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Standing Guard--July 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

STANDING GUARD

WAYNE LAPIERRE, NRA Executive Vice President

Republicans, especially those who make up the pro-Second Amendment majority in Congress, should recognize this powerful adversary as one who would destroy what they stand for and remove them from positions of leadership.

few months ago when I warned about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s declaration of war on the Second Amendment, his demands for more gun control were just that. But today—with rapidly growing support from other urban mayors, suburban blue-state elites and an unquestioning media blitz—Bloomberg’s campaign has grown to a full-blown attempt to overthrow the pro-Second Amendment majority in Congress this November.

Repeated hundreds of times in the media, Bloomberg’s big lie is summed up by a Christian Science Monitor article that claims: "Despite tough gun laws against guns in many cities and states, lax federal rules do not prevent the sale of handguns across state lines."

Were Bloomberg able to overturn the Congress this fall, Judiciary and other key committees would be dominated by gun-ban NRA "F"-rated Democrats.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Start with the fact that any interstate sale of handguns outside licensed federal dealers is a crime. Then add to that the host of tough federal felony provisions covering any aspect of criminal, black-market commerce—from acquisition through "straw sales," to possession, to interstate transport, to illegal sales, to "gun trafficking"—already against federal law in every corner of the nation. Bloomberg knows it. But enforcing federal law against criminals involved in gun trafficking does not serve his purpose.

All this is a ruse, pure and simple. In large measure Bloomberg’s new national campaign against gun owners and the pro-Second Amendment majority in Congress is a colossal tantrum over the enactment of federal restrictions on lawsuits designed to shut down the law-abiding firearm industry. In spite of that landmark law forbidding such punitive, predatory legal actions, Bloomberg has pressed forward with his latest New York City lawsuit before Brooklyn federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein, who has ruled he will hear the case in spite of the lawsuit ban. This is the latest action before that judge, with major support from fellow billionaire George Soros, the Brady Center and the Violence Policy Center.

In seeking retribution for the lawsuit ban by overthrowing the pro-Second Amendment congressional majority, Bloomberg would take great comfort in seeing NRA "F"-rated Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and long-time gun-confiscation advocate John Conyers, D-Mich., as chairman of the all-powerful Judiciary Committee.

The same would be true were Bloomberg to get his way with the U.S. Senate. It’s not hard to imagine what his ideological mentors, Teddy Kennedy, D-Mass., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would do were they to take control of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They would fill Bloomberg’s legislative orders.

Much is being made in the media about Bloomberg’s Republican party affiliation. But in fact, media magnate Bloomberg, ranked as one of the richest men in the world, became a Republican only shortly before declaring his candidacy for mayor of New York City, an office he took after spending $87 million of his own funds. In buying his second term, he reportedly spent in excess of $84 million, with $34 million for broadcast ads alone.

Until he ran for mayor, Bloomberg had been a lifelong leftist member of the party of gun-ban leaders—Al Gore, Chuck Schumer and Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.,—whose election campaigns he has actively and financially supported since he switched parties. Recently, the New York Post reported that he could have influence on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s re-election campaign, saying, "many political insiders have speculated he’ll cross party lines to endorse her."

Republicans, especially those who make up the pro-Second Amendment majority in Congress, should recognize this powerful adversary as one who would destroy what they stand for and remove them from positions of leadership.

As part of the urban mayors’ litigation and political war on gun rights, the Brady Campaign is a Bloomberg adjunct, with another anti-Second Amendment politician, former Fort Wayne, Ind., Mayor Paul Helmke taking the helm of that gun-ban group. As with Bloomberg, the media has been smugly repeating the fact that Helmke is a Republican.

In terms of safeguarding Second Amendment rights, NRA is and always has been politically bipartisan. We support Democrats, and we support Republicans. The only thing that counts is performance. And Helmke, like Bloomberg, is an "F" many times over.

Like our successful fight to keep globalist gun-ban billionaire George Soros from buying the White House for John Kerry in the last presidential election, Bloomberg’s war on our Second Amendment rights can only be won by ordinary Americans standing up against an elitist who believes his money can buy anything—including our freedom.

This coming election is key to saving our rights from his clutches. Register to vote. Vote early if you can. Get your friends to vote for pro-Second Amendment congressional and senatorial candidates. Make sure that the members of Bloomberg’s dream team—the F-Troop—don’t become his powerful water-carriers.

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