Firearms protection org wants gun rights protected: warns about PA Clean Sweep movement
Do not miss this "debate."
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pacleansweep/message/12982?threaded=1&var=1Firearms Owners Against Crime
Please read the article on this web link under "SPECIAL REPORT" [full text
also below]. The fallout from this primary while on first glance seems great,
may in the end not provide the "freedom" you hoped for. As far as your pro-2nd
amendment gun rights in PA, you can kiss them good bye in PA. 12 years of
building to protect these rights have just been wiped out. Have a
constitutional convention, and this right will no doubt be the first to go since
no one left to protect it. Only 6 Clean Sweep candidates passed the FOAC
(Firearms Owners Against Crime) survey as "pro 2nd amendment". Your gun rights,
hunter or not, will be on the chopping block within the first year, make no
mistake. Common Cause is drueling at the opportunity here to bring the anti-gun
grab in. The first law has already been proposed...a 1 gun a month law for PA.
This is what comes from running elections based on one single issue, to the
exclusion of all else that is important.
_____PA Primary 2006a?”Political Backlash Or
This is an article that I had hoped I would never have to write but thus far
in the Pennsylvania elections, gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters have
been decimated in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Leading up to the
primary there were 30 retirements in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Of these retirements 23 were pro-gun supporters. In the 2006 primary election
15 incumbents lost in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 13 of which
were pro-gun supporters. This leaves gun owners with a net loss of 36 pro-gun
legislators. I will be blunt-these are devastating losses. Perhaps the single
greatest loss was in the 6th District-Pennsylvania House of Representatives
where Teresa Forcier lost. Coming in a very close second is the loss in the 42nd
District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where Tom Stevenson also
lost. Some will say that they lost to opponents who are as pro-gun as they
are but the demographics of the District show that there is a very real
possibility that in November the challengers who unseated the incumbents will
likely lose to anti-gun opponents who WOULD support the next pay raise. Are
THESE examples of the Pay Raise opponenta?™s version of victory?
Between voter apathy and outrage over the pay raise, a number of our best
legislators have been sent to the unemployment line. Some justify this as an
acceptable loss to get at the really bad legislators, but will it really get at
the bad legislators? The answer is a resounding NO! Of the leaders in the
legislature who bullied, cajoled, and otherwise twisted arms to force
support the pay raise /unvouchered expense account legislation only 2 were
removed, Senator Jubelirer and Senator Brightbill. The ones that remain are Gov.
Rendell, Supreme Court Justice Cappy, Senator Mellow, Representatives John
Perzel, Bill DeWeese, and Mike Veon. Considering political realities, it is very
likely that most of these remaining legislative leaders will remain once the
smoke clears in the general election of 2006.
Why is the above important? Because while all this anti-incumbent fervor is
sweeping through Pennsylvania politics, gun owners political fortunes will very
likely be thrown into the dark ages. There are 54 more pro-gun legislators in
the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who have a contested race for the
fall. If gun owners do not get involved in this election we could very well be
handing to Ed Rendell and Sarah Brady our right to bear arms on a silver
platter. Of course you're probably thinking that the challengers to the
are probably pro-gun but that would be a mistake! This is how the Election
breaks down at this point in time in our knowledge base as far as the candidates
(philosophically) on the gun issue:
Open Seats (two candidates/no incumbenta?”Remember most of these districts were
previously pro-gun): 11 Candidates Identified as Pro-Gun a?“ 55 are either
anti-gun OR unknown
Challengers to Pro-Gun Incumbents:
7 Candidates Identified as Pro-Gun a?“ 47 are either anti-gun OR unknown
**(Unknown means that they did not return an FOAC Survey or respond in any
As you can see from the above, Firearms Owners Against Crime has an enormous
amount of work ahead of us just to communicate with and identify
(philosophically) the candidates and, frankly, we cannot do this without your
help! It is
also important to point out that a?˜everya?™ candidate for a statewide office
receives the FOAC questionnaire prior to the Primary and each winner will
an additional one with a request to communicate with us on these issues.
