The 2021 General Assembly is well underway here in Boise. Our team has been working for several weeks to lock down our legislative goals for the year, along with the budget we need to fund them.
Like every other gun owner in America, I had hoped that President Trump would be in the White House for four more years.
But with Joe Biden getting sworn in yesterday, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in charge of the Congress, we have to get ready a two long year war against our gun rights — at least.
So while I would love nothing more than to put all of our energies into the fight for gun rights here in Idaho, it’s clear that we need to devote significant resources to holding the line for freedom at the federal level, too.
That’s why I am writing you today.
The Idaho Second Amendment needs to decide how and where to focus our time and the generous financial resources that you entrust to us — and we need to decide very quickly.
And unlike federal gun groups that simply harvest their members donations and spend them on shopping sprees, private air travel, and massive salaries, ISAA is a grassroots organization that works for you. So, we need to hear from you, right away.
That’s why we have prepared your 2021 Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Membership Ballot, so we know where you want us to focus this year. Please read this update and then complete your ballot IMMEDIATELY!
The truth is that the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance spent a small fortune during the elections last year, exposing anti-gun radicals like Kirk Adams, Dave Radford, Laura Bellegante, Donavan Harrington, Travis Oler and many others using the hardest hitting digital ads that Idaho has ever seen.
It was an incredibly successful program! Every single one of these candidates were defeated by gun owners, once they learned the truth about their gun control agendas!
But it came at a cost.
As things stand today, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance has the resources to run a solid legislative program in Boise, or fight back against Biden’s gun control agenda in D.C.
We can’t do both.
But before you tell me where you want us to focus in 2021, let me explain where things stand in Congress and in Boise.
Now that Joe Biden has been sworn in, he won’t waste any time before ordering Nancy Pelosi to unleash a massive attack against our right to keep and bear arms.
And while there are dozens of threats that we will have to fight against, Michael Bloomberg spent $100,000,000 trying to save Nancy Pelosi’s majority, and he has three primary goals.
At the top of the list, is passage of a national gun owner registration scheme, which is being sold to gun owners as harmless ‘Universal Background Checks.’
Make no mistake, there is nothing harmless about ‘Universal Background Checks.’
This legislation would criminalize all private party firearms transfers in America — even those between fathers and sons — requiring you to be tracked, traced and registered like a sex offender every time you buy a gun!
Of course, the real purpose of this legislation isn’t to stop violent crime, as background checks have been proven to be utterly ineffective at stopping violent criminals and mass shootings.
No, Bloomberg and the radical left want to use these background checks to build a list of every gun owner in the country. Because before they can confiscate our guns, they first need to know where they are!
But as badly as they want to pass this national gun registry, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi are hoping that 2021 will be the year they finally ban our AR-15’s (along with over 200 similar rifles) and every single magazine that holds over ten rounds of ammunition.
We all know why.
The AR-15 is the best tool available to proud Americans who want to guard against criminals and tyrants alike. That’s because it’s lightweight, holds plenty of ammo, and can be customized to almost any desired specification.
With an estimated 20 million of these rifles in circulation, it’s clear that the AR-15 has become THE symbol of American defiance to tyranny.
Joe Biden and his even more radical handlers know that they can’t succeed in turning this great country into a socialist nation — where only the government has guns — as long as rifles like the AR-15 are in private hands.
They simply must outlaw them!
But we can’t forget about the dangers facing us if Joe Biden is able to pass a national ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ law.
As you may know, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizures’ would allow government agents, teachers, even a bitter ex-spouse, to make up wild stories about you that would give liberal judges the ability to order your firearms to be seized before you’ve been charged or convicted of anything!
Worse, this legislation is drafted to allow the entire court proceeding to take place ex-parte (in secret) so you would have no ability to be present and defend yourself in court.
Some of the evidence that can be cited against you includes the recent purchase of a firearm or ammunition! So the mere fact that you exercise your Second Amendment rights can be used against you in a ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ hearing!
What makes this legislation a major threat in 2021 is the number of sell-out Republicans — like Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, John Thune and others — who have already expressed their support for it.
Of course, these are just three of the threats that the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance will be on guard against next session.
