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Land Bill Coming Back -- Without Second Amendment

Postby tigwelder56 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:52 pm

This a reprint, please excuse the format.

An Important Message From Gun Owners Of America

-- Land grab bill coming back, again

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert

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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408


Monday, March 16, 2009

Do you agree with people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who treat

the Second Amendment as if it were written only to protect your ability

to go hunting and target shooting?

Or do you agree with Gun Owners of America, George Washington and Thomas

Jefferson, who believe that the Second Amendment protects a pre-existing

fundamental right that is essential to the preservation of liberty?

Well, a whole lot of people in Congress are claiming to protect your

Second Amendment rights, but all they're really doing is protecting your

hunting season.

We're talking about the Omnibus Public Lands Act. You helped to defeat

this bill last week in the House, but Congressional leaders have vowed

to bring it up again soon.

S. 22 is an enormous package of over 190 bills lumped together with a

price tag of $10 billion. The bill will greatly expand the amount of

land controlled by the National Park Service, thus spreading the

agency's unconstitutional gun regulations to more areas.

Fear of upsetting gun owners -- who helped elect many members of

Congress from both parties -- kept this bill off the floor for several


Then, in a meeting last Tuesday, not held in an open committee hearing

but behind closed doors, House leaders brokered a deal with some

supposedly pro-gun Democrats.

They said they were concerned about your gun rights. They said they

were going to "fix" the bill.

But they did not address the NPS anti-gun regulations that prohibit

carrying a firearm for self defense without a government issued

concealed carry permit.

What did they do? They added language to the bill to say you can still

go hunting.

That's right. Many Congressmen claimed to be protecting the Second

Amendment, when all they were really doing was thumbing their noses at

self defense.

Here is the entire "pro-gun" amendment that was considered in

the House.

Judge for yourself if this really protects your Second Amendment rights:

"Nothing in this Title shall be construed as affecting the authority,

jurisdiction, or responsibility of the several States to manage,

control, or regulate fish and resident wildlife under State law or

regulations, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, trapping, and

recreational shooting. Nothing in this Title shall be construed as

limiting access for hunting, fishing, trapping, or recreational


They may as well have called it the "Elmer Fudd Protection Act."

A lot of people who voted for this bill campaigned for office as

champions of gun rights. They said "Send me to Washington; I'll fight

for the Second Amendment." And this is what we get? Pathetic.

But let's be clear. The issue is not just about the NPS gun

restrictions, as bad as they are. And whether or not you personally use

federal land is not the point.

What is important is the disdain with which legislators hold your Second

Amendment rights.

It is imperative that you speak up on this issue. The outcome of this

battle will be a preview of what we can expect for the next two years.

Will your gun rights be comprised away little by little? Or will we

stand together and hold legislators accountable to their campaign

promises to uphold the Second Amendment?

This week there may be several votes in both the Senate and House on the

Omnibus Land bill.

Congressional leaders plan to act quickly in an attempt to ram this down

the throat of the American people without a fair and open process. They

desperately want to avoid any amendment that would truly protect your

gun rights.

Congress hopes to leave the gun ban in place, and enlarge the areas

affected by it. For example, the bill expands existing park land,

creates new national trails that will fall under the gun restrictions,

and authorizes the federal government to buy more land adjacent to

national parks and trails.

House and Senate leaders plan to move on this bill rapidly, although

they are ambiguous about the process.

But our message to Congress is simple: Stop playing around with our

Second Amendment rights!

We don't care about the process. We care about the Second Amendment.

And we mean ALL of the Second Amendment, not just hunting.

Tell Congress you expect them to protect your right to keep and bear

arms without compromising. Please take a few seconds and send the

pre-written message below.

When you're done, become a force multiplier. Send this alert to a few


It is important that you take this action because right now GOA is the

only gun rights organization speaking out for ALL of your Second

Amendment rights.

We've all forwarded jokes or funny pictures to our friends. How about

forwarding a message to help protect our God-ordained constitutionally

protected right to keep and bear arms?

And please do not think your voice won't be heard. Remember, this bill

failed to pass the House by just two votes last week because people like

you took action.

Congressmen need to know that their votes in the coming days will impact

YOUR vote next year. But if they don't hear from you and they think

you're not looking, many will treat your rights with contempt.

We're not alone in this battle. In the Senate, pro-gun champions such

as Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint are prepared to lead the fight

against this bill.

In the House, Reps. Paul Broun, Rob Bishop and Doc Hastings are among

those fighting hard for your gun rights.

In fact, there are many in Congress willing to stand up for the Second

Amendment, but they are repeatedly squashed by the anti-gun leadership

or undermined by pro-gun compromisers. Pro-gun Congressmen who want to

repeal the gun ban are being told, in effect, to "Shut up and


Friends, we know we've asked for a lot of action from you already this


Unfortunately, that is not going to stop. But we will all draw the line

at some point. Let's work together and do it now.

Thank you for working with Gun Owners of America. Our effectiveness in

Washington depends on your activism. PLEASE try to get your pro-gun

friends and family involved. Now more than ever, every voice is


ACTION: Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at

http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to tell your Representative and

Senators to reject the lands bill (S. 22) unless your Second Amendment

rights are protected. Per usual, a pre-written letter is provided for

your convenience.

----- Pre-written message -----

The Omnibus Public Land Act of 2009 is expected to come to the floor


I urge you to oppose this bill if, as expected, the leadership does not

allow an amendment to repeal the anti-gun regulations of the National

Park Service.

Recent changes made by the Interior Department only allow persons with a

concealed carry permit to possess a self-defense firearm on NPS land.

Non-permit holders are still prohibited from carrying a firearm for

their protection.

And please don't be fooled by a supposedly pro-gun amendment to


the bill that was brought up last week during the House debate on S. 22.

That language only modestly protects hunting and recreational shooting.

While protecting the rights of sportsmen is important, the Second

Amendment is NOT about hunting rights. I am more concerned about my

ability to defend my life, and the lives of my loved ones, than I am

about plinking cans.

Congressional leaders have been ambiguous about how this legislation

will come to the floor, but my message to you is clear: protect ALL of

my Second Amendment rights.

Please OPPOSE final passage on any land bill that does not repeal the

NPS gun ban.



Pratt on Fox

Once you have contacted your legislators, please consider checking out

GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt's recent appearance (along with noted

author Dr. John Lott) on Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom


Fox has posted the video on YouTube at:



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