which argues that the Second Amendment right
    to bear arms is as much an individual right as the First Amendment's
    guarantee of freedom of speech.

    GOF could definitely use your tax deductible contribution to help
    fund this case. Please go to http://www.gunowners.com/donate.htm to
    donate online and help Gun Owners Foundation defend our Second
    Amendment rights in our highest court!


    Is A Do-Nothing Congress Always Bad?

    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) made headlines recently when discussing
    the frustrations that Democrats have had in using their power to push
    their agenda through the Congress.

    Earlier this month, Newsday reported that, "Democrats seeking to make
    good on such promises as... passing stricter gun laws... have found
    themselves thwarted by Senate rules." Gun owners should say "thank
    you" to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) who is responsible for this
    slowdown, as he is the champion who has placed a "hold" on the
    Veterans Disarmament Act!

    This has been very aggravating for Rep. McCarthy. "I thought that
    since I'd even gotten the NRA's cooperation, this would be a walk in
    the park," she said in reference to the Veterans Disarmament Act that
    she introduced in the House. "It has been frustrating."

    You will remember that it pretty much was a "walk in the park" in the
    House, as the bill sailed through that chamber without a recorded
    vote. And that takes us to our unfinished business.

    After the bill cleared the House in June, you immediately started
    lobbying your Senators, asking them to oppose the bill. But now that
    the bill has stalled in that chamber, we need to let the House
    members know that it was reprehensible for gun control to pass the
    House WITHOUT a recorded vote. Moreover, we need to tell them that
    if the Senate sends the bill back to the House, we don't want this to
    happen again.

    We realize that most of the rank-and-file congressmen were hoodwinked
    by the Democratic leadership in June. On the night of June 12, the
    legislative report (which was sent to every congressman to advise
    them of the votes they would face the following day) did NOT INCLUDE
    the Veterans Disarmament Act on the schedule. But the decision was
    then made in the early morning hours to ram the bill through before
    lunch.

    Most Congressmen never saw it coming. They were fooled once... they
    need to be on guard the next time and make sure it doesn't happen
    again.

    ACTION: Please use the letter below to contact your Representative
    and ask him to do everything in his power to kill the Veterans
    Disarmament Act -- or at a minimum, to make sure that the bill gets a
    recorded vote, should it find its way back to the House. You can use
    the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting
    the GOA Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers
    are also available).


    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Representative:

    How ironic that at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court may very well
    strike down DC's draconian gun ban, the Congress might pass a
    pernicious gun ban on veterans and other Americans.

    The legislation I'm talking about is HR 2640 (S 2084), which has been
    opposed by the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple
    Heart and Gun Owners of America. This bill has been sponsored by
    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and will result in the disarmament of hundreds
    of thousands of veterans who risked life and limb in defense of our
    nation.

    I was appalled by the fact that the Veterans Disarmament Act -- let's
    call it what it really is -- passed the House WITHOUT A RECORDED
    VOTE! And I am disappointed that there was no one on the floor of the
    House on June 13 to demand such a record.

    I realize that most of the rank-and-file congressmen were hoodwinked
    by the Democratic leadership in June. On the night of June 12, the
    legislative report (which was sent to every congressman to advise
    them of the votes they would face the following day) did NOT INCLUDE
    the McCarthy bill on the schedule. But the decision was then made in
    the early morning hours to ram the bill through before lunch.

    I hope that the Senate will stand up for my rights and kill this
    legislation. But should it come back to the House after a conference
    committee, I hope that you will do everything in your power to make
    sure this bill never sees the light of day.

    Fair warning: If the bill passes without a recorded vote, I will
    hold you just as responsible as if you had voted "aye." To get keep
    abreast of this legislation, I encourage you to keep in contact with
    Gun Owners of America or go to their very informative section (on the
    Veterans Disarmament Act) which can be found at
    http://www.gunowners.org/netb.htm on their website.

    Sincerely,


    ****************************
  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    I have contacted all the Mississippi folks along with my good friends in Alabama. :)

    Please take action on this important issue and check the activity page at GOA to be sure you have covered all outstanding concerns we gun owners should be acting on.
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    My socalled rep will vote for any gun controll bill.
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