The right of the people to keep and bear arms is a critical ingredient of a free society.
The Founders understood this, which is why they gave us the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
And even though it’s been trampled on – or sometimes flat-out ignored – by the gun grabbers in Congress over the years, for the most part it remains intact.
But that could soon change.
Please read John’s email below for critical information you need to know about your gun rights.
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Things are bad on Capitol Hill.
Yesterday, 16 Republican Senators joined Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Dianne Feinstein to vote against Rand Paul’s pro-gun filibuster.
Gun control is now on the Senate floor.
Please read Norm’s memo below about the current situation, and be sure to take action IMMEDIATELY.
This is the greatest threat to our gun rights in my lifetime.
Harry Reid will attempt to move gun control through the Senate as quickly as possible. So there’s no time to waste.
Read Norm’s memo and take action right away.
P.S. Please chip in $10 or $20 to help Campaign for Liberty mobilize a grassroots army of pro-gun Americans to defeat Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s attempt to gut our Second Amendment freedoms.
TO: JOHN TATE
FROM: NORM SINGLETON
DATE: APRIL 11, 2013
RE: GUN FIGHT SENATE UPDATE
Rand’s Filibuster Effort
The gun grabbers won the first battle in the war over our gun rights earlier today by voting 68-31 to defeat Rand Paul’s filibuster of Harry Reid’s motion to bring gun control to the floor.
Sixteen Republicans voted wrong, and two Democrats voted right.
Here are the 16 Republican Senators who chose to stand with Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, and Dianne Feinstein instead of Rand Paul:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), John McCain (R-AZ), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
The two Democrats who voted right were Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mark Pryor (D-AR).
I’ve spoken to a few of my sources on Capitol Hill today.
I know we’ve been jokingly asking for weeks if Harry Reid is really the Speaker of the House, since he seems to drive the agenda . . .
As you know, House Speaker John Boehner has already passed three bills through the House by using Democrat majority votes.
That used to be considered a big “NO-NO” – even by weak-kneed Republican Speakers.
And Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor haven’t said it won’t happen again, which means that anything Harry Reid gets through the Senate will more than likely be gaveled through the House, as well.
So we need to really focus on the Senate over the next few days and try to defeat this monster there. If we can convince 9 of those 16 Republicans to switch, we can prevail.
The ball is in Harry Reid’s court, so there’s no way to know for sure exactly what his next move will be.
But I got a good hint at what he will do from my inside sources.
It looks like Harry Reid is going to offer three dangerous, anti-gun Amendments to S. 649.
The three Amendments I’ve heard about so far include:
Toomey-Schumer Gun Control Bill
Republican Senator Pat “Benedict” Toomey (R-PA) teamed up with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and introduced a so-called “compromise” gun control bill.
But the reality is that this bill is even more dangerous than Dianne Feinstein’s so-called “Assault Weapons Ban.”
I’ve heard that Toomey’s bill was actually written by Chuck Schumer himself.
Senator Toomey’s bill would ban virtually all private gun sales, restrict the Second Amendment freedoms of travelers, strip folks who seek mental health of their gun rights, undermine state sovereignty, and set the stage for full-scale national gun registration.
The bill is so bad it’s even supported by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”
The Feinstein Gun Ban
This legislation, which would target rifles, shotguns, and even handguns, is also far from dead.
President Obama and Harry Reid are determined to push the envelope. With Republicans already demonstrating their willingness to roll over, I would prepare for the worst.
“High-Capacity” Magazine Restrictions
This Amendment would ban magazines that hold over a certain number of bullets.
Those are the three anti-gun Amendments I’m hearing about so far.
Grassroots Mobilization Effort to Defeat Gun Control
The good news is, even though we lost the first battle earlier today, the war is not over.
Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are going to drag out the debate as long as possible, and they have also vowed to filibuster Reid’s vote on final passage of the bill.
This gives us more time to turn the heat up on the Senate.
Again, if Campaign for Liberty members and supporters can generate enough pressure to convince 9 of the 16 Senators who voted wrong today to Stand With Rand on final passage, we have a shot at stopping this monster in the Senate.
I understand things are tight right now with all the fights we’re currently facing.
But I recommend C4L spend every penny it can afford to mobilize as many folks as possible to turn up the heat on their Senators to Stand With Rand.
Flood the Senate with tens of thousands of “Stand With Rand” Petitions” and phone calls in opposition to Harry Reid’s gun control scheme.
If enough folks make their voices heard, we can defeat Barack Obama’s gun control agenda.
It’s critically important that Campaign for Liberty members and supporters turn up the heat on the 16 Republican Senators who voted against Rand’s filibuster and any Democrat who has to face their constituents soon, while urging the two Democrats who voted right to stay the course.
The vital point to remember is that this is only round one. There’s a strong temptation to throw in the towel in disgust at the 16’s sellout today, but this is precisely when we need to double down.
If they think the pressure is off because one cloture vote is finished, then they really don’t know anything about us.
So let’s remind them.