Barack Obama Encourages Supporters to Lie About His Gun Ban Record
GRASSROOTS ALERT, Vol. 15, No. 38 09/19/08

Posted on September 19, 2008


Barack Obama Encourages Supporters to Lie About His Gun Ban Record

In an appearance in Nevada, anti-gun presidential candidate Barack Obama told his followers:
”I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors.  I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican.  I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said. 

“And if they tell you that, ‘Well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns.’  I want you to say, ‘He believes in the Second Amendment.’


omatch quizNew Feature On—Take the OMatch Quiz:  As we enter the home stretch of this year’s critically important election, two things are certain:  First, the winner of the election will have a profound effect on your Second Amendment rights, and second, to make an informed decision, you need to be informed.  It’s crucial that you know where the candidates stand on the Second Amendment so that you can make the right choice.

One thing we do know:  If elected, Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history.  Obama says "words matter."  But when it comes to your Second Amendment rights, he refuses to speak honestly about where he stands.  He hides behind carefully chosen words and vague statements of support for sportsmen and gun rights to sidestep and camouflage the truth.

But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, shows that Barack Obama is a serious threat to our Second Amendment liberties.  Don't listen to his campaign rhetoric!  Look instead to what he has said and done during his entire political career.


FBI’s Crime Report Bad News for Anti-Gunners:  This week, the FBI released its crime report for 2007 and, once again, gun control supporters are taking it on the chin.


Another Way To Get Involved And Make A Difference:  The November issue of your NRA magazine will contain your NRA-PVF Political Preference Chart that will tell you where the candidates—federal and state—really stand so that you, your family, and friends can make informed choices at the polls Nov. 4th.

On the front cover of your October NRA magazine is the name and contact information for your NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC)—a fellow NRA member who has committed his time and effort to spearhead our volunteer campaign activities in your congressional district between now and the closing of the polls on Election Day, November 4th.


Time Is Running Out To Register To Vote!  One of the simplest, yet most important, things gun owners can do this election season is ensure they are currently registered to vote.  Our vote is our voice; if we don’t use it, we will lose it!  We can’t afford to let others decide for us who will represent our interests in Washington or in the state legislatures.  Many states voter registration deadlines expire 30 days prior to Election Day (November 4th), so time is running out!


Absentee Voting:  Bank Your Vote—Assist On Election Day!  With more states than ever allowing early and absentee voting, it is critical that those pro-gun voters who think there may even be a chance they won’t be able to vote in person on November 4th, ensure they vote via absentee ballot.  By banking your vote prior to November 4th, not only will you avoid potentially long lines, but you will also be freed up to assist with the Election Day activities of pro-gun candidates in your area!


D.C. Second Amendment Enforcement Act Passes House, Moves to Senate:  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the NRA-backed “Second Amendment Enforcement Act” by an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of 266-152.  The Act, passed as an amendment to H.R. 6842, will overturn the District of Columbia’s gun control restrictions that defy the recent Supreme Court ruling by continuing to limit D.C. residents’ right to self-defense.  This bill is necessary to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.


2008 Gun Rights Policy Conference:  This year's Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 26, 27, & 28, at the beautiful Sheraton Crescent hotel. The theme of this year’s conference is “Elect Freedom!”


ToolbarHelp Defend Your Gun Rights One Easy Click At A Time:  We now have a revolutionary yet simple tool that will allow you to stay connected to NRA-ILA and raise valuable contributions to defend our Second Amendment rights without spending a dime!  It’s the NRA-ILA Toolbar, and you can make a difference by downloading and using it. 


Bitter shirtNew NRA T-Shirts Available NOW!  We know that by now you’ve probably heard the Barack Obama “bitter” quote.  Well, in addition to the new yard sign we designed, we’ve created a way for all of you “bitter” gun owners to wear your message to Obama and all of the other legislators seeking your vote this election season:  A new “I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!” T-shirt, and our re-designed “I’m the NRA and I Vote” T-shirt!


“I’m A Bitter Gun Owner And I Vote!” Yard Signs Available Now:  We’ve created a new yard sign that will send a message from all of you “bitter” gun owners to Obama this election season with our own slogan: “I’m a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!”


STATE ROUNDUP  (please click to see any updates on states not listed below.)


HAWAII:  Hawaii Primary Elections, Saturday, September 20! Saturday, September 20 is Primary Election Day in Hawaii.  Please be sure to vote Freedom First.  For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) or visit  For more information about voting in Hawaii, please click here. 

ILLINOIS:  Show Your Support for the Second Amendment!  Pro-gun activists continue their efforts to add Lake County to the growing list of Illinois counties that have passed a resolution supporting the Second Amendment.  Currently, 85 of the state’s 102 counties have passed such resolutions.  The Lake County Board has considered the resolution in the past, but has yet to take final action.  While the resolution is not on the Board's agenda, a strong showing from the pro-gun community on October 14 could lead to it being added.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM, but the pro-gun community is being encouraged to show up early.  Please make plans to arrive early to get through the security checkpoint.  The meeting will be held at 18 N. County St., 10th floor, in Waukegan.   Please make plans to attend this important meeting! You can also contact members of the County Board to urge their support of this Pro-Second Amendment Resolution.  For a list of Board Members, along with contact information, please click here.  For additional information on this effort throughout Illinois, click here. 

