Sunday, May 12, 2013

Messing With The Gun Prohibitionists


I like nothing better than to use the gun prohibitionist's own resources to send a pro-gun message to Congress. The Giffords-Kelly organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is now providing one such opportunity. They have a letter going out asking Congressmen to support the House version of Manchin-Toomey - HR 1565. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Peter King (Rino-NY) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA).

The "suggested" letter from Americans for Responsible Solutions uses the subject line, "Please support King-Thompson (H.R. 1565) to reduce gun violence." Their text is below:
As you know, over 90% of Americans support expanding background checks for gun purchases - Republicans and Democrats, gun owners and everyone else.

There's a bill in the House of Representatives that I believe you should co-sponsor today. H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Right Protection Act, is a bipartisan bill that would reduce gun violence and protect gun rights by expanding background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. The bill is IDENTICAL to the Manchin-Toomey bill in the Senate that enjoys overwhelming public support.

It already has over 150 co-sponsors, and I hope you'll add your name to theirs today.

As a constituent of yours, I look forward to keeping track of your commitment to this issue.

Here is how I re-wrote their letter. I changed the subject line to read, "Please oppose King-Thompson (HR 1565)." Feel free to use it or make changes as you see fit.
As you know, the claim that over 90% of Americans support expanding background checks for gun purchases is a myth. This hasn't stopped the gun prohibitionists from the White House on down from repeating it as if it were the Gospel truth.

Rep. Peter King and Rep. Mike Thompson have co-sponsored H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Right Protection Act. The bill is IDENTICAL to the Manchin-Toomey bill in the Senate. Just like that bill, it would have done NOTHING to stop the recent mass murders in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO. In both cases, the firearms were legally purchased with NICS background checks.

I am asking that you oppose HR 1565. It will do nothing to prevent gun-related crime yet would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. As Professor David Kopel has pointed out, the so-called "pro-gun" provisions of the bill are a bonanza of gun control.

As a constituent of yours, I look forward to keeping track of your commitment to this issue.
You can link to their tool here. You just need to put in your ZIP+4 and it will pull up your Congressman or woman.

Like I said, I love it when they make it easy for us to use their own resources to get out a pro-gun message. The Brady Campaign and MAIG have gotten smart about these things. Obviously, being newcomers, Americans for Responsible Solutions still has a bit to learn which is just fine by me. I think we need to take advantage of their naivete while we can.

UPDATE:  If you go to the link above, it will automatically load the anti-gun subject line and letter. Make sure you change it before sending or you could inadvertently suggest support for the bill. Thanks to Don in SC for this warning.

19 comments:

  1. Done!

    For all the good it will do. My Rep. in Anna Eshoo (D-CA18). Not one of the most notorious gun grabbers, but she is a California Democrat. At least she is not a cosponsor of the bill!

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  2. AWESOME!! I made sure to all caps OPPOSE and in the title, I put OPPOSE because it does NOTHING to reduce gun violence.

    -Dirk Diggler

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  3. Done! thanks for the headsup.. i just love tweeking these phonys.. i added that only 4% of americans even think gun control is an important issue... using their own infrastructure to tweek them? priceless!

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  4. I didn't use this link, because I expect I'd be relentlessly spammed if I did. But I have sent my Congressman an email OPPOSING the bill, along the lines suggested.

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  5. As Steve Stockman is my Rep., I changed it a little to say thank you to him for his efforts opposing this crap.

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  6. This type of email engine is an email/mailing address farming technique. I don't mind if Ruger has my data. They might send me discount coupons on their guns. I'm not giving my info to Gabby Giffords.

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    1. @Sean: We should already be getting their spam. It is one way to keep on top of what they are doing. If need be or you don't want them to have your regular email address, set up a new one in Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. You could have an email address dedicated to the anti's knowing that what you get there is their propaganda. It is why I have an alternate Twitter address to keep up with them. That, and I'm blocked by the Brady's and CSGV.

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  7. Done. Good idea and thank you, John.

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  8. Awesome. Done!

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  9. DONE! I'm in Arizona,.. LOL Trent Franks(R) is my local Rep. Thank you for the link!
    I "OPPOSED" In caps in title and beginning of note! I also referenced right under the "90%" part of the note, the fact that the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Report: Firearm Violence report, 1993-2011, dated May 2013, disputes these made up numbers as well as the Pew report! LOL

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  10. Thanks for the heads up. Here is a copy I sent to my idiot Kalifornia Democrat Congresswoman and to all my gun list:

    Please OPPOSE King-Thompson (HR 1565)."

    As you know, the claim that over 90% of Americans support expanding background checks for gun purchases is a total myth. This hasn't stopped the gun prohibitionists and anti- Constitutionals from the White House on down from repeating it as if it were the Gospel truth.

    Rep. Peter King and Rep. Mike Thompson have co-sponsored H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Right Protection Act. The bill is IDENTICAL to the Manchin-Toomey bill in the Senate. Just like that bill, it would have done NOTHING to stop the recent mass murders in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO. Those firearms were legally purchased with NICS background checks. In fact, the reality is this bill upon a close read of its chosen language would weaken already existing firearms protections for legal law-abiding firearms owners.

    Therefore I am asking that you oppose HR 1565. It will do nothing to prevent gun-related crime yet would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. As Professor David Kopel has pointed out, the so-called "pro-gun" provisions of the bill are a bonanza of gun control.

    As a constituent of yours, I look forward to keeping track of your commitment to this issue.

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  11. As you know, the claim that over 90% of Americans support expanding background checks for gun purchases is a total myth. This hasn't stopped the gun prohibitionists and anti- Constitutionals from the White House on down from repeating it as if it were the Gospel truth.

    Rep. Peter King and Rep. Mike Thompson have co-sponsored H.R. 1565, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Right Protection Act. The bill is IDENTICAL to the Manchin-Toomey bill in the Senate. Just like that bill, it would have done NOTHING to stop the recent mass murders in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO. Those firearms were legally purchased with NICS background checks. In fact, the reality is this bill upon a close read of its chosen language would weaken already existing firearms protections for legal law-abiding firearms owners.

    Therefore I am asking that you oppose HR 1565. It will do nothing to prevent gun-related crime yet would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. As Professor David Kopel has pointed out, the so-called "pro-gun" provisions of the bill are a bonanza of gun control.

    As a constituent of yours, I look forward to keeping track of your commitment to this issue.
    Respectfully, Don C.

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  12. Awesome! It couldn't have been easier for me!

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  14. I like the idea of using the other side’s resources, whether their boilerplate or their vote counts, however I’d counsel caution about using their communications channels. The software they use may insert its own message, so that your pro-gun vote gets switched to the “Anti” column, or it may be moderated with some earnest unpaid intern quietly directs your message down the memory hole.

    Feel free to turn the other side’s message around, but use your own communications channel to reach your elected servants.

    Chris Knox
    The Firearms Coalition
    http://www.firearmscoalition.org/

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