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2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

UNITED NATIONS – Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of America’s leading gun rights organizations.

Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.”

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The Right to Defend Your Family is a “Pro-Life” Value
by Erich Pratt

USA Today isn't exactly a close ally of either the pro-life or Second Amendment movements. So it’s not surprising that on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the newspaper published an opinion piece by Pastor Rob Schenck trying to pick a fight between the two communities. 

That's not going to happen.

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Not Ready for Prime Time
by Tim Macy

You have to admire anyone who calls out the President of the United States to his face, criticizing his train wreck that is universally known as “ObamaCare.”  Dr. Ben Carson catapulted himself into national prominence when he confronted the President on this issue at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013.

As a result of that one act, Dr. Carson is being considered as a potential presidential candidate.  His gentle, avuncular manner makes him all the more attractive.  But let’s do a little vetting before we go all in.

From a review of some of his public statements, it is clear that he is developing his positions on the issues on the fly.

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Anti-gunners Misfire Again Trying to Debunk the Benefits of Guns in Self-Defense
by Erich Pratt

In October of last year, a North Carolina man used a handgun to stop three armed invaders who were beating his wife and attempting to rape his granddaughter.  The home defender shot all three of the thugs, killing one of them.

In July, a doctor prevented a mass shooting at a hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, when he used his concealed firearm to stop a gunman.  Police said that had it not been for the armed doctor, the perpetrator would have gone “out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.”

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GOA Blasts Liam Neeson for Ignorant Comments on Guns

WorldNetDaily (1/13/15) reported that action movie star Liam Neeson has been accused of “rank hypocrisy” for his comments blasting gun ownership in America.  Neeson offered these views, despite the fact that he has made a career appearing in movies featuring ... guns.

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, said he was “not impressed” by the comments from Neeson, who appeared in Schindler’s List.

“Too bad Neeson didn’t learn anything from Schindler’s List. Those were unarmed people who were being slaughtered (by the Nazis),” Pratt said. “You know they had to have wished there had been ‘too many (expletive) guns’ in Germany.”

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Man Relives Bone-Chilling Moment When a Neighbor Kicked Through His Door and Came at Him With a Machete: ‘It Was Like ‘The Shining”

James Cvengros lived with the horrific memory for nearly a year — and then a few days ago in an Idaho courtroom he watched it unfold all over again…on video…for the very first time.

Cvengros, 29, had started to document the alarming behavior of his 54-year-old neighbor Twain Thomas — in case something goes wrong, he figured, visual evidence might help him out.

After all, one time Thomas reportedly kicked in Cvengros’ door over loud music. What could be next?

One day last February, Cvengros found out. Things were much worse in their Pocatello apartment building — windows breaking, other neighbors screaming — so he hit “record” and pointed his camera at his front door.

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Armed Woman in PA Detains Two Thieves at Gunpoint For Police, Police Praise Her

Fearless, armed women are certainly making a statement so far in 2015. Case in point, when an armed Pennsylvania woman found two men breaking into a car in her driveway she quickly took action.

According to local media reports:

Ephrata police already had been alerted by a 911 caller that two men were entering cars along Misty and Creek lanes at 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to criminal complaints. But the woman took action when she saw the man trying to break into a car in her driveway at Meadow View and Overlook drives.

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Store Clerk Takes On Four Armed Robbers, Kills Two, Breaks Up Robbery Ring

A Tulsa convenience store clerk took on four masked men during an attempted robbery earlier this week, shooting and killing two and helping bring an end to a serial robbery ring.

The four assailants entered Ryan’s Convenience Store at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Tulsa World. One of the men, 27-year-old Brian Powell, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot upon entrance and demanded money.

But the store clerk did not comply. Instead, he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired it, hitting and killing Powell and 16-year-old Kevin Dobbs.

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Papa John’s Delivery Driver Shoots Would Be Robber

In a very rare instance, the company that employed the driver is actually standing by the employee.  Despite a company policy against using firearms, the driver is keeping her job and has been reassigned to work in the store while she recovers from the incident.

I applaud Papa Johns for doing the right things, hopefully it might lead to a change in their policy prohibiting firearms.  The suspect is being treated in a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the face.

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‘Amazing’ Armed Customer Thwarts Armed Robbery, Inspires Woman To Obtain Concealed Carry Permit

A Houston-area man is being hailed as a hero after he stopped an armed robbery with a gun of his own.

The incident occurred Saturday at K&S Seafood when two armed men barged into the store near closing time.

“All of a sudden my wife ran back panicking,” K&S owner Koy Sam told KHOU.

According to KRIV, the assailants confronted the couple in the kitchen and put a gun to Sam’s head and demanded money, which was actually kept at the front of the restaurant.

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Gun Owners of America
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Over the past few months, six House lawmakers have formally pulled their support of Wicker's bill, and it is not expected to reach the House floor this year.... [which] shows the effect that one influential lobbying group [GOA] can have on legislation.
-- The Hill newspaper, October 29, 2003

(Tuesday, December 9, 2003) -- As you read that quote above, you should pat yourself on the back. You are the reason the gun control education bill stalled in the Congress this year.

The above quote comes from The Hill, which is a Washington, DC newspaper covering Congress and politics. A recent article was devoted to what seemed to The Hill as a surprising story: Gun Owners of America has stalled an education bill in the House that passed the Senate 90-0.

To quote from The Hill:

Before the group's lobbying effort, the bill was sailing through Congress. It has attracted more than 200 co-sponsors in the House and is supported by President Bush.

