Trying to get McCarthy Bill WITHOUT Senate VOTE

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by Marlin, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    They are trying full steam ahead to screw, blue and tatoo the 2nd Amendment.....

    I have already sent notes to both Mississippi and Alabama Representatives. Each of you needs to take action NOW !!!!!


    Congressional Leaders Moving To Pass Gun Control Without A Vote!
    -- McCarthy bill would treat gun owners even worse than terrorists

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

    "Another gun rights group, the Gun Owners of America, is adamantly
    opposed to the [McCarthy-Dingell] legislation. It said the measure
    would allow the government to trample privacy rights by compiling
    reams of personal information and potentially bar mentally stable
    people from buying guns." -- Associated Press, April 24, 2007

    Thursday, April 26, 2007

    This is going to be a knock-down, drag-out fight. GOA continues to
    stand alone in the trenches, defending the rights of gun owners
    around the country. It's not going to be easy.

    Gun control supporters want to pass gun control within the next
    couple of weeks. And that's why, even if you took action earlier
    this week, you need to do so once again.

    All the gun haters (who have been keeping silent for a while) are now
    coming out of the closet and into the open. Take the notoriously
    anti-gun senator from New York -- Chuck Schumer. He has been very,
    very excited this week. Recent events have given him a platform, and
    the excuse, to push legislation that he had sponsored years ago --
    legislation that never got through Congress.

    You see, Senator Chuck Schumer has been, in past years, the Senate
    sponsor of the McCarthy bill (HR 297). And the recent murders at
    Virginia Tech have given Senator Schumer the pretext he has been
    looking for. Appearing on the Bill O'Reilly show earlier this week,
    Schumer did his best to make a reasonable-sounding pitch for more gun

    He told O'Reilly on Monday that while he and Rep. McCarthy had
    previously worked together on this legislation, he now wants Congress
    to take up HR 297 quickly. "The Brady Law is a reasonable
    limitation," Schumer said. "Some might disagree with me, but I think
    certain kinds of licensing and registration is a reasonable
    limitation. We do it for cars."

    Get the picture? First, he wants the Brady Law strengthened with the
    McCarthy-Dingell-Schumer legislation. Then it's off to pass more gun
    control -- treating guns like cars, where all gun owners are licensed
    and where bureaucrats will have a wonderful confiscation list.

    In the O'Reilly interview, Schumer showed his hand when he revealed
    the strategy for this bill. Because it could become such a hot
    potato -- thanks to your efforts -- Senator Schumer is pushing to get
    this bill passed by Unanimous Consent in the Senate, which basically
    means that the bill would get passed WITHOUT A VOTE.

    This is a perfect way to pass gun control without anyone getting
    blamed... or so they think. We need to tell every Senator that if
    this bill passes without a vote, then we hold ALL OF THEM
    responsible. (Be looking for a future GOA alert aimed at your

    On the House side, the Associated Press reported this past Monday
    that "House Democratic leaders are working with the National Rifle
    Association to bolster existing laws blocking" certain prohibited
    persons from buying guns. Of course, there are at least three
    problems with this approach:

    1. It's morally and constitutionally wrong to require law-abiding
    citizens to first prove their innocence to the government before they
    can exercise their rights -- whether it's Second Amendment rights,
    First Amendment rights, or any other right. Doing that gives
    bureaucrats the opportunity to abuse their power and illegitimately
    prevent honest gun owners from buying guns.

    2. Bureaucrats have already used the Brady Law to illegitimately deny
    the Second Amendment rights of innocent Americans. Americans have
    been prevented from buying guns because of outstanding traffic
    tickets, because of errors, because the NICS computer system has
    crashed -- and don't forget returning veterans because of
    combat-related stress. You give an anti-gun bureaucrat an inch,
    he'll take a mile -- which we have already seen as GOA has documented
    numerous instances of the abuses mentioned above.

    3. Finally, all the background checks in the world will NOT stop bad
    guys from getting firearms. As we mentioned in the previous alert,
    severe restrictions in Washington, DC, England, Canada, Germany and
    other places have not stopped evil people from using guns to commit
    murder. (Correction: In our previous alert, we incorrectly
    identified Ireland as the location of the infamous schoolyard
    massacre. In fact, it took place in Dunblane, Scotland in 1996 -- a
    country which at the time had even more stringent laws than we have


    HR 297 would require the states to turn over mountains of personal
    data (on people like you) to the FBI -- any information which
    according to the Attorney General, in his or her unilateral
    discretion, would be useful in ascertaining who is or is not a
    "prohibited person."

