NRA lying about Silveira case AGAIN
Press Release -
Is the NRA Serious
from Gary Gorski, attorney for Silveira Plaintiffs
August 26, 2003
[filed here late due to site being down]
[Additional analysis by Angel Shamaya below press release]
The NRA issued
the following press release:
Files Brief with the Supreme Court in Silveira v.
National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed an amicus
curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court, in
the case of Silveira v. Lockyer, arguing that the Second
Amendment is indeed an individual right, and a right
that is applicable to the states through the Fourteenth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist said, "Every freedom
guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is extended to the
individual citizen. The Second Amendment is a
fundamental civil right and it should not be subject to
any discrimination. To address the dilemma of violent
crime, lawmakers ought to place the full burden of
justice on the criminal element. Sadly, society is more
content to trade our valued freedoms as an alternative.
We hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will stop this
erosion of our independence."
praised the hard work by Chuck Michel, an attorney who
has worked on this case in California. "Chuck has
worked tirelessly to safeguard Second Amendment rights
in California for many years. He is an exceptional
individual and a sharp attorney. We are fortunate to
have him working on our behalf in California,"
8/13/2003 3:45:26 PM
to see it on NRAILA.org or here for a saved a screenshot.]
This is clearly deceptive --- Chuck Michel has worked tirelessly in attempting to impede the case of
Silveira v. Lockyer from its inception, up until the NRA filed it's amicus brief. He has tried to dissuade Silveira's attorney, Gary W. Gorski, from filing the action, and prosecuting the appeal. On appeal in the Ninth Circuit, he
filed an amicus brief in opposition to
Silveira, arguing that the Plaintiffs/Appellants lacked standing. So, it begs the question: What has Chuck Michel done for the case in California?
Gary W. Gorski
Attorney at Law
SEPS EXERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATER INFINITAS
("Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever")
Responses from KeepAndBearArms.com Founder/Executive
Director, Angel Shamaya
NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox's press release praising CRPA/NRA attorney Chuck Michel as "an attorney who has worked on this case in California" is overtly dishonest. The insinuation is that Chuck Michel has been
helping the Silveira case. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While NRA's amicus brief supporting Silveira is welcome and excellently prepared, the organization has not given one dime toward the
Silveira legal battle, of which
KeepAndBearArms.com is the sole fundraiser. (They may have
paid their law firm to write their brief
-- a brief written and filed after the case had already
been appealed to the Supreme Court.) Despite this, we have two documented reports that NRA's phone solicitors have raised money under the guise that they've been helping the case -- from months before they prepared their brief. Regardless, for Cox to imply that Chuck Michel has helped this case in any way is a gross insult to the many people who
have worked on the case.
Here are some facts Mr. Cox omitted from his press release:
1) NRA/CRPA attorney Chuck Michel tried to KILL the Silveira case. Brian Puckett documented that fact for all to see. Go see for yourself:
NRA Lawyer Undermining ALL Our Rights
2) NRA/CRPA Chuck Michel publicly
threatened that if Mr. Gorski appealed the case to the Supreme Court, CRPA would "most likely file a brief asking the Supreme Court not to hear the dangerous case." In that press release of May 13, 2003, Michel said, among other things:
A) "CRPA opposes Supreme Court review of the Silveira decision."
B) "It is absolutely the wrong case for Supreme Court review."
3) Chuck Michel actually called Gary Gorski a "Judas" for fighting the
Silveira lawsuit. Here's a direct quote from the guy NRA's Chris Cox is praising for being "an attorney who has worked on this case in California":
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: CRPA Brief
"...you are setting yourself up to be remembered in history as the Judas that betrayed the 2A civil rights movement."
C. D. Michel
TRUTANICH - MICHEL, LLP
A t t o r n e y s a t L a w
Port of Los Angeles Office
407 North Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Fax: (310) 548-4813
QUESTIONS FOR CHRIS COX
1) What were Mr. Michel's objectives while he was doing this "work"?
2) Was Mr. Michel trying to HELP the case succeed by announcing that it was "wrong" and "dangerous"?
3) Was Mr. Michel trying to empower the lead counsel by calling him a "Judas that betrayed the 2A civil rights movement"?
4) Does NRA intend to raise money under the false premise that your organization has done, is doing or will be doing anything other than paying a law firm to write and file an amicus brief in this case? There is much work to be
done -- why won't NRA help finance this effort?
STILL REQUIRE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
SILVEIRA LEGAL BATTLE AHEAD!
If you have not
yet donated to the Silveira v. Lockyer lawsuit
fund, will you please do so now?
information on the case, its development, its success thus
far, and details on what your financial support will help
fund, go here:
The fundraising by
KeepAndBearArms.com is essential to Silveira v. Lockyer
and has my backing 100%.
Gorski, Attorney for Plaintiffs, Silveira v. Lockyer