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Paul Fights For Patriot Act Amendment That Protects Gun Owners

May 30, 2011 by  

Paul fights for Patriot Act amendment that protects gun ownersSenator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has sent a message to top-ranking Democrats: Scare tactics should not be used to advance legislation that compromises the Constitution.

On May 25, the freshman Congressman confronted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the chamber floor after the Democrat accused Paul of threatening national security by delaying a vote on an extension of the Patriot Act. Paul, a Tea Party favorite, is attempting to tack on an amendment that protects the privacy of gun owners.

The Patriot Act, which is a series of anti-terrorism surveillance laws enacted after Sept. 11, 2001, is set to expire on May 27. Reid claimed that Paul’s efforts to add amendments may cause a brief lapse of the security policies, which would “be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot attacks against our country,” quoted by CNN.

Paul took exception to Reid’s statement, racing to the chamber’s floor to defend his actions. He said he was insulted by Reid’s claim that a defense of the Constitution was an open invitation to terrorist attacks.

Nonprofit group Gun Owners of America has praised Paul for standing up to Reid and fighting for the pro-gun amendment. The organization said that if Paul’s amendment is not accepted, the government would have warrantless access to a list of every gun buyer in the country.

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  • SpiritualMadMan

    The very fact that we even have a Patriot Act shows that the Terrorists have *ALREADY* won the battle.

    Ben Franklin is quoted as saying, that those who would give up their freedoms and liberty for the sake of security deserve niether.

    That we have allowed a terrified congress to foist on us…

    Instead of arming its citizens and vetting them into the process of Defending their Homeland we are being treated as terrorists ourselves.

    This is a hallmark of Socialism!

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Randy 131

      Very intelligent observance of you and well expressed. Can you tell I completely agree with your assesment, for truth cannot be denied. I wish we had more Senators like Rand Paul, for his father could learn from him at this point, and am thankful for the wise Kentucky people who elected him. Most all of the Tea Party backed elected officials seem to have that something extra in the patriotic category, and are putting the country before their own interests, for which I will now vote for every Tea Party backed candidate because of this.

  • Robert Smith

    What did the amendment say?


  • JC

    Thank You Rand Paul, for being an American and defending our rights as Americans. And the NRA can bight me for siding with Reid.

    • Al Sieber

      I agree, but Obama and Holder are still trying to pull something sneaky behind our backs we need to watch them, all of them.

      • JC

        Absolutely right Al, These communist bastards would love nothing more than to see us disarmed and subservient. Screw them and their Globalist masters.

        • Kate8

          Obama has assured the anti-gun crowd that he’s working on it “under the radar”.

          The order has come down from the top to take guns. They will be working on pulling yet another fast one on the American people. O says he will make regulations so tight that no one will be able to get them.

          Remember, they are listening to us anymore, in spite of their meaningless words to the contrary. Watch them very closely.

          • Kate8

            Should have said “they aren’t listening to us anymore”.

    • Patriot66

      That’s the problem with groups like the NRA. They may have at one time stood for gun rights and the 2nd amendment. But at the same time become targets for the bad guys (the ones who wish to disarm us). All they have to do is infiltrate the organization and change the agenda (this holds true for our own government too). All of a sudden, the front line protector has been infiltrated and we are now all vulnerable.

  • Janice Fortin

    It is hard to believe the NRA committing suicide by siding with Reid.
    Sounds a little fishy…..more than a little….but bribery doesn’t seem to be above the current administration. LET’S CURE THAT IN A HURRY. THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS GUN OWNERSHIP. Is Reid another
    “we’ll push this law to you WHETHER YOU SIMPLETON AMERICAN CITIZENS WANT IT OR NOT?” In any country that has effected gun control, there has been ZERO CONTROL OF CRIME. Guess why? CRIMINALS ARE MUCH SAFER WITH PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE ANY GUNS IN THE HOUSE. AS is evident, the gov does not seek to control criminals, but the law abiding, hard working ordinary citizens. What’s wrong with that picture? AMERICA CAN’T GO WRONG WITH OUR CONSTITUTION. THANKS RAND PAUL FOR POINTING THIS OUT!

    • Al Sieber

      Janice, the NRA is not who you think they are, they’re always making back room deals, they sold us out long ago. try Gun Owners of America.

