WILL YOU LET THEM RENEW THE
BAN ON NORMAL-CAPACITY MAGAZINES AND THE RIFLE YOU WANT?
May 21, 2003
RENEWING THE BAN
Remember the unconstitutional 1994 ban on a random list of semi-automatic rifles
(mendaciously) called "assault weapons" that Bill Clinton and the Democrats
It set a terrible precedent – any gun can be added to that list, including
yours. And if a maximum of 10 rounds in a magazine is good, isn’t it better to
have a 5-round limit?
This law will automatically expire in September of 2004 – unless the Republicans
in Washington, many of whom (including G. W. Bush) we put in office - betray
both us and their oaths of office and RENEW the law.
AND THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT DOING IT, RIGHT NOW.
Do you want to help wipe out this law? If so, you’ll have to actually do
something. But don't worry, it’s easy.
WHAT TO DO – RIGHT NOW
All politicians say that feedback from voters determines how they vote on laws.
I believe them. Why? Because it has nothing to do with your rights, or
supporting the Constitution, or doing the right thing, and everything to do with
what all politicians (except for Ron Paul of Texas) really care about – getting
What kind of feedback? Phone calls and regular mail. They figure if you’ll take
a few minutes and spend a couple of bucks for long-distance calls or postage,
you’re serious about your message – and you’re a serious voter who’ll turn up at
the polls on election day.
They don’t care about your emails, which take a few seconds to send and show no
commitment. They dump them. Likewise, it’s easy to turn off the fax machine, or
dump a pile of printed faxes into the garbage at the end of the day. Who has
time to read them?
BUT – they do have paid staffers to take your phone calls, or listen to recorded
calls, or read postcards and short letters and mark down "for" or "against" on a
list of upcoming legislation.
IT’S ALL RIGHT HERE, AND IT’S EASY
Pick up the phone and call one, two, three, or all of these numbers, in this
Speaker of the House, Republican Dennis Hastert — (202) 225-2976
House Majority Leader, Republican Tom DeLay — 202-225-5951
Senate Majority Leader, Republican Bill Frist — (202) 224-3344
The White House — (202) 456-1111
Or you can try this toll-free
number, ask for the appropriate office, and when connected leave your comment:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL?
The phone rings, someone picks it up and says "Representative X’s office."
Tell them you want to leave a comment.
They’ll say "Sure, go ahead," and take it personally, or switch you to the
Tell them "If the Clinton gun and magazine ban is renewed, I will not
(support/vote for Bush, Republican Party, etc)". Keep it short.
The phone handler on the other end will say "Thank you", and you’re done.
I’ve done it many times and will do it many more.
A PHONE CALL IS BEST
Right now we’re not recommending letters or post cards. Why not?
First, the issue is being discussed right now by the Republican leadership. A
phone call gets your message in immediately.
Second, due to the anthrax situation, mail to representatives may be delayed for