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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 19, No. 43 10/26/2012
In 11 days we will go to the polls in what will almost surely be the most important election of our lifetimes. We all know that a second term for President Barack Obama would threaten the rights of gun owners in numerous, far-reaching ways. In last Tuesday's presidential debate, President Obama said that he supported a ban on "assault weapons" and implied that he supports restrictions on "cheap handguns" too. The biggest threat, however, would be his potential appointments to the Supreme Court. The future of our Second Amendment rights is clearly on the line. So, how do we ensure that our Second Amendment rights will be preserved in the future? Quite simply, we vote for pro-gun candidates on November 6! This year, the stakes are too high to leave our civic duty and patriotic responsibility to "the other guy." Please be sure you "Vote Freedom First!" on Tuesday, November 6, and urge your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. Other than voting on Election Day (or voting early or by absentee ballot), what more should gun owners do? The answer is very simple--volunteer to work on pro-gun candidates' campaigns to turn out supportive voters on Election Day, November 6.
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There are only 11 days remaining before this year's elections and gun control supporters haven't had a novel idea since we can't remember when, so longtime gun control advocates Dan Webster, Jon Vernick and Steve Teret of the (New York City Mayor Michael) Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University have decided to make their pre-election splash with a re-hash of gun control proposals they've supported for so long that we had to check our library files for the precise dates.
Yesterday, in a New York Daily News commentary, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) paraphrased President Obama's most insincere campaign talking point with a direct quote from Brady Campaign propaganda, saying "You can support the Second Amendment" by imposing "common sense" gun control laws. In particular, McCarthy said that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used to screen persons who purchase firearms from dealers, is ineffective, but should be extended to apply to private sales of firearms anyway.
The NRA is deeply disappointed in Thursday's ruling by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld the federal law that bans dealer sales of handguns to law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 20.The decision, in the case of National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, involved a challenge to the law by several young adults, joined by the NRA on behalf of its members in the same age group. In our briefs, we pointed out that the age limit is inconsistent with the laws America's founders passed, and with court decisions interpreting other constitutional rights such as the First Amendment's protection of free speech.
We reported recently that a key "Fast and Furious" whistleblower, John Dodson had called on Fortune Magazine to retract a story on the scandal that the Department of Justice Inspector General's report showed to be full of inaccuracies.Now, Agent Dodson has taken the step of suing Time, Inc, the owner of Fortune, for libel.The suit claims that the article is "fictitious in the sense that it contains facts that Defendant knew to be false prior to publication."
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This year's elections may well be the most important in your voting lifetime! The stakes are enormously high, and you need to be fully informed. For up-to-the-minute campaign information, and to see what you can do to help elect pro-Second Amendment candidates, visit the NRA-Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) website, www.NRAPVF.org.This official NRA campaign site will serve as your one-stop campaign reference guide this election season. The site is loaded with all of the critical information you'll need to make informed decisions on Election Day, November 6. Included on the site are news stories, articles from NRA's magazines, NRA-PVF press releases, and, starting October 1st, a complete listing of NRA-PVF candidate grades and endorsements!
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, it's crucial that you know where the candidates stand on the Second Amendment so that you can make the right choice.To take a closer look at where Obama stands on issues related to the Second Amendment, please be sure to visit another NRA-PVF website--GunBanObama.com. This website is a comprehensive resource for the facts on Barack Obama's anti-Second Amendment stance.
It has been estimated that well-placed campaign signs can account for four percentage points on Election Day. Think back to the 2000 presidential election, where 537 votes in Florida separated George W. Bush from Al Gore, and four percentage points seems like a landslide!While you are focused like a laser beam on the November 6 election, some gun owners may not be aware of what's at stake for the future of the Second Amendment on Election Day.
Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative (CFR) is an NRA-ILA staff person who will be living in your area, coordinating our volunteer activities with one goal in mind--ensuring pro-Second Amendment voters turn out to "Vote Freedom First!" on Election Day. Your CFR will be recruiting volunteers to: register voters, make phone calls, knock on doors, generate letters to the editor, distribute candidate information, attend events and turn out the pro-gun vote on Election Day. Please contact your CFR today to find out how you can assist in ensuring pro-freedom lawmakers are elected to office.
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