Rep. Virgil Goode To The Bush White House: Withdraw Your Brief
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) has sent the following letter to the White House asking them to undo the huge harm they have caused the Second Amendment with the brief they filed in the DC gun ban case.
January 22, 2008
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500
Dear President Bush:
Your Solicitor General has just filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the D.C. v. Heller case arguing that categorical gun bans of virtually all self-defense firearms are constitutional if a court determines they are "reasonable" -- the lowest standard of constitutional review.
If this view prevails, a national ban on all firearms -- including hunting rifles -- could be constitutional, even if the court decides -- on ample historical evidence -- that the Founders intended the Second Amendment as an individual right.
I would ask that you direct the Justice Department to withdraw this unfortunate brief and to replace it with an opinion which reflects the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.
Thank you for your consideration.
Rep. Goode is following up his action by circulating the letter among his colleagues. He is asking other members of Congress to add their signatures in anticipation of sending President Bush another copy of the letter.
Your help is needed immediately to convince your Representative to join with Rep. Goode.
Please go to the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send a pre-written message urging your Rep. to be a part of this important initiative. If you prefer to contact your Reprsentative in another fashion, here is the text we are using:
Please join with Rep. Virgil Good in signing a letter to the White House urging the President to withdraw the Solicitor General's very ill-advised brief in the D.C. gun ban case, D.C. v. Heller.
Gun Owners of America will be keeping me posted about the members of the House who have joined with Representative Goode.
Thank you very much.
Of course, GOA is actively working the Heller case as well. In fact, just today our legal and educational arm, Gun Owners Foundation, officially notified the Court of its intent to file an amicus brief. We'll be certain to make that brief available to you as soon as it is filed. In the meantime, last week GOA issued a press release blasting the Solicitor General's action that was picked up by numerous media outlets across the country.