• Doing Some Last Minute Shopping this Upcoming Week?

    -- Why not help your no-compromise gun group in the process! Read More
  • While Senate Confirms Murthy Nomination, Getting Rid of Reid was Worth the High Cost

  • “Lame Duck” Senate Democrats Plan One Last Kick in the Groin for Gun Owners

  • Tell your Senators to say NO to the anti-gun funding bill

  • The Boehner-Pelosi ANTI-GUN Government-Funding Deal:

    -- “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Read More
  • Boehner Joins Hands with Pelosi to Defeat Conservatives

    -- Action brings Boehner’s legitimacy as Speaker into question Read More
  • Get Your Senators to Ask the Hard Questions of Loretta Lynch

  • "Decision Day" Quickly Approaching on Whether Obama and Reid Will Dictate Gun Policy for the Next Ten Months

  • Much to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

  • The Lawbreaker in Chief Violates the Law Once Again

    -- How the President’s illegal amnesty will affect your gun rights Read More
  • GOA Aims to Torpedo the Maryland “Assault Weapons” Law

  • Republican Leadership Prepared to Relinquish all (Gun) Policy Decisions to Democrats … for the Next Ten Months!

  • Harry Reid to Take One Last Shot at the Second Amendment in the Lame Duck Session

  • Sen. Harry Reid Falls from His Throne

    House Reinforced with Pro-gunners Read More
  • GOA Case Goes Before the U.S. Supreme Court

    -- While on the political scene, GOA exposing lying politicians Read More
  • GOA Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy

    -- Plus, GOA publishes its 2014 Voter Guide   Read More
  • Does the Obama Administration Consider YOU a Terrorist?

    Plus, it’s payback time for gun owners; get the GOA Voter Guide! Read More
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GOA will be working against any 2016 Presidential Candidates who are pro-amnesty

Political pundits agree there will be a swarm of folks running for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, but Gun Owners of America will be narrowing the field very quickly with one simple assessment.

Any candidate who believes in amnesty for illegal aliens will be on the “outs” with us.

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With John Boehner, Betrayal Is Preferable to Fighting

Speaker of the House John Boehner was one of many Republicans campaigning to stop Obama’s agenda, including the anti-gun ObamaCare and the President’s illegal executive amnesty decree.  

But that was before the election.  Now fast forward to the battle over the anti-gun funding bill last week, which saw Speaker Boehner and the President working arm-in-arm to pass it.

When President Obama, who almost never personally whips members of Congress, did just that to pass the massive spending bill, you know it was a big deal.

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Would ‘good guys with guns’ have stopped the Sydney hostage siege?

Australia’s strict gun laws are at the center of Monday’s deadly hostage siege in Sydney, at least in the minds of American gun-rights advocates.

The suspected gunman, who was holding people hostage inside a downtown Sydney cafe, was reportedly killed during a police raid early Tuesday morning, local time, following a 16-hour standoff. Two hostages died during the confrontation with police.

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GOA Stands Alone Among National Gun Rights Groups, Calling on Republicans to Cut Anti-gun Spending

“[B]etween 40 and 50 Republican representatives have already jumped ship and are opposing the Republican leadership,” Gun Owners of America told members in a Tuesday alert describing rank and file push-back against what is being widely perceived as a GOP betrayal and sell-out. “This means that at least a fifth -- and maybe more -- of [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi’s minions will have to be ordered to support [House Speaker John] Boehner for it to pass. And Pelosi has made it clear to the press that the bill will have to be altered to be satisfactory to her in order for her to provide those votes.

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GOA Calls on Republicans to Cut Anti-gun Spending

Some gun rights advocates are urging lawmakers to defund the federal government over what they see as a major threat to the Second Amendment.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) says Republicans should vote against a trillion-dollar government funding package Thursday afternoon that would avert another shutdown in Washington, because it would also provide more than $1billion in support for “Barack Obama’s anti-gun executive actions.”

“It ‘fights gun violence’ with $1.1 billion — an increase of $53 million,” said GOA’s chairman and executive director Tim Macy.