      • independant thinker

        Name a half dozen of these back room deals you say the NRA has made.

        • JC

          Well, I certainly question this episode of the NRA backing Harry “the Rat” Reid, when he is most obviously an avowed statist.
          And this is not the first time they have backed him.

        • JC

          Instead of championing Paul’s amendment to protect gun owners, the NRA sat on the sidelines and trumpeted the lies of Harry Reid (which isn’t surprising, considering their duplicitous endorsement of Reid in the last election). Instead of fighting to protect gun owners, they elected to stand with the Political Establishment AND to give cover to the politicians who won’t vote for our gun rights unless it’s convenient.

          • Kate8

            The guv isn’t interested in protecting us from crime.

            They want to protect themselves from US.

            Sitting ducks are also easier to round up.

        • Al Sieber

          Independent, one of those deals was the Brady Bill.

  • http://charter howe

    I never thought I would ever say that we have a bunch of gutless Senators in Congress starting with Harry Reid who had the audacity to allow the Patriot act to get down to the wire and then insulted Senator Rand Paul for introducing legislation to preserve govt invasion of our private lives as a move to give terrorists an opportunity to harm us. I would argue that the greater harm came by the bully pulpit manuever by Leader Reid to discourage Senators from approving Rand’s amendment. This move by comrade Reid could come back to haunt us when the govt and specifically DOJ Holder decides to take away our right to carry concealed weapons for protection because we would conveniently be put on a terrorist watch list until we could be cleared of any connections with extremists as defined by Homeland security as they did over a year ago. Ex military veteran, republicans were considered potential extremists by DHS Napoliitano before she backed off her ideology temporarily until she got the wording covertly placed into the Patriot act. Well since the fools we elected decided to pass the Patriot act without govt abuse safeguard provision because it did more good than harm to the majority, we are stuck with a law of the land that will take someone with some brass to amend it in later legislation. Trying to find someone other than Senator Rand Paul to understand the ramifications of this legislation to avoid losing yet another small piece of our freedoms is no small chore. I don’t trust the commies in the Whitehouse with anything they can use to embolden themselves to push their socialist agenda. Amen

  • Verus Langham

    Yes!!! What was in his proposed amendment that so shook up Reid that he resorted to those inane comments: Paul’s efforts to add amendments may cause a brief lapse of the security policies, which would “be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot attacks against our country,” Seems to me that he believes he CAN bully people with the threat of being classed along with the terrorists the whole thing is supposed to be about. I think Rand Paul has a conscientious and sharp mind and that he used that to correctly dress down that intimation; taking the bull by the horns he immediately addressed the assembly and defended himself…. as if he should have to to begin with because of those asinine statements. That is not the conduct of a gentleman at all and I have for most of my life felt like that quality should be one that distinguishes our representatives – Senators and Presidents, included. But I guess I have been wrong on that score… considering now that we no longer have a value called honor between those self-same representatives, why would there be anything closely related to gentleman in the offing?

  • DC/Tex

    Another win for the anti-Constitution group of the corrupt greedy Harry, the evil greedy Nancy, and the Antichrist and his band of Chicago crime mob in the Whorehouse.

    • DC/Tex

      Oops I forgot to mention the greedy fruitcake Barny

  • Wobarg

    Al Ss.
    You would do well to check your facts before making such a statemen.

    • ONTIME

      Can you outline those facts Al is supposed to be watching for….?

    • JC

      exactly…which facts would you like verified Wobarg?
      This will be easy. :)

  • MADMAX3.6

    Being a member of the NRA makes me feel ashamed that an organization like the NRA would support a communist pig like Harry Ried.I actually didn’t know of this until a few days ago.It seems like I’m supporting the wrong organization maybe I think should support GunOwners of America instead since they seems to be one of the few groups supporting Senator Paul.I never thought that the NRA would sell out to the very people who is trying to take away our 2nd amendment rights.The NRA will definitely loose this member and GunOwners of America will gain one.Thumbs up for Senator Paul a true patroit!!!

  • WL. Horvath

    The National Association for Gun Rights is an aggressive new organization standing up for our Second Amendment Rights and does not compromise with the likes of Harry Reid and others of their ilk.

  • WL. Horvath

    Their website is


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