Archive for May, 2007
More of the same old politics. Write a Bill about one thing, then cram in unrelated things.
Immigration Bill Could Outlaw Gun Shops
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
First, there was the McCarthy-Dingell bill. The folks on Capitol
Hill have been telling you we need HR 297, a bill to greatly expand
the Brady Law. They say it will stop future Virginia Tech shootings.
And, oh yes, there’s one more thing: they want you to believe the
McCarthy-Dingell gun control bill isn’t really gun control.
Now, they want to bring you an anti-gun immigration amnesty bill.
Already you’re hearing it’s not really an amnesty bill. (Yeah,
right.) So don’t be surprised if they tell you it’s not an anti-gun
Forget, for a moment, the fact that the immigration package
negotiated in the Senate could grant amnesty to up to a hundred
million illegal aliens who have flaunted our laws.
Forget, for a moment, that it would pull the rug out from under the
growing number of states that have vetoed the anti-gun National ID
bill passed by Congress in 2005.
Forget, for a moment, that the bill will strengthen existing laws by
requiring all legal Americans (like you) to own a National ID card
before you can get a job.
In addition to all these things, the bill could, in the hands of an
anti-gun administration, result in the closing of every major gun
store in America.
GUN CONTROL IN THE IMMIGRATION BILL
Senator Ted Kennedy and the anti-gun zealots who wrote the bill just
couldn’t resist the temptation to get their hands on our guns. They
have included language that GOA has been able to defeat in the past.
When Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced these anti-gun provisions
in 1998, the GOA grassroots were able to convince seven senator
cosponsors to pull their names from Hatch’s bill.
At the time, The Hill newspaper credited GOA with having “generated a
significant number of postcards” into Senate offices. “The
[seven] senators, echoing the concerns of the GOA, are apprehensive
about the violation of Second Amendment rights,” reported The Hill.
The current language in the amnesty bill is only slightly different
from Hatch’s original language almost 10 years ago, but it would
essentially do the same thing — threaten every gun store in America.
In Section 205, for example, all it takes for the employees of a gun
shop (of five or more persons) to become a “criminal gang” is:
* For them to commit two or more violations of ANY federal felony gun
offense — which includes virtually all gun offenses, including
paperwork violations; and
* For the anti-gunners to find that violating gun laws was a “primary
purpose” of the group.
So let’s say your local gun store sells two or three firearms to
Mayor Bloomberg’s thuggish agents under New York City’s
extraterritorial “sting” operations. Your gun shop is now a
This provision could even be used against a family of five who drives
by two schools on the way to a movie with a gun in the glove
compartment. Certainly under a Hillary administration, it would not
be surprising to see them treat this infraction as a “felony” under
the weird language of Gun Free School Zones Act. Thus, you and your
family would become a “criminal gang.”
OTHER PROBLEMS IN THE IMMIGRATION BILL
There is still no official immigration bill — that is, the working
draft does not have an official senate number. The draft was
concocted by senators who put it together behind closed doors, all
the while bypassing the normal committee process.
While this unofficial draft has been “the buzz” around the country
this past week, several things have been overlooked. One thing, to
be sure, is the threat to gun owners’ rights mentioned above. But
also ignored is the fact that the negotiating draft imposes draconian
penalties for those who live in states that have the audacity to veto
the National ID card (which passed as part of the REAL ID Act of
If you live in a state such as Montana, Maine, Idaho, etc. which has
passed legislation opposing the government’s efforts to turn your
driver’s license into a National ID card, YOU COULD BE DENIED
EMPLOYMENT OF ANY SORT.
Gun Owners was already concerned about this law — which has yet to
be implemented — because of the threat it poses to gun owners’
privacy. But now the immigration bill will go even further by
requiring all present and future private sector employees to be
screened by the Electronic Employee Verification System (EEVS).
And in Section 1(a)(4)(i) of the draft legislation, the bill allows
for EEVS approval of your continued employment only if your private
employer meets “strict standards for identification documents that
must be presented in the hiring process, including the use of secure
documentation that contains a photograph, biometrics and/or complies
with the requirements [of the] REAL ID Act….”
Hence, no National ID card… no job.
ACTION: Please use the letter below to contact your Senator. You can
use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by
visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers
are also available).
Why does the Congress seem bent on pushing gun control every chance
it gets? First, there was the McCarthy-Dingell bill in the House (HR
297) that would greatly expand the Brady Law. We don’t need more gun
control as a response to Virginia Tech shootings. We need to repeal
the gun free zones that turn people into mandatory victims!
Now, the Senate wants to sneak gun control past us in the form of an
immigration bill. The Senate immigration package is a horrid piece
of legislation in such a wide variety of respects.
But, in addition to everything else, section 205 could, in the hands
of an anti-gun administration, PUT EVERY MAJOR GUN SHOP OUT OF
All it would take is for the shop to commit two felony paperwork
violations — and an anti-gun administration willing to find that
this was a “primary purpose.”
Similarly, a family driving to church or to the movies — with a gun
in the glove compartment — could be a “criminal gang” if it passed
two schools, and an anti-gun administration determined that
protecting his family was one of the father’s “primary purposes.”
Again, I urge you to OPPOSE the immigration package as long as this
anti-gun language remains in the bill.
TVC Motor Clubs Are A Pro-gun Alternative To AAA
GOA endorses this motor club as an alternative to AAA — which
supports the equivalent of no-knock entry for motorists. That is,
AAA supports what are called primary seat belt laws which enable
motorists to be pulled over for that alone. This only increases the
risk of an officer asking about guns and doing an illegal search.
