It was, however, brought to my attention a situation involving the Brady Center fundraising using my case as a reason. Conveniently, however, they do not mention me, my attorney, SAF, or Alan Gura (SAF's amicus counsel who will be arguing). They only mention the NRA. Copied for posterity:
|Don't let the NRA force guns onto your streets!|
We have the right to decide how we keep our streets safe. The NRA wants to take that
If the NRA gets its way, your hometown might soon be forced to allow virtually anyone
to carry loaded handguns on public streets, buses and parks — and no laws, elected
officials or even law enforcement officers will be able to stop them.
That's not the America I want to live in — and I fight every day to prevent it.That's why on Monday
I'll be in a Denver federal court going head-to-head against one
of the NRA's top attorneys. I'm fighting for people like you who believe that communities
should be able to decide for themselves about loaded guns in their public places. The
NRA won't stop until guns are carried everywhere.
Please help me and the other Brady attorneys defeat the NRA again!
This case is critical. If the NRA wins, this will be the first appeals court ruling that there
is a Constitutional "right" for individuals to carry a gun virtually anywhere outside the
home. If we win, the people will have the right to decide whether guns are allowed in public
spaces in their communities.
How extreme is the gun lobby's position? It's so extreme that even Colorado's NRA "A-rated"
Attorney General is arguing alongside me. He knows how perilous it is to relinquish Colorado's
right to protect people from the lethal risks of guns.
Almost all Americans agree with us. But the NRA has armies of lawyers bankrolled by a billion
dollar industry. So we need your help now to defeat the gun lobby where its massive war-chest
can’t buy success — in the courts.
Please join us as we beat back the NRA to ensure strong gun laws and safe communities.
We can't do it without you.
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
I removed the fundraising links because I'll be damned if I help give the Brady Center any money.
If the NRA gets its way
Except the NRA is just an amicus curiae party, just like the Brady Center is and they were told to argue sua sponte by the 10th Circuit Panel. They want to help, that's cool, but this was MY case, funded by myself, private interested parties as well as state 501(c)(3) orgs.
Your hometown might soon be forced to allow virtually anyone to carry loaded handguns on public streets, buses and parks — and no laws, elected officials or even law enforcement officers will be able to stop them.
Well, anyone who is willing to pay $152.50 on a license and a state and FBI fingerprint background check, actually travel to Denver to apply (which I did), and be subject to the same laws as the residents of Colorado are. They can't carry in schools or secured areas, so I don't know what they are blathering about.
That's not the America I want to live in — and I fight every day to prevent it.
United Kingdom Border Agency for Immigration
I was going to suggest Canada, but I believe within a decade they have shall-issue LTC's anyway, thanks to the tireless efforts of CSSA and CILA.
If we win
If you win, and I lose, I can petition SCOTUS. Perhaps gloating and goading the plaintiff isn't a good idea? That's what sucks about your position: Even if I lose, I still win. If we go back to the Heller and McDonald text, then you have 3-4 votes. Pro-self defense side has 5-6. Would you like to roll the dice?
the people will have the right to decide whether guns are allowed in public spaces in their communities.
You mean like how supposedly "the people have the right to decide whether whether or not marriage is between a man and a woman"? *buzz* wrong. As Perry v. Brown in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stated, the 9th Amendment and the 14th amendment's equal protection provisions protects gays and lesbians in their family choices on equal grounds as mix gendered couples. However, the 2nd amendment is a specifically enumerated fundamental right. There's also the issue of why non-resident, when they freely issue on a shall-issue basis to residents, is treated as an "unwelcome alien" rather than a "welcome visitor".
Their above statement is also supportive of unchallenged anti-gay violence. You see, the Brady Center, along with their (c)(4) Campaign, openly supported cities banning handguns in the home, and requiring trigger locks to where guns cannot be used in self defense in one's own home.
Anti-gay violence is tied for 2nd largest hate crime statistic in Denver, behind race.
Hate crime statistics for Denver, Colorado.
Sexual Orientation 9
Total Reported Hate Crimes 61
Reported Hate Crimes by Quarter
First Quarter (Jan/Feb/Mar) 17 Second Quarter (Apr/May/Jun) 11
Third Quarter (Jul/Aug/Sep) 24 Fourth Quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec) 9
Of course, being anti-self defense, they will say that 9 of these is very rare for a large city.
To the 9 people who were attacked, however, it happened to them just one too many times.
And of course, this is just the reported stuff. Talking to my LGBT brothers and sisters in Denver, there is a LOT more than just 9 hate crimes. They don't report because they view the police as worse than useless, and there's tremendous amount of tension between the LGBT community and Denver Police for numerous reasons (hidden cameras catching cops beating lesbians and gay people without any provocation, resulting in firings by the previous Manager of Safety).
I don't butch up my natural voice just to avoid a problem in public, as some straight anti-sefense types have suggested. They seem to be real insensitive bastards when they tell people to "avoid doing things to attact criminal attention", you know.
You see, government enforced personal pacifism is a religion, and for gay people, this enforced religion results in things for us like being curb stomped or being stabbed in the back with a broken beer-bottle.
Simply put, the Brady Center, despite the heightened risk to gay people from anti-gay violence, wants the resident anti-gay criminal class of Colorado to be able to attack out of state gays from 21 states who may be visiting the state without fear of them being armed legally. It's that simple.
Almost all Americans agree with us.
They agree that not everyone should be able to carry. It's all about how you ask the question in an attempt at a push poll. Also, if almost all Americans agree with you, it should be a simple matter of amending the constitution using Article V, right? Except in places like Kansas where 89% of the population supported a strong RKBA provision in 2010.
But the NRA has armies of lawyers bankrolled by a billion dollar industry. So we need your help now to defeat the gun lobby where its massive war-chest can’t buy success — in the courts.
Nice to know that I'm bankrolled by a billion dollar industry. I have this 100 foot yacht that I take out into Puget Sound, my house is paid off, I have no more bills, ever. /sarcasm
Btw, I predict, just like the anti-gay organizational hate machine, will use the term "activist judges" if the pro-self defense side wins the case.
CITADEL at one of my favorite forums posted this:
That's pretty crudely crafted propaganda.
The most conspicuous example of this twisted spin is Gray's case being spearheaded by the NRA. They did this because without the NRA, one cannot make the connection to the funding of 'the multi-billion dollar gun industry'. Without this, its a hard sell to say that millions of guns are being pushed into the streets by one person's rights being vindicated in court, being funded by the many contributors of the SAF, and other gun rights advocacy groups. I predict that the same dialogue will resurface with the CGF's involvement in other wins... Credit will be given to the NRA and the alleged monolithic gun manufacturers, instead of where it is due.
Me: I notice they didn't mention SAF or Alan Gura. I wonder why...hmm....
They live in the Harry Potter universe. To them saying 'Gura' is akin to a wizard invoking the name of Voldemort. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named...
It's nice to be a muggle-born rather than a wizard, I guess.
That being said, my real commentary about the amicus counsel opposition blatantly lying and misrepresenting who actually paid for the case, or saying it's an NRA case: