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Posted: 10/27/2004 11:15:31 AM EST
Even before the sunset of the AWB, people on this site (and elsewhere) began looking to the future. Many people said that we should set our sights on repealing the 1986 Machine Gun ban, others said that we should go after the 1989 Import Ban. While I agree that both of these bans are horrid infringements on our RKBA, I think that we have a more important law to repeal and it is not directly related to RKBA.

What should be our focus? McCain/Feingold! I think that the most important lesson I have learned during this election is the value of free speech, and that we must restore our freedom of speech. Look at the 2000 election. Who did not see the NRA's "infromercial" about the gun bans in England, Australia and Kalifornia? I saw it at least a dozen times. It was a powerful warning, and every political pundit will tell you that the NRA is responsible for George W Bush getting elected!

But this election, there has been virtually no message from the NRA or the GOA or any other RKBA group (at least not nationally). Why? Because the infomercial that the NRA ran during the 2000 election is now a violation of Federal law. As a result, John Kerry has been able to throw on some camo, grab an O/U 12 Gauge and tell everyone that he is a hunter and outdoorsmen. The truly sad part is that so many people are not hearing the truth about John Kerry's record on guns, and therefore they are buying his Elmer Fudd image, lock, stock and barrel (pun intended).

The NRA is the largest special interest group in the nation. We have a powerful voice, and we have swayed elections. Now, our voice in the struggle to preserve our freedoms and even our sovergeinty (yes, the NRA is leading the charge against the UN) has be stiffeled by anti-gun politicians (yes, the RINO McCain is an ANTI!) who would hand over our sovergeinty and our rights.

I believe that if we cannot reverse McCain/Feingold, then our fight to preserve the Right to Keep and Bear Arms will be in serious jeapordy. Without being able to get our message out, we will be at the mercy of political image consultants who paint gun grabbers as outdoorsmen, hiding their diabolical anit-gun schemes!

So am I alone on this one or what?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 11:23:55 AM EST
Sadly this is true,

Mccain feingold basically shuts out the voice of the little guy who has to pool his money in a special interest PAC to be heard.

if you are not a "media outlet" you are not heard. Anybody for a CBS sponsored "unbiased" view on the two candidates.

Mccain Feingold is one of the largest blows to free speech ever.


However I don't agee that we get one or the other, in the fine tradition of Arfcom I say we

GET BOTH.

we can fight both of them at the same time. hell, letters and phone calls are cheap....
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:15:16 PM EST
I believe that the NRA should partner with the ACLU on this one issue to get McCain/Feingold somehow removed .. I don't know how, since the SCOTUS upheld it .. even though the 1st ammendment was CLEARLY designed to protect political speech, not Larry Flynt (I'm not saying he's not covered so don't get your panties in a wad)
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:16:52 PM EST
SCOTUS upheld it.



CRC
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:20:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:28:30 PM EST
I'm all for it. Now tell me how. Just remember, if Skerry is elected, he gets to add four more liberals to the Supreme Court.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:46:27 PM EST
SCOTUS upheld it.....

So it has to be all right??

This pisses me off!

Even Bush said when signing this bill into law he thought it would be struck down. Guess what.. NO.
There is so much that I am pissed at the Republicans acting like Democrats when it comes to Big Gov't, Big Spending, Illegal Aliens, "Free" Trade, and as much drugs as old people want / need.

You wait and see.. When or if the socialist ever re-take one of the branches they are going to love the patriot act, finegold, and the continued tax and spending. Also when or if it ever hits the fan they'll try to pass it off as the Bush year’s fiasco.

I have had it with Republicans acting like RINOs .. I am voting in another election like holding action. (Which in the big scheme of things is emotionally wrong but logically right.)
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