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Senator Bob Smith Poised To Advance Gun Rights Once Again
-- Use the letter below to support the Smith amendment!
Gun Owners of America E-Mail/FAX Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
(Monday, May 14, 2001) -- Republican Senator Bob Smith of New
Hampshire is giving gun-haters fits once again.
Smith has filed an amendment allowing teachers and principals to use
a gun on school grounds to "prevent a school massacre." Currently,
federal law prohibits citizens from carrying a gun within a thousand
feet of school property in virtually all circumstances.
The Smith provision would protect decent Americans like Assistant
Principal Joel Myrick of Pearl, Mississippi, who circumvented
federal law when he used a firearm in 1997 to stop a killer's
It is imperative that gun owners contact their Senators right away
in support of the Smith amendment. The Senate is currently debating
an education bill (S. 1) that has become something of a magnet,
attracting all kinds of gun-related amendments dealing with kids and
schools. Smith's amendment is the only one that would advance
Second Amendment rights.
On the negative side, Senator Robert Byrd (D-VA) has introduced the
most far-reaching anti-gun amendment, as it would impose a new tax
upon gun buyers, who will have to purchase "lock up your safety"
trigger locks with every retail handgun sale.
Moreover, the Byrd provision would impose lifetime gun bans for
juvenile indiscretions and expand the arcane rules making it
virtually impossible to teach your kids the safe use of firearms.
The Smith and Byrd amendments to S. 1 could be voted on this week.
Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Smith
amendment to prevent further school massacres. [The provision is
known as Senate Amendment 547, or SA 547.] Also, urge your Senators
to vote against anti-gun provisions like the Byrd amendment
(SA 410). Distribute this alert and encourage others to contact
their Senators as well.
Please use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments
to Capitol Hill. You can call your Senators at 1-877-762-8762 (toll
free) or at 202-224-3121. To identify your Senators, as well as to
send a message via e-mail, see the Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm on the GOA website.
----- Pre-written message -----
Please support the Bob Smith amendment (SA 547) to prevent further
On at least three occasions, there have been school shootings that
were halted by an armed security guard, assistant principal or
catering manager. In all of these cases, an adult used a firearm to
stop a student from killing more people.
The Smith amendment will save children's lives and will protect
people like Assistant Principal Joel Myrick of Pearl, Mississippi,
who used a firearm to stop a killer's rampage in 1997.
Unfortunately, I think that people sometimes want to use school
tragedies to promote their own political agenda. There are not
enough police to patrol every school in America. So it is
imperative that Congress pass the Smith Amendment -- a public safety
measure that will actually save lives.
Should Senator Smith offer his amendment, you will have a chance to
vote on whether you prefer dead children or reasonable public safety
measures. I hope you will vote for public safety measures.
Please vote for SA 547, the Smith amendment to prevent school
massacres. Thank you.