My final word to Credo


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jaytex1969
July 25, 2012, 12:44 PM
Found this email in my box today:


President Obama & Governor Romney: Ask Congress to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.
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President Obama & Governor Romney: Ask Congress to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban.

Dear Xxxxxxx,

The shock and trauma from the images and stories from Aurora are still very much with us, and it is impossible to put into words the pain being felt by families and friends of the victims.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out. In the wake of this massacre, it's time to put aside politics and reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons.

Urge President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to ask Congress to reinstate the expired federal assault weapons ban today. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

After the news broke last Friday, President Barack Obama said that "there are going to be other days for politics, this I think is a day for prayer and reflection." Governor Mitt Romney said, "I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father and grandfather, a husband, and American."1 Both of their campaigns asked networks to pull their negative advertisements.

The gestures from the two men who are running for President were welcome steps. But, we need more than sympathetic words. We need real leadership to start to address the senseless gun violence that holds our communities hostage.

One of the principal weapons used by the shooter in the horrific Aurora massacre was an AR-15 assault rifle.2 This weapon features a magazine that holds 100 rounds of bullets, and its trigger is capable of firing 50-60 rounds per minute.3

The federal assault weapons ban which was passed in 1994, banned the sale of guns like the AR-15.4 Unfortunately, that ban expired in 2004 as a result of fierce lobbying by the NRA. It's long past time to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons like the AR-15.

Urge President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to ask Congress to reinstate the expired federal assault weapons ban today. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

CREDO members worked to pass the federal assault weapons ban in 1994. And we fought to stop its expiration in 2004. And we continue to advocate for a federal ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 used in the Aurora massacre.

Massacres on the scale of the tragedy in Aurora happen in part because our federal gun laws make it easy for civilians to obtain military-level firepower. We need to pass and enforce sensible federal gun laws restricting ready access for civilians to assault weapons. Reinstating a strong version of the federal ban on assault weapons known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act is where we should start.

We're not so nave as to think that sensible gun laws are all that's needed to stop the killings. There are many things that need to change in American culture to stop the next Aurora-like massacre. But we do know one thing we should put at the top of the list keeping military-level assault weapons like the AR-15 with a high capacity clip out of the hands of civilians. Click below to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for speaking out.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets


I unsubscribed from their email list, adding the following text for reason:

Please read this. I had phone service with Working Assets and then Credo for several years. I support almost all of the causes that you do. However, I am a strong supporter of the Bill Of Rights, which includes the 2nd Amendment. How you can support the nine other amendments and not the second just baffles me. Once, Credo took an anti 2nd Amendment position on a campaign and I requested numerous times that someone from the organization please explain to me the reasoning behind the position. Not one person at Credo was able to, or cared enough, to reply. Shortly thereafter, I switched my phone service to a carrier that did not undermine the Bill Of Rights. I have stayed on the Credo email list by default until today. The email I received today shamefully exploits the misery of those affected in Colorado to promote an agenda of diminishing the rights that have kept this country safe from invasion or tyranny. I beg you to take an unbiased look at the issues. I support your work for environmental and social justice. For me to continue any level of support to this organization, your social justice platform would need to embrace the ENTIRE Bill Of Rights, not just the parts that are fashionable. I thank you for your time and I welcome, but do not expect, a reply.

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IllHunter
July 25, 2012, 01:31 PM
The fact that the signer (author?) of your communication is indicative that this is a "political" decision and that the "politics" of the group may be offensive to the Constition on other grounds. Let your heart bleed with others who don''t denigrate the BOR. There are plenty of charitable organizations out there.

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