Just got this alert for a judicial nominee for (what I assume is) the Ala. Cir. Crt, and am passing it along:
The National Rifle Association rarely becomes involved in judicial nominations and only when the nominee has a clear record on the Second Amendment. Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's nomination for a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is one of those cases. Because he has been a leading advocate of the Right To Keep And Bear Arms, the National Rifle Association - on behalf of its four million members - strongly supports Attorney General Pryor's confirmation, and we urge you to contact both of your U.S. Senators as soon as possible to express your strong support for his confirmation.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has already approved Attorney General Pryor's nomination, and the full U.S. Senate could vote on to confirm him as early as Monday, July 28. We can count on the enemies of the Second Amendment doing everything they can to defeat Bill Pryor's nomination; please don't waste any time in making your pro-gun voice heard in the U.S. Senate.
Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, has said, "Bill Pryor has been a courageous leader on Second Amendment issues. He has defended the right of law-abiding individuals to exercise their Right to Keep and Bear Arms and ensured that criminals who misuse guns face swift and certain prosecution."
Attorney General Pryor is eminently qualified to sit on this federal bench. He graduated magna cum laude from the Tulane University School of Law, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, practiced law in private firms from 1988 until 1995, taught law at the Cumberland School of Law as an adjunct professor from 1989 to 1995, and served as Deputy Attorney General of Alabama from 1995 until 1997. Since 1997, Attorney General Pryor has served with distinction as the Attorney General of Alabama, where he has consistently fought to uphold the Constitutional right of law-abiding individuals to own firearms for legitimate purposes as well as to enforce and strengthen the laws against violent criminals and drug dealers who misuse firearms.
Attorney General Pryor has already demonstrated the fairness and impartiality that he will bring to the federal bench. In his home state, he has been hailed as a man of integrity and principle by individuals across the political spectrum, winning praise from Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives. Joe Reed, the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the state's pre-eminent black political caucus, told the Birmingham News, "I don't see him as any kind of crusader, but I do see him as a fair person and that's what we need on the bench."
Anti-gun groups are fiercely attacking Attorney General Pryor for his principled position on the Second Amendment. The president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an organization whose mission is to ban handguns, went so far as to say, ". the nomination of William Pryor is like pouring salt into an open wound." Because of attacks like these, it is critical that friends of the Second Amendment fight back against the enemies of firearms ownership and support Attorney General Pryor's nomination.
Our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage are on the line, and it is very important that gun owners and sportsmen across America, like you, contact your two U.S. Senators in support of Bill Pryor's confirmation. We only have two business days before the U.S. Senate could vote on Bill Pryor. Please make your pro-gun voice heard as soon as possible.
On Monday, July 28, please take the time to call both of your U.S. Senators, and urge them to support Attorney General Pryor's nomination to the federal bench. You can reach your U.S. Senators by calling (202) 224-3121. Be sure to share this important information with your family, friends, and fellow Second Amendment supporters!