With the country’s attention focused on the results of the national elections, it is easy to forget about the fight being waged on our Second Amendment-protected rights in the international arena. While there are numerous initiatives that we continue to monitor internationally, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is at the forefront of the NRA’s focus to protect America’s law-abiding gun owners from the continued push for gun control by international anti-gun interests.
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Chris W. Cox is executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and serves as the organization’s chief lobbyist.
Friends, this past year has been crazy. I've traveled all over America and gun owners know that there’s far more at stake in this election than just left vs. right. There's a growing belief that this is a do-or-die fight for the soul of our country. Because after eight years of dishonesty, corruption and failure, the America we know is becoming unrecognizable.
Gun control advocates have been at their civilian-disarmament campaign for so long that astute observers will notice the same tactics and approaches returning time and again to the political landscape. When the American public rejects gun control schemes, anti-gun groups simply repackage their old material and strategies of attack. In recent years, such groups have taken to labeling any proposed restriction, no matter how onerous or ineffective, as “common sense.”
A jarring paradox exists in our nation’s politics. While the American people and Congress are showing steadfast commitment to the Second Amendment, President Barack Obama is determined to shove gun control down America’s throat by any means necessary.
What a difference a few years—and Michael Bloomberg’s millions—can make.
President Barack Obama made a public promise to enact his gun control agenda “with or without Congress.”
Chris Cox: Buffaloed in New York – A Right Treated As A Privilege Makes An Easy Target for Revocation
During a press conference in November, Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda of Buffalo, N.Y., announced that his department had “started a program where … we’re cross-referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records … and … sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible.” He seemed haunted by the idea of handguns unattached to living licensees and spoke of them almost as if they were unsupervised, easily corruptible orphans: “At times, they lay out there, and the family is not aware of them … and they end up … just out on the street.”
On Nov. 21, 2013, on a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled United States Senate eliminated the possibility of a filibuster on confirmation votes for many federal appointments. The new rule allows nominations for most executive positions and all lower court federal judgeships to move forward in the Senate with a simple majority vote rather than the 60 votes needed to end a filibustered nomination. Although he opposed an identical proposal to change the Senate rules in 2005, President Obama was quick to take advantage of the new rule, now that it could be used to his benefit. In a little more than a year since this rule change, its effect on the federal judiciary has been significant. Nine of the 13 federal courts of appeal now have a majority of judges who were appointed by anti-gun presidents.
The future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4.
For all the careful staging and coaching politicians use to maintain their public images, sometimes they still slip up and say what they really think. Who can forget President Obama’s infamous remark to wealthy donors in San Francisco that rural Americans who feel abandoned by the economy “get bitter and they cling to guns or religion”?
For the past five decades the organized gun control community has been trying to sell the American people an idea they've made clear they don’t want: civilian disarmament. Much like a company trying to unload a terrible product, repeated rejection has forced gun control advocates to perpetually reinvent their groups and messaging in an attempt to make their agenda more acceptable.
Michael Bloomberg, the 15th-richest man in the world, has announced that he is going to spend $50 million on a “grassroots” campaign against the National Rifle Association. In politics, that is a huge amount of money—far more than the amount of money the NRA has been able to spend on politics in the last several years. Other billionaires, including Warren Buffett, have announced that they, too, will support Bloomberg’s campaign.
It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues.
Politicians seeking to diminish Second Amendment rights often couch their views in language that hides their true agenda. But, on January 17, pro-gun advocates were squarely confronted with the contempt in which they are held by some political elites. Speaking on “The Capitol Pressroom” public radio program, Governor Andrew Cuomo labeled gun rights supporters who are “pro-assault weapon” and critical of his so-called SAFE Act as “extreme conservatives” who “have no place in the state of New York.” Ironically, this statement says more about Cuomo himself than those he attacks.
The Brady Campaign’s recent report that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has “stopped more than 2.1 million would-be gun purchases” sure sounds impressive – only it isn’t true.
By Chris Cox, Executive Director NRA-ILA
It’s no secret that national gun registration is a long-standing aspiration for the gun control crowd. For decades, anti-gun politicians have clamored to know who owns guns, how many, what kind and where they’re kept. But there’s never a good answer about why they want to know these sensitive details. They just want to know.
When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office today he will enter civilian life protected by firearms.
Outgoing New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has spent his career promoting an extreme gun control agenda.