Grass Roots North Carolina, P.O. Box 10684, Raleigh, NC 27605 919-664-8565, www.grnc.org, GRNC Alert Hotline: (919) 562-4137
GRNC Alert 5-23-05:
HB 1311: REPUBLICANS: SHOW SOME SPINE
REPUBLICANS GIVING IN TO SHERIFFS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL
Joni Railey is the latest victim, shot in the head with a shotgun. How many more must die before the NC Sheriffs' Association stops worrying about its "power" and endorses a "sheriff shall issue" self-defense bill?
NO MORE DELAYS: VOTE IS TOMORROW
To give us one last chance to appeal to wavering Republicans, voting has once again been delayed on HB 1311, "Domestic Victims Empowerment Act", and is now scheduled for TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 24th. Word has it that Republicans have been intimidated by the NC Sheriffs' Association into supporting the weaker "may issue" language. It is vital that this language be strengthened to encourage sheriffs to issue permits.
Currently there is no real incentive for a county sheriff to issue "emergency" permits. Fears of liability cripple sheriffs from taking action and empowering victims to protect themselves.
Tell Republicans in the NC House that sheriffs must, then be held accountable for leaving innocent women helpless before their attackers by denying them reasonable permits.
*NEW* MESSAGE FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS
* CALL House Republican leadership AND YOUR representative. Find your NC House rep by going to: http://www.grnc.org/contact_reps.htm
Cary D. Allred 919-733-5905 Carya@ncleg.net
David R. Lewis 919-715-3015 Davidl@ncleg.net
Speaker Pro Tempore: Richard T. Morgan 919-715-3010 Richardm@ncleg.net
Minority Leader: Joe L. Kiser 919-733-5782 Joek@ncleg.net
Minority Whip: Mitch Gillespie 919-733-5862 Mitchg@ncleg.net
Republican Freshman Chair:
Bryan R. Holloway 919-733-5609 Bryanh@ncleg.net
ONE EMAIL ADDRESS MAILS ALL REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES!
Cut-and-paste the message below to this email address: email@example.com Your email will automatically go to ALL Republican members of the NC House.
USE THIS SUBJECT LINE:
REPUBLICANS: SHOW SOME SPINE!
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
Dear North Carolina House Representative:
As NC Sheriffs worry about their egos, our North Carolina women continue to die: On Sunday, it was Joni Railey, making seven dead in less than two weeks. Now is not the time to become weak. Now is the time for leadership. The people of North Carolina want EFFECTIVE protection for potential victims of domestic violence. Do NOT back down from the NC Sheriffs' Association. Stronger language is needed to help victims of domestic violence protect themselves.
Are you prepared to exercise this kind of leadership and support HB 1311 in a stronger form than the current ineffective language forced upon you by the sheriffs?
It is time for this legislative body to decide whether the higher priority lies in preserving sheriffs' power, or in preventing murder.
A Concerned North Carolina Voter
bah. why does it have to be "republicans show some spine"?
time to bug the rest of them, he responded to me.
if they dont respond, they didn't listen
called all of the my reps, bugged them all. hopefully the democrats will help too.
silly democrats and their support for anti-gun measures.