Friday, October 23, 2009Congratulations!You have stymied the shady tactics used by Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi to try to pass the ObamaCare bill and -- in the opening salvo of the battle -- you blew them out of the water. Gun Owners won a huge vote Wednesday in the Senate.As you remember, the ObamaCare bill would dump your gun-related health data into a federal database. It would also put your (government mandated) insurance at risk if you keep a loaded gun for self-defense. But there was a problem: The anti-gun health bills cost too much, and Obama had promised to pass a bill which would not raise the deficit by “one penny.”So what Obama, Reid, and Pelosi did was to try to pass a separate bill (S. 1776) which would fund the anti-gun ObamaCare bill by raising the deficit another $247 billion dollars.But, they would argue, because S. 1776 was a “separate bill,” the ObamaCare bill itself would not raise the deficit. In a Senate not known for morality, this rose to a level of sleaze and corruption that embarrassed many Democrats, in addition to all Republicans. With gun owners responding vigorously to our alerts on this issue, the motion to invoke “cloture” (or shut off debate) on the bill failed by a 47-53 vote -- 13 votes short of the 60 votes the anti-gun socialists needed.The victory on S. 1776 means that it will be much harder for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to pick up the somewhat fiscally-minded Blue Dog Democrats they so desperately need to get their anti-gun ObamaCare legislation passed. So congratulations! It is true that this is only the first battle... but, if we continue battering Congress as we have, it will be the first of many victories.To see the official listing of how each Senator voted, you can go to http://tinyurl.com/ykb6kjb.But in the meantime, pat yourself on the back for a job well done... and have a great weekend!What's Your Current GOA Status?Obviously, we now face years of invigorated attacks on our gun rights. Shutting down gun shows, prohibitions on specific calibers, another semi-auto ban, and the anti-gun extremists' Holy Grail of mandatory federal licensing and registration of all gun owners -- these are just some of the horrors that we already know we'll have to defeat head-on. Meanwhile, we'll take every opportunity to go on offense and advance the Second Amendment.It can't be done without every single voice being counted. That's why we are asking you to consider making the commitment of becoming a Gun Owners of America Life Member. By doing so, you put the politicians on notice that neither you nor GOA is going away -- that no matter who's in the White House, there is always going to be a solid wall of resistance.Now is a perfect time to become a Life Member. And if you aren't a GOA member at all, isn't it time you became one? Please go to http://gunowners.org/ordergoamem.htm to upgrade your participation in GOA.