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Statement by NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox On John Dingell`s Victory in Michigan 15

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

I would like to congratulate John Dingell on his impressive victory yesterday and thank the thousands of NRA members in Michigan`s 15th Congressional District who came out and voted for John in this primary election.

John is a stalwart when it comes to the preservation of rights of hunters, sportsmen and law-abiding gun owners. We are proud of our sustained relationship with this distinguished gentleman. Voters in Michigan`s 15th congressional district reflect the belief of the majority of Americans and that of the NRA -- no new gun control laws; but stricter enforcement of existing laws against violent criminals. The American public understands this simple concept. Now, it is time for politicians and candidates to take heed.

Anti-gun groups attempted to use this race as an indictment against all gun-rights of law-abiding Americans. The Rivers campaign, bankrolled by anti-gun groups like Handgun Control, Inc., enlisted actor Martin Sheen and activist Sarah Brady to tape get-out-the-vote messages for Lynn Rivers. In fact, the anti-gun groups threw in the kitchen sink in this race. But, the comfortable margin of victory in this race speaks volumes to the credibility and effectiveness of these groups, their agenda and the individuals who support them.

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