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 “The very assumption that the federal government has to ‘do
something about guns’ violates the Constitution, which guarantees that
our right to keep and bear arms ‘shall not be infringed.’” -- GOA’s
Erich Pratt in USA Today (August 1, 2013)

GOA has been fighting hard for your gun rights on Capitol Hill
and in the media.  And even though Congress is about to begin its summer
break, there’s still much work for us to do.

Here are just some of the most recent examples -- and a glimpse into what battles we’ll be fighting this month.

(1) GOA pushing to end harassment of pro-gun students.
Gun Owners of America’s most recent mailing, being delivered
right now in mailboxes around the nation, addresses the very troubling
issue of so-called Zero Tolerance policies -- and how they result in
suspensions for kids who wear pro-gun shirts or turn their pop tarts
into “weapons.”
The mailing also reveals the work GOA is doing with Rep. Steve
Stockman (R-TX) on Capitol Hill to end these abusive practices in our
public schools.  Click here to read the rest of the story.
And if you are not getting GOA’s in depth legislative updates and newsletters, then please sign up for a GOA membership here.

(2) GOA fighting to defund anti-gun ObamaCare.
GOA is currently working with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to defund the implementation of the anti-gun ObamaCare law.

GOA issued an alert on this earlier this week, but as you
probably know, there have been some hiccups with our Legislative Action
Center.  For example, in our most recent alert, the action item (in the
email) was linked to the wrong congressional letter (on the web).

There have been other issues as well, such as the Legislative
Action Center not remembering activists’ names and addresses -- forcing
gun owners to repeatedly enter this information.
Rest assured that we are working on these issues with the
company that hosts our action center.  Our host recently revamped its
website for all of their clients -- not just for Gun Owners of America
-- and as you can imagine, there have been some tremendous growing
pains!
So we apologize and ask for your patience as we get these kinks worked out.

If you were unable to contact your Senators about defunding ObamaCare earlier this week, you can do so now by clicking here.

(3) Obama’s ATF Director narrowly confirmed.
On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed B. Todd Jones to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

To see how your Senator voted -- and to learn who stabbed gun owners in the back -- click here to read the rest of the story.

(4) GOA in USA Today.
Yesterday, GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt authored the opposing piece in USA Today -- a debate that centered on whether Congress should fund anti-gun junk science.
USA Today argued that we need such government studies
so lawmakers can learn how to reduce gun violence.  Pratt said, just
listen to our first responders:

Eighty percent of law enforcement,
according to a PoliceOne.com survey of more than 15,000 officers,
believe that legally armed citizens (carrying concealed) would likely
have "reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting(s)."

“Bottom line,” Pratt said, “leave the studies and politicking to
the private sector, and prevent taxpayer money from sponsoring
politically motivated junk science.”


Go here to read the whole USA Today debate.