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shootstrightshootstright Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭
More work needed to investigate the gun confiscations in New Orleans
-- Bush finally gets it right with his recent Supreme Court

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

Tuesday, November 1, 2005


GOA wants to thank all of you who contacted the President recently
and suggested that he appoint a strong constitutionalist like Samuel
Alito, Jr., to the Supreme Court.

As you know, Judge Alito (from the Third Circuit) has a strong record
in support of the Constitution. Gun Owners Foundation was involved
in the Rybar machine gun case which we ultimately lost in the courts.
But Judge Alito offered a strong dissenting opinion to the majority
report and argued that Congress has no right to regulate the private
possession of machine guns.

The nomination of Alito is going to drive the other side crazy.
Good. Judge Alito is a tremendous choice, and GOA will be asking you
in the future to lobby your two U.S. Senators in favor of this pick.

In the meantime, thank the President for making such a good choice.
And thank him for bypassing, once again, Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales as a pick for the Supreme Court.

GOA has asked you several times to contact the President and oppose a
Gonzales nomination, because as one of the President's good friends,
Gonzales has long been reputed to be on Bush's "short list."

But that seems to have changed. The Associated Press recently
reported that Gonzales is no longer on that "short list"
because Bush
is "trying to dampen [opposition] on the Republican right, which
doesn't think Gonzales is a reliable conservative vote."

Thank goodness. Bush didn't use to think that way. But you can pat
yourself on the back for helping impress this new way of thinking
into Bush's head.


You, no doubt, remember the shocking video -- law-abiding citizens
having their guns stolen... not by looters or hoodlums, but by
officials acting under color of law.

Many of you saw it here first. GOA posted several videos at to document the gun confiscation
that was taking place in New Orleans in September.

It was hard to believe that this was happening in our own country.
American troops were going house-to-house, smashing through doors and
taking firearms. One would have thought it was video tape from Cuba
or Cambodia, not from the state of Louisiana.

But what has happened since then?

Well, the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District in Louisiana
issued a restraining order to stop authorities from confiscating
firearms on September 23.

So what happens now to those corrupt officials who were stealing
firearms? Will they be held accountable? Or, will every guilty
official simply receive the equivalent of a hand slap, like a child
caught sneaking a cookie?

To this end, GOA sent a letter to U.S. Inspector General Glenn Fine
last month to request action. The letter cites newspaper articles
and TV news broadcasts to demonstrate that National Guard troops,
police and U.S. marshals were confiscating firearms in the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina.

The letter also reminds General Fine that the U.S. District Court in
Louisiana put a stop to this illegal taking on September 23.

In light of this overwhelming evidence, GOA urged General Fine to
"investigate who are the guilty parties who need to be held
accountable for perpetrating these harmful acts against innocent

General Fine has the authority to investigate the criminal acts of
federal officials and to refer them for prosecution.

(GOA sent a similar letter to the Attorney General of Louisiana,
requesting that he bring charges against state-level officials who
were stealing the firearms of citizens in the Big Easy. These
letters can be viewed at on the GOA

So far, it appears that General Fine has been dragging his feet on
this request -- which is why he may need to hear from folks all
around the country.

ACTION: Please contact U.S. Inspector General Glenn Fine and urge
him to conduct his own investigation into the gun confiscation
scandal and to refer guilty parties over for prosecution.

You can use the pre-written letter below to direct your comments to
General Fine. Or, you can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action
Center at to send General Fine
the pre-written letter as an e-mail message.

--- Pre-written letter ---

Glenn Fine
U. S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 4706
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear General Fine:

I'm sure you are aware of the fact that government officials were
confiscating the firearms of law-abiding citizens in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina, in violation of state and federal law.

On September 23, the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District in
Louisiana issued a restraining order to stop these authorities from
confiscating firearms in New Orleans.

However, I am dismayed there have been no reports that Attorney
General Alberto Gonzalez is pursuing legal action against officials
who stole firearms from the citizens of Louisiana.

What these officials did was criminal, and the federal government
needs to send a clear and convincing message to all who work under
its auspices. They need to learn that the civil rights of Americans
cannot be violated without there being a price to pay.

The Rule of Law demands that the guilty parties be forced to account
for their actions. And for this reason, I hope you will seriously
investigate this matter.

Please let me know what you intend to do. Thank you.



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  • shootstrightshootstright Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Did you send your Letter today.
    Did you say no.
    Shame on you.[8D]
  • shootstrightshootstright Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Your not here yet.
    Are you still lost.[8D]
  • ComengetitComengetit Member Posts: 1,170 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Yeah, you know what? I read this and thought I commented and the bug guy came to spray, I guess I forgot. I think this is all good stuff. NOLA is going to be the straw that breaks the back of the grabbers. Game, Set, and Match, CHECKMATE going the other way.

    There are two kinds of people in this World....Those who lead....and those who get the hell out of the way...GUT CHECK!...Which one are you?
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