Call To Action By Grass Roots North Carolina

Recognizing the time to act is now if we are going to stop any new gun control bills, Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina sent out this alert last night. It says we need to meet the threat head-on. It proposes a three-prong approach consisting of contacting NC’s Congressional delegation, conducting public education, and reframing the debate. Earlier alerts this week have discussed the ineffectiveness of the Gun-Free School Zone Act.

The alert also gives contact information including phone numbers for the newly elected members of the North Carolina delegation. Given that they took a strongly pro-gun rights stance, it is important to remind them of that.

As we predicted, the battle is on.
Dancing in the blood of innocents slaughtered by the federal “Gun Free”
School Zones Act, Senator Diane Feinstein finally admitted to “Meet the
Press” thatshe will offer a ban on semi-automatic firearms on “the first day” of the new Congress.

I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons.”

It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively.”

The purpose of this bill is to get… weapons of war off the streets.”

needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition
feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?” Feinstein wrote on her
campaign website.

These weapons are not for hunting deer — they’re for hunting people.”

Moreover, Barack Obama has finally come “out of the closet” on gun control. Says the White House press secretary:

is actively supportive of … Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein’s stated intent to
revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons

Meeting the threat

As we have noted before, GRNC is reorienting its resources to meet federal threats. In coming weeks, we will:

  • Meet with congressional representatives:
    In coming weeks, GRNC will meet with US House representatives from
    North Carolina to give them a little “spine injection.” Feinstein’s bill
    will likely pass the Senate; stopping it will mean shoring up the

  • Conduct public education: Today, my column appears in“The Charlotte Observerin order to get facts to the public. More will follow; and

  • Reframe the debate: For ten of the worst years of school shootings, the last so-called “assault weapon” ban failed to make a dent in the problem. What has actually exacerbated such shootings is the 1996 federal “Gun Free School Zones Act,” which announces clearly to predators that victims in schools are disarmed.

Will the NRA Cave?

After five days of silence, the NRA has finally spoken, via an oblique statement in which it says it will help to make sure this never happens again”. What
does that mean? The NRA has previously caved on things like
the“Disclose Act,” which would have muzzled gun rights organizations, or
the “NICS Improvement Act,” which institutionalized reporting private
medical information to the FBI. Whatever the NRA does, GRNC will be at the forefront of defending your rights!

GRNC will need your help!

  • Contact North Carolina congressional representatives, particularly our delegation to the US House, using the contact information below;

  • Finally, please consider joining or donating to GRNC:
    We will be traveling to Washington, DC to meet with congressional
    representatives, running radio spots and Youtube videos for pub lic
    education, and doing all sorts of things that cost money. Please help by
    going to:

Congressional contact information

Senator Richard Burr (R- NC) 202-224-3154

Senator Kay Hagan (D- NC) 202-224-6342

Representative G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D – 01) 202-225-3101

Representative Renee L. Ellmers (R – 02) 202-225-4531

Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R – 03) 202-225-3415

Representative David Price (D – 04) 202-225-1784

 Representative Virginia Foxx (R – 05) 202-225-2071

Representative Howard Coble (R – 06) 202-225-3065

Representative Mike McIntyre (D – 07) 202-225-2731

Representative Patrick McHenry (R – 10) 202-225-2576

Representative Mel Watt (D – 12) 202-225-1510

George Holding
Office: 919-755-4083

Mark Meadows
PHONE: 828.697.5012

Robert Pittenger
(704) 650-1722

Richard Hudson
704-795-2012 Phone

can stop the freight train rolling toward restrictions on your
individual freedoms, but doing so means pulling together. Please keep on
eye on future GRNC alerts as we keep you informed on how best to defend
your rights.

There Are Media Experts And Then There Are Real Experts

In this world, there are experts and then there are those that the mainstream media considers an expert. Sometimes they are one and the same but that usually is not the case. When it comes to guns it most assuredly is not the case.

Gene McCune of Reuters considers this man an expert on firearms.

That is Josh Sugarmann. He is the executive director of the Violence Policy Center which is an advocacy group pushing for the prohibition of firearms. Mr. Sugarmann has two other claims to fame: he coined the misleading term “assault weapon” and held a FFL for “research purposes”.

In an article by McCune published in the Chicago Tribune, Sugarmann is referred to as a firearms expert.

Semiautomatic handguns are the weapon of choice for mass murderers because they are light and easy to conceal, and adaptable to using high-capacity magazines, experts say. This allows the shooter to fire the maximum number of bullets in a short period of time, said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit group that advocates to reduce gun violence.

Josh Sugarmann, like Ladd Everitt of CSGV, is an expert – an expert in providing misleading quotes to clueless reporters.

The man below is a real firearms expert. He is the one that McCune should have interviewed but didn’t.

He is Massad Ayoob. Mas has written numerous books on firearms, self-defense, and law enforcement topics including the seminal In the Gravest Extreme. For over 30 years, he has been a  recognized expert witness in court cases involving shootings and firearms.

As to why Mr. McCune went to Josh Sugarmann for his “expert” advice is open to debate. That Sugarmann is by no means an expert on firearms really isn’t open to debate.

As a final aside, Dave Workman has an interesting take on Sugarmann’s comments in his Seattle Gun Rights Examiner column.

Why I’m Not Commenting On The Shooting In Colorado

Robb Allen of Sharp as a Marble says it better than I could.

Like every other event for the past decade, the media seems to focus on being First rather than being Right. You’ll notice I didn’t qualify the media with “Main Stream” or “Legacy”, or “Dinosaur”. All media. Blogs, Tweets, forums, even chat rooms. Heck, my wife and I were talking about it this morning. I realized we were discussing things as if the information we had was pristine, accurate, and complete.

It’s not. And it won’t be for quite some time.

I don’t have that need to be first so I won’t be commenting on the how, the why, the who, etc. of the shooting in Aurora, CO other than to say that I’ll be keeping the victims and their families in my prayers.