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GOA says block Sen. Spector.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by F4GIB, Nov 15, 2004.

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  1. F4GIB

    F4GIB Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Specter’s Second Amendment Surprise
    Chairman Specter could be as antigun as he wanted to be

    By Larry Pratt
    November 15, 2004, 9:04 a.m.


    The same Arlen Specter who awaits his expected coronation as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has a long record of betraying both his party and America's gun owners.

    To hear Specter talk, his fellow Republicans count on him. They do.
    Senate Republicans count on Arlen Specter to vote their way only until his vote is absolutely critical to the issue at hand. When he is most needed on the political battlefield, Arlen is either AWOL or preening in the enemy's tent about casting a difficult vote of conscience, to the applause of CBS, NBC, and the Washington Post.

    Proof? The good people of Pennsylvania like to hunt and they think
    highly of the Second Amendment. Arlen Specter knows he can't always vote with anti-gunners like Ted Kennedy and remain in office. So he saves his anti-gun votes for when they are most needed — as on July 20, 1989.

    That day, the Senate Judiciary Committee was voting on a broad ban of
    certain rifles and shotguns. Arlen Specter was not present. Excuses were offered. At the last minute, in came Arlen Specter, only to announce he was not prepared to vote on the issue, thus allowing the gun ban to pass by a single vote.

    Wayne LaPierre of the NRA told the Erie Morning News, accurately, that "basically, Specter just decided to be absent." Had Specter voted against the bill in committee, that would have killed it then and there.

    Specter's real views on gun ownership were made crystal clear in the
    days following September 11, 2001. Even antigunners such as California Senator Barbara Boxer saw the need to allow airline pilots to once again carry handguns if they chose to do so, if only to provide a last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. On September 6, 2002, Arlen Specter was one of just six senators to vote against arming airline pilots.

    As a lame-duck senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter could be as antigun as he wished to be in deciding the committee's agenda. That post will also allow him the power to decide which, if any, pro-Second Amendment judges attain the federal bench.

    Senate Republicans, many of whom owe their seats to pro-gun voters, would do well to tell Arlen Specter he has no shot of chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  2. 2nd Amendment

    2nd Amendment member

    Dec 24, 2002
  3. AZRickD

    AZRickD Member

    Jun 16, 2003

    It appears that all of our e-mails, calls, faxes, and news coverage has been used to make Arlen backtrack on his statements and tell everyone he'll be a good boy. He has stated that he will allow nominees to go to the floow for a straight, up or down vote. Some Senators are unconvinced, and rightfully so.

    Although this isn't set, he'll likely "earn" the Chairmanship via the senority rule and he'll know that he was warned and that if he makes a misstep, he'll be removed at the next go-round.

    The GOP is unwilling to damage their majority by "offending" him with reassignment.

    The other issues for the senate is the "Nuclear Option" which would get rid of the recent spate of filibusters which the Democrats have unprecidently used to block Dubya's appeals court nominees.

    If the Senate GOP does use this option, it should be used quickly, at the first sign of Demo hanky-panky. To wait only strengthens the Demo's hand.

    Frist, the GOP Senate Majority Leader must stack the Judiciary Committee with some of the new bloods such as John Thune of S. Dakota who all campaigned on this very issue.

  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Actually, the Republicans are hiding under their beds in acute, chronic terror that someone might not like them.
  5. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Spring Hill, Florida
    I agree that Thune should be in and Specter should definitely be out.

    Specter pretends to be conservative to avoid losing elections but he always votes the wrong way when it counts. Specter needs to be put on some minor committee where he cant cause any more harm, especially with likely supreme court and appelate court nominations coming up. Bush has a perfectly good chance to nominate judges who will turn back the decades of intellectual dishonesty in applying cases like Miller and Cruikshank to rob us of 2nd amendment rights. That a RINO like Specter could completely prevent this pisses me off to no end.

    Lets say we can him and he defects to the democrats... If he caucuses with the democrats, it wont take away our majority and it will make him a shoe-in for replacement by a REAL republicans in 6 more years (jesus what an eternity). And since he votes with the democrats ANYWAY, why the ???? should we care what party he "officially" belongs to when we have like a 5 seat lead in the senate?
  6. Fletchette

    Fletchette Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    Who do we contact to fight the Specter nomination? I'd love the chance to thwart a RINO.
  7. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Member

    Nov 1, 2004
  8. Bubbles

    Bubbles Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    Judiciary Committee Republicans

    Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
    104 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-5251
    Fax: (202) 224-6331

    Sen. Charles E. Grassley
    135 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-3744
    Fax: (202) 224-6020

    Sen. Jon Kyl
    730 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-4521
    Fax: (202) 224-2207

    Sen. Mike DeWine
    140 Russell Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-2315
    Fax: (202) 224-6519

    Sen. Jeff Sessions
    335 Russell Senate Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-4124
    Fax: (202) 224-3149

    Sen. Lindsey Graham
    290 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-5972
    Fax: (202) 224-1189

    Sen. Larry Craig
    520 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-2752
    Fax: (202) 228-1067

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss
    416 Russell Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Tel: (202) 224-3521
    Fax: (202) 224-0103

    Sen. John Cornyn
    517 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-2934
    Fax: (202) 228-2856

    Republican leadership

    Sen. Bill Frist, Majority Leader
    461 Dirksen Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510-4205
    Tel: (202) 224-3344
    Fax: (202) 228-1264

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip
    361-A Russell Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510-1702
    Tel: (202) 224-2541
    Fax: (202) 224-2499

    Sen. Rick Santorum, Conference Chairman
    511 Senate Dirksen Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-6324
    Fax: (202) 228-0604

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Conference Vice Chairman
    284 Russell Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Tel: (202) 224-5922
    Fax: (202) 224-0776
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