VPC Launches New Website, ashcroftgunwatch.org,
Detailing Ashcroft's Pro-Gun, Anti-Enforcement Activities
WASHINGTON, DC�U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has sent National
Rifle Association (NRA) chief lobbyist James Jay Baker a letter touting
Ashcroft's pro-gun views on the Second Amendment for distribution during
the NRA's annual convention. In his letter, NRA member Ashcroft explicitly
described a position on the Second Amendment which is in direct conflict
with longstanding legal precedent, historical research, and established
U.S. Justice Department policy. This raises serious questions as to whether
Ashcroft will follow through on his confirmation-hearing promises to defend
federal gun laws from spurious and frivolous pro-gun legal challenges.
The VPC is launching a new website today, www.ashcroftgunwatch.org,
the purpose of which is to be the leading source of ongoing information
on Ashcroft, his pro-gun activities and gun lobby ties, as well as his
enforcement of current gun laws.
VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "NRA member Ashcroft promised
at his confirmation hearing that he would defend our nation's gun laws.
But in his letter to the NRA, the Attorney General espouses a view, on
official U.S. Justice Department stationery, wholly inconsistent with
U.S. Supreme Court precedent and longstanding Justice Department policy.
Will John Ashcroft enforce our nation's gun laws? Not according to this
official letter. Attorney General Ashcroft's pandering missive to the
NRA is the first step towards the dismantling of our nation's gun laws."