AG-nominee Backs Semi-auto
Ban -- Gonzales tells Senate he supports gun control
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
January 25, 2005
Testifying before the U.S. Senate last week, Alberto Gonzales
announced he supports President Bush's position on the semi-auto
"The president has made it clear that he stands ready to sign a
reauthorization of the federal assault weapons ban if it is sent to
him by Congress," Gonzales said. "I, of course, support the
president on this issue."
While some might be tempted to give Gonzales a "pass" since he
was parroting his boss' position, Gonzales went even further,
indicating that gun control was a heart-felt position of his own.
He spoke of his brother, who is a Houston SWAT officer, and said,
"I worry about his safety and the types of weapons he will confront
on the street." Hence, he supports a prohibition on semi-automatics
that, in truth, only amounts to a ban on ugly guns.
GOA activists are certainly aware of the fact that President Bush
has repeatedly trumpeted his support for the Clinton semi-auto ban
which expired last September. But every time Bush has opened his
mouth on this issue, GOA activists have led the way in bombarding
the White House.
And that is why it is VERY important that gun rights supporters
take the President to the "political woodshed" once again. No, we
probably won't change his mind on this issue. But if we barrage his
office with phone calls, faxes and e-mails, it is very possible that
we will increase his reluctance to push the ban.
Most likely, our stiff opposition in the past has already
accomplished this. A frequent complaint during the campaign last
year was that Bush was doing very little to press Congressional
Republicans to send him gun ban legislation.
Remember the third presidential debate last year? Bush was asked,
"You said if Congress would vote to extend the ban on assault
weapons, that you'd sign the legislation, but you did nothing to
encourage Congress to extend it."
Yes, maybe Bush was trying to have it both ways. But your
outspoken opposition to the ban has certainly not hurt our efforts
to restrain the President from pushing it.
So please make sure you contact President Bush. While some might
think that an anti-gun Attorney General is limited in the amount of
damage he can inflict upon the Second Amendment, we can be sure that
his position on critical court cases could affect our gun rights for
generations to come.
Remember that it was former Attorney General, John Ashcroft, who
opposed us on the important Emerson case that came before the
Supreme Court not too long ago. A Fifth Circuit District Court had
initially ruled in favor of Second Amendment rights, arguing that a
federal gun statute was unconstitutional -- the law disarmed
citizens who were not guilty of any crime or had not been convicted
by any jury. After the Appeals Court reversed the decision, Dr.
Emerson appealed to the Supreme Court.
While the Supremes refused to hear the case, gun owners did not
fail notice that General Ashcroft was in full support of how the
Emerson case was ultimately decided -- thus, putting him in total
support of the federal gun restrictions.
Not only that, but the Ashcroft-led Justice Department also
opposed gun owners in the Silveira semi-auto ban case and the Lamar
All of this to say, it is imperative that we speak out once again
-- if for no other reason than to remind President Bush there are
millions of gun owners that he, and his party, cannot afford to take
ACTION: Please contact President Bush and express your outrage
that he would nominate an Attorney General who supports a federal
ban on semi-automatic firearms.
You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send a pre-written
e-mail message to President Bush. To call or snail mail the
President regarding the semi-auto ban, you can use the following
President George Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: 202-456-2461 or 202-456-1907
----- Pre-written letter -----
Dear President Bush:
I am very disappointed that you would nominate an anti-gun
Attorney General such as Alberto Gonzales. He supports the Clinton
ban on semi-automatic firearms, and I think that's a travesty.
Please realize that you were reelected President, in large part,
because gun owners opposed the cockeyed positions of your opponent.
I would expect to see a bigger difference between the two of you
when it comes to Second Amendment issues.
In the future, I hope you will use the Second Amendment as a
litmus test in nominating candidates who oppose gun control when
filling important administrative and judicial positions.
You were ignored by Republicans on Senate
While we have not seen an actual roll call vote, the press
reported a 10 - 8 party line vote. There are 10 Republicans:
Orrin G. Hatch
The other 8 members are Democrats.
So without a whimper, these above 10 Republicans have voted
to submit Gonzales to the full Senate, knowing the he supports
reinstating the Clinton style gun ban.
The Democrats voted against Gonzales, but for the wrong
Not a good day for the Second Amendment or its supporters.