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Posted: 11/4/2002 5:07:10 AM EDT
If you go to the "ratings" page, you will see the politicians are rated differently than the NRA. This is because GOA is a PRO-GUN organization. [b]A Special Message From Larry Pratt Executive Director of Gun Owners of America Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow! -- Elections will produce tremendous impact on gun owners' rights Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 [url]http://www.gunowners.org[/url] Monday, November 4, 2002 Dear Friend of the Second Amendment, Tomorrow's election may well determine the fate of our gun rights next year. Already, gun-hating politicians are using the recent shootings (around the DC Beltway area and in Arizona) to call for draconian restrictions that will affect your freedoms. Never mind that existing gun control laws have failed miserably to keep guns out of criminals' hands. Background checks, gun bans, licensing and registration -- none of these laws have worked to disarm the bad guys. To the contrary, guns in the hands of decent citizens have proven to be a lifesaver time and time again. Almost 7,000 times a day, law-abiding citizens use firearms in self-defense. That's the message that Gun Owners of America is broadcasting from coast to coast. In the month of October alone, representatives from GOA appeared on dozens of TV, radio and newspaper outlets around the country in an effort to diffuse the misguided calls for more gun control. >From MSNBC to CNN's Crossfire -- and from ABC's Nightline to the big print media (such as the Atlanta Journal and Constitution) -- GOA was busy last month fighting for your right to keep and bear arms. GOA Voter Guides Online But GOA is doing more than just educating the masses. We are also committed to helping inform pro-gun voters throughout the country. And toward that end, Gun Owners of America has provided valuable resources to help you on Election Day. Please visit GOA's website for the following election-related links: * GOA Voter's Guide for federal candidates at [url]http://www.gunowners.org/votetb02.htm[/url] * Survey results for state candidates at [url]http://www.gunowners.org/statetb.htm[/url] I hope you will make use of these materials and share them with your family and friends. Please distribute this letter far and wide. Gun Control Could Be A Hot Topic Next Year The reason that gun owners need to stay educated is simple. Your right to own a gun, free from government infringements, may come under a severe attack next year. Proposals to ban certain private sales of firearms or to ban certain rifles and handguns are always on the gun haters' wish list. And if the past few weeks are any indication, there will be two hot button issues that Senator Chuck Schumer and Sarah Brady will be pushing: 1. Extending the ban on semi-automatic firearms. While the Clinton-Feinstein semi-auto ban is due to sunset in September of 2004, many gun haters would like to keep this ban on more than 180 types of firearms in place, and add more guns to the ban list as well. 2. Registration of gun owners. Of course, gun banners don't say they are for "registration." They prefer to use innocent-sounding jargon like "ballistic fingerprinting." Proponents want to use this (flawed) technology to register the supposedly unique "ballistic fingerprint" that many firearms leave on bullets or cartridge cases after they are fired. This, they claim, will help police trace it back to the original buyer of the gun. This may sound good in theory, but there are a couple of problems. First, this gives officials a registration list of gun owners -- a very dangerous idea since registration lists have been used in many places (including New York City and California) to help police confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. Second, ballistic registration has failed to help police catch crooks in states like Maryland and New York. Even though these two states have registered almost 50,000 ballistic fingerprints, they have yet to catch one bad guy using the technology! (Part of the problem is that this technology can be easily evaded, for unlike human fingerprints which don't change, ballistic "fingerprints" can be easily altered by making modifications to a firearm.) President George Bush came under extreme pressure during the sniper shootings, as opponents urged him to support a ballistic registration system throughout the country. While the President has been cool towards the idea, the administration has, nevertheless, agreed to "study" the issue. A truly objective study of the issue would conclude that ballistic registration will NOT efficiently help police track down criminals, and will only jeopardize the privacy of gun owners. Even the Fraternal Order of Police and the California Department of Justice have come out against wasting law enforcement funds in pursuing a ballistic database. But again, how all of this turns out will largely depend on what happens tomorrow at the polls. And that's why I think it is so important that voters use the tools that are available to stay informed. Please visit the above links on our website, and then help educate your family and friends as well. Thank you for helping in the defense of liberty. Sincerely, Larry Pratt Executive Director **************************** Please do not reply directly to this message, as your reply will bounce back as undeliverable. To subscribe to free, low-volume GOA alerts, go to [url]http://www.gunowners.org/ean.htm[/url] on the web. Change of e-mail address may also be made at that location.[/b]
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 5:17:54 AM EDT
I'm trying to go there, but I get a message that says the IP is not valid... can you check the link?
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 5:27:59 AM EDT
Just checked all the links, worked fine for me. Anyone else??
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 5:31:37 AM EDT
They work fine for me as well. ColtShorty© "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them."
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 5:33:16 AM EDT
Great timing, I was just filling out my Absentee Ballot. Thanks for the link.
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 5:36:27 AM EDT
Larry Pratt is speaking tomorrow in Richmond, VA. If you're interested, let me know.
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 8:18:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BlackDog714: I'm trying to go there, but I get a message that says the IP is not valid... can you check the link?
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OK, so I go there again and it works fine...
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 8:57:34 AM EDT
Thanks for the link!
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 2:04:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BlackDog714:
Originally Posted By BlackDog714: I'm trying to go there, but I get a message that says the IP is not valid... can you check the link?
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OK, so I go there again and it works fine...
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Glad ya got it!
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 8:08:23 PM EDT
BTT
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 9:11:44 PM EDT
I hope you all re-consider using GOA as a reliable source. The Anti-Defamation League declared Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America and the Tyranny Response Team of New York State to be extremists and anti-semites.
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 10:04:01 PM EDT
Great, Real Americans!
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