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Obama campaign sues to control TV ads by NRA

Obama Campaign Threaten Legal Action Over NRA Ads

Fairfax, VA-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has sent threatening letters to news agencies in Pennsylvania and Ohio to stop airing ads exposing his anti-gun record sponsored by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).

The kicker? NRA-PVF’s Ohio’s ads have not yet begun running.

“Barack Obama and his campaign are terrified of the truth,” declared Chris W. Cox, Chairman of NRA-PVF. “Sen. Obama’s statements and support for restricting access to firearms, raising taxes on guns and ammunition and voting against the use of firearms for self-defense in the home are a matter of public record. NRA-PVF will make sure that everyone knows of Obama’s abysmal record on guns and hunting.”

The Obama campaign sent cease and desist letters to news outlets in Pennsylvania and Ohio, denouncing the ads and demanding their removal from the airwaves. All stations where NRA-PVF has purchased or plans to purchase ads have been provided with documented evidence of Sen. Obama’s anti-gun record.

Obama Campaign Cease and Desist Letter

NRA-PVF Response Memo

NRA-PVF Response to Washington Post “fact check”

Click here to get to article, letter, memo and fact check

“Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in our nation’s history. That’s the truth,” concluded Cox. “NRA-PVF has the facts on our side. No amount of running from or lying about his record and then intimidating news outlets in the hope of deceiving American gun owners and hunters is going to work. Those strong arm tactics may work in Chicago, but not in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and not as long as NRA-PVF has anything to say about it.”

I understand some people reading this might not be interested in guns, or believe in gun control. In that case I would urge you to consider the erasure of rights we have been hearing about over the past few years include the right to information–what the Obama campaign here seeks to quash. Whether you agree with gun control or not, no campaign has the right to keep information from the public, or use insidious methods to intimidate others into doing the same.

If you believe this to be a small or insignificant matter, consider the consequences of government violation of any other of our constitutionally guaranteed rights and protections? Would you tolerate it? It is not the nature of a responsible citizen to pick and choose which guaranteed rights may apply to fellow citizens, but this is what the Obama campaign seeks to do.

The Moynihan Commission on Government Secrecy had as its key findings:

* that secrecy is a form of government regulation
* that excessive secrecy has significant consequences for the national interest when policy makers
are not fully informed
* the government is not held accountable for its actions
* the public cannot engage fully in informed debate

The people of the United States are entitled to and demand better than such insidious forms of public control.

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Thursday 25 September 2008 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “Barack Obama and his campaign are terrified of the truth,”

    If ever I seen the truth in print that statement would rank top. Why hasn’t Obama sued McCain and his campaign for negative un-true ads? NRA has Obama by the balls on the 2nd Amendment and he{Obama}knows this.

    Everybody thinks the NRA is about hunters rights. It is but it’s beyond protecting hunters rights it’s about protecting our 2nd Amendment and also our 1rst Amendment.

    Some people can’t see past the truth of the matter is that any American if they choose so have the right to bare arms and it is their duty and right to be well armed. And no it doesn’t mean be armed just for hunting or for personal protection.

    It is indeed protection of all aspects of firearms ownership be it for hunting, self defense or protection of this country from all enemy’s foreign and domestic and also protection against a Government that strips away inalienable rights of the people.

    Leaders have good intentions and strive to do the right thing but, they are in office to be a leader.
    We need to be oh so ever sober and vigilant in these times and in the future as well.

    Be very skeptic of those who try to dis-arm the population. The greatest threat to leaders is an armed people. The well armed people are the greatest wake up call to any democratic Government and also foreign governments as well.
    The British got a good taste of this wake up call in the very early years of this country and I’m sure if our founding fathers were here today to see first hand how some evil , socialist anti-2nd amendment politicians are in the business of slowly ripping apart our constitution I’m sure they would very much call to arm every American and stand ready to fight for the Constitution again.

    It is our duty and right as Americans to be armed at all times. Not only is this a right but also a request to preserve our Constitution and our Democracy.

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    Comment by dtmf | Friday 26 September 2008 | Reply

  2. I agree with all you said, but espcially there are certain parts some people need to understand better, such as:

    Be very skeptic of those who try to dis-arm the population. The greatest threat to leaders is an armed people. The well armed people are the greatest wake up call to any democratic Government and also foreign governments as well.
    The British got a good taste of this wake up call in the very early years of this country and I’m sure if our founding fathers were here today to see first hand how some evil , socialist anti-2nd amendment politicians are in the business of slowly ripping apart our constitution I’m sure they would very much call to arm every American and stand ready to fight for the Constitution again.

    Shredding apart our constitution, yes. It’s a disgrace.

    Comment by fireweednectar | Friday 26 September 2008 | Reply

  3. Der größte Unsinn, den man in den besetzen Ostgebieten machen könnte, sei der, den unterworfenen Völkern Waffen zu geben. Die Geschichte lehre, daß alle Herrenvölker untergegangen seien, nachdem sie den von ihnen unterworfenen Volkern Waffen bewilligt hatten.

    [The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.]

    — Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), April 11, 1942, quoted in Hitlers Tischegesprache Im Fuhrerhauptquartier 1941-1942. [Hitler’s Table-Talk at the Fuhrer’s Headquarters 1941-1942], Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaum-Verlag, Bonn, 1951)

    Comment by dtmf | Friday 26 September 2008 | Reply

  4. From the Wall Street Journal:
    September 5, 2008, 2:38 pm
    Obama: ‘I’m Not Going to Take Your Guns Away’
    Christopher Cooper reports from Duryea, Pa., on the presidential race.
    The Obama campaign talks a lot about new ideas and expanding the political map, but in the swing state of Pennsylvania, which the campaign has focused on almost exclusively since the Democratic convention, old-school issues still rise to the fore.
    The latest example came Friday during a small political event at SCHOTT North America Inc., a glass factory in Duryea, Pa., where even a hand-picked crowd threw Barack Obama a curve ball.
    A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”
    “If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.
    So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’

    Comment by DTMF | Saturday 27 September 2008 | Reply


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