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Posted: 3/17/2006 8:09:29 AM EDT
First let me preface this message by saying that I greatly respect Mr. McCain for his service to his country during the Viet Nam conflict. In fact, I was even prepared to take an active part in his presedential campaign efforts. But since returning to civilian life and becoming an influential member of our U.S. Senate, Senator McCain has shown us gun owners what he really thinks of us and our rights. For that reason, I think his anti-gun capers should be made widely known to the gun owning population of our country. And we can see if enough gun owners really give a rat's @#$ about their rights to do anything about it.



U.S. House Will Vote Soon on Whether to Ditch John McCain's Internet
Regulations

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


The U.S. House of Representatives will vote, as early as Thursday, on legislation introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. This bill (H.R. 1606) will exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws.

Unless the Hensarling-Paul bill is successful, many major blogs and web sites could be shut down for 60 days before any general election -- and for 30 days prior to any primary -- making it much more difficult for groups like Gun Owners of America to criticize anti-gun candidates.

How did we arrive at such a dismal state?

You may remember that, a half-decade ago, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) pushed a McCain-Feingold bill which, as enacted, prohibits organizations from engaging in major "broadcast
communications" which even mention a candidate in a favorable or unfavorable light within
60 days of a general election (30 days of a primary).

Senate Republicans rolled over -- and George Bush signed the bill -- based on the assumption that the Supreme Court would surely save them from their unconstitutional legislation. But, in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, 540 U.S. 93 (2003), the Supreme Court,
by a five-to-four decision, upheld McCain-Feingold, almost in its entirely.

To its enormous credit, the conservative Federal Election Commission(FEC), in the wake of the McConnell case, moved to narrowly interpret the statute -- exempting the Internet entirely from McCain-Feingold. But in Shays v. Federal Election Commission, 337 F.Supp.2d 28 (D.C.,
20004), a federal judge ordered the FEC to regulate the Internet.

The FEC is doing everything in its power to minimize the impact of the Shays ruling.

But, there is certainly a danger that, if Hensarling and Paul are unsuccessful in exempting the Internet from FEC regulation, many major blogs and web sites will be construed to be engaged in
"electioneering communications" because they praise or criticize candidates. And, if this happens, they could be shut down for 60 days prior to an election -- or, at least, subject to a "gag
rule" on what they are allowed to say.

ACTION: Contact your congressman. Ask him to vote for H.R. 1606, a bill to exempt the Internet from McCain-Feingold. Time is short, so please CALL rather than e-mail your representative. (You can use the sample text below to help direct your comments.) The toll-free number to call your representative is 877-762-8762. If you can't get through, the Capitol Switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

----- Sample phone text -----

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on H.R. 1606, a bill
by introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul to
exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering"
laws.

Unless the Hensarling-Paul bill is successful, many major blogs and
web sites could be shut down for 60 days before any general election
-- and for 30 days prior to any primary.

Please support H.R. 1606.


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Link Posted: 3/20/2006 7:00:27 PM EDT
I wrote my Congresspeople about this and basically got b.s. replies. They pretty much told me they didn't care what I thought.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:13:49 PM EDT

so what happened ?
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 9:22:17 PM EDT
Uh, doesn't this impact more than just gun owners? I never saw the words gun, firearm, 2nd Amendment, or anything in that article.
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