GOA On Offense As New Congress Convenes
-- Citizens' Self-Defense Act protects gun owners who save lives
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
With the defeat of the semi-auto ban reauthorization last year, and
the election of several new pro-gun Members of Congress, it's time
for gun owners to go on offense and demand legislation that advances
gun rights nationwide.
One perfect example is H.R. 47, the "Citizens' Self-Defense Act of
2005," introduced by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). GOA helped author
this important bill that would protect those who use guns in
self-defense from overzealous or anti-gun prosecutors.
H.R. 47 reaffirms the basic truth that citizens have a right to use a
gun in defense of self, family, and home.
It enforces that right with serious "teeth." Should a person be
deprived of their right to self-defense with a firearm, that person
can bring an action in court against the United States, any State, or
any person. Anti-gun prosecutors would be personally liable for
their wrongdoings -- and the wronged party can demand compensation
and reimbursement of legal fees.
You may recall that national news was made last year in Wilmette,
Illinois. Hale DeMar shot a home invader. The shooting was ruled as
justified, but DeMar was prosecuted because the town had enacted a
ban on handguns. Outraged, the Illinois legislature subsequently
passed a law to protect people such as DeMar.
And who could forget Bernie Goetz? He saved his own life when he
shot his assailants in a subway train. The jury acquitted him on all
charges involving the actual shooting, but he went to prison anyway
for violating New York City's draconian gun ban.
The GOA files are overflowing with examples such as the two above.
Every year, numerous gun owners are maliciously prosecuted all across
the country for doing nothing more than defending their lives.
Passing the Citizens' Self-Defense Act at the federal level will
virtually eliminate this problem by holding prosecutors of any
jurisdiction accountable for their actions.
In today's climate of anti-gun hostility and outright disregard for
individual rights, H.R. 47 is needed now more than ever.
ACTION: Please ask your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 47.
Bills with a large number of cosponsors are much more likely to
receive an up-or-down vote in Congress. Building cosponsors is the
critical first step in enacting a bill into law.
Contact your Rep. by visiting http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
to use the GOA Legislative Action Center. The system will identify
your representative for you and you can check to see whether or not
he or she has cosponsored the bill. You can easily send a
pre-written e-mail message from there, and the system will
automatically load either a "please cosponsor" message or a
you for cosponsoring" message depending on your Representative's
----- Pre-written message (for non-cosponsors) -----
Please cosponsor H.R. 47, the Citizens' Self-Defense Act of 2005.
This important legislation would protect citizens who use a gun in
self-defense from malicious prosecution.
Rep. Bartlett of Maryland introduced this bill because he feels, as
do I, that there have been enough horror stories of people going to
prison merely because they defended their own lives.
Please let me know when you have added your name to H.R. 47.
New Film Catches BATFE With Its Hands In The Cookie Jar!
For years, you've heard horror stories about the Bureau of Alcohol
Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). You've heard they're more
interested in framing the innocent than in catching real criminals.
You've heard they'll ruin lives for the sake of their own prestige
and funding. You've heard that BATFE agents are callous and careless
-- and that the bureau supports a culture of cruel ineptitude.
Well, you don't have to rely on rumor or third-hand information any
more. Now, you can SEE FOR YOURSELF.
From JPFO comes the new film "BATFE Fails the Test" which shows
exactly how the BATFE treats an ordinary, average gun owner once it
decides to "get" him.
The video is available on DVD or VHS at
http://www.gunowners.org/jpfobft.htm for only $17.76 (which includes
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