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Stopping Gun Confiscation (Senator Bill Frist, M.D.)
NRA - ILA ^ | 7/14/2006 | Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Posted on 07/17/2006 12:18:14 PM PDT by neverdem


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Stopping Gun Confiscation

The Second Amendment unquestionably protects the right of individual Americans to own firearms. Thankfully, most gun-owners are never forced to defend themselves, their families, their homes. But during an emergency or disaster, when police protection breaks down like it did in the chaos in New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina, lawfully owned firearms may be the only effective means of protection.

In the days following Katrina, when police and other first responders where overwhelmed and overstretched ... when the failure of telephone and other communication systems prevented so many from calling for help ... the police began seizing legal firearms from law-abiding citizens. This gun confiscation defied common sense as well as the rights protected by the Second Amendment ... and it left many ordinary Americans defenseless at the worst possible time.

That's why I'm proud to say that the Homeland Security legislation passed by the Senate last night includes a much-needed amendment offered by my colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. This amendment specifically prohibits the temporary or permanent seizure of lawfully owned firearms just because a state of emergency has been declared. The amendment overwhelming passed the Senate by a vote of 86 to 14 ... and I don't have to tell you that all 14 of its opponents were Democrats.

I will support keeping Senator Vitter's proposal in the final bill that is sent to the President. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of Katrina ... and prohibiting gun confiscation from lawful citizens -- especially during periods of emergency and disaster -- is an important step in the right direction.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

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Using the NRA - ILA letterhead no less, he has more gonads than I expected.
1 posted on 07/17/2006 12:18:22 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Is Frist anti-second amendment? If he is, it is news to me.


2 posted on 07/17/2006 12:21:43 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: neverdem

Sweet


3 posted on 07/17/2006 12:22:15 PM PDT by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20)
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To: neverdem

Good. I'm getting my money's worth on my NRA membership.


4 posted on 07/17/2006 12:26:02 PM PDT by SeanOGuano
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To: neverdem

Would've read better if it said 'state of emergency' -- or a regional or national declaration of martial law.'


5 posted on 07/17/2006 12:26:43 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: neverdem

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NEWS RELEASE

PASSAGE OF VITTER AMENDMENT SHOWS PUBLIC SHIFT ON GUN RIGHTS AFTER KATRINA

BELLEVUE, WA – The Senate’s overwhelming 84-16 vote this week to prohibit gun confiscations from private citizens in emergencies shows there has been a remarkable shift in the public’s attitude about gun rights after the Hurricane Katrina debacle, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today.

“For many in the Senate, like Republicans Mike DeWine of Ohio and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, and Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington,” observed SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb, “it was the first time they’ve voted to support the individual rights of law-abiding gun owners. They saw the looting and lawlessness, and watched the outrage of post-Katrina gun confiscations, and so did their constituents.

“Incredibly,” he continued, “sixteen extremist anti-gun Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, demonstrated by their vote that they think it’s just swell for the government to seize private property from law-abiding citizens, often times at gunpoint and always without warrant or due process of law. This time, it’s guns but what about next time? If it is okay with these senators for police to take legally-owned firearms without probable cause, what would they advocate next for confiscation?”

SAF successfully sued the City of New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish last September to force a halt to those illegal gun seizures. The National Rifle Association joined in that lawsuit.

“For people of such divergent political views as Joe Biden, Robert Byrd, Blanche Lincoln, Joe Lieberman, Patrick Leahy, Chuck Hagel, Orrin Hatch, Wayne Allard, Max Baucus and 75 of their colleagues, this vote was a no-brainer,” Gottlieb observed. “What a pity that Sen. Clinton’s group remains so myopic about firearm civil rights that they vote to essentially support the warrantless seizure of private property.

“We hope the House concurs with this vote,” Gottlieb concluded, “so that never again, on American soil, will we witness a police state mentality that would sooner disarm people and leave them defenseless when they should be offered assistance and medical aid if necessary. Being secure from warrantless search and seizure is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, even if some people in New Orleans, and a handful on Capitol Hill, seem willing to ignore that.”

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6 posted on 07/17/2006 12:31:37 PM PDT by nralife
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To: neverdem

Great. Now if only Canada could pass something like that.


7 posted on 07/17/2006 12:32:23 PM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: Tulane
Is Frist anti-second amendment? If he is, it is news to me.

Not that I can recall, but writing on NRA - ILA letterhead is noteworthy for a pubbie that obviously has his eyes on 2008.

Maybe he's trying to make amends for doing little on the growth of government spending and promoting the embryonic stem cell research bill. I don't know. But this is almost guaranteed to get special mention from the gun grabbers.

8 posted on 07/17/2006 12:41:45 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Joe Brower

Good news ping!


9 posted on 07/17/2006 12:45:05 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: nralife
Thanks for reminding me. Here are the NAYs ---16 Akaka (D-HI) Boxer (D-CA) Clinton (D-NY) Dodd (D-CT) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA) Harkin (D-IA) Inouye (D-HI) Kennedy (D-MA) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Levin (D-MI) Menendez (D-NJ) Mikulski (D-MD) Reed (D-RI) Sarbanes (D-MD) Schumer (D-NY)

May this be a vote to remember.

10 posted on 07/17/2006 1:06:00 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

I got the same email this morning but it was from Frist's VOLPAC. And the same thing (topic) was in a NRA-ILA alert I received last Friday.


11 posted on 07/17/2006 1:14:58 PM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: neverdem

Frist has no chance, IMHO. The growth of government spending (as well as the bueracracy) under his tenure disqualifies him, in my view, regardless of my support for his stem cell/gun law positions.

