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Posted: 8/11/2001 10:49:38 AM EDT
Man this is good news for the gunners when the VPC is whining foul. Now that the shoe is on the foot, the antis are getting a some of their own medicine rammed down their collective throat. What a good feeling! =========================================================== http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/Current_Releases/0809-131.html VPC: No Recess for Ashcroft Hypocrisy U.S. Newswire 9 Aug 14:30 VPC: No Recess For Ashcroft Hypocrisy - DOJ Continues To Undermine Its Own Case In Emerson To: National Desk Contact: Naomi Seligman of the Violence Policy Center, 202-822-8200, ext. 105 Email: nseligman@vpc.org Web site: www.vpc.org and www.ashcroftgunwatch.org WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Violence Policy Center (VPC) learned this week that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is opposing an effort by law professors David Yassky and Carl T. Bogus-who are friends-of-the-court in U.S. v. Emerson-to have the recent VPC study, Shot Full of Holes: Deconstructing John Ashcroft's Second Amendment, considered by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Emerson case. The VPC study analyzes Attorney General John Ashcroft's May letter to the National Rifle Association in which he reverses longstanding Justice Department policy and argues that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. The request by the attorneys came after appellee Timothy Joe Emerson submitted the Ashcroft letter to the court for consideration. Paradoxically, the Department has not voiced opposition to Emerson's introduction of the Ashcroft letter. The DOJ calls the VPC study an "unauthorized supplemental brief." Yet the VPC analysis of the Ashcroft letter introduced by the two attorneys is directly related to Emerson's submission of the letter and would actually support the Department of Justice's-as opposed to Ashcroft's-position in the case. VPC Litigation Director and Legislative Counsel Mathew Nosanchuk states, "The Violence Policy Center has said repeatedly that when it comes to the Ashcroft Justice Department and our nation's gun laws, watch what they do, not what they say. And once again, the Ashcroft Justice Department is saying one thing and doing another. This action clearly benefits domestic abusers like Timothy Joe Emerson and others intent on dismantling our nation's gun laws." Last week the VPC filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Justice for all documents related to the Department's shift in its position on the Second Amendment. The VPC FOIA request seeks to shed light on how this dramatic shift-in which DOJ now states that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms-came about. --- The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational organization working to stop gun death and injury in America. Shot Full of Holes: Deconstructing John Ashcroft's Second Amendment and its executive summary are available at the VPC's websites www.vpc.org and www.ashcroftgunwatch.org. KEYWORDS: GUNS/FIREARMS, POLICY, POLITICAL -0- /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/ 08/09 14:30 Copyright 2001, U.S. Newswire
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 11:00:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 11:03:01 AM EDT
Ah, the justice of it all. Dems turned to all sorts of tricks to beat ashcroft for senate (fraud, illegally extended voting hours) and he instead wound up being attorney general. So instead of being 1 of 100 making laws, he's the ONE enforcing laws. There is a God, and he has a great sense of irony.
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 11:23:05 AM EDT
You mean a fair and impartial DOJ like Reno's?[>:/] VPC is grasping for straws, making continuous public appeals to influence outcomes. They can't stand on their own two feet. Repeat after me ....Weeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaak!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 11:48:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raf: I agree that it's nice to see our opponents in a lather. However, I don't think it's in anyone's best interest to have a DOJ that is highly politicized. I'd MUCH rather have the DOJ be fair and impartial. I know, maybe that's too much to ask. What worried me is when it's THE ANTIS turn at bat sometime in the future. That's why it's in everyone's long-term interest to minimize politics at DOJ.
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Totally unrealistic. The DOJ has been heavily politicized for decades and it will continue to be so. Which is why it is crucial to keep Democrats out of the White House.
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 12:19:14 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/11/2001 12:36:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raf: Unrealistic? Maybe. Even probably. Still, I stand by my original statement. Just because a Fed Department has been politically perverted for decades is not a good reason for continuing the perversion. Quite the opposite: Now BOTH sides can see the overall negative results of over-politicization. But if it's impossible to remove politics from DOJ, then I agree, better our guy in there than theirs.
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No Flame. Its all politics, all the time. Now the UN has come out from under their rock.
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 12:42:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 1:14:25 PM EDT
All politics. All the time. And denial isn't just a river in Egypt.
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 1:22:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 1:26:04 PM EDT
Well, ideally ALL the executive departments should be free of politics, but humans being what they are, it has never been that way. Even Washington's presidency had its own politics involved.
Link Posted: 8/11/2001 1:30:21 PM EDT
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