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Standing Guard - Wayne LaPierre S.1237
« on: June 22, 2007, 06:20:31 PM »

Standing Guard
By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association

With the full support of Alberto Gonzales' U.S. Department of Justice, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg is pushing legislation to give the government unprecedented discretionary power to secretly decree that a citizen is banned from owning firearms. The government would need nothing more than a "suspicion" using information it would not have to divulge, ever. Called "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007"-the Gonzales/Lautenberg bill, S. 1237 drafted by the Justice Department-is the broadest power grab ever proposed over the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. (See NRA's response at: http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/NRA_ltr_gonzales.pdf)

Harlon B. Carter, founder of the modern NRA, said, "Judge a law by the worst reading, and in the hands of the worst enemies of the Second Amendment." Think of Hillary Clinton as president and Charles Schumer as attorney general.
Then look into Luatenberg's proposal and see what could happen to you or me if S. 1237 were ever to become law.

Imagine you are picking up a pristine 1937 first-year Winchester Model 70. You've filled out the 4473 at your friend Bill's shop, and wait for him to get the usual fast clearence from the National Instant Check System (NICS). On the phone, Bill is shaking his head, very animated. He finishes his conversation and motions you over, telling you he cant transfer the rifle. You were turned down. Bill says he argued that you were a longtime customer, a veteran, a high school teacher; and he asked why the refusal? He was told only that the sale was denied. "They gave me a number for you to call", he says. When you get home, you are still in complete shock. You call the number and are told that the refusal had something to do with "suspected terrorism", and that the government is not at liberty to say more. Terrorism? It is simply not possible. You hire a lawyer, and he says it must be an error. Not to worry.
But the new law says "It shall be unlawful for any person...who has been the subject of a determination by the attorney general...to possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition..." Days later you receive an official notice that you no longer can own firearms-based on a suspicion. Your lawyer tells you to divest yourself of your firearms, but before you can do so, federal agents arrive at your home with a search warrant and a form demanding that you surrender all firearms and ammunition. They say you are now on the attorney general's "suspect" list, and as a prohibited person, it is a federal felony for you to possess any gun. They take your gun collection-all of it-in lieu of arrest.

The agent in charge warns you to stay away from guns. They will be observing you. All they will say to your question as to "why" is a reading of a card. Its like one of those Miranda warnings you see on TV: "The attorney general has determined that you are known (or appropriately suspected) to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support thereof...and thatthe attorney general has a reasonable belief that you may use a firearm in connection with terrorism."

A day later, your lawyer says your situation is hopeless. You can't get your guns back. Under the law, you are now a prohibited person, just like a convicted felon. He reads you the new law-which requires no criminal intent or knowledge, only suspicion: "... any information which the attorney general relied on for this determination may be withheld...if the attorney general determines that disclosure of the information would likely compromise national security."

You ask the lawyer,"Can't we appeal?" He continues: "In responding to the petition, the United States may submit, and the court may rely upon, summariesor redacted versions of documents containing information the disclosure of which the attorney general has determined would likely compromise national security."

At the sole discretion of the attorney general, they can withhold anything and everything they allegedly have on you-all in the name of "national security." You have lost your Second Amendment rights-gun ownership is a criminal act-based on a mere "suspicion", and you can't even find out what it is. This outrageous scenerio has not happened yet, but it could if the Gonzales/Lautenberg Brave New World-like legislation-S. 1237-ever becomes law. In creating a new criminal class of prohibited persons based on "suspicion", the same language applies to license denials, to state firearm permit denials and to sale of firearms by individuals. The Bush administration is on record affirming the Second Amendment as an individual right, yet this bill trashes the Constitution, mocking the protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It would arbitrarily take away your rights-without charges-without an arrest, without a trial, and without a conviction-just because the attorney general says so. It denies citizens all due process of law at the sole discretion of government- something that must never happen in America.
Shockingly, Lautenberg is telling the world that he has the full support of the Bush administration and expects this measure to be signed into law. E-mail, write, and telephone your U.S Senators and Congressmen asking them to oppose S. 1237, and tell Attorney General Gonzales to wake up and withdraw his support.
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Here are the co-sponsors of this nightmare. Recognize any of them - it's the 2nd Amendment Glee Club.

Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] - 5/9/2007
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] - 5/7/2007
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] - 5/15/2007
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 5/10/2007
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - 6/4/2007
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] - 5/1/2007
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 5/3/2007
Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] - 5/3/2007
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 5/3/2007
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] - 5/2/2007
Sen Reed, Jack [RI] - 5/15/2007
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 5/11/2007
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Re: Standing Guard - Wayne LaPierre S.1237
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 09:08:20 PM »

Well Greg I guess you are experiencing an even greater apathy than my
topic on Federal & State energy proposals.  Your post could have been
summarized somewhat, as even I, whom agree with you, couldn't wade
through the whole thing.  Combine that with a public more consumed
with distracting itself with the latest antics of Paris Hilton or the best place
to eat in Monroe and you need not wonder for the lack of interest.
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Re: Standing Guard - Wayne LaPierre S.1237
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007, 12:59:29 PM »

Gentlemen,
 This is exactly why I refuse to support Romney, McCain, or Guliani. Thay are no better than the socialist Senators that have choosen to tie themselves to this bill.
 Again what don't/won't they understand about "shall NOT be infringed"?
 Can you imagine what fun the black robed menace will have with this one in the lower courts?
 Money, money, money.
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Re: Standing Guard - Wayne LaPierre S.1237
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007, 08:57:33 PM »

I once thought Guliani would make a good president.  I got better.
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