5/00 Don’t Praise Attacks on the Bill of Rights

Don’t Praise Attacks on the Bill of Rights!
— Please vote against the Daschle amendment
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    The Million Mom Marchers across the country “constitute the largest mass protests against civil rights since millions of Ku Klux Klanners grabbed white hoods and rope and filled the nation’s boulevards back in the 1920s. ” — The Civil Liberties Newsletter, May 8, 2000

(Wednesday, May 17, 2000) — The Daschle amendment is an insult to the millions of Americans that use a firearm in self-defense every year. His amendment would praise those misguided Americans that would like to restrict the ability of decent men and women to protect themselves.

Trigger locks and other so-called “reasonable gun controls” will cost innocent lives. When a mom or dad is reaching for a gun in an emergency, every second spent fiddling with a trigger lock — it took Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening several minutes to disable one at a training seminar recently — could make the difference between life or death.

Why should Congress impose such restrictive choices on decent men and women who just want to be left alone; on people who just want to protect their families when 911 can’t send police to the scene of the crime quickly enough? According to the Clinton Justice Department (May 1997), there are 1.5 million self-defense uses of a gun every year. That’s 3,000 good uses of a firearm every day.

Even using Clinton’s figures — which are much lower than other very reliable studies that put the self-defense figures at more than 2.5 million a year — the clear truth is that guns are used far more often every day to save life than to unjustifiably take life.

Anti-gun double speak. Senator Barbara Boxer supports the Daschle amendment. On the one hand, she claims that, “We are not talking about stopping people who are law abiding from having a gun if they want it as long as they act responsibly. We are not talking about taking away anybody’s guns. We are not talking about that at all.” (Emphasis added.)

But on the other hand, she says, “I am proud to tell you that recently with a new California Legislature and a new Governor, we have banned those Saturday night specials in California. We are making progress. We are making progress. I am very proud of that.” (Emphasis added.)

Both of her statements were made at different times on the floor yesterday. So which is it? Do gun-o-phobes favor taking away people’s guns or not? The Gun Control Moms had the same schizophrenia on Sunday. For press consumption, they said they wanted “reasonable gun control” like registration and licensing. But when you went to their rally, you saw signs like “Repeal the Second Amendment,” and you listened to featured speaker Rosie O’Donnell, who advocates total gun confiscation.

On April 21, 1999, Rosie said on her nationally televised TV program that, “I think the only people in this nation who should be allowed to own guns are police officers. I don’t care if you want to hunt, I don’t care if you think it’s your right. I say ‘Sorry.’ It is 1999, we have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison.”

So much for “reasonable gun control.” Please vote the Daschle amendment down.