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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
  • Shoots Suspect
  • 30+ Shots
  • Defensive Gun Use
  • Intruder Shot

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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Senate Votes to Prohibit Gun Confiscation!
-- Thank you for all your activism yesterday

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151

----- "They obviously got your message loud and clear. It was the most lopsided gun vote I have ever seen." -- As told by a Senate office to GOA after the overwhelming vote yesterday -----

Friday, July 14, 2006

Good news! The Senate voted yesterday 84-16 to pass the pro-gun Vitter amendment.

The language, offered by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) as an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (HR 5441), will make it illegal for federal agents to confiscate firearms during an emergency or major disaster. The provision must now survive a conference committee -- where House and Senate negotiators will iron out differences between the spending bills passed in both chambers.

If the Vitter language makes it to the President's desk, it will perfectly complement what has been happening in the states. This year, one of GOA's highest priorities has been to address the problems with so-called "emergency powers" across the country.

GOA-supported bills have made it absolutely certain that no government official could disarm the citizenry during an emergency, and several states -- ten in all -- have already enacted their bills into law.

Sen. Vitter, who less than a month ago was presented with the Legislator of the Year award by Gun Owners of America, made special mention of this groundswell of support that has been rising around the country. It was especially significant that his own state of Louisiana recently enacted a ban on confiscating firearms -- an action taken to correct the gun thefts which occurred there in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

GOA spent a lot of time in Louisiana, getting gun owners in the state to lobby their own legislators this spring. The results were astounding.

The sponsor of the Emergency Protection legislation in the state, Rep. Steve Scalise, told GOA that, "I've had a number of [Representatives] come up to me asking to co-author my bill because they heard from members of Gun Owners of America in their districts in support of my bill," Scalise said. In the end, 80% of the House cosponsored his bill.

If you have ever wondered if your activism makes a difference, then wonder no more.

One U.S. Senate office told GOA after yesterday's vote, "They obviously got your message loud and clear. It was the most lopsided gun vote I have ever seen. There was some serious hand wringing on the democratic side."

Why was there "serious hand wringing"? Because your efforts made it VERY difficult for anti-gun Democrats to vote against the Vitter language.

Again, there were only 16 Senators who voted wrong. If you look at GOA's Senate rating -- at http://www.gunowners.org/109srat.htm -- you'll see a lot more than just 16 F's in that chamber.

So who were the Senators who were arrogant enough to stand by their anti-gun convictions and vote against this common-sense legislation? They were:

Akaka (D-HI)
Boxer (D-CA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Reed (D-RI)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)

Basically, these senators said that when your life is in danger, you don't have the right to defend yourself. You are just supposed to pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Your guns are part of the problem because they could be stolen by bad guys. And you don't need guns anyway because the police are there to protect you.

These are actually the talking points from the anti-gun side of the aisle yesterday. They told the Senate -- and the country -- that YOUR guns were the problem. Your duty is simply to call the police when you're in danger.

Of course, calling 9-1-1 doesn't work very well when the neighborhood is flooded, the phones aren't working and chaos is in full bloom. Sen. Vitter made this point very eloquently, and he should be commended for his efforts in defense of our gun rights.

Again, GOA thanks all of you who took action yesterday. Your activism and your financial support is greatly appreciated and is necessary to allow us to remain here fighting for your rights.

To help continue GOA's legislative efforts, you can go to http://www.gunowners.org/ordergoamem.htm or call 703-321-8585. Thank you.


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