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Friday, June 22, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 25 6/22/2001

Dr. Richard Corlin, the American Medical Association`s (AMA) new President, has decided the nation`s most well-known doctor`s group should openly admit that it has expanded its scope to include political activism in the firearm debate.

Monday, June 4, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 22 6/4/2001

The May 17 edition of The Herald-Mail, a newspaper in Hagerstown, Md., reported that a local car dealership ran into some difficulties with a gun turn-in program it was promoting. Hagerstown Ford had announced it would offer $1,000 toward the purchase of a new car to anyone who turned in a firearm to be destroyed. The three-day promotion was canceled, however, after pro-gun grassroots activists flooded the Ford dealership with their calls in opposition.

Friday, May 18, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 20 5/18/2001

Since 1997, NRA has been steadily ascending Fortune magazine`s "Power 25," its listing of the most influential lobbying groups in America. This year, we reached the number one spot, displacing the AARP, which had held the top spot for years.

Friday, May 11, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 19 5/11/2001

Various news stories report that on Monday, President Bush will be in Philadelphia to unveil a new "national initiative" on Federal anti-crime efforts. Details of the President's proposal have not yet been made public, but the new initiative is expected to feature an expansion of the NRA-supported "Project Exile" prosecution model that provides for the vigorous enforcement of existing laws against violent criminals.

Friday, May 4, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 18 5/4/2001

As we mentioned in last week`s FAX Alert (and per the "Special" FAX Alert some of you in targeted states received on Tuesday), the anti-gunners are about to launch another attack on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms!

Friday, April 20, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 16 4/20/2001

Congress returns from its Easter District Work Period recess next week, and, as reported last week, the gun-ban extremists in D.C. are working feverishly to prepare for an all-out assault on gun shows.

Friday, April 13, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 15 4/13/2001

Congress is still on recess for its Easter District Work Period (House scheduled to return April 20, Senate scheduled to return April 22), so now is a good time to set up face-to-face meetings with your federal lawmakers at their district offices.

Friday, April 6, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 14 4/6/2001

The first city in the country to file a reckless lawsuit against gun makers has now become the first to lose at the state supreme court level.

Friday, March 30, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 13 3/30/2001

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this Monday, April 2, on the collaborative effort of U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) to "reform" the laws regulating the financing of political campaigns.

Friday, March 23, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 12 3/23/2001

The General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report on Wednesday that anti-gun lawmakers intended for use in supporting attacks on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Friday, March 16, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 11 3/16/2001

After coming to grips with the fact that the extremist anti-gun agenda has been steadily losing its appeal with many politicians over the last few years, opponents of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms have been exploring ways to circumvent the legislative process to achieve their goals.

Friday, March 2, 2001

Grassroots Fax Alert: 3/2/2001

This Sunday, March 4, "Dateline NBC" is scheduled to air "In the Line of Fire"—a story NBC describes as an "in-depth look at guns and young people in the United States." If past is prelude, however, the pro-freedom community should expect the "in-depth look" to be rife with anti-Second Amendment bias. NBC has a long history of exhibiting a clear anti-gun perspective in its news programs—a fact supported by studies from the Media Research Center (MRC)—and we should be prepared for no less this Sunday. We understand the story will close with a debate between U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)—an extremely vocal anti-gun extremist—and U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.)—a staunch defender of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Don`t be surprised if McCarthy begins to sound like a spokesman for HCI, as the Representative is one of the gun-ban lobby`s most ardent supporters.

Friday, February 23, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 8 2/23/2001

Last week, we told you about a new anti-gun outfit operating under the name Americans for Gun Safety. This week, we learned that Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI), may be changing its name in what appears to be a desperate attempt to improve its image with mainstream America. According to the February 26 issue of Newsweek, the new name will probably include a reference to Jim and Sarah Brady, who have been the public faces of HCI since the late 1980s. HCI board members privately voted for the name change because, according to insiders, some felt the term "handgun control" was "too far to the political left." This will be the second name change for HCI, which was first formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns (NCCH).

Friday, February 16, 2001

Grassroots Fax Alert: 2/16/2001

Right to Keep and Bear Arms was fired by one of the newer groups to enter the fray—the fledgling anti-gun organization, "Americans for Gun Safety" (AGS). The organization, which refers to itself as a "centrist, non-partisan group," was launched last year with heavy funding from billionaire Andrew J. McKelvey of Monster.com, and has begun running ads that renew the attack on gun shows. And while the ads claim the group recognizes "the right to own a gun," the truth is, AGS is nothing more than a rehash of many of the existing anti-gun organizations.

Friday, February 9, 2001

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 6 2/9/2001

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft appeared on CNN`s "Larry King Live," and spoke of his support of enforcing existing laws against violent criminals who misuse firearms, rather than passing new "gun control" laws. Ashcroft told King, "I think we`ve got enough laws on the books. I think what we need is tougher enforcement." This appearance was the first opportunity for the Attorney General to make public statements since he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week, after one of the most contentious confirmation battles the Senate has ever seen.

Friday, February 2, 2001

Grassroots Fax Alert: 2/2/2001

The partisan, special-interest led attacks on two of President Bush`s cabinet nominees fell well short of their objectives when Gale Norton was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior on Tuesday, and John Ashcroft was confirmed as Attorney General on Thursday. Ashcroft`s confirmation was the last one needed to complete Bush`s cabinet. Norton withstood attacks from radical "environmentalist" groups and the NAACP and AFL-CIO (a strange mix of allies, whose only apparent unifying issue is they supported Al Gore`s losing bid for the Presidency), and was confirmed on a 75 - 24 vote. Those voting against Norton were all Democrats.

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.