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One of the unexpected benefits (or … “benefits”) of running for office is that I am now on the e-mail distribution lists of more lobbying groups than you can shake a stick at. Among them, the California Rifle and Pistol Association. I would like to work with them — and their opponents — to find a middle ground on gun control issues. That would ideally allow sports hunters and home-defenders the use of such weapons — but also help us keep guns out of the hands of people, largely in urban areas, that use them criminally to terrorize their neighbors.
(I don’t know how to do that, by the way — but I do know how to figure out if it’s possible at all by facilitating serious and open discussion among opposing parties, which is what I’d try to do if elected.)
I didn’t respond to the CRPA’s candidate questionnaire because it seemed to me that offering such a productive and moderate approach to them right now was pointless. Maybe they’d talk to me if I am elected, but in the meantime they’ll get everything they want out of my opponent Bob Huff (who, along with Sharon Quirk-Silva’s opponent Chris Norby, is one of the few state legislators to get the CRPA’s highest grade.) I understand that they would prefer someone who would always fall in line with them; I won’t try changing that which I cannot change.
Anyway, I still get (and usually read) their e-mails. A recent one captured my attention especially well, with it’s title “It’s time to identify the bad guys…” When people with guns start to “identify bad guys,” I pay attention — because you don’t know what might happen next!
Here’s most of their e-mail. (I’ll happily publish one from an opposing group as well if they want “equal space.”)
WE MUST KNOW WHO WE’RE FIGHTING IF WE EXPECT TO WIN THE FIGHT…
Unjust legislative attacks on lawful firearms owners continue! Based on legislation CRPA has been fighting in Sacramento, it is clear that anti-gun legislators and their wealthy supporters are still intent on banning the private ownership of firearms and ammunition! Anti-gun legislators remain obsessed with their belief that they know what is best for society and that they should dictate how other people live their lives! Well… it’s time to identify the bad guys…
To prevent anti-firearms bills from becoming law, your CRPA has successfully stopped legislation before it reached the Governor’s desk. That is the sole objective of CRPA’s Legislative Program, to stop bad legislation before the Legislature can pass it! Every day your CRPA’s full-time Lobbyist, Tom Pedersen, communicates with anti-gun legislators and their staff, using every weapon in his arsenal to convince these ill-informed politicos to stand up for the citizens’ constitutional freedoms – rather than trampling on them! At the same time, your CRPACounsel for Litigation and Local Affairs, Chuck Michel,monitors local legislative efforts and files appropriate litigation against the state, counties, or cities that pass unconstitutional or illegal ill-conceived local gun control laws. Tom and Chuck represent CRPA’s lethal right cross and damaging left jab.
We have provided a listing of people, organizations and businesses who have identified themselves as anti-gun… This new exclusive CRPA list includes those who are known to provide support for anti-firearms rights causes. This is not a complete list of those who oppose your gun rights, but it is a significant beginning and it will be updated periodically with your assistance. This brand new list of both anti-gun people, organizations, and businesses is being sent to you in appreciation for your past support of CRPA’s lobbying activities in the state capitol. The enclosed list is the result of a combined public awareness effort on behalf of the CRPA, the NRA and other Pro-Second Amendment organizations. If you have any suggestions regarding possible additions or omissions for the anti-gun list, please note and include them with your generous contribution. It is only through effective, vigilant CRPA representation in Sacramento that our proud heritage of firearms rights can be protected from those in government who would seek to take them away and to disarm the public!
Bad guys! That’s like, “villains,” right? Let’s see who the gun rights advocates put in their cross-hairs! (Is there a better way to put that? Or is it exactly the right way to put that?)
So, if you’re from the American Academy of Pediatrics or the Anti-Defamation League or the National Association of Police Organizations or the National Spinal Cord Injury Association or the United States Catholic Conference or MANY, MANY MORE, rest assured that you are ON THEIR LIST! And if you’re an anti-gun corporation like A & M Records or Crown Central Petroleum Corp. or the Kansas City Royals or Southwestern Bell Telephone or Stoneyfield Farms Yogurt and MANY, MANY MORE, know that THEY ARE ON TO YOU!
And, if you’re one of the 37 “Journalists Who Actively Editorialize In Favor Of Gun Control Laws” that they identify by name, don’t worry too much — it’s not like they labeled you as “Comparatively Soft Targets” or anything like that, so I’m sure that no one will get the wrong idea just because you’ve been labeled as a “Bad Guy.” That would surely be a shame.