The good news is that if we can pour enough pressure onto Capitol Hill, we can defeat this entire agenda in the House of Representatives, as Nancy Pelosi lost over a dozen seats last fall leaving her with the smallest Congressional majority in 100 years!
Of course, we have a fundamental obligation to safeguard our gun rights here in Idaho, too.
And with Joe Biden about to unleash a massive attack on our gun rights in Washington, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance will be working hard to pass the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Boise this year.
SAPA legislation is designed to protect the gun rights that you and I currently enjoy here in Idaho from federal attacks by mandating that Idaho peace officers only enforce Idaho’s gun laws, and only if they comply with the Second Amendment!
While Idaho did enact a version of this legislation back during the Obama Administration, it’s a scaled back law that requires local county attorneys to enforce it.
Frankly, that was a big mistake, as it put all of our ‘eggs’ in yet another political ‘basket,’ trusting another politician to have the political guts to go to bat for us.
Our legislation is different, our legislation has teeth!
That’s because the SAPA bill we intend to file will allow individual gun owners to take government officials who violate SAPA law by enforcing unconstitutional federal gun control to civil court for damages and injunctive relief.
Our sister organizations in states all over the country are doing this as we speak, because if federal gun control should pass into law under a Biden Administration, SAPA legislation will be the only protection that we have left!
At the same time, after gun owners held the line against Bloomberg-backed candidates last year, it’s high time that the legislature pays gun owners back by fixing the issues with Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law!
You may remember that Idaho did enact a version of Stand-Your-Ground law several years ago, but the politicians in Boise were more concerned about looking good for the voters than passing they were passing solid legislation.
And that’s why Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law does not contain the all-important criminal immunity provisions that so many other states have. Without this language, gun owners are forced to go through the hell of a criminal charge BEFORE being able to invoke Stand-Your-Ground law!
No gun owner should be forced to go through the financial and emotional hell of an unmerited criminal trial for defending himself, and that’s why we need to strengthen Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law right away!
But even though it’s clear that we need to fix this mistake in Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy to pass it. We’re going to need your help!
So if you think our top priority in 2021 needs to be fighting to strengthen Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law and passing the Second Amendment Preservation Act, please select OPTION #2 “FIGHT FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN BOISE” on your ballot.
I’m sure you can see why I’m so torn, there just aren’t any easy options.
We absolutely must do everything we can to hold the line against Joe Biden’s federal gun control agenda! But we also have to do everything we can to pass the pro-gun bills that I described above, while we have the votes to do it.
But I have to be realistic.
And right now, after our expensive election program last year, I just don’t have the funds to run a full-scale program at both the state and federal level at the same time.
That’s why I’m counting on you to complete your Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Member Ballot and tell me where to focus the resources that we have.
Of course, when you do so, you’ll notice that I have included another option on your membership ballot –- an option that we haven’t talked about yet, because it’s just not possible without a major influx of funds.
Nevertheless, it’s the option that I am secretly hoping you will choose. And that’s OPTION #3: “FIGHT LIKE HELL TO CRUSH JOE BIDEN’S GUN CONTROL AGENDA WHILE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ADVANCE THE SECOND AMENDMENT PRESERVATION ACT AND STRENGTHEN STAND-YOUR-GROUND LAW HERE IN IDAHO! FIGHT EVERYWHERE!”
Please note that if you select this option, I need you to dig deep and be as generous as possible, to help us put this plan into action.
I simply can’t afford to run a state and federal program at the same time without it. But with everything we are facing this year, we need to push back with everything we have RIGHT NOW!
I know that’s a lot. I know I’m asking you to dig deep.
But our Second Amendment freedoms and our very way of life are being threatened in a way that we’ve never seen before, and our children and grandchildren are counting on us to preserve their freedoms, as our forefathers did for us!
The legislature has already convened, so I need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Please complete your Membership Ballot right away, and please make an emergency donation so that we can fight for you!
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance
P.S. With the 2021 already underway in Boise, I need to make some very difficult decisions about where to focus our resources and our time this session.
After the expensive (and very successful) election program we ran last year, we don’t have the resources we need to hold the line against the mounting gun control threats that are forming in Congress, while still working to advance the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Boise.
So I need your immediate advice!
Please fill out your Membership Ballot right away, and please make an emergency contribution so that the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance can fight for you in DC and in Boise!
Please weigh in immediately!