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Thread: URGENT: Contact Your Senators NOW on National Park Carry

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    From GOA ...
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    What happens tomorrow -- Wednesday, April 9, 2008 -- will probably determine
    whether or not you will be able to carry a gun in a national park.

    The first key vote will be a vote to cut off debate on the motion to take up
    the "alternate" version of the "parks bill." That bill is S. 2739.

    Why, you might ask, is such an arcane procedural vote so important?

    To answer that question, it is necessary to look at a little history:
    Earlier this year, the first "parks" bill came onto the Senate calendar. It
    was not a good bill: In terms of private property rights, it was one of the
    biggest federal land grabs in American history. In addition, it would grant
    another liberal anti-gun congressman to the Mariana Islands.

    But Senator Tom Coburn was able to use the Senate rules to secure a right to
    offer his gun amendment to that first bill -- an amendment which would
    affirm your right to carry a firearm for self-defense in most national
    parks.

    The Senate Democratic leadership was terrified. If presidential candidates
    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were required to cast an anti-gun vote on
    the eve of the presidential election, it could arguably cost Democrat states
    like Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, and New
    Hampshire in November.

    So Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV) came up with a plan: He would kill
    the bill on which Coburn had the right to offer his gun amendment. Instead,
    he would bring up a similar bill -- but one on which Coburn had not secured
    a parliamentary right to offer the gun amendment. Once the new "alternate"
    gun bill was pending, Reid would add so many amendments that the Coburn gun
    amendment could not be offered.

    So, to recapitulate: The "alternate" parks bill -- S. 2739 -- exists for
    one reason and one reason only: to block consideration of a Coburn
    amendment to allow you to use a gun to defend yourself in a national park.

    ACTION: Tell your Senator to vote against cloture on the motion to proceed
    to the parks bill. You can use the pre-written message below and send it
    as an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers are also
    available).


    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator:

    What happens on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 will probably determine whether or
    not Americans will be able to carry a gun in a national park.

    The key vote will be a vote to cut off debate on the motion to take up the
    "alternate" version of the "parks bill." That bill is S. 2739.

    This "alternate" parks bill exists for one reason and one reason only: to
    block consideration of a Coburn amendment to allow Americans to use a gun to
    defend themselves in many national parks. Coburn had secured the right to
    offer this amendment to the original bill, S. 2483.

    The procedure which is being used to shut out gun owners is not only unfair;
    it is sneaky and underhanded.

    Please do not let it succeed.

    Gun Owners of America has told me it will rate this vote as a gun vote.

    Sincerely,

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    Emails sent via GOA link to both Senators!

    I also called and left messages at the following numbers:

    Senator James Webb
    Washington Office: (202) 224-4024
    Main District Office: (804) 771-2221

    Senator John W. Warner
    Washington Office: (202) 224-2023
    Main District Office: (804) 739-0247

    Folks - this is very important and so close to being passed. Please take a few moments to call and email.

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    Emailed, and left messages for Senator Callahan of MO in my voting district.

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    Sent the emails to Warner and Webb. Am in the process of making the phone calls.

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    I sent the message to both the Republican and Democratic for Ohio and sent the message through their own web pages, so that there might be a better chance of them actually receiving it.

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    Just Emailed my two Senators.

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    Emailed both my Senators...


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    What happened with it today?

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    Messages sent, hope it wasn't too late.

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    I was too late. What happened?

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    Pointman wrote:
    I was too late. What happened?
    Everybody should get on GOA's alert system.

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    I am brand new to these boards (and much of the Topics on them) but am Very interested in what went down.

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