URGENT UTAH ALERT
-- Contact Senator Hatch and urge him to drop his support of the
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Monday, April 30, 2007
Last week, GOA alerted you twice to the Brady Law expansion bill --
legislation that will continue the assault on your Second Amendment
This bill (HR 297) is gun control, pure and simple, and it is being
pushed by the most rabid anti-gun congressmen in Washington. Current
and past sponsors include anti-gun Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ted
Kennedy (D-MA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL). And on the House side,
there's the notorious Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI),
Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Pete Stark (D-CA) who are in full support of
this gun control measure.
But what is confusing a lot of pro-gun Congressmen on the Hill is the
fact that a former NRA Board Director (Rep. John Dingell of Michigan)
and a current NRA board member (Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho) are both
on record in support of this legislation.
The NRA itself told Newsweek last Tuesday that the group "backs [the]
proposed new legislation" which has become the gun control de jour in
the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.
No wonder so many pro-gun congressmen on the Hill are confused and
feel like they are caught in a crossfire between GOA and NRA.
Newsweek reported, The NRA's position puts the group at odds with The
Gun Owners of America, which has already launched a public campaign
to block the legislation that the NRA supports, warning that the
proposal could 'block millions of additional, honest gun owners from
So what can we do? Or more importantly, what can YOU do?
Well, your living in Utah gives you a very powerful voice in this
fight. Unfortunately, your Senator -- Orrin Hatch -- has previously
shown he agrees with the concept, as he was an original cosponsor in
2003 of an almost identical bill (S. 1706), introduced by anti-gun
Senator Chuck Schumer.
But as of today, Senator Schumer has not reintroduced his Brady
expansion yet. Hence, there is still time to urge Senator Hatch to
reconsider his previous support of this measure. Getting Senator
Hatch to reconsider would send shockwaves through the Congress and
keep pro-gun legislators from getting behind this legislation as
So it is imperative that you -- and as many other gun owners in the
state of Utah as you can find -- contact Senator Hatch and encourage
him to oppose this pernicious assault on our rights. You know that
more gun control is not the answer to school shootings. And that is
why we have provided you a special letter below to really help make
the point that gun control is the problem, not the solution.
1. Please take immediate action and contact Senator Orrin Hatch. You
can e-mail Senator Hatch by using his webform at
simply cut and paste the message below into the box provided.
Or you can contact Senator Hatch by:
Phone: 202-224-5251 or use the toll-free switchboard at 877-762-8762
2. Circulate this e-mail far and wide in the state of Utah. Get
EVERY GUN OWNER you can to contact Senator Hatch. Urge him to
reconsider his position on this bill and to renounce his previous
support of it.
----- Pre-written letter -----
Dear Senator Hatch:
I am very concerned about our Second Amendment rights. I know that
you have joined with anti-gun Senator Chuck Schumer in the past to
cosponsor legislation that is very similar to a bill that will soon
be considered in the House, HR 297. (As you probably know, this bill
is being sponsored by the extremely anti-gun Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.)
So I implore you to NOT support this legislation... to tell Chuck
Schumer that you will NOT work with him on this bill again... and
that you will instead try to REPEAL the gun control laws that create
criminal safe zones, such as the one that exists on the Virginia Tech
campus where no one is allowed to carry a gun for self-defense.
Senator Hatch, before you decide to support the Schumer-McCarthy
legislation again, will you please answer these two questions for me?
First, do you think that expanded background checks will ultimately
stop evil-minded people from getting a gun and prevent school
shootings? In considering your answer, don't forget Canada, Germany
and Scotland. Even though these countries have imposed massive
amounts of gun control, they have been afflicted with school
shootings in the past ten years.
Second, are you aware that current gun control laws are denying
law-abiding Americans their Second Amendment rights -- sometimes
erroneously, but other times by intent? Before the Virginia Tech
massacre occurred on April 16, there were several students and
professors at that university who had publicly expressed their desire
to carry guns on campus. But gun control left them disarmed and
More to the point, you are on record as supporting an expansion of
the Brady Law (S. 1706 in 2003). This law has already kept
countless, law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second
Amendment rights. Americans have been prevented from buying guns
because of outstanding traffic tickets, because of errors, because
the NICS computer system has crashed, because combat veterans sought
treatment to deal with the shakes after returning home and because
married couples got into screaming matches with one another (and are
now disarmed as a result of the Lautenberg gun ban that you voted for
This should teach us that if you give an anti-gun bureaucrat an inch,
he'll take a mile. (By the way, Gun Owners of America has
documented, on its website, numerous instances of the abuses
mentioned above, which have resulted in good people being denied
their gun rights FOREVER.)
Again, I hope that you will reconsider your support for the
Schumer-McCarthy legislation and renounce everything it stands for.
Please tell me that you will do so.