    Liberal support for this bill points out an interesting hypocrisy in
    their loyalties: For six years, congressional Democrats have
    complained about the Bush administration's efforts to obtain personal
    information on suspected terrorists WITHOUT A COURT ORDER.

    And yet, this bill would allow the FBI to obtain massive amounts of
    information -- information which dwarfs any records obtained from
    warrantless searches (or wiretaps) that have been conducted by the
    Bush Administration on known or suspected terrorists operating in the

    In fact, HR 297 would allow the FBI to get this information on honest
    Americans (like you) even though the required data is much more
    private and personal than any information obtained thus far by the
    Bush administration on terrorists.

    And all of these personal records would be obtained by the FBI with
    no warrant or judicial or Congressional oversight whatsoever!!!

    Get the picture? Spying on terrorists is bad... but spying on honest
    gun owners is good. After all, this horrific intrusion on the
    private lives of all Americans is presumed to be "okay" because it's
    only being used to bash guns, not to go after terrorists and
    criminals who are trying to kill us.

    As indicated in earlier alerts, this information could include your
    medical, psychological, financial, education, employment, traffic,
    state tax records and more. We don't even know the full extent of
    what could be included because HR 297 -- which can be viewed at by typing in the bill number -- is so
    open-ended. It requires states to provide the NICS system with ALL
    RECORDS that the Attorney General believes will help the FBI
    determine who is and who is not a prohibited person. Certainly, an
    anti-gun AG like Janet Reno would want as many types of records in
    the system as possible.

    The provision that would probably lead to the greatest number of
    'fishing expeditions' is that related to illegal aliens. Federal law
    prohibits illegal aliens from owning guns. The bill requires all
    "relevant" data related to who is in this country illegally. But
    what records pertaining to illegal aliens from the states would be
    relevant? Perhaps a better question would be, what records are not


    1. Please take a moment to communicate your opposition to HR 297 --
    even if you already sent your Representative a note earlier this
    week. We have provided a new letter (below) which provides updated
    information relating to the battle we are fighting.

    House leaders are talking about bringing up this bill soon. And Sen.
    Schumer (in his interview with O'Reilly) even hinted at the fact that
    the bill could come up WITHOUT the ability to offer pro-gun
    amendments -- such as a repeal of the DC gun ban or reciprocity for
    concealed carry holders -- provisions that could potentially serve as
    killer amendments.

    Also -- oh yeah, this is going to upset you -- Senator Schumer told
    O'Reilly, "I got to tell you, a lot of NRA people, they support
    this." Can you believe that? Senator Schumer is claiming to speak
    for you! That's why it's so important that you once again tell your
    congressman that Schumer is wrong... that you're a supporter of gun
    rights who OPPOSES the anti-gun McCarthy-Dingell bill.

    2. Please circulate this e-mail and forward it to as many gun owners
    as you can.

    CONTACT INFORMATION: You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action
    Center at to send your
    Representative the pre-written e-mail message below. And, you can
    call your Representative toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.

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

    Dear Representative:

    As a supporter of Second Amendment rights, I do NOT support HR 297,
    the NICS Improvement Act. I hope that you will OPPOSE this bill and
    urge your party leadership to either kill it outright or to allow
    other pro-gun amendments to be offered (repeal of the DC gun ban,
    reciprocity for concealed carry holders, etc.).

    In its current form, HR 297 will treat gun owners even worse than
    terrorists, giving the FBI a mountain of private information on
    law-abiding Americans like me.

    How is it that, despite all the criticism over the Bush
    administration's attempts to obtain personal information on suspected
    terrorists without a court order, this bill would allow the FBI to
    obtain massive amounts of information on ME -- information which
    dwarfs any warrantless searches (or wiretaps) that have been
    conducted by the Bush Administration on known or suspected terrorists
    operating in the country.

    And all of this personal information would be obtained by the FBI
    with no warrant or judicial or Congressional oversight whatsoever!!!

    How is it that spying on terrorists is bad, but spying on honest gun
    owners is good?

    Again, I hope that you will oppose HR 297. Gun Owners of America
    will continue to keep me informed on the progress of this bill.
    Thank you.


  2. obxned

    obxned Active Member

    Mar 4, 2007

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