Thursday, March 26, 2009

House Democrats Oppose Proposed Ban

Opposition in the House to any so-called “assault weapon” ban is growing, on both sides of the aisle. In addition to the bipartisan Second Amendment Task Force strongly opposing the institution of any ban, Representative Mike Ross of Arkansas is now leading a group of 65 pro-Second Amendment Democrats who have denounced Holder and the Obama administration’s plans to reinstate the ban.

Some great commentary by Congressman Ross:

“Firearms are an important means of self defense and, as an avid hunter and outdoorsmen, an important part of our way of life. I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and will continue to fight any efforts in Washington that restrict our right to own and bear arms.

“Criminals will get guns whether we have gun control laws or not. Regulating guns will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but it will keep guns out of the hands of those trying to defend themselves from criminals.

“People are worried about keeping their jobs, paying for their families’ health care, educating their children and retiring with the kind of security their parents and grandparents enjoyed. A long and divisive fight over a gun control issue will only distract the Congress from giving these more important issues the attention they deserve.”


Well said all around! The group also cites the fact that the previous ban had no discernable impact on crime rates according to a Justice Department study. It is heartening to see that the Second Amendment is gaining broader bi-partisan support. Recent attempts to tie American weapons to the Mexican Drug War represent an escalation by anti-Second Amendment groups in their efforts to disarm law-abiding Americans – an effort based on lies and deceptions since the fully automatic weapons used by the cartels can’t be purchased legally in the United States anyway.

Representative Ross and his group deserve our thanks:

1. Mike Ross (D-AR)
2. Tim Holden (D-PA)
3. Jerry Costello (D-IL)
4. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
5. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
6. John Dingell (D-MI)
7. Marion Berry (D-AR)
8. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
9. Gene Green (D-TX)
10. Chet Edwards (D-TX)
11. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
12. Gene Taylor (D-MS)
13. Bart Stupak (D-MI)
14. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
15. Harry Teague (D-NM)
16. John Tanner (D-TN)
17. Allen Boyd (D-FL)
18. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
19. Eric Massa (D-NY)
20. Steve Kagen, M.D. (D-WI)
21. Betsy Markey (D-CO)
22. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
23. Ron Kind (D-WI)
24. Peter Welch (D-VT)
25. Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
26. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
27. Walt Minnick (D-ID)
28. John Boccieri (D-OH)
29. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
30. Tom Perriello (D-VA)
31. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
32. Ben Chandler (D-KY)
33. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
34. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL)
35. Travis Childers (D-MS)
36. Tim Walz (D-MN)
37. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
38. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
39. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)
40. Rick Boucher (D-VA)
41. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
42. John Murtha (D-PA)
43. Bart Gordon (D-TN)
44. Zach Space (D-OH)
45. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
46. Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
47. Artur Davis (D-AL)
48. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
49. John Barrow (D-GA)
50. Christopher Carney (D-PA)
51. Dan Boren (D-OK)
52. Parker Griffith (D-AL)
53. Charlie Wilson (D-OH)
54. Heath Shuler (D-NC)
55. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
56. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
57. Jason Altmire (D-PA)
58. Larry Kissell (D-NC)
59. John Salazar (D-CO)
60. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)
61. Frank Kratovil (D-MD)
62. Glenn Nye (D-VA)
63. Bobby Bright (D-AL)
64. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
65. Joe Baca (D-CA)

If your representative is on this list, please thank them for their support of the Second Amendment. If your representative isn't on the list, urge them to join it. We need to make our voices heard in Washington, because no one else is going to give us the same level of publicity out opponents seem to receive.

Until next time!!!

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