Monday, March 16, 2009
> Do you agree with people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who treat
> the Second Amendment as if it were written only to protect your ability
> to go hunting and target shooting?
> Or do you agree with Gun Owners of America, George Washington and
> Jefferson, who believe that the Second Amendment protects a
> fundamental right that is essential to the preservation of liberty?
> Well, a whole lot of people in Congress are claiming to protect your
> Second Amendment rights, but all they're really doing is protecting
> hunting season.
> We're talking about the Omnibus Public Lands Act. You helped to defeat
> this bill last week in the House, but Congressional leaders have vowed
> to bring it up again soon.
> S. 22 is an enormous package of over 190 bills lumped together with a
> price tag of $10 billion. The bill will greatly expand the amount of
> land controlled by the National Park Service, thus spreading the
> agency's unconstitutional gun regulations to more areas.
> Fear of upsetting gun owners -- who helped elect many members of
> Congress from both parties -- kept this bill off the floor for several
> Then, in a meeting last Tuesday, not held in an open committee hearing
> but behind closed doors, House leaders brokered a deal with some
> supposedly pro-gun Democrats.
> They said they were concerned about your gun rights. They said they
> were going to "fix" the bill.
> But they did not address the NPS anti-gun regulations that prohibit
> carrying a firearm for self defense without a government issued
> concealed carry permit.
> What did they do? They added language to the bill to say you can still
> go hunting.
> That's right. Many Congressmen claimed to be protecting the Second
> Amendment, when all they were really doing was thumbing their noses at
> self defense.
> Here is the entire "pro-gun" amendment that was considered in the
> Judge for yourself if this really protects your Second Amendment
> "Nothing in this Title shall be construed as affecting the authority,
> jurisdiction, or responsibility of the several States to manage,
> control, or regulate fish and resident wildlife under State law or
> regulations, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, trapping,
> recreational shooting. Nothing in this Title shall be construed as
> limiting access for hunting, fishing, trapping, or recreational
> They may as well have called it the "Elmer Fudd Protection Act."
> A lot of people who voted for this bill campaigned for office as
> champions of gun rights. They said "Send me to Washington; I'll fight
> for the Second Amendment." And this is what we get? Pathetic.
> But let's be clear. The issue is not just about the NPS gun
> restrictions, as bad as they are. And whether or not you personally
> federal land is not the point.
> What is important is the disdain with which legislators hold your
> Amendment rights.
> It is imperative that you speak up on this issue. The outcome of this
> battle will be a preview of what we can expect for the next two years.
> Will your gun rights be comprised away little by little? Or will we
> stand together and hold legislators accountable to their campaign
> promises to uphold the Second Amendment?
> This week there may be several votes in both the Senate and House on
> Omnibus Land bill.
> Congressional leaders plan to act quickly in an attempt to ram this
> the throat of the American people without a fair and open process. They
> desperately want to avoid any amendment that would truly protect your
> gun rights.
> Congress hopes to leave the gun ban in place, and enlarge the areas
> affected by it. For example, the bill expands existing park land,
> creates new national trails that will fall under the gun restrictions,
> and authorizes the federal government to buy more land adjacent to
> national parks and trails.
> House and Senate leaders plan to move on this bill rapidly, although
> they are ambiguous about the process.
> But our message to Congress is simple: Stop playing around with our
> Second Amendment rights!
> We don't care about the process. We care about the Second Amendment.
> And we mean ALL of the Second Amendment, not just hunting.
> Tell Congress you expect them to protect your right to keep and bear
> arms without compromising. Please take a few seconds and send the
> pre-written message below.
> When you're done, become a force multiplier. Send this alert to a few
> It is important that you take this action because right now GOA is the
> only gun rights organization speaking out for ALL of your Second
> Amendment rights.
> We've all forwarded jokes or funny pictures to our friends. How about
> forwarding a message to help protect our God-ordained constitutionally
> protected right to keep and bear arms?
> And please do not think your voice won't be heard. Remember, this bill
> failed to pass the House by just two votes last week because people
> you took action.
> Congressmen need to know that their votes in the coming days will
> YOUR vote next year. But if they don't hear from you and they think
> you're not looking, many will treat your rights with contempt.
> We're not alone in this battle. In the Senate, pro-gun champions such
> as Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint are prepared to lead the fight
> against this bill.
> In the House, Reps. Paul Broun, Rob Bishop and Doc Hastings are among
> those fighting hard for your gun rights.
> In fact, there are many in Congress willing to stand up for the Second
> Amendment, but they are repeatedly squashed by the anti-gun leadership
> or undermined by pro-gun compromisers. Pro-gun Congressmen who want to
> repeal the gun ban are being told, in effect, to "Shut up and vote!"
> Friends, we know we've asked for a lot of action from you already this
> Unfortunately, that is not going to stop. But we will all draw the
> at some point. Let's work together and do it now.
> Thank you for working with Gun Owners of America. Our effectiveness in
> Washington depends on your activism. PLEASE try to get your pro-gun
> friends and family involved. Now more than ever, every voice is
> ACTION: Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
to tell your Representative and
> Senators to reject the lands bill (S. 22) unless your Second Amendment
> rights are protected. Per usual, a pre-written letter is provided for
> your convenience.