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Self-Defense Corner

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  • Airport Burglary
  • Family Issues
  • Night Club
  • Husband and Wife

Armed Robbers Outmatched By Female Pawn Shop Owner

According to recent reports, a duo of hooded men targeted a Springdale, Ark., gun and pawn shop last weekend in an attempt to rob its owners at gunpoint.

“They split up,” Springdale Police Lt. Derek Hudson said. “They both pulled out handguns that looked like black semiautomatic pistols and began to rob the store.”

While one of the suspects was reportedly able to overpower a male owner, his partner fared much worse at the hands of a female behind the counter.

Authorities indicate the woman pulled out her own firearm and engaged in a brief shootout that injured 25-year-old Marcus Gould.

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Man holds Gorge airport burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrive

A burglary suspect at the Columbia Gorge Airport was held face-down on the ground at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived at the scene.

The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office was called out to the airport near Dallesport, WA at 2:42 a.m. Friday.

Investigators said a burglar had smashed out the windows of the airport's main office and went inside the building.

The caller to 911 reported hearing the glass breaking downstairs, so he had called for a neighbor to come by, as well.

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Man Tries to Run His Family Down With His Truck, His Wife Shoots and Kills Him

A violent husband in New Orleans, Louisiana, identified as Steven Swanson, tried to run down his family with his truck following a domestic dispute late last week.

Fortunately, his wife was armed and was able to fire several shots into the cab of the truck, striking the man multiple times and stopping him.

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Concealed Carrier Stopped Mass Shooting at Texas Night Club

Five people were injured by a shooter at an El Paso, Texas night club last weekend, and the casualties would have likely been worse if not for the presence of a concealed carrier.

The suspect was able to flee the scene and was later arrested at an area hospital. He was later identified as 23-year-old Martin D. Guerrero, an Army Specialist out of Fort Bliss according to KVIA

The shooter who fired in self defense left the scene and has not been identified. It could be that he did not possess a valid carry permit or he was concerned that he was in violation of Texas carry laws if he did.

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Husband and Wife Tied Up in Violent Home Invasion, Husband Escapes and Gets His Gun…

It’s a terrifying scenario to think about. Three armed men force their way into your home, injure you and your spouse and then tie you both up before ransacking your home.

That’s the exact situation a Washington couple found themselves in on Tuesday night. According to Q13 Fox, three suspects forced their way into a Lakewood, WA home around 9:30pm.

At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun and one a knife. The suspects cut the female victim and pistol whipped the male victim before tying up both husband and wife.

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John McCain's Lobbying Reform Provisions Unconstitutional And Would Protect Corruption
by Mark Fitzgibbons

Editor's note: trashing the First Amendment rights of groups like GOA in 2002 with the infamous McCain-Feingold law -- better known as the Incumbent Protection Act -- wasn't enough for Sen. McCain. He's back for more in 2006 with S. 2128, the Gag Act.

Proposed regulation of the grassroots, such as Section 110 of S. 2128 (the Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act), with similar provisions in counterpart bills before the House of Representatives, would harm America.

Not only does such regulation abridge freedom of speech, of the press, the right of the people to peaceably assemble, to petition the Government for redress of grievances, and to exercise our respective faiths, but such regulation would actually protect the corruptive influences that these lobbying and ethics reform bills are purportedly intended to fix.

Through the grassroots, citizens across the country assemble peaceably, though perhaps not always politely, on political and social matters of importance to them. The problems Congress purports to cure through its recent efforts are the quid pro quo of legislation for gifts or other "consideration." Whatever the problems inside the Beltway, none of those problems can be blamed on too much citizen participation in public policy matters. Any efforts to regulate the grassroots, therefore, are misplaced.

The grassroots, of course, are the People. They are whom Justice William Brennan called "citizen-critic[s] of government." More than merely critics of government, the grassroots are populist means of criticizing corporations, even entire industries. They are critics of the institutional, mainstream media as well as critics of the new and alternative media. Grassroots organizations are critics even of other grassroots organizations.

S. 2128 would require registration and reporting of "paid" efforts to "stimulate" the grassroots. Section 110 of the bill defines these as efforts "to influence the general public... to contact one or more... legislative or executive branch officials (or Congress as a whole) to urge such officials... to take specific action" on matters of public policy. "Attempts to influence" 500 or more citizens by any person or entity receiving or spending $25,000 or more in any quarter trigger these grassroots lobbying registration and reporting requirements.

