One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.


"Oh, what a year it's been."

"It was almost a year ago that President Obama took his oath of office. But soon after he raised his right hand and promised to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution, Americans became engaged in the fight of their lives to safeguard their liberties. The extremist Obama administration began pushing an anti-gun, socialistic agenda of the kind that most Americans have not seen in their lifetimes.

"The President began placing gun-hating radicals in high positions of power -- both in the executive department and in the courts -- and he pushed a socialistic gun control agenda that kept gun owners busy throughout 2009.

January - February

"President Obama nominates an anti-gun radical, Eric Holder, to the office of Attorney General."
"Gun Owners of America (GOA) works with Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada to attach a provision to the bill repealing the DC gun ban. The bill passes the Senate, but is pronounced D.O.A. in the House.
"Larry Pratt appears on Fox Cable News' Glenn Beck program to highlight the dangers of HR 45, a bill that would ban the possession of handguns unless gun owners registered themselves like sex offenders."

March - April
"GOA begins its campaign against HR 45, mobilizing gun owners across the nation to inundate Representatives with thousands of postcards against the gun registration bill.
"Even though many in the conservative movement think the passage of a socialized health care is inevitable, GOA issues its first of many alerts to warn gun owners about the dangers contained in the ObamaCare legislation.

May - June

"The members of GOA once again fight a solo battle (among national groups) in the effort to repeal the Reagan-era gun ban in the National Parks. The amendment passes the Senate and is signed into law by Memorial Day.
"GOA wages another lonely battle to rally gunnies against the President's anti-gun Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor.
"GOA works in Tennessee to enact the nation's first Firearms Freedom Act, a law mandating that guns which are made (and stay) in the state are exempt from federal gun restrictions. Tennessee's law went into effect in June of last year; Montana's law in October.

July - September

"GOA engages in a grassroots campaign to lobby squishy Republican Senators who are trying to reach a compromise on ObamaCare. GOA's message is: We don't want any socialized health care that can be used to infringe upon the rights of gun owners. This campaign would ultimately be successful as every Republican would soon announce their opposition to -- and vote against -- the health care bill.
"GOA has been alone on the national stage in warning of the dangers of centralized health care to the rights of gun owners." (, September 3, 2009)
"A victorious campaign to support the Amtrak amendment in the U.S. Senate. This amendment, offered by Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, allows law-abiding gun owners to safely and legally transport firearms when they travel on Amtrak. The amendment is successfully attached to the transportation bill by a filibuster-proof margin of 63-35 and is later signed into law (in December)."

October - November
"An all-out offensive to rally gun owners to oppose the ObamaCare bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill passes narrowly by five votes."
"The White House launches a broadside against GOA's arguments, claiming there are no gun rights threats in the health care bill."
"GOA and Gun Owners Foundation file an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of four Chicago residents who are seeking to invalidate a city ordinance prohibiting them from owning or possessing a handgun in their own home (McDonald v. Chicago). Oral arguments before the Court are scheduled for March 2, 2010."


"Majority Leader Harry Reid has tried to appease gun owners by placing a pro-gun "fix" in the bill. But as mentioned earlier, the "fix" is more of a first step, as it falls short of addressing all the problems GOA has with the bill. "
"Senate Democrats later overcome a Republican filibuster with no votes to spare. But despite this defeat, the ObamaCare legislation still has a long way to go." (
Gun Owners of America Article)



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