Beware Holiday Season Ambush

Beware Holiday Season Ambush

Nov. 15,  2007 - If that eery silence about H.R. 2640 (the Veteran Disarmament bill by Carolyn McCarthy) makes you uneasy, it should: the best time for our opponents to slip gun control through the legislative process is when it's quiet, and everyone's occupied by other business.

It's no coincidence that gun control often gains steam close to the Holiday season, when Americans are busy with filling that deer tag, going to Christmas plays, shopping and getting the basement room ready for Grandma.

Some good news:

  • Sources at the Gun Rights Policy Conference reported that when NRA-ILA Federal Affair lobbyist Chuck Cunningham spoke, he was assaulted with questions about why the NRA was supporting McCarthy's bill.  Immediately after that woodshedding, Wayne LaPierre canceled his speaking appearance at the event -- none of LaPierre's handlers wanted the "face of the NRA" to be caught on video defending their support of gun control.

Friends, that is encouraging: the NRA is feeling the heat on this issue, and if they back off of the bill, H.R. 2640's support on Capitol Hill will lose votes faster than Obama at a John Birch Society straw poll.

And though that is good news, we have bad news:

  • Expert sources on the Hill are telling us that politicians took notice of the firestorm that struck their offices late this summer and early fall, but now believe the heat is off and are once again eyeing the passage of HR 2640.

  • An NRA insider has told us that yet another deal is in the works between the NRA and Congressional offices, something designed to pass the bill while giving the NRA cover to continue their support.

This confirms what we know: there's a lot of deal-making happening in Washington on this issue, and it's very dangerous to our rights.  These next few weeks -- until the end of 2007 -- are pivotal.

If history repeats itself (and it often does), this Holiday season is a likely spot for our rights to be ambushed.

What you can do:

1) Call Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Bunning and tell them to join Senator Coburn in opposition to H.R. 2640, the McCarthy/Leahy Gun Control Bill.

Call Senator Mike Crapo’s office at (202) 224-6142.   To e-mail senator Crapo go here.

Call Senator Bunning’s office at (202) 224-4343.  To e-mail Senator Bunning go here.

2)   Call or e-mail the NRA and tell them to stop schmoozing with Sarah Brady and Chuck Schumer and oppose H.R. 2640.

Call (800) 392-8683 or e-mail the NRA’s federal lobbyist, Chuck Cunningham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For NAGR’s extensive analysis of H.R. 2640, go here.

NRA board member Nugent nukes gun control deal

NRA board member Nugent nukes gun control deal

http://www.nationalgunrights.org/alerts/2007-nugent2640.shtml

NRA board member Ted Nugent has come out in opposition to H.R. 2640, calling it “Janet Reno’s dream.” Here’s what rocker Nugent said about H.R. 2640:

In its open letter of May 9, 2007, BATFE makes it clear that this "danger" doesn't have to be "imminent" or "substantial," but can include "any danger" at all. How many shrinks -- using the Pennsylvania standard -- are going to say that a pro-gun American like you, who believes the Second Amendment is the last defense against tyranny, DOESN'T POSE AT LEAST AN INFINITESIMAL RISK of hurting someone else?

As easy as that, your gun rights would be gone forever.


Click here to read Nugent’s full comments.


Veteran’s group’s oppose H.R. 2640

The American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart have joined National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America and dozens and dozens of state and local gun rights groups in opposition to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Sen. Patrick Leahy’s massive expansion of the Brady Registration Act, H.R. 2640.

Opposition to H.R. 2640 continues to grow, thanks exclusively to the grassroots activism of gun owners -- like you and me-- across the country. All of the establishment, and notably the institutional gun lobby – that’s the NRA and their Gucci-loafered lobbyists – are supporting H.R. 2640, the McCarthy/Leahy Gun Control Bill.

The NRA continues to make excuses; using legislative and legal doublespeak to mislead their members about this bill.

Make no mistake; H.R. 2640 is a massive expansion of the unconstitutional Brady Registration Act. This gun control legislation gives unprecedented new powers to the federal government’s NICS system to open up supposedly private mental health records to government scrutiny. This bill aims to criminalize our nation’s combat veterans and anyone who’s sought help for depression or other mental concerns normally associated with combat. They are working hard to give the Federal Government – and their uncontrollable beast, the BATFE-- the tools they need to persecute and prosecute gun owners.

