Skip to comments.RAY SCHOENKE CHALLENGES ERIC HOLDER
Posted on 02/27/2009 12:23:32 PM PST by holymoly
Ray Schoenke, president of American Hunters and SHooters Association, hand delivered a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder's office yesterday. Why? The Assault Weapons Ban is bad news.
| Contact: Colin Rogero
February 26, 2009
********For Immediate Release***********************
Ray Schoenke tells Attorney General Holder: Dont renew the assault weapons ban. It didnt reduce crime. Its bad policy and even worse politics.
Washington, D.C. - Ray Schoenke, the President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), delivered a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to reconsider his comments about renewing the federal assault weapons ban.
Schoenke, who campaigned in key battleground states for Barack Obama last fall told Holder:
Based on your comments today, it appears that the Obama administration may attempt to reinstate [the federal assault weapons] ban. As President of AHSA, I encourage you to negate that effort. The assault weapons ban is an issue of personal freedom, that deeply concerns Americas hunting, shooting, and sporting community. And even greater than the politics, the issue is bad policy.
Most importantly, the law had no measurable effect on crime reduction. Instead, the law demonized lawful gun owners and became a lightning rod for a decade long public debate over gun crime that merely served to divert time and resources from our already over-burdened law enforcement agencies. Frankly, it has been an unnecessary distraction. Gun owners support efforts to keep our communities safe. We just want those policies directed at the root cause of crime and violence and not just symbolism, which is how the Washington Post accurately described the ban back in 1994.
After sending the letter, Schoenke stated, The Obama administration shouldnt be distracted from handling the important economic issues currently facing our country. This type of legislation will only disillusion the millions of law-abiding gun owners who voted for Barack Obama, believing that he did indeed support their right to own firearms.
"...the law had no measurable effect on crime reduction..."
That being the case, why advocate and support a ban on .50 BMG rifles, Ray?
Exactly how many gang-bangers are running around with a rifle that's some 57 inches long, and weighs around 30 pounds*?
There were a bunch of radio ads where I am just before the election with him on it. He said that Obama had told him he had no interest in banning any guns. Guess Obama was not just lying to us.
Ray is an anti-gun RAT. He is only upset because he knows AWB2 will get the RATS voted out in 2010!
Hmmm... Something very fishy about the AHSA criticizing "common sense" legislation. They have been a front for anti-freedom crowd.
And can anyone tell me why I'm sitting here with a Hatter, a March Hare, and a Dormouse?
A curious contradiction, no? Argue against the AWB, and then support the ban of a large caliber firearm that has no history of use by the nefarious groups committing the most heinous gun crimes. The .50 BMG is a great long range firearm, but it’s lousy for drive-by work...
The AWB was bad legislation when first adopted, and it remains bad legislation, today.
Please don’t throw me in that briar patch!
Trolling for donations. NRA donations are way up and, I would guess, his are way down.
Maybe Ray is just trying to stay on the same page with Nancy P. in working to ensure a congressional majority for the democrats in 2010? (Maybe.)
Maybe the AHSA is experiencing fundraising issues? (Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding! Do we have a winner!!!)
Not an individual or organization that I would trust.
Indeed, this is quite curious. All that’s missing is a denunciation of the NRA.
They need to address Congress also.
We have already lobbied congress on the issue, and will continue to do so.
NEW YORK: “Attorney General Eric Holders push for the renewal of the assault weapon ban has put Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) between a rock and a hard place,” The Hill reports.
But “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will join Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in opposing any effort to revive the 1994 assault weapons ban, putting them on the opposite side of the Obama administration It was not immediately clear whether Reid would block the bill from the Senate, but his opposition casts serious doubt on its chances.”
Good. Did you read the link? More Chicago nonsense.
Be Ever Vigilant!
How low must ones IQ be to support Obama, whose campaign website promised the passage of a new permanent AW ban, and then complain when when your guy's appointee says the same thing?
Dare I say, "Zero"?
What a Maroon!
Meanwhile maybe they'll move HR 45, which has the somewhat more innocuous name of "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009"
Wait, the FAKE gun group AHSA is against a AWB renewal??? WTF?
Both the Obama crowd and the American Hunters and Shooters Association are anti-gun.
They are bed partners. Both trying to blow smoke up your skirt or kilt.
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