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Critical: Feinstein/AWB on Senate Calendar!

Discussion in 'Legal' started by CentralTexas, Jun 8, 2004.

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  1. CentralTexas

    CentralTexas Member

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    Time to act now... Don't sit on your hands waiting for someone else to
    > call.
    >
    > Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has once again introduced legislation to renew
    > the so-called "assault weapons" ban. S.2498 was introduced last week, and,
    > by using a "nuclear option" referred to as Rule XIV, has gotten the bill
    > placed on the Senate calendar.
    >
    > As a Senate educational article on the subject puts it,
    >
    > "Most bills are routinely referred to the committee with appropriate
    > jurisdiction as soon as they are introduced. But if a Senator plans to
    > introduce a bill and believes that the committee to which it would be
    > referred will be unsympathetic, Rule XIV permits the Senator to bypass the
    > standing committee system altogether and have the bill placed directly on
    > the Calendar of Business, with exactly the same formal status the bill would
    > have if it had been the subject of extensive hearings and exhaustive mark-up
    > meetings in committee."
    >
    > The article goes on to say that this option is considered a last resort by
    > Senators, because it "undermines the committee system as a whole and because
    > they do not wish to encourage a practice that can be used against their own
    > committees."
    >
    > So, Sen. Feinstein and her 11 co-sponsors (the usual suspects) have thrown
    > down the gauntlet, and a true showdown is shaping up. Once again, we must
    > contact our Senators, ESPECIALLY those who voted against the AWB renewal
    > amendment several months ago, to stand firm in their opposition to this
    > ill-conceived and proven ineffective idea. Because the AWB renewal has
    > enough votes in the Senate to pass, a filibuster is likely the only way it
    > can be stopped there.
    >
    > The Senators who voted against the recent amendment renewing the ban need
    > our support and encouragement to stand their ground, as it the rhetoric put
    > forth by the anti-gun side will undoubtedly be intense and viscous.
    >
    > It is unclear when S.2498 will come up for consideration, so let's get busy
    > NOW. You can see how your Senators voted recently on the AWB here:
    >
    > http://www.awbansunset.com/senate.html
    >
    > You can find your Senators' contact info here:
    >
    > http://www.senate.gov/
    >
    > http://www.awbansunset.com/house_tx.html
    >
    >
    Texas Senators
    Kay Bailey Hutchinson- 512-916-5834
    John Cornyn- 512-916-5834

    --
    3016 Men, Women and Children were murdered September 11th,
    2001 by 19 men armed with boxcutters. One gun on each plane
    could have changed things.
     
  2. Blackcloud6

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    It is critical to find out when it will come up.

    Anyone know how this escaped going through commitee?
     
  3. Mulliga

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    This thread should be pinned until Congress lets out for the summer. ;)

    I guess Feinswine and the rest are getting desperate. As long as Larry Craig or Zell Miller is willing to filibuster this thing to death, we have a good chance of finally being rid of this AWB.
     
  4. kd7ctv

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    Well I wrote my senators, though I doubt they will even look twice at the email, since they are ANTI's
     
  5. Jeeper

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    Am I missing something ---- I thought a previous version already passed the senate.
     
  6. jwmoore

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    Jeeper,

    A renewal was appended to a bill that was killed. So, there is no renewal yet passed. This is another attempt.

    ~W
     
  7. armoredman

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    That previous version was attatched to the Lawful Commerce In Firearms Protection Act, which we killed, rather than put up with AWb forever. This one is going under the radar, or trying to...
    E-mail sent - snail mail next.:fire:

    E-mailed Feinstien - asked her to never leave Cali, and not to visit AZ, as it took us a very long time to get the smell off when Clinton came through....

    Feds oughta be knocking down the door in 5, 4, 3, 2, who's there?:rolleyes:
     
  8. CentralTexas

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    DON"T EMAIL ON THIS!!!!

    I know for a fact most emails aren't looked at, they value letters and calls due to the effort.
    I suggest call, when they answer the phone just say "I wish to pass on that I'm against this bill and any future legislation restricting gun ownership and I vote based on such matters"
    CenTex
     
  9. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

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    BTT

    Folks, we've got to get the word out on this one. Contact your legiscritters and let them know that the AW Ban has done nothing to stop crime, while at the same time running the risk of criminalizing all of us over trivialities.
     
  10. Ben Shepherd

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    Question:

    For those of us in pro-gun states, whos' congressmen are on our side as it is.

    Outside of Frist and DeLay, whom would we be best served by contacting?
     
  11. Don Gwinn

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    PAPER and PHONE CALLS! Let them know! Both my Senators will vote for this monstrosity, so make yours count. I'll lean on mine anyway.

