As you read the following alert from GOA keep in mind that:
1) Under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution for the united States of America Congress does NOT have authority to legislate ANY gun regulations in the several States.
2) Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 gives authority to Congress to legislate in all cases whatsoever in D.C., territories and possessions. That does NOT apply to the 50 States which entered into the compact.
3) If Congress DOES pass the proposed bill, WATCH for implementing legislation in your State. Connecticut has already passed an Orwellian bill similar to the proposed federal bill. We have watched this happen time and again. It would be appropriate for the GOA to so alert their networkers.
4) Larry Pratt, Executive Director of GOA is a long-standing member of the Council for National Policy, controlled by Paul Weyrich. Weyrich wants a new Constitution for America - a Parliamentary form of government.
5) In the '80s, Pratt was a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which is an organization for "conservative" state legislators.
Boasting a membership of about 2,500 legislators, ALEC was founded by Weyrich. From its beginnings ALEC was the most influential state legislative lobby in the push for a state Constitutional Convention Resolution. John Armor, a lawyer paid by ALEC, misled and lied to uninformed legislators to induce them to introduce and pass the Con-Con Resolutions. The plan nearly succeeded.
In '93 twelve states simultaneously had Con-Con Resolutions pending. When enough Americans awoke to the fact and began informing their state legislators of the dangers the resolutions failed in all twelve states. In '95 they changed their tack and tried a back-door attempt at a Con-Con via the Conference of States. (See information on Conference of States)
6) Former California State Senator, Bill Richardson, founder of the GOA, endorsed and supported anti-gunner Robert O. Anderson for a position in the NRA back in the '70s. Robert O. Anderson is (or was at that time) associated with the Committee on Economic Development (CED). The CED was established and is controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations. Anderson is/was also associated with the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. Anderson is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Question: Why would Richardson, founder of GOA, an organization which claims to be pro-gun, pro-2nd Amendment, be closely tied to an anti-gun establishment man?
According to a legislative assistant in Washington State, Richardson wrote a book titled, "So You Think We Read the Bills" which was apparently meant to be a humorous admission that State Legislators don't read the bills on which they vote. So... what's new? Is it a joking matter?
Ask yourself: Is the GOA part of the "controlled opposition"? Is Larry Pratt a Wolf in Sheep's clothing? What is Pratt's relationship to Paul Weyrich and what about Pratt's long-standing membership in the Council for National Policy?
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"Juvenile justice is alive and well," said an aide to Sen. Hatch.
"Hatch met as late as last week with some of the [Congressional] leaders, and it is not dead."
-- Associated Press, 11/2/99
(Friday, November 5, 1999) -- The buzz in Washington right now is that some of the moderates in the GOP leadership are desperately trying to get a vote on the anti-gun juvenile crime bill before the session ends next week. According to the Associated Press, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) are the chief culprits behind this sellout.
"I remain optimistic that some compromise is possible," said Hyde. "Senator Hatch and I have pulled together a proposal that closes the gun-show loophole and offers a number of other modest yet effective gun safety provisions." But the truth be known, these proposals are neither modest nor effective -- not to mention that they will not result in additional safety.
While different drafts are being discussed, all have one thing in common -- they all contain gun control. One of the main sticking points is a waiting period requirement for private sales at gun shows. According to the New York Times, "The latest Republican offer includes a provision giving [the FBI] 24 hours to conduct the mandatory background checks, unless that check turns up a disqualifying arrest.... In that event, the [FBI] would have three days to complete the check" and find out the final disposition of the arrest.
There are other proposals as well, including a young adult gun ban, a trigger lock requirement, and an import ban on large-capacity ammo mags among other things. But regardless of the specifics, gun owners should urge their Congressman one last time to vote NO on the juvenile crime bill. (See ACTION below).
ACTION: Tell your Congressmen that, in contrast to what the FBI is saying, decent gun owners are not the problem in this country. Let them know that we don't need gun control; we need government control. Also, make sure they know that NO compromise gun legislation is acceptable in the juvenile crime bill (S. 254 / H.R. 1501). You can reach your Senators and Representative at 202-225-3121 or toll-free at 877-722-7494.
Even the ACLU opposes the bill (albeit for different reasons). They have established a free Congressional fax service. You can use GOA's Auto-Mailer to send e-mail to Congress.
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