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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 16 04/19/2013
On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a gun control agenda that President Obama has adopted as his own over the last few months, but to which other gun control supporters have bitterly clung for years: banning an ever-lengthening list of semi-automatic firearms, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and expanding background check requirements to require government permission for many transfers of firearms among private citizens. Within minutes of the Senate’s votes, which one political commentator called the “biggest loss” of Obama’s presidency, our Thespian-in-Chief theatrically stood beside a prominent crime victim and several family members of other victims in the Rose Garden, beginning his comments in a somber tone, so that the anger to which he would dramatically build over the next 13 minutes would, in contrast, appear more sincere.
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While both sides in the gun control debate regroup after our victory in the Senate earlier this week, I want to give credit where credit is due. The credit for Wednesday’s defeat of gun control goes to the countless gun owners and other Americans who drew a line in the sand--who sent emails and letters and made phone calls to their U.S. senators, urging them to protect private firearm transfers, semi-automatic firearms, and the magazines that millions of Americans own for self-defense.There is no question that you shocked the enemies of liberty two days ago. Going into Wednesday’s votes, they thought victory was within reach. Many in the media had pushed the idea that resistance to the gun control agenda was futile, and some of our more aggressive adversaries may have started to believe their own propaganda. I’m sure some had convinced themselves that the intensity of their anger toward gun owners was all that was necessary to assure victory.
Gun owners earned a number of victories this week in the U.S. Senate. After watching the Senate reject their gun control agenda, our opponents have decided to attack some of the senators who supported our Second Amendment freedoms. Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is trying to organize protests at a number of senators’ local offices based on their opposition to the Obama-Bloomberg gun ban agenda. It is important that your senators hear from you as well. Click "Read More" below to see a list of senators who supported our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but are now being attacked for standing on the side of freedom. We cannot let this stand! Please take a moment to call their offices to let them know of your appreciation.
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In recent weeks, NRA-ILA has been inundated with phone calls and emails from passionate supporters voicing their appreciation for our stalwart defense of the Second Amendment and passing along many productive observations and recommendations. Among them have been precisely the key points NRA has been making; namely that we need to steer Congress's efforts away from gun control and gun bans toward a more productive discussion on things like enhancing school security; improving our nation's mental health system; examining the consequences of a grotesque level of violence our children are exposed to by Hollywood and our pop culture, and enforcement of existing laws against criminals.
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ALABAMA: NRA-Backed Omnibus Firearms Bill Assigned to House Committee
ALASKA: Common Sense Legislation Passes Senate and Goes to Governor
ARIZONA: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass in Legislature and Go to Governor
ARKANSAS: Important Action on Critical Right-to-Carry Reforms
CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gun Legislators Vote to Destroy Hunting and the Second Amendment in California
CALIFORNIA: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Confidentiality Legislation to be Heard Next Tuesday
COLORADO: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting
COLORADO: Sheriffs Continue to Stand in Defense of Your Second Amendment Rights
COLORADO:: Overwhelming Opposition Gives Pause to Unconstitutional Mental Health Bill
CONNECTICUT: Attention Gun Owners and Sportsmen—You are Immediately Impacted by the State’s New Draconian “Gun Control” Law
DELAWARE: Senate Ignores Procedure in Rush to Pass Markell Anti-Gun Legislation
HAWAII: Senate Rejects House Amendments; SB 69 Goes to Committee Conference
IDAHO: Hunting Included in New Management Plan for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
INDIANA: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Reform Bill Passes Senate
INDIANA: School Security Reform Bill Passes House Committee, Goes to House Floor for Consideration
KANSAS: Legislature Passes Many Pro-Gun Reforms This Year
KANSAS: Governor Brownback Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
LOUISIANA: Update- Firearm Bills under Consideration by the State Legislature
MARYLAND: Join NRA President David Keene at the Caroline County Lincoln Day Dinner
MISSOURI: Self-Defense Legislation Passes in House
MISSOURI: Right-to-Carry Permit Privacy Update
MONTANA: BLM Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Big Game Retrieval
MONTANA: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting
MONTANA: Governor Vetoes Common Sense Pro-Gun Bill in Montana
MONTANA: Miles City Resource Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Off-road Big Game Retrieval
NEVADA: Several Pro- and Anti-Gun Bills Still Moving Forward in Carson City
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Shurtleff Criminal Protection Bill Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing in Concord on Tuesday
NEW YORK: Join NRA President David Keene at the Wayne County Conservative Party Dinner
NORTH CAROLINA: Pro-Hunting Bill Referred to Senate Judiciary 1 Committee
NORTH CAROLINA: House Subcommittee to Hear Critical Self-Defense Reform Bill on Wednesday
NORTH DAKOTA: Pro-Gun Bills Signed By Governor
OKLAHOMA: Senate to Consider Right to Carry Reform Legislation
PENNSYLVANIA: Attend the 8th Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally in Harrisburg on April 23
RHODE ISLAND: Gun Control Package Unveiled
SOUTH CAROLINA: Delay Tactics Being Used in the State Senate in an Attempt to Prevent Passage of Critical Self-Defense Legislation
TENNESSEE: Permit Confidentiality Bill Goes to Governor for Approval
TENNESSEE: House Approves School Security Measure
TENNESSEE: Senate Passes School Security Measure, Goes to Governor for His Approval
TEXAS: Legislature Moving On School Security Measures
UTAH: Veto Override Session Needed
WEST VIRGINIA: Significant Legislative Victories this Session for Second Amendment Supporters
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