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Newt Gingrich Wants your Thumbprint to Buy a Gun

Written by Subject: Politics: Republican Campaigns
From: "Dudley Brown" <>
Date: December 3, 2011 8:30:03 AM MST
Subject: He wants your thumbprint


Newt Gingrich's record is even worse, and much more anti-gun than I thought.

This week, my staff discovered that Newt Gingrich believes gun owners should be forced to submit themselves to thumbprint scans of a biometric federal gun owner database... just to buy a firearm:

"I think we prefer to go to instant check on an immediate basis and try to accelerate implementing instant checks so that you could literally check by thumbprint... Instant check is a much better system than the Brady process." -- June 27, 1997

I don't want Eric Holder's Justice Department to have a list of gun owners complete with biometric data like thumbprints, and I'm sure you don't either.

Please call Newt Gingrich right now at (678) 973-2306.

Demand he retract his support for a national thumbprint database and apologize to gun owners.

-- Dudley From: Dudley Brown []
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2011 5:37 PM
Subject: The Inconvenient Truth about Newt


I know I don’t have to tell you, but politicians often say one thing but do the complete opposite -- especially if they think no one is looking.

Newt Gingrich is the poster child for these sort of “flexible” principles.

I’ve been around the block a few times (I’m about to start my 20th year as a gun rights lobbyist) and dealt with literally thousands of candidates and politicians, but no Republican politician has managed to support and vote for anti-gun legislation and still proclaim that he is “pro-gun” more effectively than Newt Gingrich.

Don’t be fooled by his rise in the polls; Newt Gingrich has a long history of supporting gun control ...

... and he has blatantly refused to return his National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey.

With more than three decades as a public figure, Newt is the quintessential political chameleon, shifting his views to reflect whatever is popular with the Washington, D.C. chattering class.

Make no mistake, while Newt may talk a solid conservative game, his record is that of a typical Inside-the-Beltway politician who will cut ANY compromise or make ANY deal with anyone for his own political or personal gain.

While Newt used the institutional gun lobby as a mouthpiece to convince millions of gun owners nationwide that “as long as he is Speaker, no gun-control legislation is going to move in committee or on the House floor,” he was working behind the scenes to pass gun control.

In 1996, Newt Gingrich turned his back on gun owners and voted for the anti-gun Brady Campaign’s Lautenberg Gun Ban, which strips the Second Amendment rights of citizens involved in misdemeanor domestic violence charges or temporary protection orders –- in some cases for actions as minor as spanking a child or grabbing a spouse’s wrist.(1)

Gingrich even called the anti-gun measure “reasonable,” and predicted that it would sail through his Republican-controlled House of Representatives with little trouble.(2)

The Lautenberg Gun Ban is one of the Congressional Republicans' worst betrayals of gun owners, and those complicit in its passage deserve nothing but contempt from gun owners.

This gun control measure ranks right up there with the Brady Registration Act as the most aggressive gun control in America, denying hundreds of thousands of would-be gun owners the right to self defense.

Gingrich also stood shoulder to shoulder with Nancy Pelosi to pass the “Criminal Safezones Act” which prevents armed citizens from defending themselves in certain arbitrary locations. You and I both know that Criminal Safezones don’t protect law-abiding citizens, but actually protect the criminals who ignore them.(3)

As you can see, Newt Gingrich is no friend of gun owners, or small government conservatives. He simply can’t be trusted, and his record reflects his contempt not only for the truth, but his own integrity and the integrity of the very people he’s asking to vote for him to be the most powerful man in the modern world.

This is the same man who railed against the Obama bailouts of Fannie and Freddie Mac while receiving more than $1.5 million from Fannie Mae as a “consultant”(4) while his firm also raised $37 million to pass healthcare insurance mandates.(5)

He’s also the same man who sat next to Nancy Pelosi and insisted global warming was a man-made problem in need of a government-mandated solution. Now that he’s running for the Republican nomination, he doesn’t believe in global warming and calls the TV ad he did with Pelosi “inexplicable.” Please click here to watch the video.(6)

I’m concerned, though, that Newt’s snake-oil act is catching on.

It’s time for gun owners and liberty-minded, small government activists to hold Newt’s feet to the fire.

That’s why I need you to call the Gingrich campaign headquarters right now at (678) 973-2306. Demand that Newt Gingrich apologize for his past support of gun control, and make a dramatic turnaround statement of support to repeal the gun controls he’s supported.

Tell his campaign that you expect Newt to not only apologize for his past support of anti-gun measures but also to reveal where he stands on international gun grabs like the UN “Small Arms Treaty” and domestic anti-gun schemes like the banning of .50 caliber rifles.

