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President Trump has kept his promise to appoint a judge to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court that occurred due to the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.  He chose Judge Neil Gorsuch, who current sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and according to Independence Institute Research Director Dave Kopel, he has a good record on Second Amendment related cases.  From NRA America’s First Freedom:

“The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.” So wrote U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in United States v. Miguel Games-Perez. That case demonstrates why Judge Gorsuch is a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.

Yesterday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox appeared on NRATV to talk about the nomination.

And something that I don’t remember ever seeing, is the NRA sitting beside the President of the United States in a White House meeting.  Yesterday, Wayne LaPierre joined representatives from Concerned Women for America, American Values, Susan B Anthony List , National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Tax Reform, Federalist Society, Leadership Institute, National Right to Life, and the Evangelical Advisory Council, to talk about advancing the nomination as fast as possible.

Gun owners should contact their U.S. Senator and urge them to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

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Yesterday, Tom Gresham spoke with NRANews Cam and Company host Cam Edwards about what drove gun owners to the polls this year to cast a vote for Donald Trump.  Gresham is the host of “Gun Talk,” the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, the shooting sports and gun rights. He talked about the reasons why Americans voted to make Donald Trump the next president, saying they were sick of being ignored, mocked and called names – all because they don’t not agree with the left. The “deplorables,” as Hillary Clinton called them, live in small towns, are gun owners, go to church and work hard to pay their bills. Gresham described several people he knows who had not voted in the past three elections, but they voted this time. With the collapse of gun control as an electable issue, Tom explained that there is no gun control movement. There is just Michael Bloomberg and his money. The below clip originally aired on Cam and Company on 12/12/16.

 

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Philip Bump writes for the Washington Post’s The Fix.  In this piece from earlier today, Bump notes that all those tweets on Twitter (and I might add the front page of the New York Daily News)  that took GOP congressmen to task for offering condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the San Bernardino shooting were missing the point.  You see, the meme is that offering prayers was a hollow jester when they had the power to pass gun control had it not been for all the money they received from he NRA (even though it appears from what we know that no laws were broken in the acquisition of the firearms used).  Bump focused on ThinkProgress’s Igor Volsky’s tweets that listed the NRA contributions to various congressmen who tweeted prayers and noted that Volsky missed the real point.

Especially when the donor is contributing a tiny fraction of everything the candidate received. The power of the NRA lies in the cause they advocate. Gun rights has a strong base of support, and one that votes heavily Republican. The NRA didn’t need to give Goodlatte a dime, and his reaction to San Bernardino would likely have been the same.

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The L.A. Times reports that when President Obama returns to his hometown of Chicago on Tuesday to address the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, that he will use the platform to push for gun control:

Obama will talk about the need for tougher gun laws with police chiefs gathered in Chicago on Tuesday, aides say, as part of a broader conversation about violence and how police can work more effectively with their communities to combat it.

He’s traveling to Chicago simply because that’s the site of the annual gathering of the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, but advisors say he’s well aware of the symbolism in returning to his hometown amid this debate.

Obama will have a receptive ear as many big city chiefs are in favor of gun control and the IACP has in the past endorsed such policies as banning modern sporting rifles.  Obama’s remarks come however at a time when multiple polls of the public show Americans oppose stricter gun laws or that addressing mental health issues are more important.

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will not be running for reelection this November, but his hopes are high for his legislative agenda. According to WTOP, McAuliffe has made it a priority for Democrats to become the majority in the Senate, allowing him to pursue his gun control proposals. I had the chance earlier this week to talk about the WTOP article and this year’s election with NRANews’ Cam and Company host Cam Edwards, where I noted Democrats need only two more seats in the Senate for a clear majority, and only one with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam as the tie-breaking vote. Six races are considered to be competitive this year. Because it is the state association affiliate of the NRA, VSSA is urging Virginia gun owners to visit the NRA-PVF website, and cast their votes for candidates that support the Second Amendment.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun ban group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching a campaign in states with senators considered to be persuadable on a package of gun control legislation making its way to the Senate floor in April.  Bloomberg confirmed on today’s Meet the Press that he plans to spend $12 million to run ads in at least 10 states.  He is trying to make them believe there will be a political price to pay for opposing gun control.   The ads are more of the recent attempts to drive a wedge between segments of gun owners and the NRA with the ads featuring what are supposed to be hunters who support gun control.  This from Fox News:

In one ad, the man says he’ll defend the Second Amendment but adds “with rights come responsibilities.” The ad then urges viewers to tell Congress to support background checks. 

In the other ad, the man, a hunter, is shown with the rifle and children playing in the background. 

“I believe in the Second Amendment, and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities,” he says. “That’s why I support comprehensive background checks.” 

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who also appeared on the program was not impressed:

“He can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public,” LaPierre said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He can’t buy America.” 

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam went further:

“What Michael Bloomberg is trying to do is … intimidate senators into not listening to constituents and instead pledge their allegiance to him and his money,” said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.
Bloomberg all but admitted this is nothing but exploitation of the Newtown shooting and its victims:

Bloomberg defended the ad buy Sunday , speaking on the same program as LaPierre, saying it would be a “great tragedy” if the momentum for gun control generated after the Newtown mass shooting withered. At the same time, Bloomberg said “I think we are going to win this.” 

We was blunt about the purpose of the ad buys. “We’re trying to do everything we can to press upon the senators this is what the survivors want.” 

We need to keep the pressure up on our U.S. Senators.  Both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine cast their first anti-rights votes this past Friday when they voted against an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. 

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Sebastian over at Shall Not Be Questioned has coverage of today’s Senate Judiciary Hearing on Diane Feinstein’s bill banning so-called “assault weapons.”

It appears from most of the coverage I’ve read, the comment of the day was Feinstein referring to our rights as “personal pleasures.” Sebastian picked up on that too.

He also noted that the fact the anti-rights folks in attendance were overtly rude to the pro-rights witnesses may be an indication that we are winning on this issue.

I echo Sebastian’s call to keep up your contacts with your legislators.

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