Pro-gun Federal Judge Nomine In Trouble

Senate Democrats Trying To Torpedo Pro-gun Judicial Appointee
— Calls needed to Senate to help break upcoming filibuster

“As a law enforcement official, I know crimes are caused by criminals, not by the gun industry. Indeed, by providing good-quality firearms at reasonable prices to law-abiding citizens and lawmen, the gun industry helps reduce crime.” — Bush nominee to the federal bench, Attorney General Bill Pryor (AL)

(Tuesday, June 24, 2003) — As you read that quote above, you can see why Democrat Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Dianne Feinstein (CA) don’t want Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor confirmed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Simply put, Bill Pryor is way too pro-gun for them.

You may remember U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stated in 2001 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. Well, it was Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor who mobilized attorneys general in 17 other states to sign a letter commending Ashcroft for his position.

The Pryor letter cites different scholarly law review articles and Supreme Court opinions that substantiate the true meaning behind the Second Amendment. The letter also quotes gun-hating constitutional scholars (like Laurence Tribe) who have reluctantly concluded that the Second Amendment does indeed protect an individual right to bear arms.

Finally, the Pryor letter references the work of John Lott which shows that putting guns in the hands of good people is good public policy. Why? Because “more guns [means] less crime.”

President George Bush nominated Gen. Pryor to be a judge in the federal court system, but the Democratic leadership has stonewalled his confirmation — just as it has done with so many other appointees.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote on Pryor’s nomination this week. But minority party delay tactics have pushed back that vote until sometime in July. (Democrats have submitted an unprecedented number of questions for General Pryor to answer before the Judiciary Committee acts on his nomination.)

Please contact your Senators and ask them to support the Pryor nomination. He is unabashedly pro-gun, and deserves the support of gun owners nationwide.

ACTION: Help get pro-gun Attorney General William Pryor confirmed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. You can contact your Senators by visiting the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at and sending them a pre-written e-mail message. Or, you can cut-and-paste the text below and fax it to your two Senators (fax numbers can be found at the above URL).

—— Pre-written message ——

Dear Senator:

I am very disturbed that the U.S. Senate is dragging its feet in confirming pro-gun Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Make no mistake, General Pryor is more than qualified to assume a position on the federal bench. Not only does he have a “qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, he has spent years distinguishing himself as a top-class public servant.

He has served as the Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review. He has personally argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. And he has been elected to the position of Attorney General in the state of Alabama.

Even partisan opponents have heaped high praise on him. Dr. Joe Reed, the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference, says that William Pryor is a “first-class public official” who “will be a credit to the judiciary and will be a guardian for justice.”

I support General Pryor’s nomination because he is pro-Constitution and pro-Second Amendment. And I will consider ANY vote to delay or filibuster his nomination as an anti-gun vote.

I hope you will oppose any stall tactics and vote to CONFIRM William Pryor to the federal bench. Gun Owners of America will report to me how you vote. Thank you.



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