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Truth Squad Newsletter - January 2013



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There is no time for beating around the bush, here. We are in the fight of our lives. It's underway right now -- as you read this. We stand to lose greatly, and not just semi-automatic rifles and magazines. Your shotguns, pistols, and pump rifles are in immediate danger, and that doesn't even address the monstrous other restrictions being proposed.

You've heard the talking heads. You've listened to me on the radio. You have read all about this. If you ever believed anything I've ever said, believe this. If you don't act immediately, we lose, and we lose big!

Immediately means today, and tomorrow, and next week. Here's why.

Last Sunday I announced Operation Gun Rights. The reason I did it is because I know that senators and congressmen are being swamped with the "we must DO something" mantra of CNN, the New York Times, and other "news" sources. We must replace that message with an even stronger one.

So, here's the call to action. This is what each of us must do right now. Take the pledge. It's very simple. 

I'm asking you to commit to contacting your two senators and your one representative in the house once a week for eight to 12 weeks. (If your reps are strongly anti-gun, I'll have advice for you in a minute.) Simple. Easy. Quick. Once a week. Three contacts. For eight to 12 weeks.

The message is simple.

1.  We won't stand for scapegoating. 

2.  No new gun laws.

3.  Remove the phony "gun free" zones which enable killers to go unchecked.

4. Work with us or we will work to retire you.

I've worked with a number of smart and experienced people on these "talking points," and I'm convinced that offering any suggestions to Congress is a recipe for losing. Some have asked me to supply sources of information to back up their counter-arguments to gun control. Honestly, I think that's a waste of time.

I don't want to convince them we are right. I want to convince them we will hurt them politically if they vote the wrong way. That's the way Washington, DC, works. Bare knuckles and 2x4s.

The Democrat party lost control of Congress in 1994 because they voted for the Crime Bill and the "assault weapon" ban. President Clinton said in his 1995 State of the Union address that many lost their seats in Congress by voting for gun control. He was right, and he didn't care. It didn't cost him his job.

We must remind both Democrats and Republicans alike that we can and will send them home if they vote for any form of gun control law.

Once a week for . . . oh, call it 12 weeks.

To find the contact info for your elected representatives, visit the NRAILA's website (

"But I Live In California"

Yep, there's no point in writing Diane Feinstein. She's on her way out, and she wants a gun ban as her legacy. So, what to do?

Write Senate president Harry Reid. Tell him 1. Do not let a vote on gun laws come to the floor, and 2.  Do not allow a rule change to allow a filibuster to be ended with a simple majority vote. The latter, you should say, is a vote against gun rights. 


I mentioned this last week, but wanted to provide the link here. I was invited by the Columbus (OH) Dispatch to write an op-ed piece about guns. Remember, I was speaking to the general public, here, so the message is a bit different. The plan was to explain that gun control laws have a solid track record of failure.

I started it out this way.

"In the wake of the horrific murders at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, America has been deluged with calls for ever-more-restrictive gun-control laws, and that's understandable. It's natural to think that's the solution if you don't know these measures have been tried and have always failed.

We crave a solution so much that we'll ignore the record and keep repeating failed policies."

Read the article here, and comment as you see fit.



Geoff Sjostrom retired as a career police officer in the Chicago area a few years ago. I've know him through aviation -- we're both airplane nuts -- and we have often discussed and disagreed with each other on many topics. However, Geoff wrote an incisive article about the Newtown murders, "spree" killers, and what we should do about. His recommendation might surprise you.

Here's a taste.

"So, will strict gun control laws keep weapons out of the hands of spree killers?

Take a look at the case of Anders Breivik. On July 22, 2011, Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo, Norway, killing eight people. Later that day he went to a youth camp on Utøya Island and, wearing a police uniform, killed 69 people with a semiautomatic pistol and a semiautomatic rifle."

"Breivik says he planned his rampage for nine years. During that time he sought the weapons he needed both legally and illegally, ultimately acquiring his guns legally.  He had to acquire the police uniform, of course. And he found the perfect site for killing as many people as possible: An island. His victims couldn’t get away."

We posted Geoff's article on the Gun Talk web site for your consideration - Click here to read it.




This morning I talked with the head of membership at the NRA and discovered that over the last month nearly a quarter-million people have joined. That's why you can't get your phone call answered at HQ, and why it takes so long on hold. That's good news, of course.  

To avoid the waits, you can join or buy gift memberships through our link (we even arranged a discount for you) over at our website, Just look for the "Join The NRA" logo at the lower left. I get a commission on each membership purchased through that link, and I donate 100 percent of that to the Second Amendment Foundation. So, when you buy an NRA membership this way, you are also contributing to the SAF

The NRA also has a special promotion for a huge discount on life memberships. Regularly it's $1,000, but this promotion lets you buy a life membership for only $300. The key is that you must be invited by a current life member.

Hey! No problem. I'm a life member, and I'm inviting you. We even found a way around the long wait times. This phone number is only for folks who have been invited by me. That's all of you! Just call 1-888-678-7894. You don't even need my life member number, because that phone number is linked to my number. There is no commission on this, but it's a heck of a deal. Only 300 bucks for a life membership. Might as well buy one for you and each of your children. Talk about a lifetime gift!




Ryan and I head to the SHOT Show next week, and I'll be posting podcasts from there, interviewing anyone I can get to stand still. Be sure to sign up for the automatic downloads at iTunes, or with the "Tom Gresham Gun Talk" app for your smartphone, or even going to to get the latest podcasts.

There will be a lot of talk about politics, but you know the huge (750,000� square feet!) floor will be covered with new stuff. I'll try to bring you a taste of it all.



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