In a Capitol Hill publication yesterday, even the President of the Brady Campaign was singing the praises of the NRA for supporting this gun control. Click here to read the full article.

The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Paul Helmke, said he remains optimistic that the Senate impasse can be cleared, ascribing it to the everyday difficulty of moving a complex bill through Congress.

While the NRA has not tapped its extensive grassroots membership to help the background-check measure pass, Helmke said the premier gun group’s support was enough.

“Their concern is that some of their grassroots feels the same as the GOA on this, and they don’t want to risk alienating some of their members,” Helmke said. “They’re taking the right position here, which is that not everybody should get a gun.” [Emphasis added]


That’s right: the Brady Campaign and the NRA are giving the federal government even more power to decide who should not have firearms.

But the Washington insider publication betrays the achilles heel of this battle: the NRA hasn't gone to their members to sell this, largely because so very few gun owners -- except those who believe the NRA can do no wrong, ever -- can buy into their cut-and-run strategy. "Let's do it to ourselves (pass gun control in the wake of Virginia Tech) before they do it to us" is a song that has been sung a hundred times by NRA leadership on a state and federal level, and it's become obvious where that strategy leads America.

Just how far has the NRA betrayed gun owners?

The NRA is cutting back room deals with the Brady Campaign and notorious anti-gun legislators like Sen. Chuck Schummer and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy; all in the name of political access. They keep saying they are “improving” current gun controls laws. Gun owners don’t want these laws “improved”, we want them repealed. The NRA is simply trying to guild the chains that bind us.

The NRA’s betrayal of gun owners on H.R. 2640 has been well documented. Click here for further evidence.
  • “Don't faint, but the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have joined forces behind a bill regulating the sale of firearms.” --“Gun reform with NRA blessing,” The Denver Post, June 17, 2007


  • “The difference is that the NRA endorsed the background check improvements, boosting its chances of becoming the first major national gun control law in more than a decade.” --Andrew Taylor of Associated Press, “NRA Challenges Gun-Control Democrats,” www.ABCNews.com, June 27, 2007


  • “'’When the NRA and I agree on legislation, you know that it's going to get through, become law and do some good,' says Schumer.” --“NRA, Democrats Team Up To Pass Gun Bill”, www.cbsnews.com, June 13, 2007

There is some good news for gun owners: Second Amendment hero Senator Tom Coburn continues to fight against H.R. 2640. Opposition is building, but we still have a long way to go.

We need Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) to join Senator Tom Coburn in opposition to this outrageous infringement upon on constitutional rights.

Here’s what you can do:
  1. Call Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Bunning and tell them to join Senator Coburn in opposition to H.R. 2640, the McCarthy/Leahy Gun Control Bill.

    Call Senator Mike Crapo’s office at (202) 224-6142. To e-mail senator Crapo click here

    Call Senator Bunning’s office at (202) 224-4343. To e-mail Senator Bunning click here.

  2. Call or e-mail the NRA and tell them to stop schmoozing with Sarah Brady and Chuck Schummer and oppose H.R. 2640.

    Call (800) 392-8683 or e-mail the NRA’s federal lobbyist, Chuck Cunningham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For NAGR’s extensive analysis of H.R. 2640, click here.
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2008 Presidential Candidates' Gun Rights Score Card

2008 Presidential Candidates' Gun Rights Score Card

http://www.nationalgunrights.org/POTUS/index.shtml

With the 2008 Presidential election drawing near, campaigns are now being forced to take positions on Second Amendment issues. We'll attempt to document and grade both parties candidates, and let you know when new information arises. Check below for more information on the posting criteria.

The purpose of the NAGR Presidential Gun Rights Score Card is to cut through the election year rhetoric and reveal the truth about the Presidential candidates' records on gun control. Support of the the right to keep and bear arms, a basic constitutionally protected freedom, should be expected from those who seek the highest office in the land.

Research for the score card continues. If you don't see a particular candidate listed they may have met the minimum requirements of respect for our constitutional rights or we are still building a case against them.

Dates of Evidence

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February 2001

100% Pro-gun record

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Dates of Evidence

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May 1995

October 2002
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March 1999
March 1997
May 1995

Jan. 2004

July 2008




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