Top 10 Reasons To Make Sure You Contact RNC

Top Ten Reasons to Make Sure You’ve Contacted the RNC
— Also time to put your Reps. on notice that you oppose Juvenile Injustice bill

ACTION for June 1, 1999: Make sure you’ve called, e-mailed, or sent a fax to Jim Nicholson of the Republican National Committee. [A sample letter is printed below.] You can reach Mr. Nicholson at:

Phone– 202-863-8500, 863-8700
E-mail– [email protected]
Fax– 202-863-8774, 863-8820

Furthermore, you should contact your Representatives in their home districts over this week and tell them you oppose the anti-gun juvenile crime bill. You can also leave a message for them at their national offices in the Capitol by calling toll-free at 1-888-449-3511 or by calling the regular number at 202-225-3121.

Finally, check out the GOA web page at to get a legislative summary (and complete voting records) of the anti-gun provisions that were stuck into the Senate juvenile injustice bill (S. 254).

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need to Make Sure You’ve Contacted the Republican Party

10. Because according to news reports, Senate (Republican) Majority Leader Trent Lott “could have prevented Lautenberg’s [gun control] amendment from even coming to a vote.” 1 One White House official was pleasantly “shocked and surprised” that Lott allowed the vote. (Sen. Lott not only brought the juvenile crime bill to the floor, he voted for it– even after all the anti-gun amendments were attached to it.)

9. Because the top Republican leader in the House, Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL), is endorsing gun control and vigorously pushing the anti-gun crime bill to the floor for a vote. 2

8. Because the powerful Judiciary Committee Chairman in the House, Republican Rep. Henry Hyde (IL), is supporting a wide array of new gun control proposals. 3

7. Because the Republican Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Rep. Bill McCollum (FL), is also supporting 2nd Amendment restrictions that are in the juvenile crime bill. 4

6. Because Republican and House Majority Leader Dick Armey (TX) has endorsed instant registration checks on private sales at gun shows. 5

5. Because House Republican Whip, Rep. Tom DeLay (TX)– who is normally an opponent of gun control– has now stated he “favor[s]” some of the gun rights restrictions in the juvenile bill. 6

4. Because a majority of Republicans (31 yeas v. 23 nays) voted for the anti-gun juvenile bill in the Senate.

3. Because Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle has stated that, “There may not be much difference between Democrats and Republicans anymore.” 7

2. Because Republicans have completely abandoned the very voters that helped put them into the majority in 1994.


1. Because the Republican Party “spin-meisters” in Washington, DC are claiming that grassroots folks like yourself aren’t really upset about the gun control that passed in the Senate. 8

Dear Mr. Nicholson:

Words can not express the outrage that I feel over what Republicans in the U.S. Senate just did to gun owners’ rights. Watching Republicans stumble over themselves to violate their oath of office and pass restrictions upon the 2nd Amendment was simply disgusting.

The media says there has been a public “mood shift” following the Colorado shooting. But that’s just a figment of their collective imagination. A new poll released by the Denver Rocky Mountain News on May 20 showed that “Gun-control opinions [are] unchanged” following the Littleton tragedy.

The poll found that a full 65-percent of Coloradans FAVOR allowing decent citizens to carry concealed firearms. This is barely down from the 66 percent figure that was taken in February– a difference well within the margin of error.

So why then have Republicans run for the tall grass? Why have they betrayed their oath of office to sacrifice my constitutional rights on the altar of gun control?

While I probably disagree with Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle most of the time, he hit the nail on the head just recently. On May 19, he said, “There may not be much difference between Democrats and Republicans anymore.”

Indeed, if there is “no difference” between the two parties legislatively, then why should I make a distinction between the two monetarily? Moreover, why should I make any distinction at all– like at the ballot box? Please tell me.




1 Jake Tapper, “Whole Lott o’ blamin’ goin’ on,” Salon Magazine, May 24, 1999.

2 Laurie Kellman, “GOP Allows More Gun Control Votes,” Associated Press, May 19, 1999.

3 Lance Gay, “House leaders support gun bill,” The Washington Times, May 26, 1999.

4 Juliet Eilperin, “House Leaders Back Gun Control,” The Washington Post, May 26, 1999.

5 Laurie Kellman, “House GOP Nixes Quick Vote on Guns,” Associated Press, May 26, 1999.

6 “Gun control debate shifts to House,” AllPolitics, May 24, 1999.

7 Laurie Kellman, “GOP Makes More Gun Concessions,” Associated Press, May 20, 1999.

8 Donald Lambro, “GOP ponders fallout from gun-control vote,” The Washington Times, May 25, 1999.