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Wednesday, September 29

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Contact Your House Member Now 9/29/2004

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
1023 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-408-7560

Wednesday, Sept. 29th the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on HR 3193, legislation to repeal Washington DC's gun laws. This is the companion proposal to the recently abandoned effort in the Senate.

Voice your opposition to repealing DC's gun laws that have the widespread support of the local community. The vote on HR 3193 is being pushed by the Republican leadership, who don't represent DC residents and who care more about pleasing the gun lobby than public safety. Instead, Congress should vote to ban assault weapons, a proposal supported by more than 70% of Americans.

1) Contact your House member NOW and tell them to VOTE NO on HR 3193.

2) Call: Use the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Don't know who your House member is, use our legislative directory .

3) Please pass this action alert onto your family, friends, and co-workers.

Back on Sept 14th, WaPo reported that Rep. Mark Edward Souder (R-Ind.) said House Republican leaders have promised him a vote before the Nov. 2 election on his proposed D.C. Personal Protection Act, which would
  1. end a ban on handguns in the nation's capital (DC has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation right now);
  2. remove a prohibition against semiautomatic weapons;
  3. lift registration requirements for ammunition and other firearms;
  4. cancel criminal penalties for possessing unregistered firearms
  5. carrying a handgun in one's home or workplace.
  6. deny the District's elected officials "authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms

A spokeswoman for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch describes the bill as a way to "restore the rights of law-abiding citizens" who want to protect themselves.

Tom DeLay said last night, and oh my god, if there is a hell may he go there today, "The homes of this city will be safer when its law-abiding citizens are on an equal footing with its violent criminals," DeLay said on the House floor earlier. "Washington residents are American citizens and therefore deserve the same right to bear arms to defend themselves as much as anyone else."

AAlso from WaPo: "Last night, GOP House leaders rejected proposed Democratic amendments to water down the bill by extending a national ban on 19 types of semiautomatic weapons, maintaining such an "assault weapons" ban in the District and banning armor-piercing ammunition in the city. "

Republican congressman want there to be a complete free for all in DC. Do they understand that they might get killed in the crossfire? And you know what I am thinking but I won't write it here.

They don't want to hear about banning armor-piercing ammunition in the city. Nice. Do they know something we don't know? Do these high and mighty piece of shit congressman think that the residents of DC are going to defend their asses if terrorists invade DC? Is that what they are thinking? OR are they hoping that the black people will just go ahead and kill each other in DC? This is so sick, I can barely collect my thoughts at this point.

"District leaders warned of an "arms race with criminals" if the bill becomes law.

"This makes a mockery and a joke of the whole homeland security issue as far as I am concerned," Ramsey said, noting that he had to pass through a checkpoint and metal detector to reach the Capitol and that a security-related visitor center under construction "looks like a bunker to me."

"You have all these protections for the Capitol, and you make city residents fend for themselves," Ramsey said. "They're hiding in bathtubs for protection from stray bullets."

Janey said he would have to tell his students, "This is a textbook case of what not to do in a democracy." "

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