KENTUCKY:  Management Plan Being Written for Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge.  The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will begin writing a 15-year plan for the management of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge.  The Refuge is about 8,500 acres with an approved acquisition boundary of approximately 18,000 acres that extends along the East Fork of the Clarks River from just south of Benton, northwest to within five miles of Paducah.  The federal agency is inviting the public to submit comments on how they want to see the Refuge managed in the future.  Because hunting is allowed, it is important that hunters get involved in the planning process to ensure that hunting is protected and enhanced in future years.  You may submit your comments to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, at  For further information, you may call 731-780-8208.  The deadline for comments is October 14th.

NEW YORK:  Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education Inc. 2008 Right-to-Carry Conference and Rally  Please join the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education Inc. (S.A.F.E.) for its “2008 Right-to-Carry Conference & Second Amendment Rally.”  It will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:00 noon) at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel located at 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Smithtown, NY (on Motor Parkway on the North side of LIE between exits 53 & 55).  Special guests will include Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President; Ron Schmeits, NRA First Vice President; David Keene, NRA Second Vice President; David Kopel, Research Director of the Independent Institute; Jim Fotis, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Alliance of America; and John L. Cushman, S.A.F.E. President and Founder, and NRA Board Member.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the latest information about Right-to Carry both nationally and locally, as well as meeting and networking with fellow sportsmen and women concerned about their civil rights and how to protect them.  Valuable prizes in drawings will be awarded to attendees. Admission and parking are free, and the event is open to your family and friends.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Ban on Pigeon Shooting Could be Voted on Soon!  As we have reported, State Representative Daylin Leach (D-149) is leading the charge for animal “rights” extremists in Pennsylvania.  Representative Leach has filed amendments to House Bill 1543.  The House could vote on these amendments next week!  Simply put, this legislation would criminalize and ban organized pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania by amending Title 18 ("Crimes and Offenses") of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.  National "animal rights" extremist groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have organized and funded efforts in Pennsylvania and around the country to ban this longstanding traditional shooting sport.  Make no mistake; this isn't just about banning pigeon shooting, but banning all hunting species by species. Please contact Representative Leach TODAY and respectfully ask him to cease his attack on Pennsylvania’s sportsmen.  Representative Leach can be contacted by phone at (717) 783-9114, by fax at (717) 787-0861, or email

TENNESSEE:  Please Submit Your Application Today for a Tennessee NRA Specialized License Plate!  The Tennessee specialized NRA license plate provides an ideal opportunity to showcase your pride as an NRA member and your steadfast dedication to preserving our cherished Second Amendment freedoms.  Your support of this program will help ensure hunting and shooting traditions in the Volunteer State for generations to come.  The NRA has begun collecting applications for specialized NRA license plates in Tennessee.  The Tennessee Department of Revenue, Vehicle Services will only produce the NRA license plates if it receives a minimum of 1,000 applications.  The application fee is $35.00.  Upon receiving the 1,000 applications prior to June 30, 2009, the National Rifle Association will submit a check for $35,000 to the Department of Revenue, Vehicle Services.  If you are interested in becoming one of the first NRA supporters in the State of Tennessee to receive a specialized license plate, please click here for information about the application.

WASHINGTON:  Lead Ammunition in Jeopardy in Washington State!  The lead ammunition you use for hunting as well as target and competitive shooting will be banned from purchase, use and ownership in the state of Washington if the state's Department of Ecology has its way.  Lead ammunition is a target of a series of recommendations in the "Lead Chemical Action Plan" prepared by the Department of Ecology. The plan is open for public comment until Monday, October 6.  The plan and information about submitting comments are available at:  Most recently, California passed a law that prohibits hunters from using lead ammunition in areas within the range of the California condor.  Please take the time to submit comments to the Department of Ecology and to Governor Chris Gregoire (D).  Governor Gregoire can be reached by phone at (360) 902-4111, by fax at (360) 753-4110, or click here to send email.  The Governor can also be reached by U.S. Mail at: Governor Chris Gregoire, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002.

Attention Washington State NRA Members, Hunters, and Shooters: Help Protect the Future of Washington’s Rich Outdoor Heritage!  NRA-ILA would like to remind Washington’s NRA members, hunters, and shooters that the Washington Department of Natural Resources will be hosting several public meetings across the state regarding the future of DNR-managed forestland, aquatic land, and natural areas.  NRA members, shooters, and hunters must voice strong support for state land to stay open for shooting and hunting in the future.  By attending and offering your input and support, you help ensure the survival of Washington’s rich outdoor traditions for generations to come.  Attendees will be able to discuss pertinent issues with DNR staff as well as study and critique maps of DNR-managed land.  All information disseminated by DNR staff at these meetings will be presented to the Sustainable Recreation Work Group.  To view upcoming meeting dates and locations, please click here.