Recently, I got hold of a fundraising letter that Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) sent out on behalf of a new group calling itself the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR). To give you a perspective on their ideology, NAGR Executive Director Dudley Brown calls the Brady Law (which requires federally licensed firearm dealers to conduct background checks on gun purchasers) dangerous and extreme in a video on their homepage.
But I digress… Here s an excerpt from the letter:
Dear Concerned American,
The great pay-back has begun, and it’s going to be ugly. The gun grabbers in Congress are paying back the anti-gun extremists who put them and Barack Obama in office.
Hi, this is Congressman Paul Broun from Georgia. I wish I had better news, but you and I are facing an assault on our gun rights like we’ve never seen before. You see, H.R. 45 is Barack Obama’s gun control package, and it includes the most vile anti-gun measures he’s supported over the years. It’s only the first step…but it’s a HUGE step. H.R. 45 establishes a NATIONAL gun registry database of every gun and its owner-for the whole county! Your private information and every gun you own would be in the system. But that’s only if you succeed in buying a gun in the first place! And since H.R. 45 dramatically increases requirements for firearms purchases far beyond those ever proposed, you just might find yourself incapable of buying a firearm once this bill takes effect.
And it gets worse too. The National Association for Gun Rights has a survey ready for you to complete, but I want you to understand just how dangerous this bill is before I give you the link. Please bear with me for a moment. You see, H.R. 45 would establish a national gun registry database which would:
* Increase requirements for firearms purchases, far beyond those ever proposed.
* Create a national firearms registry overseen by the Federal Government.
* Invoke Draconian penalties for bookkeeping errors related to the Federal Firearms Database.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that gun registration has historically laid the groundwork for total firearm confiscation. Citizen disarmament is the watchword of tyrants everywhere. In fact, the most brutal dictators of the last century were famous for their gun registration and confiscation schemes. But H.R. 45, Obama’s National Gun Registry and Citizen Disarmament Act, is more than just a forced registration of all firearms in America. The bill also makes it increasingly difficult to buy a gun in the first place.
It is certainly appropriate for this letter to hit mailboxes as Halloween approaches. Because here-in are three of the gun lobby s biggest Boogeymen-Barack Obama, gun control and gun bans-all in one neat, scary package!
Never mind that the letter describes H.R. 45 as Barack Obama s gun control package, even though it was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 6, 2009, two weeks before the president was even inaugurated…
Never mind that H.R. 45 has no co-sponsors and has received no hearing in a House committee-meaning you re more likely to see a pig fly than this bill passing Congress…
Never mind that H.R. 45, Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, is named after a young man who died heroically while shielding a young lady from gunfire on a Chicago bus; and fully supported by his surviving parents ¦…
Never mind that virtually every other modern democracy licenses gun owners and registers firearms, and none of those reforms have led to brutal dictators or outright gun bans (although they have led to astronomically lower gun death rates than we have here in the U.S.)…
Never mind that a tougher screening process for gun purchasers might be a good idea in a country that routinely arms individuals who are clearly a threat to themselves and others ¦
I think you get the idea… While it is entertaining to see the lengths to which some groups will go to scare donors into sending cash, it is also an important reminder to all of us to check the facts whenever we receive alarming claims in fundraising appeals. It turns out that line between fantasy and reality isn t so fine after all…