NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 9, No. 33 8/16/02

Stu Farish

Director / Webmaster
Staff member
NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 9, No. 33 8/16/02

Please forward this information to your family, friends, and fellow gun owners!


U.S. Representative Lynn Rivers (D-Mich.) appears to be just as clueless when it comes to gauging the will of her constituency as is the gun-ban lobby formerly known as HCI. Thankfully, those constituents won’t have to worry about her misrepresenting their interests next year, as they resoundingly rejected her anti-gun extremism in Michigan’s recent Primary Election on August 6.

Rep. Rivers made passing more "gun control" one of the predominant themes of her campaign, while NRA-PVF-endorsed U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-Mich.) spoke of protecting our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. But when the voters in Michigan’s newly-drawn 15th congressional district selected Rep. Dingell over the HCI-backed Rivers by an overwhelming 59% - 41% vote, HCI President Michael Barnes said Dingell "squeaked by." And in spite of the 18-point margin, Rivers seems to share HCI’s delusion, and thinks the election results indicate Rep. Dingell should change his stance on guns.

According to the anti-gun Internet news service called Join Together Online, after her loss, Rivers told the Detroit News that Dingell would have to "modify his position on issues like guns." Of course, most people understand that when you win an election, especially when it is by such a considerable margin, it is a pretty sure sign the electorate has embraced your views on the issues, and rejected those of your opponent. Perhaps her rather unique analysis of the August 6 results explains why Ms. Rivers will no longer be serving as a U.S. Representative once this Congress adjourns.


Georgia and Wyoming will hold primary elections on Tuesday, August 20, and Alaska will hold primary elections the following Tuesday, August 27. NRA members in these states should have already received information on candidates endorsed by the NRA-Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) for the primaries, or will shortly, so please be sure to go to the polls and support pro-gun candidates for office, and encourage your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same. NRA members in these states who have not received this information can call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) for more election-related information.


Congress remains on vacation during its Summer District Work Period—with the House recess scheduled to run until Sept. 5, and the Senate’s until Sept. 2. Please contact your lawmakers’ district offices and ask if or when they plan to hold town hall meetings during the recess. If you do not know the number for your lawmakers’ district offices, you can use the "Write Your Reps" tool or call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.

In addition to attending meetings and speaking out in support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms (remember to specifically promote S. 2554 and H.R. 4635—the armed pilots bills—and S. 2268 and H.R. 2037—the reckless lawsuit preemption bills), please forward the dates, times, and locations of any town hall meetings to your family members and friends who support the Second Amendment, and to the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, so we may share this information with the pro-gun community. Please forward this information to the Grassroots Division by calling our toll-free number, faxing to (703) 267-3918, or by sending an e-mail to [