Gun Owners Monday’s Featured Guest on The Morning Zone
Today on The Morning Zone, our featured guest at 7:07AM MDT will be Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America. Larry will discuss:
HOUSE LEADERS PROPOSE "IMMIGRATION AMNESTY LITE"
"A new Pew poll suggests that illegal immigrants, if given citizenship, would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin,”said Gun Owners of American Communication Director Erich Pratt, commenting on Pew poll findings as reported in The Washington Post July 22, 2013.The following is a statement on this topic by Gun Owners of America:Just when we had largely won the fight to prevent 8,000,000 new anti-gun Obama voters from being added to the rolls, now comes a new development: "Amnesty Lite."
According to Monday's Wall Street Journal, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- working with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte -- proposes to give voting rights to about 2,000,000 young people who are here illegally because they were brought here by their parents when they were children.
We think this is a bad idea. Why? First of all, a Pew poll released this week shows that 31 percent of Latino illegal immigrants identify themselves as Democrat -- or with the Party that includes calls for more gun control in its platform -- whereas only 4 percent identify themselves with Republicans.
Barack Obama has already decided, by executive fiat, not to deport young illegals. So the issue is not whether or not they can continue to live in the United States, but whether they will be given the vote.
To be sure, two million new anti-gun voters is "less bad" than 8,000,000 new anti-gun voters. But that doesn't make it good.
But there are other problems with "Amnesty Lite." We have largely won in our efforts to prevent 8,000,000 anti-gun voters from being added to the rolls. "Amnesty Lite" revitalizes Obama's agenda, energizes his base, and -- if passed by the House -- sets up a conference committee with the Senate in which the only question is how severely Obama succeeds in defeating pro-gun candidates, declaring victory over them, and getting what he wants.
Incidentally, once this happens, gun control will be on the table again. And because of the expanded E-Verify provisions in the Senate legislation, we will be facing the implementation of a de facto National ID card, as noted in the June 15 edition of the New York Times.
Gun Owners of America has long opposed anything that smacks of National ID because of the danger that such data collection poses to gun owners’ privacy. We agree with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who said:
“I am against government lists of those who own or have transferred a firearm for the same reason I oppose any pathway to a national ID [in the immigration bill]. I don’t think that government should have the awesome power of monitoring the legal activities of American citizens.”
If there's a silver lining to the situation we're facing, it's this: Given House Democrats' lack of enthusiasm for what they view as a "piecemeal approach" to amnesty, it may not take many Republicans to stop this bad idea in its tracks.
There are good ways to reach out to the Hispanic community and self-defeating ways.
Frankly, many conservatives and constitutionalists are thinking, increasingly, that Texas Senator Ted Cruz would make an exciting GOP nominee for the presidency.
But reshaping the political landscape in America to resemble the blue, anti-gun state of California is not the answer.
To schedule an interview Larry Pratt, Erich Pratt or Bill Frady today. Contact Special Guests at 919-374-3280 or 630-848-0750.
ABOUT YOUR EXPERT GUEST, LARRY PRATT:
Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency. Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Crossfire and Larry King Live, Piers Morgan and many others. He has also debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.
Pratt’s columns appeared in newspapers across the US. He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990, and edited a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, in 1995. His latest book is On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty. Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. He directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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