Demand he quit stonewalling gun owners and return his National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey -- at once. You and I both know that election season, when they’re begging for the votes of gun owners, is one of the best times to lobby candidates and politicians.

With Republican presidential primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina mere weeks away, it’s vital that gun owners know where the Republican candidates for President stand on important Second Amendment issues.

Newt’s record is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. With a horrible voting record on Second Amendment issues, gun owners just don’t know which side Newt’s on.

Please call the Gingrich campaign headquarters right now at (678) 973-2306. Demand that Newt Gingrich apologize for his past support of gun control.

   For Freedom,

   Dudley Brown
   Executive Director

P.S. Newt Gingrich's anti-gun record is too important -- and dangerous -- to ignore. That's why I felt compelled to inform you.

His support for numerous gun controls is in direct contradiction to his current campaign statements.

Call the Gingrich campaign headquarters right now at (678) 973-2306. Demand that Newt Gingrich apologize for his past support of gun control.

The National Association for Gun Rights is working day and night to keep gun owners like you up-to-date on the presidential candidates' records -- please consider contributing to the effort by chipping in $15 or $20. Associated Press, “Gingrich Favors Handgun Ban for Domestic Abuse Convicts,” Deseret News, Sept. 16, 1996.

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4 Comments in Response to

Comment by John Beck
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Just what part of the 2nd. Amendment don't he UNDERSTAND.

Comment by Anonymous
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Poorly headlined.

I think the slant in the wording of this headline "Newt Gingrich Wants your Thumbprint to Buy a Gun" is to picture presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as some kind of an anti-gun hydra that should be slain by gun rights fighters. But it looks like it boomeranged.

Editorially, it is poor copywriting [headlining], almost brainless

Comment by Kalantiaw
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Gun rights -- sorry not a dollar for your cause.

Thumbprint won’t stop the mentally unstable to use gun and whoop innocent bystanders sending them to the hospital or to their early grave if not turning up victims maimed for life, but it is a faster means and a more effective way of tracing gun ownership in this nation’s campaign to minimize if not stop gun violence.

Any politician in Congress, not just Newt Gingrich, who supports this legislation, is the true servant of the people. Those who oppose are just the devil’s advocates and promoters of their own self-interest.

Dudley Brown, Executive Director of National Association for Gun Rights, who is vigorously campaigning to promote UREGULATED gun ownership, callously demonizes Newt Gingrich for carrying the mandate of the American people to regulate gun ownership. Brown turned himself into the "bad guy" and made Gingrich the

"good guy".

Brown couldn’t be the good guy because he is showing his indifference to the horrifying results of stray handguns and dangerous weapons falling into the hands of the mentally disturbed or in the possession of dangerous sociopaths who bring havoc to our present society that’s addicted to handguns and high-powered machineguns. This gun-addiction bastardizes the Second Amendment when gun-junkies circulate their belief that to have an arsenal of weapons at home is the best means of "self-defense"[???]. That’s a joke – but really, it is not funny.

Anyway, as a warrior of gun rights, this Brown centurion who is fighting for unregulated gun ownership simply ignores two-thirds of the American population who wanted Congress to enact stricter and stronger gun-control laws [].

This segment of the population that demands stricter regulations on gun ownership had "held roughly stable for the last decade …" and Dudley Brown is obviously not aware of it [].

He is oblivious to "several highly publicized incidents of gun violence -- by the students at Columbine High School, the day trader in Atlanta, the white supremacist in Los Angeles – [that] have resulted in calls for increased gun legislation. While most Americans oppose an outright ban on all handguns, there is considerable support among the public for stricter laws governing firearms …" [the latest CBS News poll].

At the end of Brown’s letter to "Gary" [whoever he is] attacking Gingrich, he is asking the public for contribution to support the association’s advertisement pitch – "Standing Up For Freedom"

Standing up for what freedom? The freedom of psychopaths to use guns under the Second Amendment? Freedom of sociopaths to use unregulated ownership of weapons of destruction, with reference to the "Columbine High School shooting, the day trader in Atlanta, the white supremacist in Los Angeles …" ?

Although I have a lot of questions to ask Newt Gingrich myself, Brown has no reward for attacking Gingrich when the former Speaker is right on this thumbprint issue – at least he is right to more than two-thirds of the American population who are demanding Congress should pass stricter gun control laws.

I am so sorry for your unreasonable belligerence, Mr. Brown … not a dollar for your cause.

Comment by tittiger
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And I would love to see this monsters head in a nose on a gallows.

What do you think?