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    Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign - Not meeting their goals without donations.

    Paul Helmke wrote me a letter...

    I quote;
    Dear ConditionThree,

    I recently sent a letter addressing the budget gap we're facing at the Brady Campaign this year-end. As you know, we've had to fight on more fronts than ever. In 2010, we:

    Fought back against the gun lobby's legislative attempts to force more guns into our communities;
    Pressured President Obama to nominate a strong ATF director;
    Stopped dangerous legislation in the states and in Congress;
    Built strong support for our bills to close the deadly gun show loophole and the dangerous terror gap.
    But all of this comes at a cost. If we can not close our budget shortfall, we will have to make significant changes to our game plan next year.
    Please Donate Now

    We've already taken steps to reduce our expenses. To succeed, it's going to take the combined effort of each and every one of us. Please make a donation today.

    Every single dollar is urgently needed right now. Whether your contribution is large or small, every little bit helps.

    Thank you in advance,

    Paul Helmke, President
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    LOL!

    Here's the breakdown of their list of accomplishments that they believe merit more donations;

    Fought back against the gun lobby's legislative attempts to force more guns into our communities;

    Uhm. If legislation is advanced because it represents the desires of the constituency of whom our congressmen represent, how can that be attributed to 'force'?

    Pressured President Obama to nominate a strong ATF director;

    FAIL - It took nearly two years for Obama to throw Andrew Traver's name in the hat, and now we are looking at a slightly different Senate, confimation is certain to be a tough sell. Claiming that the Brady Campaign had anything to do with Traver being nominated is like the weather man claiming they were responsible for making the sun shine. Even their own report card on Obama shows that they have NO influence on the president...(http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/...ear-report.pdf) The Brady Campaign has had two years to pressure Obama to support their agenda. What happened? Obama signed legislation to for National Parks to follow state law regarding gun possession, effectively re-establishing the 2A in Federal lands.


    Stopped dangerous legislation in the states and in Congress;

    Really? And what bills were those? Was that the one where Arizona went Constitutional carry- so a gun owner could openly carry or conceal carry without licensing? Or was that the state Senate bill in Mississippi that opened up carry in parks, restaurants, and unsecured public buildings to CCW holders? I think those were both signed by the state's respective governors. Your organization didn't stop those.

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    Built strong support for our bills to close the deadly gun show loophole and the dangerous terror gap.

    Support for whose bills? I am not aware of any legislation being considered that has the Brady Campaign organization attached to it in any way. Regardless, neither has seen any major advancement. SB 595 was voted to be carried over to 2011- and likely this has killed it with the incoming house. Similar efforts to close the 'gunshow loophole' such as one in Virginia died in commitee.

    If I were anti-gun, I wouldnt want to donate to an organization who cannot provide results or point to some effort that was immediately a recognizable sucess. It is not enough to rally the troops or circle the wagons- you actually have to get something done.

    This letter is the signal to all pro-2A organizations to use whatever means necessary to cost the Brady Campaign for Criminal Empowerment as much money as possible and drain their coffers.
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    I can't remember them ever asking for money from me, so their outreach must be centering around the same old worn out wallets of years past. Maybe some of them have been spending on hardware in light of the many changes in their own neighborhoods

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    Hey, it's expensive to perpetrate a lie, to people that are discovering the truth.

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    Music to my ears. May their organization die a slow, pitiful death, under a debt load fitting to any anti-liberty, socialist organization such as theirs.

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    Cool

    "We've already taken steps to reduce our expenses. "

    One more suggestion. If their officers should quit now, that would greatly reduce their expenses.

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    I need to get on their mailing list... about a dozen times!---- JUST TO INCREASE THEIR COSTS!

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    Let me play them a sad song on the world's smallest violin.

    Oh wait, costs too much. Cut that too.
    Gun control isn't about guns -- it is about control.

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    Lol why did they send that to you? Do they know that your an OC/CC supporter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloutier View Post
    Lol why did they send that to you? Do they know that your an OC/CC supporter?
    I am signed up for e-mail alerts. They do not know I am a pure rights defender of the Second Amendment.

    I believe it is important to stay tuned into the anti-gunners so that when they present an opportunity (which they inevitably will), we should not waste it.
    New to OPEN CARRY in California? Click and read this first...

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    CL SUBJ IN COMPLIANCE WITH LAW


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kloutier View Post
    Lol why did they send that to you? Do they know that your an OC/CC supporter?
    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
    A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason-- why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs.

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    If I wanted to be rude I would respond with something like, Your broke however the LEGAL fire arms/ammunition/accessories are booming was does that tell you about your message?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundude View Post
    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
    From wikianswers: Some believe it was Sun-tzu Chinese general & military strategist however there is no documented history of this. Was actually first said by "Michael Corleone" in The Godfather Part II

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_said_%...#ixzz18i2ukalw
    A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason-- why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs.

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