    Fitzgerald is a Republican, but he's anti-gun and has already stepped down. This will be one of his last votes, so there's no leverage.

    Dick Durbin is. . . . . well, he's Dick Durbin. Fast becoming a national whining liberal poster boy.

    But I'll still make my displeasure known. You do the same!
     
  12. Leatherneck

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    I expect the virginia delegation will be split, with RINO Warner showing his true elitist colors yet again. Senator Allen can be counted on to oppose.



    TC
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  13. jwmoore

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    My hand-written note going out today.
     
  14. Clean97GTI

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    Letters sent.

    Harry Reid (D) will probably vote for renewal.
    John Ensign (R) I'm not so sure.
     
  15. Daedalus

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    I like the idea of hand writing the letters, it helps show wer are SERIOUS about this issue. I copied yours up to the third paragraph, which needs a little modification to reflect the fact that my senators are democrats and antis, not to mention that one of them is not seeking reelection..

    EDIT-
    For Floridians, call Bill Nelson: 1-888-671-4091
    call Bob Graham: 1-866-418-9569
     
  16. ClonaKilty

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    RE: FL Senators: I've found Nelson's office to be more inclined to listen to my views than Graham's. Nelson's a weasly bend-with-the-wind politician, so if enough pressure is applied to him, he may abstain from an AWB renewal vote.

    I too like the idea of a handwritten note. Will do so today.
     
  17. Bartholomew Roberts

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    RE: FL Senators, NC Senators, LA Senators, and SC Senators

    Graham (D-FL), Edwards (D-NC), Hollings (D-SC), and Breaux (D-LA) are all retiring this year AND voted against us in March. If you write them, make it clear that you will punish their PARTY at the polls in November since you can't punish them.

    In Texas, both Senator Hutchinson and Senator Cornyn are against renewal. Hutchinson isn't going to stand up and lead any filibuster attempts for us; but she won't vote for a renewal and would support someone else if they led the charge I think.

    Cornyn is strong on this issue though. He went to Dallas at a PBS debate and campaigned on not renewing the ban - not exactly playing to your audience. He also made some floor speeches against it in March.With a little encouragement I think we could get him to be more aggressive on this issue.
     
  18. PUMC_TomG

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    Hey All,

    I replied in the thread in the General Discussion Board a bit earlier... and I do plan on calling Senators Graham and Nelson later in the day.

    My only question is how I should go about the phone call. Will I be leaving a voice mail message, talking to a staffer, or is there a chance that I may get patched through to one of these gentleman?

    Just wondering what to expect by those that have been there/done that.

    I'm building an AR, and I want my fullsize CZ magazines from the factory darn it!
     
  19. N3rday

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    Wait, is this a stand-alone bill?
    How could this pass in Congress if it wouldn't even pass as an amendment a month or 2 ago?
     
  20. 71Commander

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    Contacted both of my Dem's. I love wasting my time.:banghead:
     
  21. burbanite

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    PUMC_TomG,

    in most cases you get to talk to a real person. This staffer should take basic notes and place your view in a category, you will receive a generic reply based on that. Some are willing to discuss things with you, some go through the motions but it is the quickest way to be counted.

    Your chances of talking to "the guy" are slim to none. You can however request a FTF meeting and may get lucky if they are in town and have time, otherwise you may get to meet with another staffer.

    Follow up with a snail mail letter and send an email to back it up.


    I also posted this on the web page of my local Rep, it will be seen by others and may help get them motivated although there is always the danger of rallying the antis. At least I had my say in the public forum.


    http://congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?id=241&letter_id=94578291
     
  22. jwmoore

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    N3rday,

    Remember, this DID pass as an amendment (52-47?). It resulted in the host bill being killed (8-90), as it was designed to.

    It's possible the votes are there to pass this in the Senate. Let your congress-critter know you don't want it to.

    ~W
     
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    Sent my GOA postcards. Will follow up with letters.

    And will send another $50 to the John Thune campaign to help put that Daschle clown in the unemployment line.
     
  24. Mr. James

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    Leatherneck,

    It's worse than that. I just got an e-mail alert from the NRA saying Mr. Liz Taylor (RINO, Virg.) is a freakin' co-sponsor.

    :barf: :fire: :barf: :fire:

    Letter sent, for what it's worth. George Allen should stand strong. He fell off his horse the last go-round and has seen the light.
     
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    I think it's especially important to contact the antis. Why write a million letters to a senator we know is going to vote in favor of freedom? But if a grabber gets a critical mass of letters that indicates that their reelection is in danger, they may at least abstain from voting.
     
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