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Nat Park Service Gun ban is back Write your Rep.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by tom-n8ies, Mar 16, 2009.

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  1. tom-n8ies

    tom-n8ies Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Subject: Fw: Land Bill Coming Back -- Without Second Amendment Protections

    --- On Mon, 3/16/09, Gun Owners of America <Gun_Owners_of_America@capwiz.mailmanager.net> wrote:

    An Important Message From Gun Owners Of America
    -- Land grab bill coming back, again

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    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
    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 vote!"

    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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  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    We have a concerted effort here in Oregon and SW Washington to greatly expand National Park and Wilderness areas. These areas restrict or ban access, movement (particularly vehicle) and in the case of National Parks, hunting.<br>
    Right now Mt. St. Helens in SW Washington (about 50 miles north of Portland, OR) has apush going to make it a national park. Mt. Hood, about 45 miles east of Portland, has pushes to make it either a wilderness area (far larger than the present wilderness area) or turn it into a national park. There are other areas being affected as well, along with a chain of recent national parks along the Columbia River that now ban waterfowl hunting.
  3. JBrooks

    JBrooks TS Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    The Democrats are determined to disarm America. That's reality.
  4. tom-n8ies

    tom-n8ies Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    People need to wake up and contact your Liberty Limiters on this.

    My own represenative (Mike Rogers)voted for this the first time and he is supposedly pro second amendment.


    He voted to make NPS lands weapon free zones unless you have a permit or are hunting in hunting season.

    I guess he is just pro second amendment on paper to get votes.

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