That said, if he somehow winds up as the nominee, I'd vote for him over any of the Dems.


12 posted on 07/17/2006 1:19:30 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: nralife

" to essentially support the warrantless seizure of private property"

Like in the Kelo case?

Time to run Gottlieb for President. If he can do for real property what he has done for guns, we need him in the White House.


13 posted on 07/17/2006 1:32:10 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: neverdem

OH NOOOO! Now they will be free to confiscate guns anytime an emergency is NOT declared! That's how the courts will interpret it! BET on it. DARN...they outsmarted us again.


14 posted on 07/17/2006 1:48:43 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: nralife

Okay, so what was the final vote?

Frist has 86-14, and your post has 84-16?

A resounding kick in the crotch for the gun conTROLLS, whatever the case.


15 posted on 07/17/2006 2:06:17 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Neo too)
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To: 2harddrive

I'm sure some nasty like troll from the Brady Bunch or another RDDB group is having exactly this thought right about now.


16 posted on 07/17/2006 2:15:58 PM PDT by PeterFinn (Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.)
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To: GladesGuru
Gottleib? How about Jeb?

He already signed a Florida state law prohibiting firearm confiscation during emergencies and he just held a press conference crediting armed citizens with the drop in violent crime here.

I'm liking this guy a lot.

17 posted on 07/17/2006 7:12:00 PM PDT by sig226 (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who do not.)
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To: neverdem

Bttt!


18 posted on 07/17/2006 8:26:34 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Life is like a cow pasture, it's hard to get through without stepping in some mess. NRA.)
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To: Tulane
Is Frist anti-second amendment?

IIRC, he was in support of the AWB and the mag ban and the Brady Bill. I think he's a stealth RINO on the 2nd Amendment. He's not stupid...but remember where a vast majority of the nations doctors (he's an M.D.) stand on guns....very much against. It's only a slender sliver of Docs that are pro-gun. Some are neutral but lean against. But he's seen the damage that the NRA and other gun groups have done to Presidential contenders, so he sees this as a chance to shore up relations with the gun folks. I don't trust him.

This bill isn't the sweetheart deal you might think, either. It just maintains that federal funds wouldn't be used to confiscate firearms. Also if gun grabs are already a part of state law, it's okay by the feds. So the Ray Nagins of the country have to stash away some part of the parking ticket revenue for house to house searches and SWAT team O/T....hey it's doable.

19 posted on 07/17/2006 8:41:18 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: neverdem

A bill without penalties is just posturing. Add a $250,000 fine and/or 10 sentence.


20 posted on 07/17/2006 9:16:51 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ExSoldier
He's not stupid...but remember where a vast majority of the nations doctors (he's an M.D.) stand on guns....very much against.

I might believe that about pediatricians, mainly because they are mostly women, but do you have any links supporting that claim for the rest?

21 posted on 07/17/2006 10:39:14 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

What? John F'n Kerry (who served in Vietnam) NOT voting with the rest of his party clowns? THAT should be the news of the day...


22 posted on 07/18/2006 3:25:29 AM PDT by dirtbiker (I've tried to see the liberal point of view, but I couldn't get my head that far up my a$$....)
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To: neverdem
Here you go: There's a LOT more IF you look! Or here for a comprehensive list. Look for the AMA and others. MORE
23 posted on 07/18/2006 8:50:51 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: neverdem
He's probably maneuvering for the nomination.

But regardless, this is positive.

It looks like the RINOs in the Senate are getting the message, but we have to be persistent.
24 posted on 07/18/2006 9:01:24 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: ExSoldier
Your original statement: "He's not stupid...but remember where a vast majority of the nations doctors (he's an M.D.) stand on guns....very much against."

My question: "I might believe that about pediatricians, mainly because they are mostly women, but do you have any links supporting that claim for the rest?"

Here you go: There's a LOT more IF you look! Or here for a comprehensive list. Look for the AMA and others. MORE

What do those references about activist organizations, medical and non-medical, with a public health agenda have to do with the views of physicians as a whole and the Second Amendment? I was hoping for links to polls of physicians. The last time I heard anything about it, the American Medical Association represents a minority of American physicians.

With all due respect, the charters of the International A.N.S.W.E.R., CPUSA, Democratic Socialists of America, ACLU, (BTW, one of your references), etc., tell me little about American public opinion. Have you heard about Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership?

25 posted on 07/18/2006 9:59:24 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
From your link: DRGO has become a nationwide network of more than 1,400 physicians, allied health professionals, and others who support the safe and lawful use of firearms.

Pardon me, but there are more Docs in just the south Florida area than this group has in it's entire nationwide membership! Just why did this organization feel it was necessary in the first place? Isn't the AMA the parent "professional organization" for all doctors nationwide? It is certainly FAR older than DRGO. I am aware of no other journal in which doctors desperately wish to be published for professional recognition.

26 posted on 07/18/2006 10:39:07 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier
Just why did this organization feel it was necessary in the first place?

To give a voice to docs that believe in the Constitution.

Isn't the AMA the parent "professional organization" for all doctors nationwide?

That's definitely not for Doctors of Osteopathy. They have the AOA. If the AMA didn't have JAMA, I don't think anyone would know about it. The number of subscribers have been dropping the last time I heard. They send me a free copy. Do you believe the NEA is representative of all teachers? I would appreciate a poll of the rank and file, not the politically correct, organized, activist types.

27 posted on 07/18/2006 11:00:29 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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