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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 8, No. 3 1/19/2001

ANOTHER BUSH CABINET NOMINEE FACES ATTACK BY GORE SUPPORTERS

Last week, we told you about the attacks by gun-ban extremists onPresident-elect George W. Bush`s nominee forAttorney General, formerU.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-Mo.). Now,Gale Norton, Bush`s nominee forSecretary of the Interior, faces similar attacks. Throughout her career that includes two terms asColorado`s Attorney General, Norton has supported the interests of hunters and law-abiding firearm owners, and now is the time to come to her aid. She is under heavy fire by radical "environmentalist" groups—which have launched a series of attack ads in major media centers and in states where they feel senators are undecided on Norton—as well as other groups not known for being involved with environmental issues, such as theNAACP and theAFL-CIO. What does unite these groups is that most of them did everything they could last year to defeat President-elect Bush on November 7. Many look at the campaign to oppose Gale Norton`s confirmation by the U.S. Senate as nothing more than another attack on Bush by supporters ofAl Gore. Norton`s nomination hearing before the Senate began Thursday, and a vote by the Senate will come in the near future.

It is critical that you call, write, fax, and e-mail your U.S. Senators today, both in their D.C., and closest local offices, and urge them to support and vote for confirmation of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior. You can find contact information for your U.S. Senators by using the "Write Your Reps" tool at www.NRAILA.org, or by calling the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at 800-392-8683.

In addition, please keep up the pressure on your U.S. Senators and urge them to support and vote for confirmation of John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General.

ANOTHER ANTI-HUNTING "SAAB"-STORY

In 1999, we reported that Saab Cars USA had entered into a relationship with the largest anti-hunting extremist organization in America—the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Two years ago, Saab was promoting an HSUS anti-fur campaign, and the latest issue of Saab Magazine indicates the relationship is still strong, as it includes an ad promoting HSUS. But does Saab also support anti-gun extremism? In the same issue of the magazine is a story about Carl Frederick Reuterswärd, the Swedish artist who designed Saab`s new symbol. Reuterswärd is probably best known for his sculpture of a revolver with its barrel tied into a knot (a photo of the artist with this sculpture is included in the magazine), a sculpture that is displayed in front of the UN headquarters. If you wish to contact Saab to express your objection to its working with anti-hunting extremists (especially if you are a hunter who owns a Saab), please write:

Saab Cars USA
Attn. Daniel Chasins, Pres. and COO
4405-A International Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: 800-955-9007/770-279-0100
Fax: 770-279-6499
e-mail: custserv@saabusa.com
website: www.saabusa.com

A LOOK AT THE STATES

ARIZONA

Mon., Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., the Tucson City Council will consider a proposal to enact a total ban of all gun shows in the Tucson Convention Center. Please attend Monday`s meeting at City Hall, located at 255 W. Alameda, to voice your opposition to this proposal. Additionally, please be sure to call the Mayor and City Council`s Comment Line at 520-791-4700 to register your opposition to ANY changes to the existing regulations regarding gun shows.

ARKANSAS

The Washington County Republican Committee`s Lincoln Day Dinner will host NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre on Sat., Feb. 10. The event will be held at the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center at the intersection of I-540 and Hwy. 412 in Springdale. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for seating and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by the keynote address by Mr. LaPierre. Special guests include: Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R), U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R), Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller (R), and country music star Lee Greenwood, who will perform a brief program. Ticket prices are $50, $35, or $25, and tables consisting of 10 seats may be purchased as well. To order tickets, or for more information, please contact NRA-ILA EVC Anne Britton at 501-442-8280 or 501-442-0611, or via e-mail at annebritton@juno.com.

COLORADO

Sen. Ken Chlouber (R) has introduced SB 01-083, the NRA-backed Right to Carry bill. Call your State Senator at 303-866-2316 and urge them to support SB 01-083.

INDIANA

Contact your elected officials in support of SB 72 and HB 1043, the Reckless Lawsuit Protection Act, which would protect firearms manufacturers from frivolous, politically-motivated lawsuits aimed at bankrupting them. Your State Senator can be reached at 800-382-9467 and your State Representative at 800-382-9841 for Republicans members and 800-382-9842 for Democratic members.

IOWA

On Wed., the House passed House File 43, the NRA-backed Dove Hunting bill. This bill is now in the Senate, where it awaits consideration. Call your State Senator at 515-281-3371 and urge them to support legislation establishing a Dove Hunting season in Iowa.

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.