The thresholds triggering registration and reporting may be met by the placement of just one media ad or just the postage for one direct mail letter mailed nationally. It is not merely that these thresholds are low; they are unconstitutional. These provisions directly violate the "constitutional rights" identified in 2 U.S.C. 1607(a) of the underlying lobbying registration statute that S. 2128 amends (not that constitutional rights need statutory recitation of the fact that they exist). What possibly could have made these constitutional rights fall out of favor since 1995, when the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities bill was first passed?

The registration requirements are a prior restraint on the exercise of First Amendment rights, and the reporting requirements are burdens on such rights, with civil and even criminal sanctions in some of the legislative proposals for failure to register and report. Registration is a prior restraint because failure to register within a set period of agreeing to engage in such rights sets off penalties. Speech and press rights must therefore obtain government clearance in advance of communications being issued.

James Madison, in describing the distinction between the American version of a free printing press versus the British version, said that

    a law inflicting penalties on printed publications would have a similar effect with a law authorizing a previous restraint on them. It would seem a mockery to say that no laws should be passed preventing publications from being made, but that laws may be passed for punishing them in case they should be made.

Section 110 of S. 2128 is a prior restraint. Section 106 of the bill amending 2 U.S.C. 1606 would create substantial penalties for that to which all Americans have guaranteed and constitutionally protected rights "paramount to laws," as Madison said.

Such regulation would stifle speech, but more so, it would effectively censor small, start-up and unpopular causes already strapped for cash. These bills would treat small and unpopular citizen causes the same as large corporations hiring high-priced K Street lobbyists, and would penalize or completely shut out some of the most valuable means of citizens protecting their own freedoms.

It is well-settled law that paid efforts to engage in First Amendment rights merit no fewer constitutional protections than unpaid volunteer efforts. Journalists who receive paychecks are no less protected than unpaid bloggers.

The paid ads of the Committee to Defend Martin Luther King "communicated information, expressed opinion, recited grievances, protested claimed abuses, and sought financial support on behalf of a movement whose existence and objectives are matters of the highest public interest and concern." New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 266 (1964). Such "editorial advertisements," of course cost money to prepare, to place, to print and to disseminate. They are "the promulgation of information and ideas by persons who do not themselves have access to publishing facilities -- who wish to exercise their freedom of speech even though they are not members of the press." Id.

There are many other examples, too long to list in this letter, of why "paid" efforts to engage in protected First Amendment activity are not only as protected constitutionally, but are as important and as valuable as unpaid efforts. For example, paid efforts to circulate petitions are "core political speech" subject to the "zenith" of First Amendment protections. See, Meyer v. Grant, 486 U.S. 414, 421–422 (1988). The bottom line is that First Amendment protections of speech, the printing press, petitioning and association rights are not lost merely because it costs money to communicate in today's world of mass media.

Regulating "paid" efforts to stimulate grassroots activity merely gives the appearance that Members of Congress and their respective Republican and Democratic Party committees would prefer for their own professional political consultants to have a leg up in the marketplace of ideas and donations. Members of Congress may already send communications at taxpayer expense under their "free" franking privileges, and as 535 of the most important people in the country, easily have more access to express their views for free through the mainstream media.

Costs of compliance with quarterly reporting requirements will effectively reduce the ability of marginal grassroots efforts to communicate, and will silence cash-strapped unpopular causes. Corporations and large, established causes that are already wealthy will be able to comply. Thus, your bills would effectively silence some critics and allow the wealthier ones to communicate. Such censorship through regulation merely protects the corruptive influences inside the Beltway.

Since the apparent ethics issues are the quid pro quo, it seems that a better solution, and certainly one without constitutional prohibitions, would be to require Members of Congress who sponsor legislation or amendments to sign, under penalties of perjury, that such legislation is submitted without gifts or promises of some consideration.

The expansion of the grassroots these past 40 years has empowered Americans, and that is a good thing. The grassroots are the very antithesis of corruptive influences inside the Beltway. Whatever the solution to the complex problems of congressional ethics, a vote to regulate the grassroots would be the equivalent of a vote to protect the corruptive influences.

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