Friday, June 27, 2008

Second Amendment: Hart Blasts Altmire, Pelosi

If you want to preserve your Second Amendment rights, please contribute today to Melisss Hart, who will oppose the anti-gun crusade of Nancy Pelosi. Melissa's opponent, Jason Altmire, cannot have it both ways: claiming to be pro-gun yet voting for Pelosi to lead the House and gun-hater Obama to preside over the nation. In voting for Pelosi, Altmire and Holden have trampled on western PA values. Read on . . .


Sent following to Melissa Hart, Toni Gilhooley, Tom Manion, and Steve Sauerberg: [Note: if you're looking for the piece on the Democrats almost unanimous opposition to producing domestic energy, please scroll down to a couple of columsn. Sauerberg is opposing Obama crony Dick Durbin for an Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate.

Frankly, anyone who votes for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker or Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader is not a supporter of Second Amendment rights. In the House, the Speaker has absolute power over what gets considered and what doesn't, and Pelosi's attitude against gun rights borders on the hydrophobic.

Supporters of Pelosi backers Altmire, Murphy, and Holden who are also for gun rights are kidding themselves. Their advocacy of the Second Amendment becomes nothing more than an empty campaign promise.The first act for both men in 2007 was to vote Pelosi in (unanimously) and their first act in 2009 would be to do the same.

Also, their favorite presidential candidate, Obama, has a terrible record on gun rights, and if Altmire, Murphy, and Holden support him for President, they are misleading their constituents. An Obama presidency would set gun right back 200 years.

John McCain supports Second Amendment rights -- while Obama and Pelosi do not.It's that simple. No gun owner in his or her right mind can vote for Altmire, Murphy, or Holden, let alone an anti-gun extremist like Senator Durbin. The NRA and the Gun Owners of America (GOA) should laugh such people out of office.

(In Durbin's and Obama's cases, they basically have said they would appoint or vote for leftist judges who would disregard the Second Amendment, just as Clinton appointees Breyer and Ginsburg did.)

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Cranberry Township, PA - Former Congresswoman Melissa Hart today released a statement praising the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Heller case. [Note from Steve: Please contribute to Melissa Hart today in order to preserve your second amendment rights.]

“The United States Supreme Court made a very good and important decision today with its ruling on the Heller case. Now, citizens of Washington, D.C. can enjoy the same Constitutional rights as residents of the 50 states. This is likely the most important Second Amendment case of our time. The ruling is likely to spark legislative initiatives all over the country in the coming weeks to restore Second Amendment rights of many whose cities have infringed on the right of an individual to bear arms,” said Hart.

The last time the Supreme Court heard a case on the Second Amendment was in 1939. (United States v. Miller)

“I have always believed that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right – and not only a collective right, as some gun control supporters have claimed. During the years I served on the State Senate and the U.S. House Judiciary committees, I was a strong and constant leader on protecting Second Amendment rights.
"I sponsored legislation which stopped municipalities from frivolously suing firearm manufacturers. I supported the end to the D.C. gun ban, as well as, the states right to carry reciprocity legislation. I also prohibited the re-authorization of the far overreaching assault weapon ban. The policies we set during that time provided a favorable environment that made the decision today possible.”

“This case reminds those of us who are truly concerned about degradations of the U.S. Constitution and our individual liberties, that we must not allow ourselves to be fooled by those who claim to support Second Amendment rights, but act in ways that weaken them.”

“Jason Altmire may claim back home in Western PA that he supports our Second Amendment rights, but in reality he has ‘gone Washington’ and one of the first votes he ever cast in Washington, D.C. was to elect anti-gun Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of the House. As long as Speaker Pelosi controls the agenda in the House, she will ensure that pro-second amendment legislation never sees the light of day.”

“An example of the inaction on the part of Speaker Pelosi and this Congress is The District of Columbia Personal Protection Act, (H.R. 1399). It was introduced March 8, 2007 to repeal the DC gun ban; however that bill has now been sitting in committee for 15 months with no action taken.”

“I have fought consistently to protect our Second Amendment rights against anti-gun legislators and their trial lawyer supporters who tried to bankrupt the American firearm manufacturers, kill the good jobs they provide and try to get the courts to take away our rights. As I did for 6 years in Congress, I will not just talk about protecting our Second Amendment rights and hunting traditions, my actions and votes will continue to match my words.”


Michael Pasternak said...

Thanks for the post Stephen. You made my day which is why I continue to read your posts. What would you and Melissa Hart expect Jason Altmire and the other the other Congressmen to do? Vote for none of the above or change to the Republican Party? I can’t believe you and Melissa Hart expect the voters of our district to be stupid enough to buy this argument.

Melissa Hart’s press release is going to be especially funny when the Gun Owners of America and the NRA both endorse Jason Altmire. They certainly are not stupid enough to buy such a silly argument. Here is a quote about Jason Altmire from the NRA website:

H.R. 2016, the “National Landscape Conservation System Act” originally did not include language to protect hunting, fishing and recreational shooting or ensure continued access for these sporting activities on NLCS lands, but thanks to an amendment submitted by Congressman Altmire, the concerns of the NRA, hunters and shooters were adequately addressed.
“Conserving America’s hunting lands is a priority for the tens of millions who enjoy hunting and shooting recreation each year,” concluded Cox. “I applaud those who have taken the steps to further preserve this extraordinary American tradition.”

Jason Altmire also joined with Vice President Cheney and other Senators and Congressmen in a Writ of Certiorari to the US Supreme Court in support of the District of Columbia v. Heller case.

Joe Talarico said...

That's a weak argument. Using that rationale, a vote for Ronald Reagan is a vote for tax increases. If that's all she has, Hart is in trouble.