TVC does not support such legislation.
Executive Director Larry Pratt has been pleased with their service.
See http://www.tvcmatrix.com for details.
school teacher injured his back and had to wear a thin plaster cast
around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not
noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under
his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school.
Walking confidently into the classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied
himself with desk work. The classroom became a bit unruly and he admonished them. This happened several times.
While he worked at his desk, the strong breeze from the window made his tie flap annoyingly. He kept
rearranging and rearranging the tie as the
class raised its level of unruliness.
Finally, becoming disgusted with the wayward tie, he stood up and took a
big stapler off his desk and stapled the tie to his chest in several places.
Discipline was not a problem from that day forth.
In the year 2007, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in the United States, and said, “Once again,
the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.
Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.”
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, “You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending
rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark.
“Noah!” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?”
“Forgive me, Lord ,” begged Noah, “but things have changed. I needed a building permit. I’ve been arguing
with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood
zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development
Appeal Board for a decision.
Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines
and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea
would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.
Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted
owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!
When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me.
They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will . They argued the accommodation was too
restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.
Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on
your proposed flood.
I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m
supposed to hire for my building crew.
Immigration and Naturalization is checking the green-card status of most of the people who want to work.
The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building
To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally
with endangered species.
So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”
Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked
up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No,” said the Lord. “The government beat me to it.”
From our good friends at the Colorado Division of Wildlife some words of wisdom, so that you do not end up with a blog posting in “Stupid is as stupid does.”
DOW URGES: BE MINDFUL OF MOUNTAIN LIONS
As campers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts get ready to dust off their gear and head into the wild, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is reminding everyone that we live in mountain lion country. Living in lion country can mean different things to different people—some residents live in mountain lion habitat and some people just recreate there; either way, it’s important for people to be aware and know the basics.
Around the home:
-It is against the law to feed deer or other wildlife in Colorado. Attracting deer to your neighborhood increases the likelihood that mountain lions will follow because deer are a lion’s main food source.
-Closely supervise children when they play outdoors especially around dawn and dusk when lions are most active.
-Make a lot of noise when coming and going, especially from dusk until dawn.
-Turn on outside lights before stepping outside.
-When you are in areas where lions might be present, travel in groups and make lots of noise, especially from dusk until dawn when lions are most active.
-Mountain lion sightings are rare, but if you see one, do NOT approach the lion.
-Stay calm. Back away slowly as running may trigger the lion’s natural predatory instinct.
-Open your jacket and raise your arms to make yourself appear larger than normal.
-Pick up young children so they don’t panic and run away.
-If a lion behaves aggressively, throw rocks, branches, or anything else you can find without —crouching down or turning away. Wave your arms and speak firmly.
-In the rare case that you are attacked by a lion, fight back. Remain standing if possible and try to get up if you are knocked down.
-Keep your pets on a leash. Roaming pets are easy prey and can attract lions.
-Bring your pets in at night. If you leave your pet outside, make sure they are in a kennel with a secure top.
-Don’t feed your pets outside as this can attract raccoons, skunks and other animals that are eaten by lions.
For more information on mountain lions, pick up a copy of the DOW publication Living with Wildlife in Lion Country (also available via our Website).
The projected population of mountain lions in Colorado is between 3,000 and 5,000 lions, although true numbers are hard to determine due to the elusive nature of the cats. Lions are active year round and can live to be about 12 years old in the wild and up to 25 years in captivity. Very powerful and muscular, they feed on large prey such as deer and elk, but also eat small mammals including domestic pets. Natural enemies of the lion include other large predators such as bears, other mountain lions and wolves. They also fall victim to accidents, disease, vehicles and people.
Mountain Lions in Colorado generally live in areas of piñon pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, ponderosa pine and oak brush. They are often found in areas where deer are plentiful. Their “home range” can vary in size from 10 to 370 square miles, with females with young kittens occupying a smaller area and adult males using wider expanses.
The Division of Wildlife commissioned a study in April 2006 to get a sense of how the public feel about mountain lions. The study found that most survey respondents were fairly knowledgeable about what to do in case of a lion encounter and the respondents made an effort to be more aware of their surroundings when recreating in known lion habitat. This survey, Public Opinions and Perceptions of Mountain Lion Issues can be viewed on our Website at: MountainLionSurveyResults.
Currently, DOW is developing a Front Range Mountain Lion Research project, which will study the behavior of lions in proximity to human habitat. The location and timeline for the study have not yet been determined. More information on this effort will be released in the coming months.
A second mountain lion study is being conducted by the DOW on the Uncompahgre Plateau in western Colorado. This ten-year study began in 2005 and will help wildlife managers better understand lion density, lion range and how lion hunting can positively or negatively impact lion population management.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.
For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.
Got this from my friend Texas Fred. In one form or another this has been around for decades. Hat tip to Texas Fred ( http://texasfred.net/ )
A Ten Gallon Hat Tip to Texas Fred.
I just posted the below on my blog, not looking for hits folks but if you want to use this and re-post it on your blogs or send it to your list of readers, please feel free to do so… I am in a really patriotic America 1st mood this morning, and I think it shows…
In 1929, the
In 1911, established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:
List of 7 items:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.
You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are ‘citizens’.
Without them, we are ‘subjects’.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends and post it on your sites…