Thursday, October 01, 2009

Parental / Knife Rights

Back to the grind, peeps!

Parental Rights:



Back in July, we held a phone blitz campaign and gathered 7 new House cosponsors and 1 new senator. Over the last two weeks, we picked up 7 new House cosponsors and TWO new senators. This puts us over 120 cosponsors in the U.S. House, along with 6 senators.

This success is because we haven’t been just sitting around since July. We are constantly increasing our numbers, so that we can persuade even the tougher congressmen to get onboard.

We were especially excited by one of our new cosponsors, because in the first letter we received from him back in March, he told us he simply could not support an amendment to the Constitution. We sent him information, he received lots of phone calls and letters, and a couple of months later he said he would look into it. After a few more months, he seemed likely to vote in favor of it, but not willing to sign on. Then, during this last phone blitz, he was finally persuaded of the need – and of the degree to which his constituents agree with that need – and he signed on to cosponsor the bill.

Now that this latest phone blitz is finished, it’s time to build our numbers even higher for the next one. If we are faithful to do this, we will continue to see success even as the challenges grow, because we will be ready for them – just as we were this time.

To that end, we would like to urge you this week to write an Op-Ed or a Letter to the Editor for your local paper. There are a few examples linked from this page, and there is a current example linked from our new Parental Rights in the News page in case you need some ideas to get you started.

Speaking of our Parental Rights in the News page, you can find a link to this in a red box in the center of our Home Page, and we will be updating this new feature daily, or at least as often as we can. There are a lot of news stories out there that we see but that you may have missed. We don’t have the time and staff to write about all of them, but we want to make them available to you. So, we’ve gathered them in one place so that you can get parental rights news – and stories you can share with your friends as you tell them about the Amendment – all in one convenient place. (For those of you with computer savvy, we are working on setting this up as an RSS channel as well.)

Our Constitution Week Call Campaign, which ended up lasting two weeks instead of one, was a success, and for that we thank you all. Now it is time to gear up for the next one. So write that Op-Ed, or gather those email addresses, or enlist those friends today. The need for a constitutional amendment to preserve the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is great, but each congressman seems a little more “hard of hearing.” Let’s raise enough voices to be sure they hear us the next time we call!

Knife Rights:

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On September 16th Knife Rights participated in a lobby day on Capitol Hill, along with representatives of the American Knife and Tool Institute, the NRA and the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation. Representing Knife Rights were Doug Ritter, Pete Brownell and Jason Kunkler (from While it was an exhausting, and at times frustrating, experience, it was clearly beneficial that House Committee and Member staff heard from us why it was so important to retain the Senate Amendment 1447 in the final Homeland Security Appropriations bill. I am confident that had we not made this effort, we might not succeed in the end.

As for that, we are all still waiting. We remain cautiously optimistic, but it isn't a done deal by any means.

Today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) indicated on the floor that he hoped to have the DHS Appropriations Conference Committee report on the House floor next Thursday. That is no guarantee, but at least gives notice of what they are aiming for.

Also today, the Speaker of the House appointed House Conferees for the DHS Appropriations bill.

If any of the Representatives below represent your district or you are from their state, please contact them immediately and ask them for their support to keep Senate Amendment 1447 in the final bill. If you operate a business that is involved in the knife industry or if knives are an integral part of your business' or employee's operations or activities, tell them that this amendment protecting assisted opening knives is critical to your business. Keep your call POLITE, SHORT and TO THE POINT! Do NOT ramble, do NOT discuss any other issues. This call should take no more than a minute or two, total, except for any time on hold. If you cannot follow these simple rules, please don't call. Again, keep your call POLITE, SHORT and TO THE POINT!

At this point, PHONE Calls are BEST, FAX next, emails last. You can call their local district office; you don't necessarily have to contact the D.C. office.

You can find your Representative's web site with their phone numbers at:

DHS Appropriations Committee Conferees:

David R. Obey (D-WI)
David E. Price (D-NC)
Jose E. Serrano (D-NY)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Nita M. Lowey (D-NY)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Sam Farr (D-CA)
Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Harold Rogers (R-KY)
John R. Carter (R-TX)
John Abney Culberson (R-TX)
Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)



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