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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 17 04/26/2013
According to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the recent terror bombings in Boston require a new interpretation of the Constitution to give the government greater power to protect citizens. "The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry," Bloomberg said during a recent press conference. "But we live in a complex world where you're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change." According to a Breitbart.com article, the anti-gun Bloomberg claims that recent attacks on the Second Amendment have left him confident that such re-interpretation is possible. "The Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws," Bloomberg said. He employs the tactic of incrementally "lowering the bar" by suggesting that Americans should be willing to give up a degree of freedom in exchange for a degree of security.
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A benefit of the First Amendment is that when all people can freely express themselves, normal people are regularly reminded of how warped some can be in their thinking--particularly those who seem to derive perverse satisfaction from publicly displaying their hatred of the NRA. For example, two days after the bombing at this year's Boston Marathon, chronic NRA-basher Frank Smyth, in an article posted on MSNBC's website, proclaimed that gunpowder had been used in the bombs, and on that basis concluded that the suspects were on the loose because the NRA had opposed requiring microscopic "identification taggants" in gunpowder in the 1990s.
On Tuesday, April 23, the Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence--a body formed under the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences--met in Washington, D.C. Since 1996, federal law has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research that openly advocates gun control. In January, President Obama issued a memorandum directing the CDC to develop a new "gun violence" research agenda, and called on Congress to provide >0 million to fund the effort. The committee's mandate is to advise the CDC in developing "a public health research agenda to improve knowledge of the causes of gun violence, the interventions that prevent gun violence, and strategies to minimize the public health burden of gun violence."
National Public Radio describes its trademark, long-running weekday show, All Things Considered, as a mix of "news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features." We can now add "acerbic rants" to that descriptive list, thanks to the outrageous comments of anti-gun Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D). Malloy was interviewed recently on the show after the U. S. Senate rejected proposed sweeping federal gun-control measures for which he strongly advocated. According to a NewsBusters.org article, during the interview, anchor Melissa Block read back to Malloy his previous, slanderous comments about gun manufacturers--"The gun industry wants to sell as many guns to as many people as possible, even if they're deranged, mentally ill or have a criminal background - they don't care."--and asked Malloy for his comments.
A recent CNSNews.com article reported on an April Gallup poll, which found that only four percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country. Despite the Obama administration's all-out efforts to enact new and more restrictive gun control legislation, the poll showed that Americans are far more concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt. According to Gallup, "Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work."
At no time in recent history has it been more important for NRA members and Second Amendment supporters to be effective activists in our campaign to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights. Our freedom is under attack like never before, on multiple fronts! As such, your attendance at this year's FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop in Houston is a critical step toward ensuring the future of our gun rights. This Workshop has been a staple of NRA’s Annual Meetings for decades, and is one of the most popular seminars of the week, attended by hundreds of freedom-loving NRA members.
The 16th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, May 3,, 2013, as part of NRA's Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys who represent firearms owners and licensed dealers, attorneys wishing to expand their practice to such clients, and others having an interest in Second Amendment law.
ALABAMA: NRA-Supported Omnibus Firearms Bill Passes House Committee
ALASKA: Common Sense Legislation Passes Senate and Goes to Governor
ARIZONA: Two Pro-Gun Bills Pass in Legislature and Go to Governor
CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gun Legislators Vote to Destroy Hunting and the Second Amendment in California
COLORADO: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting
COLORADO: Mental Health Bill Full of Problems Passes House Committee
CONNECTICUT: Attention Gun Owners and Sportsmen—You are Immediately Impacted by the State’s New Draconian “Gun Control” Law
DELAWARE: Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Private Transfers of Firearms
IDAHO: Hunting Included in New Management Plan for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
ILLINOIS: Proposed Statewide Shall-Issue Right to Carry Legislation Jeopardized
INDIANA: NRA-Backed Pro-Hunting Reform Bill Goes to Governor for His Expected Signature
KANSAS: Governor Brownback Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
LOUISIANA: Update- Firearm Bills under Consideration by the State Legislature
MAINE: Senate Passes Handgun Permit Confidentiality Legislation, Goes to Governor for His Expected Signature
MARYLAND: Join NRA President David Keene at the Caroline County Lincoln Day Dinner
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
NEVADA: Senate Bill 221 and Senate Bill 227 Referred to the Senate Finance Committee
NEW JERSEY: State Senate Committee to Hear Testimony on Anti-Gun and Anti-Sportsman Bill Package
NEW YORK: Join NRA President David Keene at the Wayne County Conservative Party Dinner
NORTH CAROLINA: Critical Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Advances to House Floor
NORTH DAKOTA: Pro-Gun Bills Signed By Governor
OREGON: Bills Harmful to Law-Abiding Gun Owners Move Out of Committee
PENNSYLVANIA: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced
RHODE ISLAND: Gun Control Package Unveiled
SOUTH CAROLINA: Critical Self-Defense Bill Detrimentally Weakened in Senate
SOUTH CAROLINA: Mental Health Reform Bill to be Considered by the Senate
TENNESSEE: Senate Passes School Security Measure, Goes to Governor for His Approval
TEXAS: Legislature Moving On School Security Measures
UTAH: Veto Override Session Needed
WASHINGTON: Act Now! Special Session to Consider Gun Control Measures Under Consideration
WEST VIRGINIA: Significant Legislative Victories this Session for Second Amendment Supporters
WEST VIRGINIA: Charleston Mayor Danny Jones Continues Crusade Against Your Gun Rights
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