(06/22/2010) - Though the pressure activists placed on Congress and the NRA last week made Nancy Pelosi postpone the vote on the DISCLOSE Act, she’s now scheduled a vote for this Thursday.
It’s vital that every Second Amendment activist understand what’s at stake here, and act today!
We’re not just talking about legislation that would shut down groups in Washington, D.C.
The DISCLOSE Act will kill off every state-level association and group in the entire country, while keeping major left-wing radical groups intact -- and, with their exemption, the NRA.
This is not only counterproductive to our liberties, but tactically it’s just plain stupid.
The enemies of freedom will kill off, one by one, every pro-freedom group in America, until there is only one... and then they’ll kill them off, with no one left to defend the Second Amendment.
Any kind of “deal” (NRA Executive V.P. Wayne LaPierre admitted the deal on the Lars Larsen radio show) with Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
They are only attempting to divide the gun community (which the NRA exemption deal does) in order to conquer us.
And why are the Dems so anxious to pass this bill?
It’s the best way they can pass gun control. Remove gun owners’ voices from the fight and it means there’s nothing stopping a repeal of your gun rights.
Why did Democrat leadership cut the deal with the NRA? There’s only one reason -- they didn’t have the votes to pass it.
Is there any doubt that, if Pelosi/Reid/Schumer had the votes to pass it without that exemption, that they wouldn't have just passed it last week?
And now that the NRA has it’s exemption (from the draconian free speech limits of the DISCLOSE Act), Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer believe they can pass this outrageous restriction of your rights to free speech.
Again: the only weapon gun owners have to save their gun rights is their First Amendment right to free speech.
No amount of gymnastics by NRA leadership nor by politicians can smooth over this absolutely traitorous deal with the devil.
What can you do?
This is so important, so time sensitive, that I'm not even going to suggest you donate to RMGO today -- it would take too much of your time, when the vital thing you can do is pick up your phone and make two quick calls.
First, call the NRA (even if you called them last week) to tell them you don’t support their despicable deal on the DISCLOSE Act.
You can reach the NRA directly at (800) 392-8683
Then, call your member of Congress at this number:
Or you can e-mail them by clicking here.
Tell your Congressman to oppose the DISCLOSE Act -- regardless of the NRA’s deal -- at every turn.
But don't wait, or it will be too late.
P.S. The postponement of the vote on the DISCLOSE Act means our pressure is working, but we can't let up now.
The NRA has employed an army of spin doctors to try to save face on this deal-with-the-devil, but it isn't working.
Call the NRA and your member of Congress today to tell them that this vote will not be forgotten.
Urgent Alert: NRA Sells-Out Free Speech
(06/15/2010) - Three prominent Washington D.C. websites are reporting what many capitol insiders warned of: the National Rifle Association has made a deal with the devil (i.e. anti-gun Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) to limit the free speech of Americans in exchange for their carved-out exemption.
While some pro-gun rights advocates may think free speech does not matter or that nothing another gun advocacy group does should ever be questioned, the National Association for Gun Rights and I take a very different view.
Without the right to free speech, we are defenseless in the battle to save our Second Amendment rights.
Let me be clear: restricting our First Amendment rights is the first step to stripping us of our Second Amendment rights, and should be resisted at every turn.
We don’t care who you are or what an organization may have done in the past – we only care about whether your actions will promote or harm our rights.
And frankly, this craven deal by the NRA will damage our gun rights and our free speech rights.
After you read up on the facts, I ask you to give the NRA an earful by calling 1-800-672-3888 and insist they renounce the deal with Pelosi and Reid. Believe me, it is not too late if you will get involved.
And now, the Wall Street Journal is even calling this a sell-out. http://www.rmgo.org/images/WSJNRA.pdf
Though at first objecting to the DISCLOSE Act, which would radically limit the free speech of organizations and thus, gun owners, the NRA has now agreed to an exemption for their organization (and other mammoth, mostly liberal, organizations like AARP and probably Moveon.org) in exchange for support of the Democrats’ bill.
This legislation would place draconian limitations on the ability of organizations to voice their opinions on politicians, and by extension, their legislation.
The chilling effect on free speech would be difficult to overstate. Along with their tacit endorsement of Senator Harry Reid, the NRA is signaling that they trust the Democrats will spare the Second Amendment from further assaults.
But that’s a strategy of appeasement, and to put it bluntly, it’s insane. It just delays the inevitable.
Winston Churchill addressed this strategy when he said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
This is not the only time the NRA has cut a deal to harm gun owners and gun rights in the glare of an anti-gun media frenzy.
Just a three years ago, the NRA joined with arch gun-hater Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) to pass H.R. 2640, the Veteran’s Disarmament Act.
When gun control advocates saw the Virginia Tech shootings as an opportunity to pass gun control, the NRA immediately signed the documents of surrender and actively lobbied Congress to pass legislation that will disarm tens of thousands of Americans, including veterans.
Why did they do that? Frankly, they were more concerned with what the media and Washington power-bosses were saying than their loyal-to-a-fault members.
Similarly in 2004 when, desperate to pass the Firearms Manufacturers’ Lawsuits Protection bill, the NRA dangled a re-authorization of the Clinton Assault Weapons ban in front of hungry politicians.
The deal was going to be that if anti-gun politicians voted for the Lawsuit Protection bill, the NRA would not oppose re-authorization of the sun-setting Clinton Gun Ban.
Thankfully, a coalition of groups led by the National Association for Gun Rights joined together to kill that deal by exposing it to the light of honest gun owners across this nation... just like we are doing now.
In that fight, after a few weeks of excuses and covering their tracks, the NRA backed off of the deal, the Lawsuit Protection Bill still passed and the Clinton Gun Ban ended.
What can you do?
Tell the NRA you’ve had enough, and urge them to kill the DISCLOSE Act, not cut a deal to pass it. Call them at 1-800-672-3888 today, as it may be too late tomorrow.