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"Ashcroft Petition" Update
Hitting the airwaves and print media

October 25, 2001



WorldNetDaily's columnist and talk show host Geoff Metcalf has invited Petition co-author David Codrea to be a guest on his program on Friday, Oct. 26, to discuss the project. Geoff's show can be listened to via his website: Go there and click on the "Listen Live!" microphone icon. If you're a new listener, we encourage you to visit Geoff's site before the show to make sure you can receive the program-- he does have a link to download the free software needed.

The show can also be listened to live on AM stations KPKZ 1380-Sacramento and KSRK 540-Monterey. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Oct. 28 starting at 2:00 PM on KSFO 560-San Francisco and will also be available in Geoff's online archives.

The Friday program airs from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Pacific Time, so if you live in a different time zone, plan to listen accordingly. David will probably be on some time after 5:00, but we think you will enjoy and learn from the entire program and encourage you to hear it all. Geoff's previous guests have included such notables as House Impeachment Counsel David Schippers, Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch, rocker Ted Nugent, and many others (including Petition Co-Founder, Angel Shamaya), so this is indeed an exciting honor and opportunity to promote our effort to a national, even a world-wide audience thanks to the reach of the Internet.



We would like to thank Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership for its information alert informing members of the Petition project. We encourage all of our supporters to become members of this fine organization that has done (and continues to do) such innovative and powerful educational actions for the Second Amendment and the entire Bill of Rights. See the JPFO post here:



Guns and Ammo magazine informs us they will run a feature on the Petition in their January issue, generally on the shelves in early December, just in time to provide an afterburner kick-in for this effort considering they have an advertised readership of 5.8 million.

Speaking of G&A, the December issue is out, and Petition co-authors Brian Puckett and David Codrea each have articles appearing. Brian's "Four .50s to Fool With" range-tests a new generation of affordable .50 BMG rifles. David's "Six Degrees of Hypocrisy" exposes the foolishness and danger promoted by Hollywood's protected, anti-defense elite. If you're not a regular subscriber, we encourage you to pick up a copy from a store or newsstand near you, or go here to subscribe:



For those of you who are still not aware of "A Petition for Enforcement of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States," we urge you to immediately go here and get on board:

If you have seen the Petition but still not signed it, why not? You have nothing to lose and much potentially to gain. The minimal information we ask for (name, city/state, date and optional email address if you wish to receive project updates) will never be shared with others -- we are not building a "list" and we will never "spam" you with unrelated solicitations -- plus, we will never ask you for a dime.

If you have already signed the Petition, we ask you to recruit others to do so as well. In addition to individuals, we encourage you to contact gun rights organizations/clubs/websites, gun-related businesses, etc., and convey your expectation that they join us in supporting this important effort. Let those sitting on the sidelines know that you have noticed their silence and will base your support to them accordingly.



Petition coordinator David Codrea reports that thousands of Americans from all across the country have sent in signatures since this project was launched a few weeks ago, and his mailbox is crammed with more each day. This has clearly struck a chord with people who realize that legal and political options outside of federal enforcement have been slammed shut for many Americans, and that if they get arrested for an unconstitutional anti-defense edict, many states will not recognize a Second Amendment defense. David is literally spending several hours each day on this, and challenges you to swamp him with signatures to the point where he needs to beg someone to help him sort the mail.

He also apologizes to those of you who have provided their email addresses but must read the update here -- the numerous time-consuming priorities to manage this project have prevented him from entering most of the addresses received to date, and he is trying to get this resolved before too long.



If you missed it, here is a link to WorldNetDaily reporter Jon Dougherty's story on the Petition:



Lee McGee is a Louisiana activist from deep in Cajun country who has single-handedly managed to collect over 1,000 signatures in the past few weeks. If you want to know how he did it, follow this link and follow his lead:

Many thanks, Lee! You're a one-man army -- if we had a thousand like you, we would change the world.



Just because the Petition focuses on injustices in California does not mean that it will not have an impact on your state-- as we have said on numerous occasions, we chose California because we could clearly prove the case that all doors to political and legal redress have been slammed shut and barred by the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government, and by the 9th Circuit federal court of appeals--- which now stands directly opposite the recent 5th Circuit Emerson ruling. Clearly, this must be resolved. If successful, precedent will be established for further DoJ enforcement wherever infringements occur.

Americans deserve an immediate answer to this basic question: Does the federal government intend to uphold this crucial element of its social contract with We the People or not? No more ducking the issue-- if the AG means what he says, and truly believes in the Second Amendment, as he and prominent gun organizations say he does, he will immediately and vigorously enforce the supreme law of the land-- after all, he swore an oath to do just that. No amount of spin will mask excuses for refusing to do so. It's time to end all pretenses, and get the simple "yes" or "no" we are all entitled to, so that we can see for ourselves if his bold words are backed up with equivalent resolve.

A Petition for Enforcement
of the Second Amendment
to the Constitution of the United States


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