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CLT&G Update
Thursday, July 23, 1998

Greetings activists and supporters:

On Friday, July 17, the Salem Evening News reported in an Ottaway News Service statehouse report by Dan Ring on the new "Assault Weapons, Gun Locks, and Increased Taxes on Gun-Owners Act":

"The bill also makes gun owners more responsible for safe storage of weapons. Owners will have to use trigger locks or lock the guns in a cabinet when not in use; if a gun is not locked and then is stolen and used in a murder, the owner could face a charge of involuntary manslaughter."

How about, instead:  "The bill also makes car owners more responsible for safe storage of their motor vehicles. Owners will have to use "The Club" or padlock their car in a garage when not in use; if the car is not locked and then is stolen and used in an accident causing death, the owner could face a charge of involuntary manslaughter."

Or:  "The bill also makes homeowners more responsible for the safe storage of their valuables. Homeowners will have to use a safe deposit box or lock their valuables in a home safe when not in use; if their valuables are not locked up and then are stolen and used in the purchase of drugs, the owner could face a charge of accessory to drug trafficking."

As my friend Gary puts it: "Keep my guns locked? Hell, they're always locked ... and loaded!" Give that a little thought, up there in the thin ozone of Beacon Hill!

Poor Arline Issacson, the reportedly "furious" co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

The Boston Herald reported yesterday ("Finneran blocks benefit bill", July 22) that Imperious Maximus Thomas M. Finneran "moved to deny Boston the right to offer health insurance to the partners of gay and lesbian city workers -- breaking a promise to advocates that there would be no efforts to kill the bill."

"He promised this bill would come up for a vote and he assured us there would be no game playing," poor, disillusioned Arline sputtered in fury.

This just goes to show, what goes around comes around -- and "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Arline Issacson also is a lobbyist for the Massachusetts Teachers Association. She led the million-dollar charge against CLT&G to break the "temporary" income tax rate increase promise and keep our question off the ballot.

"I believe the speaker is a man of his word. He promised this bill would come up for a vote (and) I believe him," she added.

You're kidding Arline, right? Don't you know that when you get in bed with dogs, you catch fleas? How's all that scratching feel, Arline?

In a message from Jeff Jacoby, conservative columnist at the Boston Globe, he writes us:

"I sent an email to Paul Harris, who is a delegate (rep) in the VA state legislature. I got the following automated reply. Read it, noting the dates, and weep."

> From: on 07/20/98 01:04:43 AM
> To: Jeff Jacoby/Editorial/GLOBE
> Subject: Session has adjourned
> I will be out of the office from 03/17/98 until 01/12/99.
> The 1998 Session has adjourned, therefore, Delegate Harris
> has returned to his Charlottesville office. He can be reached
> in his district office at (804) 970-2704.

Ah yes, Jeff, but you forget . . . we have "The Best Legislature Money Can Buy"!

UPDATE:   In the May, 1997 issue of the CLT&G newsletter, The Activist News, we warned of a stealth National I.D. card federal requirement. In the June, 1997 issue we further reported on this insidious new mandate. ("Your I.D. Card ... Please!")

In 1996 it was quietly snuck into the supplemental "Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act" as part of "immigration reform" by the 104th Congress.

It will take effect by October, 2000, and requires that all states issue drivers licenses that "shall employ technologies that provide security features, such as magnetic stripes, holograms, and integrated circuits."

U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) was yesterday's guest during our monthly teleconference call with Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform) and other taxpayer groups around the country. Barbara asked about the National I.D. law and a bill now pending to repeal it. Dunn said she was asked about the requirement while giving a speech a short time ago, just laughed, and said it could never happen in this country. Back in Washington, she discovered she was wrong!

She believes the amendments being offered to repeal this outrage will be adopted by this Congress.

H.R. 4197 ("Citizens Privacy Protection Act of 1998"), introduced in Congress on July 14 by Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), and H.R. 4217 ("Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act of 1998"), introduced the following day and co-sponsored by Reps. Ron Paul and Bob Barr, are before the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

They would repeal section 656 of the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996," to "prohibit Federal agencies from construing Federal law as authorizing the establishment of a national identification card, and for other purposes."

Special thanks to Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) for keeping us informed through his "Project Freedom" website at:

Call your U.S. Congressman today and insist that he or she support H.R. 4217 and H.R. 4197!

Chip Ford --

"Beware, the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

Justice Louis Brandeis
Olmstead v. U.S., 1926

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