Those that fail to respond receive a follow up and in certain cases more than
one. It is also worth pointing out that of all the candidates who refer to
themselves as a?˜Clean Sweepersa?™ nearly 80% are either anti-gun or refused to
multiple questionnaires and yet not ONE has been rejected or removed from the
Clean Sweep roles due to an a?˜unconstitutional positiona?™ on YOUR Right to
Bear Arms. Isna?™t this why PA Clean Sweep wants ALL the incumbents removed,
because the Pay Raise was a?˜unconstitutionala?™?
At this time the legislature has before it the most pro-gun political agenda
ever offered in this state. This has been the result of years and years of
hard work, grassroots lobbying, and intensive discussions with legislators
through which we have built a level of trust and understanding. We are in danger
losing all of this in this period of political terrorism. In essence, the
group Pennsylvania Clean Sweep HAS put at risk all of our constitutional
to make a Darwinian point about their narrow-minded view of the pay raise and
how politics works. Let's be frank, even if all of the incumbents were
removed, the political power structure of the behind-the-scenes movers and
would remain. One of the advantages of seniority and experience as a legislator
is that you are somewhat insulated on certain issues and can resist
manipulation. Since it does not appear that Leadership will be removed, then all
these new legislators will be at the mercy of the process that remains
Some of you will disagree with these points but, keep in mind, that these are
ones that have been developed and sharpened over a 20-year period of
involvement in politics. We have developed a unique, in our view, method of
with these issues by educating and communicating with all the legislators. We
only ask them to do the right thing by supporting issues factually and without
bias and absent political manipulation and strong-arm tactics. Effective public
policy must be based on the truth and this is the central point and
foundation of our approach to legislators that has gained us so much respect,
those who are considered to be anti-gun.
Therefore, what we're saying is that the solution to issues like gun control
or even the pay raise is not some a?œwea?™ll show thema? attitude that ends up
leaving destruction in its wake with no REAL solution or recognition of how
politics works. The true solution is for a steady, continuous, intense
on the part of citizens, in the political process. This has been shown
through our work over the long term to yield very positive results. The fact is
we don't discipline children in school with a nuclear bomb (the PA Clean
Sweep approach), instead we single out the perpetrators and discipline them
individually and this is exactly the approach that Firearms Owners Against Crime
when dealing with legislators at election time.
Basically it's up to you; do YOU want to sacrifice all the good will and hard
work that we've built up over this last generation as well as our Freedoms
and Rights for this pay raise issue? Unfortunately thus far the answer has been
yes in it least 13 districts but if more pro-gun legislators are unemployed in
November then once January 2007 rolls around WE WILL ALL RUE THE DAY!
Pro-Gun Incumbents Who Lost in 2006 PA Primary
Diamond's Response is chilling
The Constitution of Pennsylvania has not been changed. The right of
the citizens to bear arms STILL "shall not be questioned."
If and when someone tries to change that, you will have an opportunity
to voice your opinion. If it's at a constitutional convention, then you
should run for delegate and get FOAC members all over the Commonwealth
to do the same.
I assure you I will be at the front of the pack if anyone tries to
abridge this particular right.
For those of you who DO think we ought to have gun control in PA, you
should consider why the right to bear arms is included in both our
Was it for hunting purposes? NO
Was it so collectors could have nice shiny guns to admire? NO
Was it because they wanted a "wild west" mentality complete with
vigilante justice? NO
Was it for self-defense and the protection of our property? YES, YES, A
THOUSAND TIMES YES!!!
But it's not just to protect ourselves from common burglars... think
Dan, I spoke with Kim Stolfer early on and he expressed the same
concern to me. My question then was, and still is now: If this
legislature, as a body, does not give a hoot about the plain language
of Article II, Section 8 (and if individual members refuse to protest
when others violate it), why on earth do you think they'll treat
Article I, Section 21 any differently?
Now my questions to you are: Why were the results of the FOAC survey
NOT submitted to PACleanSweep so we could help educate any candidates
FOAC had concerns about? Why, instead, did a FOAC member go on Quinn &
Rose and recklessly accuse PACleanSweep of being a "lefty" group tied
to George Soros, among other ridiculous and unfounded claims?
PACleanSweep has also been accused of being a front for the extreme
right, BTW, another ridiculous assertion.
Plain & Simple Truth: Anyone who did not get re-elected was deemed by
the voters of their own district to be unworthy of re-election.
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