Here's a message from some sensible people, and a petition that you, if you are sensible, should sign.
To sign the petition: http://www2.stopthenra.com/petition.html
We know we are all bombarded with the news of the day. But what we are writing about is mind-boggling and timely.
Once again, the NRA leadership has gone too far. This time they have truly gone off the deep end. Unbelievably, the NRA wants to put AK-47s and Uzis back on our streets. And unless the assault weapons ban is renewed this summer, these illegal weapons will be legal again.
So today, in response to this latest NRA madness, we're launching a major Internet campaign for one million signatures and $2 million, to beat back the NRA's extremist agenda once again. We need your help for this most serious issue but first read all about it here. Sign the petition. click here. Contribute to the campaign. It's worth $50 to keep assault weapons off the street. click here.
This is what newspapers around the country said last month when we defeated the NRA's heinous bill that would have given legal immmunity to Bull's Eye, the gun shop that armed the D.C. snipers, and other reckless gun dealers:
'The Senate dealt a double blow to the National Rifle Association ...' --Wall Street Journal
'The vote gave Democrats and gun control advocates an unexpected victory in the GOP-controlled Congress ...' --Associated Press
NRA Board member and Senator Larry Craig is second from the left. Click here to hear him sing.
'Both sides agreed that the outcome shifted the political landscape surrounding the contentious issue of gun control.' --New York Times
How did all this happen? You did it. You did it with your petition signing, your e-mails to Washington and your financial contributions. Now we need your help again.
It's staggering. But in the face of its defeat on the immunity bill, the NRA actually wants to put illegal Uzis and AK-47s back on our streets. And here's why, directly from the mouth of NRA board member and U.S. Senator Larry Craig on the Senate floor just last month.
Something About Mary...
'Here is ... why a law-abiding gun owner would purchase one of these [semiautomatic] firearms ... This person's name is Mary ... and she happens to use a Colt AR-15. It is a semiautomatic that uses a 20 round-clip. That is what she hunts her deer with. That is what she kills her deer with. So she ... wrote us and sent us a picture saying: Look, what the semiauto ban of 1994 does is it eliminates this kind of firearm, and, in essence, it eliminates the ability of a smaller person to go out into the brush to hunt deer and to recreate in that fashion.' -- Congressional Record, March 1, 2004
Here is Osama Bin Laden and his AK-47 rifle. If the assault weapon ban isn't renewed, the semi-automatic version of this rifle will be back on our streets. Insane? We think so.
You know, if you had only told us before that small people needed assault weapons to 'recreate,' we wouldn't have made such a big deal about banning these weapons ten years ago.
We thought these assault weapons needed to be taken off and kept off the streets forever because:
--Patrick Purdy used an AK-47 to kill five children and wound 29 others at a school in Stockton, CA.
--Because James Huberty killed 21 people and wounded 15 others using an Uzi in San Ysidro, CA.
--And because George Banks killed 13 people in Wilkes-Barre, PA using an AR-15. (Yes, the same AR-15 that Mary uses to 'recreate.')
We could go on and on and on but you get the idea. (For more information about these weapons, click here.)
We need to make it crystal-clear to President Bush, who says he supports the assault weapons ban, that he has no choice but to tell House Majority Leader Tom DeLay that he must pass a renewal of the ban. DeLay says he has 'no intention' of bringing up the bill for a vote. But what can you expect? Sign the petition.
It's worth $50 to keep assault weapons off the street. Click here
(This is crucial. This is how we win.) click here. Thanks for your support.
In 1995, an anti-terrorism proposal in Congress was blocked because 'Tom DeLay ... agreed with the NRA that the proposed restrictions on bomb making infringed on the right to bear arms.' Someone please tell us this is all a bad dream.
So our job: Make President Bush live up to his word. We know that might sound extremely difficult given his recent track record ... but that's we intend to do. After all, 78% of Americans think these illegal assault weapons should not be put back on our streets.
And it's not just us who think this is nuts. Some of Bush's closest advisors agree.
Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani says: 'There should be very, very few litmus tests, but someone who now voted to roll back the assault-weapons ban would really be demonstrating that special interest politics mean more to them than life-or-death issues.'
Tom Ridge, Secretary of the Homeland Security Department: when he was in Congress and running for governor, he voted for the ban on assault weapons, saying: 'We must change our strategy in the war against crime ... As governor ... I will enact a tough, comprehensive crime bill ... [including] the ban of assault weapons ...'
With your help, we will begin immediately with our major advertising and public relations campaign and beat the NRA again. Please ...
Sign the petition: http://www2.stopthenra.com/petition.html
770 people died from terrorist attacks in 2003
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