Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to [act], that’s what I’m going to do.... I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more [gun-related] tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook. -- President Obama’s State of the Union address, January 28, 2014
No doubt, you’ve heard the chilling words above already.
On Tuesday night, the President once again demonstrated that he has zero respect for the Constitution or for our God-given freedoms that are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
Obama indicated that if the Congress doesn’t act the way he wants, he’ll pick up his Executive Order pen and write more gun control restrictions into law.
His attorney general, Eric Holder, made a similar statement on Wednesday to legislators on Capitol Hill: “It is [the President’s] intention to again try to work with Congress, but in the absence of meaningful action [on gun control] to explore all the possibilities and use all the powers that he has to.”
Obama is acting like a tyrant, but many of his supporters inside the Beltway don’t care. They are defending him to the Nth degree.
For our part at GOA, we’re sounding the alarm and we’re working within the other two branches of government to rein in the President’s excesses.
And that has some folks upset.
Esquire magazine attacks Gun Owners of America
We recently alerted you to the effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to restore the right to carry arms in post offices. You guys responded wonderfully to this alert, and they are hearing you loud-n-clear on Capitol Hill.
The issue is still not resolved as the Senate committee postponed action on the underlying bill, in part, because of the Rand Paul amendment. According to The Washington Post, the Paul amendment “require[s] more study.”
In the meantime, gun owners are encouraged to double down in their efforts to contact their Senators.
While the GOA alert found a receptive audience in the gun community, Esquire magazine was horrified and mocked our Tuesday alert, calling us “nutballs” for wanting to reclaim the right to protect ourselves in a Post Office building.
The editors at Esquire share the same fundamental belief as our President, who has nothing but contempt for American gun owners. Remember the President’s derogatory reference to individuals who bitterly “cling to their guns or religion”?
The lines between the opposing sides couldn’t be more clearly drawn.
The more members we have, the louder our “megaphone” in Washington, D.C., becomes. Help us to drown out the drivel from the political Esquires in the nation’s capital -- wherever they may rear their ugly heads.
GOA involved in three Supreme Court cases
Gun Owners of America continues to fight for Second Amendment rights in the courts.
And currently, GOA (and its foundation arm) has three amicus cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. We are fighting:
1) To protect your right to buy/sell firearms. In Abramski v. United States, GOA is challenging the ATF’s definition of a “straw purchase.” The agency has adopted a faulty definition which could, ultimately, threaten to put you in jail for buying a gun from a dealer and then later selling it to a law-abiding family member or friend.
2) To keep you and your guns safe from “no-knock” home raids. With an increasing number of “no-knock” raids occurring around the country -- just because the home occupants are known to own guns -- GOA is fighting to protect your safety and privacy in Quinn v. Texas.
3) To protect you from indefinite military arrest and detention. In Hedges v. Barack Obama, Gun Owners of America helped file an amicus brief in support of Chris Hedges and other journalists and political activists who are challenging Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which allows American citizens to be subject to secret arrest and indefinite detention by the military, exempt from the protections of the Bill of Rights.
For more information on these and other cases, please see the Gun Owners Foundation website: www.gunowners.com
For less than what it costs to buy a box of ammunition, your $20 membership for 2014 will help us to stay on the front lines!