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Posted: 1/20/2006 4:23:06 PM EDT
To Violence Policy Center Action Network Members:

ALITO NEWS--

As you know, in 1996 Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito issued a minority
opinion arguing for repeal of the 1986 federal ban on the transfer and
possession of new machine guns by civilians. As part of its public
education efforts, this week the Violence Policy Center released a new,
short, web-based video illustrating the firepower of machine guns. You can
view the video at http://www.vpc.org/alito-video.htm. Please forward this
e-mail to as many people as you can to show them the devastating effects of
these banned guns.

Please call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 to urge them to OPPOSE the Alito
nomination. Senators Leahy (D-VT), Durbin (D-IL), Kennedy (D-MA), Salazar
(D-CO), Mikulski (D-MD), and Baucus (D-MT), have all already announced their
intent to vote against Alito. If they are your Senators, please call to
thank them.

Just today, Senator Durbin was quoted in the Chicago Sun Times saying that there
may be enough votes to sustain a filibuster against the nomination.

MORE GOOD NEWS FROM THE STATES--

Our campaign to restrict 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles continues to
gain momentum--

o In Illinois, Governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
announced
plans to push for a statewide assault weapons ban that would include a ban
on 50 caliber sniper rifles:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/west/chi-0601180124jan18,1,7679078.stor
y?coll=chi-newslocalwest-hed

o Last week, the New York Assembly voted again to ban 50 caliber sniper rifles:
http://www.legislativegazette.com/read_more.php?story=885

o And in Hawaii, the Attorney General called for 50 caliber sniper rifles
to be more strictly regulated: http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=7284

Also, this past week, the VPC began writing a blog at The
Huffingtonpost.com. Our first entry also deals with the Alito nomination
and can be viewed at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/search/?query=Sugarmann&submit=+Search+

Thank you, as always, for your efforts to help stop gun death and injury.
If you would like to make a contribution to support the VPC's work on these
and other issues, please visit https://www.vpc.org/donate.asp.

Thank you again.

Just thought that some of you on this forum might find this interesting. I'm not a contributing member of VPC, but I am on their e-mailing list as well as that of the Brady Campaign. After all there is no better way to know your enemy than to have them tell you what they're up to.
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