Fw: Who Sold You Out On The Holder Nomination?

Bernard Willis f16rsdad at JUNO.COM
Wed Feb 4 22:28:54 MST 2009


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From: "Gun Owners of America" 
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To: "Bernard Willis" <f16rsdad at juno.com>
Date: Wed,  4 Feb 2009 13:13:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Who Sold You Out On The Holder Nomination?
Message-ID: <20090204181302.2A92DEBC3A at outbound.mailmanager.net>

Anti-gun Eric Holder Sworn In As Attorney General
-- See who stabbed you in the back

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

GOA wants to thank all of you for your hard work in opposing the
extremely anti-gun Eric Holder for Attorney General.

While we lost the battle on Monday (by a vote of 75-21), you guys
registered your opposition loud and clear.

There is no doubt that your activism truly made gun rights THE issue in
this nomination battle.  Every Senator who spoke against Holder
mentioned Second Amendment fears.  And even among many of the Senators
who voted for him, there was tremendous concern regarding Holder's
stance on gun rights.

As stated by The Washington Post yesterday, "Holder overcame concerns by
a small but vocal group of GOP lawmakers about his position on national
security and GUN RIGHTS, as well as his recommendations in two
controversial clemency decisions by President Bill Clinton."

This was truly a battle worth fighting.  In fact, the man who was being
deified two weeks ago is now the very same President who is widely seen
as not being able to shoot straight in selecting cabinet members and is
already starting to lose public support.  The battle over Holder was
certainly central to taking the bloom off this rose.

So thank you for helping magnify our voice on Capitol Hill.  GOA spent
many hours lobbying against Holder, as we were the only gun rights group
in Washington to tell Senators we would be rating this vote in our
end-of-session grade report.

With Holder in office, you can expect to see renewed efforts to drive
gun dealers and manufacturers out of business -- similar to the efforts
he supported while in the Clinton administration.

Expect also to see attempts to classify more guns as "not 
suitable" for
sporting purposes.  And don't be surprised to see attempts to use the No
Fly List to disqualify gun owners from exercising their Second Amendment
rights.  (Bureaucrats can add innocent Americans to the No Fly List --
and have done so -- without any due process of law being followed.)

With Eric Holder at the helm, the list could easily become a No Gun
List, as there are already discussions in Washington about doing this.

All the above horror scenarios are policies that could conceivably occur
without ANY legislation being passed in Congress.  That is what makes
Holder's confirmation as Attorney General so dangerous.  Through the use
of Executive Orders or by prosecuting gun owners, Holder can inflict
much damage upon the Second Amendment -- even apart from lending his
support for legislation, such as renewing the semi-auto ban.

So what can we do now?  Is the battle over Holder finished?

No, not yet.  There's one more action item that needs to be taken.
There are 75 Senators who ignored your pleas to vote against Holder.
They need to hear from you and know that you're upset.

They need to be reminded again and again that voting for gun control is
what cost Bill Clinton's party the control of Congress in 1994... and Al
Gore his election in 2000... and John Kerry the presidency in 2004.

And don't forget, there are the 21 Senators who voted right.  They need
to be thanked.  So please don't file this alert until you've taken the
action item below.

ACTION:  Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators a
pre-written e-mail message.  You will be prompted to input your zip
code, which will then bring up the correct letter for your Senators.

The pre-written letter will differ according to whether your Senator
voted in favor or against Eric Holder.  (Three Senators missed the vote
entirely.  GOA is treating their absence as an anti-gun action.)

NOTE:  GOA's pre-written letters are usually editable by the sender.  In
this instance, they are not for the sake of avoiding confusion, so that
Senators who voted wrong are not thanked (and vice versa).


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SENATORS WHO VOTED FOR ERIC HOLDER (AN ANTI-GUN VOTE):

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST HOLDER (A PRO-GUN VOTE)

Barrasso (R-WY)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johanns (R-NE)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

SENATORS NOT VOTING

Begich (D-AK)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Martinez (R-FL)



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