September 25, 2020

Without Free Speech, How To We Protect Our Other Rights Including 2nd Amendment?

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One of the basic rights we all have is to be able to talk with our representatives in Congress and express our thoughts and present our views. Often times hunting groups will designate one person as a representative to speak for the majority. As part of that process, we as members of an organization are encouraged by the leaders of our hunting and gun clubs to contact our representatives in an effort to make sure that each member of Congress understands the importance of certain issues, for example gun rights.

What if that right was taken away from us or at least limited in such a way that for all intent and purposes our First Amendment rights became null and void? According to an article by Dan White of Ohioans For Concealed Carry, the projected incoming Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is considering legislation that would do that under the guise of lobby reform. (Pelosi of course being anti-gun)

The legislation would make changes to the legal definition of “grassroots lobbying” and require any organization that encourages 500 or more members of the general public to contact their elected representatives to file a report with detailed information about their organization to the government on a quarterly basis.

Although this in itself would not prohibit lobbying efforts, it would put a damper on things. But word is that this will be combined with other changes, presented in a previous failed bill, that would really bring lobbying to an abrupt halt.

The new legislation is expected to be modeled on the failed 2006 bill H.R. 4682. If so, then in addition to that requirement, grassroots organizations would also be required to file quarterly reports on all informational and educational materials produced for each issue. Other regulations expected to be included the requirement to be registered with congress and impose strict and heavy penalties for failure to comply.

Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott put it best when he said, “In other words, for the first time in American history, potentially millions of concerned citizens involved in grassroots lobbying and representing viewpoints from across the entire political spectrum would have to register with Congress in order to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

Many of us feel that lobby reform is needed especially in the area of the use of money and power to influence the vote of politicians. To stop the basic rights of individuals to lobby their congressman, would be another step closer toward the destruction of this country. This can’t happen.

Tom Remington

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