But the bill hit a major bump in the road. That "bump" was the members of Gun Owners of America. The outpouring of opposition from folks like yourself was so overwhelming that aides on Capitol Hill now "blame" GOA for blocking Wicker's bill from moving forward this year.

Rep. Wicker himself admitted that he was "shocked by the influence that Gun Owners of America has had on his bill" because it had faced such little opposition in the Senate.

At GOA, we realize how easy it is to just focus on the bad news. Certainly we had our share of it this year. Both houses of Congress voted to reauthorize the plastic gun ban WITHOUT A RECORDED VOTE and to send the bill to President Bush in late November.

The President announced he would sign a bill to reauthorize the semi-auto gun ban in April, and the Supreme Court has consistently refused to grant relief to individuals that are victimized by anti-gun laws.

Yes, there has been bad news. But there has been a lot of good news as well, and you folks have been an instrumental reason. Please take a look at a brief review of some of the highlights that we have achieved together this year.

GOA's Good News File

* March

GOA activists began asking the Congress to close the airplane pilot loophole and to authorize cargo pilots to carry firearms. Congress did pass legislation last year allowing commercial pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit, but the law contained a gaping loophole that future terrorists could fly through. By not allowing cargo pilots to arm themselves -- similar to commercial pilots -- future terrorists could easily commandeer a cargo plane and inflict just as much damage as we saw on 9-11.

In a stunning victory, the GOA-backed legislation received final approval in the waning hours of Congress as part of an FAA Security package.

* April

President Bush surprised many gun owners when he announced his support for keeping the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban on the books. GOA immediately called its e-mail activists into action, resulting in thousands of gun owners contacting the President to protest his support for the ban.

In the first 24 hours alone, Gun Owners generated more than 10,000 contacts to the White House, prompting Senior White House official Carl Rove to admit that he's received a "tremendous amount of e-mail" on this issue.

Subsequent lobbying in the House of Representatives has met with positive results as Majority Leader Tom DeLay said that "the votes aren't there" to pass the gun ban and that a bill to reauthorize the ban will not come to the House floor.

* May - June

Perhaps the most significant victory this year occurred in Alaska, where the state enacted a statute allowing its citizens to carry concealed firearms -- without first getting permits.

Gun Owners of America mobilized its members on two occasions during the bill's journey toward becoming law -- a law which is modeled somewhat after Vermont's.

No fees. No waiting periods. No invasive background checks. No requirement to be screened or fingerprinted like common sex offenders. Citizens can now carry freely in most places in Alaska without first getting a state-issued permit.

* August

Gun Owners of America began to mobilize its e-mail activists against a dangerous education bill (H.R. 1078) that was on a "fast track" to George Bush's desk. The chief sponsor of the bill is Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

* September - October

Six cosponsors pulled their names from Wicker's education bill after GOA alerted them to the dangers the bill poses for American gun rights.

An aide to one of the cosponsors, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), told The Hill newspaper that "the concerns raised by Gun Owners of America played a major role in the lawmaker's decision to withdraw his name as a cosponsor" of the bill.

At one time, the bill was being rushed to the President's desk, but e-mails and faxes from GOA activists have helped to stall the bill for now.

According to The Hill, the sense in Washington is that before the legislation is voted on in the House, it must be "amended to address the Gun Owners of America's concerns."

* November - December

GOA alerted activists this fall to the Schumer-McCarthy legislation -- two bills that would sacrifice more of our privacy and deny even more good Americans their right to keep and bear arms.

GOA warned that this legislation had the potential to dupe many pro-gunners into cosponsoring the bill. One NRA Director (and one former Director) signed onto this legislation early on, and a few other "moderately" pro-gun Congressmen had cosponsored the bill as well.

The good news is that GOA e-mail activists have been able to keep many good congressmen from jumping on board, and this is a testament to your hard work and activism. Of the 75 plus congressmen who have cosponsored this legislation as of today, only seven have GOA ratings between an "A" and "C."

And this bill, which was introduced with much fanfare and media acclaim, now seems to have taken a back seat and is just gathering dust.

Looking Ahead to 2004

All these pro-gun victories are, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. There has been an unprecedented movement in recent months and years towards more gun ownership and more freedom to carry firearms.

To be sure, many of these "advances" are not pure victories. For example, while several states joined the concealed carry club this year, none of them passed laws that were as good as Alaska's.

But the arrival of Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico into this world of concealed carry this year brings the total number of CCW states to 45.

Much still needs to be done to move these states towards fewer restrictions. However, one can rejoice in the fact that the Brady Bunch is groaning now that "more guns are on the street."

We will be very busy this upcoming year. We hope you will support Gun Owners of America and work with us in 2004.

GOA Only Succeeds Because of YOU

As a grassroots lobbying organization, the ability of GOA to continue putting pressure on politicians depends on loyal activists like yourself. Each year, GOA becomes stronger as more activists join the fight. And that growth is only possible when those who have come before continue their support.

If you haven't already joined GOA, isn't it time you did? If you are already a member, have you renewed for 2004 yet?

The battle to repeal the semi-auto ban will be arduous and expensive in the coming months even though prospects look quite good for winning it. Our e-mail alerts and Legislative Action Center, which are provided free in the interest of adding as many voices as possible to the pro-gun movement, cost tens of thousands of dollars every year.

Please consider adding your financial support in the form of a new membership, renewal, or donation today.

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