The wily Boehner had led his conservative Republican members to believe the issue was shelved for the year. Now it appears that Boehner is simply planting a trap for Republicans and gun owners -- springing this Obama-backed proposal when it's too late to primary anti-gun Republican amnesty supporters.
Gun Owners of America has argued all along that Second Amendment supporters have "a dog in this fight."
In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed an immigration amnesty bill for about 3 million illegals. It was supposed to be accompanied by new enforcement measures -- which never happened. Instead, the prospect of citizenship only attracted over ten million new illegals. And those granted amnesty in 1986 turned California from a "swing state" into an anti-gun nightmare.
A Pew poll from last year indicated that if illegal immigrants were given citizenship, they would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.
So by the time that a net 8,000,000-plus additional anti-gun voters emerge from Obama's new proposal, it will be far too late to do anything about it. Handgun bans. Total gun registration. Confiscation programs. SWAT teams. These will be the inevitable consequence of adding 8,000,000 new anti-gun voters to the electorate.
Boehner's Republican members understand that anti-gun immigration amnesty could cost Republicans the Senate and House in November -- and would damage their prospects even more in long-term.
This is why, up until now, he was pretending to shelve the issue.
Boehner thinks he can get away with bushwhacking the Republican members who elected him Speaker. But the good news is that there is a procedure for unseating the Speaker, and we are beginning to work with members in order to invoke it.
1. Contact your Representative. Please urge him to oppose any efforts to move anti-gun amnesty legislation -- regardless of his party affiliation. But if he is a Republican, ask him to move for Boehner's removal if, as reported, he betrays his own members -- and jeopardizes control of the House.
2. Contact Speaker Boehner and tell him to get off his "hell-bent" road to anti-gun amnesty. There is absolutely NO WAY for you to communicate with the Speaker (via email) if you live outside of his district. So if you wish to communicate with him, please contact his office using the following methods:
* Phone: (202)225-6205
* Fax: (202)225-0704
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