IMPORTANT UPDATES – TWO PART ACTION ALERT – PLEASE SHARE
1. WE MUST COUNTER Organizing for Action – CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVES AND US SENATORS MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Organizing for Action (Obama’s campaign organization turned action network) has directed their members to “flood” the Capitol switchboard. Our representatives must hear from us to balance their effort.
In addition, Republican Senators Tom Coburn and Mark Kirk are working with Democrat Senators Joe Manchin, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on new legislation to “keep weapons away from criminals and the mentally ill.”
Grassroots NC’s position on potential bipartisan or Republican legislation: “None of this is acceptable.”
Many people are already being unfairly disqualified from owning a gun because of a diagnosis of PTSD or transient use of an anti-depressant in their past. Some legislators will want to compromise on this type of proposal, but it will infringe on the rights of the law-abiding.
Please call or email your US Representatives and US Senators on Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29. Ask them to SAY NO to any gun control measures.
House Reps are in their districts this week so use their local office numbers (while you’re calling, ask them when they will hold a town hall in the district):
Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D-01) (252) 237-9816
Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (R-02) 1-877-645-8764
Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-03) 800-351-1697
Rep. David Price (D-04) 919.859.5999
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-05) (336) 778-0211
Rep. Howard Coble (R-06) (336) 333-5005
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-07) (910) 815-4959
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-08) 704-786-1612
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-09) (704) 365-6234
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-10) 800.477.2576
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-11) 828-693-5660
Rep. Mel Watt (D-12) (704) 344-9950
Rep. George Holding (R-13) 919-856-9778
Senators are in DC this week:
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) 202-224-6342
2. FROM GRASSROOTS NC: CALL COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE STEVE TROXLER THIS WEEK
Ask him where he stands on gun control in relation to President Obama’s agenda.
Email AND call Commissioner Steve Troxler at Steve.Troxler@ncagr.gov and (919) 707-3000
“It’s been well over a week since The NC Department of Agriculture Commissioner fell in line with President Obama’s plan to ban the private sales of any firearms following a recent incident at a gun show. After a negligent discharge of a shotgun at a recent gun show at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh, representatives of Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler saw fit to declare that private sales of any and all firearms would be banned for the rest of the show, and possibly all gun shows held on NC agricultural property in the future.
Where does Commissioner Troxler stand?
After pronouncing that private sales were banned from State Agricultural owned property, Commissioner Troxler has gone silent. The big question now becomes: will a REPUBLICAN controlled state agency now jump on President Obama’s gun control policies without question? When accidents involving automobiles happen, we don’t ban private auto sales. When accidents involving house fires happen, we don’t arbitrarily ban private home sales. Why then, are our elected leaders so quick to ban private firearms sales when a negligent discharge happens?
Maybe we should just ask?
The citizens of North Carolina deserve to know where our leaders stand on this issue. Using the contact information provided and the suggested message (or one of your own), contact NC Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler and ask him personally where he stands on the issue of private firearms sales and President Obama’s gun control agenda. With the anti-gun crowd screaming loud these days, we deserve to know just where our leaders stand on the issue.”