Speaker Of The House Vote

Hold Your Horses… It’s Not Christmas Yet!
— There’s one VERY IMPORTANT action item before the holidays begin
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Imagine this scenario. It’s June of 2007, and the House of Representatives is getting ready to vote on renewing the semi-auto gun ban which sunset three years before.

You’ve called your Congressman and asked him to oppose the gun ban. He assures you that he is with you, and in fact, he carries through with his promise and votes “no.” But the ban still passes narrowly.

The reason this scenario could occur during the next two years — whether it’s the semi-auto ban or the Brady expansion act or a gun show ban — is because the REAL VOTE for killing gun control will occur on January 4, 2007.

On that day, the House of Representatives will vote for Speaker of the House. On that day, your Congressman will help determine which bills get pushed to the floor for a vote and, likewise, which bills will die in committee. That is the power of the House Speaker. That is the power that Nancy Pelosi will have, should she be elected to the top post in the House.

And that’s why Gun Owners of America is telling every Representative in Congress that GOA will be rating the vote for Speaker on January 4. A vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi will be counted as an ANTI-GUN vote. A vote for Pelosi will be considered as a vote for gun control.

The democratic congresswoman from California is rabidly anti-gun. She is an avowed socialist who is F- rated by Gun Owners of America.

Consider that Pelosi was one of only 99 Representatives who voted IN FAVOR of gun confiscation in July. That vote saw more than 300 congressmen cast their ballots to prohibit federal agents from stealing firearms from law-abiding citizens. It was truly an overwhelming majority who supported the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

But in that July vote, Nancy Pelosi joined the hard core left in Congress to SUPPORT gun confiscation. She actually voted to let government agents burst into your home and steal your firearms!

That’s the woman who will be determining which bills will be voted on next year in the House of Representatives. Yes, there still may be a majority of congressmen who oppose the outright gun confiscation of gun owners’ guns.

But in Nancy Pelosi’s new Congress, a bill to prohibit such gun confiscation will never see the light of day! She will decide what gun bills come to the floor.

And that’s why we need your help. Gun Owners will be telling each Congressman that the vote for the Speaker of the House is a “ratings vote.” A vote for a gun grabber like Pelosi will be considered an anti-Second Amendment vote.

But we need you to back us up on this. Tell them that you agree with this strategy. We’re not asking that Democrats vote for a Republican for Speaker. To quote a common proverb, “Hell will freeze over before that happens.”

All we’re asking is that the House does not elevate a committed supporter of gun confiscation to the top leadership spot in that chamber.

This vote will be especially tough for some of the newly elected, so-called Blue Dog Democrats who campaigned as pro-gun before the recent election. But that’s okay. Let’s find out how pro-gun these new congressmen really are.

ACTION: Please ask your Representative to vote NO on choosing Nancy Pelosi for the Speaker of the House. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Representatives a pre-written e-mail message. And, you can call your Representatives toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.
—–Pre-written letter—–

Dear Representative:

As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I am asking you to vote for a gun rights supporter in early January, when you cast your ballot for the Speaker of the House.

And just to be clear… Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not a supporter of the Second Amendment.

Thus, I will consider a vote for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker to be an anti-gun vote. Gun Owners of America has told me that they will be rating this vote, and I agree with them.

Pelosi is a supporter of gun confiscation, as evidenced by her vote against HR 5013 last year, when she voted to let government agents burst into my home and steal my firearms in the wake of a natural disaster. More than 300 Congressmen — an overwhelming majority — voted right on this bill. But Pelosi was part of the small minority that actually voted in favor of gun confiscation.

She has truly earned her F- rating with the Gun Owners of America. She will prevent constitutional bills from coming to the floor and will do her best to push the most extreme versions of gun control.

Given all of the above, I urge you to vote AGAINST Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House in early January.