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Demand that Loretta Lynch require 60 votes in order to invoke cloture on her nomination!

Senator Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1702

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We Like Our Guns 

Independence Day is still a few months away, but that didn’t stop Americans from recently celebrating a fantastic anniversary.

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GOA-backed Amendment Could “Potentially Shut Down Parts of the United Nations”

Several gun owner rights victories have occurred recently in the united States Senate, including a vote that shut down the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. Among those victories is Senator Jim Inhofe's amendment, which Gun Owners of America claims has the potential to shut down parts of the United Nations if they stay on course with the ATT.

First, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) added a committee amendment to deal with Obama's DOJ and their anti-gun Operation Choke Point. As a result, the bill wasn't even taken out on the floor of the senate. Well done, Senator Crapo.

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Constitutional Carry Reciprocity Advances 2nd Amendment Rights

Recently, some of our good friends issued a statement criticizing federal reciprocity legislation.  We agree with them that the Nugent bill (H.R. 402) has problems, because it would force Americans in “constitutional carry” states to obtain permits in order to exercise their God-given rights. 

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GOA rallies its members as gun debate heats up in Senate budget battle

Gun rights groups are rallying their members behind a series of budget measures aimed at strengthening the Second Amendment and restricting gun control efforts. 

As the Senate debates the federal government’s 2016 budget, Republicans and gun advocates are pushing for a number of amendments that would expand concealed-carry laws and block the Obama administration from issuing what opponents call a “backdoor” ban on guns.

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Detroit Woman
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Detroit woman shoots at 3 intruders; 1 in custody, 2 on run

DETROIT - A woman on Detroit's east side shot at three males who were breaking into her home Tuesday afternoon, striking one of them.

Detroit police say one person -- the person who was shot -- is in custody while they are actively searching for the other two.

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Man Intervenes for Wheelchair-Bound Neighbor, Shoots Suspect

On March 3, a Little Rock, Arkansas, man witnessed two suspects allegedly breaking into the home of his neighbor, who is “elderly and wheelchair-bound.” He armed himself and intervened, shooting one of the suspects.

According to Arkansas Matters, when the armed citizen–Charles Dorsey–saw two suspects breaking into his neighbor’s home, he “asked his sister to call 911.”

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Magazine Capacity Matters – Homeowner Exchanges 30+ Shots With Home Invader

This story is a perfect example of why magazine capacity matters. Sure, most of the defensive gun uses we report on this site are over and done with just a few rounds (or no rounds fired at all). However, there are situations where you might find yourself in a battle for your life and every round in that magazine will count.

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Terminal Recidivism Edition

Years before a coroner pronounced 31-year-old Jermoid Wheeler dead after trying to break into a home, he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was given credit for time served and released in June 2014, after serving just half of his term. According to court documents, Wheeler’s criminal record dates all the way back to 2004 and includes drug charges, domestic abuse and armed robbery . . .

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Police: Homeowner exercised ‘constitutional right’ when he shot intruder

A Columbus, Ohio, homeowner fatally shot a man after he kicked in his front door Friday morning, and police say the man was most likely justified in his actions.

The 71-year-old homeowner called 911 just after before noon, according to reports from local media.

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You Guys are Having a Tremendous Impact!
-- More calls needed to save our greatest weapon for killing gun control

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
(703)321-8585

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

The headline says it all: "Support falters for the 'nuclear option.'" That was the headline people read in The Washington Times on March 23.

The article explained how support is fading for eliminating one of gun owners' greatest legislative weapons -- the filibuster.

On April 3, the New York Times cited the work that Gun Owners of America is doing in opposing any change to the Senate rules that would do away with the legislative filibuster.

"In a setback for supporters of the change," the Times wrote, "Gun Owners of America... argue[s] that changing the rules to prevent filibustering nominees would lead to the elimination of legislative filibusters, which conservatives have relied on to protect gun rights."

It's true. As recently as last year, pro-gun forces used a filibuster threat to keep the semi-auto ban from being placed on the Department of Defense authorization bill. And in the near future, GOA may be working with pro-gun Senators who would use filibuster threats to keep gun control amendments off of the gun makers' protection act.

ENDING FILIBUSTERS = MORE GUN CONTROL

Soon, the showdown will arrive on whether to abolish the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to expedite the confirmation of seven judicial nominees. As you may remember, in the absence of the filibuster, should the Democrats ever gain control of the Senate, there would be nothing to stop:

* Reenactment of the semi-automatic ban;
* Enactment of the .50 caliber ban;
* Enactment of the gun show ban;
* Enactment of the lock-up-your-safety trigger lock mandate;
* And much, much more.

Now, the anti-filibuster advocates are responding to our arguments that the abolition of the filibuster will make comprehensive gun control and registration inevitable. Their answer? "We don't care."

ENDING FILIBUSTERS: BOTH LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL

Six months ago -- when this battle started -- filibuster opponents were erroneously raising the possibility that the legislative filibuster could be saved. But no more.

Majority Leader bill Frist (R-TN) -- already campaigning for president -- toured New Hampshire last month with the following message:

"All of you know the story of the filibusters, the obstruction and the list of bills we were obstructed on.... Filibusters don't create jobs. Filibusters don't fix government problems.... [D]emocrats don't have to agree... [b]ut they do have an obligation to come to the table, to allow us to vote."

In other words, there is an OBLIGATION -- in Frist's words -- for the Democrats to stop filibustering LEGISLATION and letting the Republicans have votes on their legislative agenda.

Notice that we're no longer just talking about ending filibusters of JUDICIAL nominations. Now we're talking about doing away with filibusters of LEGISLATION.

ENDING FILIBUSTERS -- IT'LL COME BACK TO "BITE US"

Here's the rub: When liberal, anti-gun Democrats get back into power and they want to push comprehensive gun bans, gun owners will be the ones using the filibuster to stop the Brady Bunch's legislative agenda.

We have done this numerous times over the past 20 years. And yet, without the legislative filibuster, the "tyranny of the majority" will run roughshod over gun owners' rights.

Unfortunately, there are many Republicans who can't foresee what the future might hold. Disgraced Frist aide Manuel Miranda, fired for rifling the Democrats' computer files, explained on an April 1st radio broadcast that the Republicans would continue to control the Senate -- so there was no need (he felt) to worry about the consequences.

But regardless of who controls the Senate in years to come, Miranda said in an earlier (Valentine's Day) article in Human Events: "[I]t is hard to imagine what single piece of legislation conservatives fear so much that it overcomes concern for the independence of the judiciary."

Really! How about the registration of all gun owners. How about the banning of firearms that are currently in American homes. How about _____________. (You fill in the blank!)

Is it really worth trading away one of our most potent weapons, just to get judges that may or may not be pro-gun? Remember, seven of the nine current Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. Do we have seven pro-gun votes on the Court? How about seven, even remotely conservative justices on the high court?

We're not even close.

That's why throwing away our legislative arsenal is so dangerous. The truth is, votes on the Bush administration's judicial nominations could be forced by strict enforcement of the Senate rules. GOA has explained how this can be done to legislators and their staffs in the Senate.

But filibuster opponents feel this would be "too hard" -- compared with the "simple" procedure for repealing the Senate rules in one fell swoop.

We realize the Senate filibuster is a tough issue. It is hard to understand. And many of our good friends -- who haven't used the filibuster like we have -- don't see why we need it.

But believe us when we say this: If the filibuster is abolished, we have lost one of our most important weapons against comprehensive gun control.

ACTION: Another volley of calls and emails is now needed to save the legislative filibuster. Here’s what needs to be done:

1. Forward this alert to as many people as you can!

2. Please contact your senator immediately. Ask him to oppose the "nuclear option" and leave the Senate filibuster rules intact. We're making headway. But we need to redouble our efforts in these last days.

You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators a pre-written e-mail message.

3. See if your Senator is listed below. This target list indicates Senators who especially need to hear from you. They are either uncommitted or could easily switch to our side if enough gun owners contact them. So please make sure you get friends and family to get in touch with the following:

Lisa Murkowski (AK)
John McCain (AZ)
Richard Lugar (IN)
Jim Bunning (KY)
Mitch McConnell (KY)
Susan Collins (ME)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Thad Cochran (MS)
Chuck Hagel (NE)
John Sununu (NH)
Mike DeWine (OH)
George Voinovich (OH)
Tom Coburn (OK)
James Inhofe (OK)
Gordon Smith (OR)
Arlen Specter (PA)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
John Warner (VA)

----- Pre-written message -----

Dear Senator:

Increasingly, proponents of the "nuclear option" are making it clear that the demise of the legislative filibuster is the inevitable result of their proposal.

This means that a vote to tamper with the filibuster will make comprehensive gun control inevitable.

Please do not open this can of worms.

Please oppose the "nuclear option."

Sincerely,

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Streaming Video Update

GOA has recently updated the streaming video section of our website. At http://www.gunowners.org/svtb.htm you will find numerous television interviews of GOA spokesmen, all available free of charge. Recent controversial topics include school shootings, the impact of the Terrorist Watch List on law-abiding gun owners, and National ID Cards. Of course, new TV appearances will continue to be added regularly.

 


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