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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

First Amendment Con rms Freedom To Think For Ourselves
hen the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban on pre-election corporate and union political speech in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in January, we expected expressions of outrage from the speechban crowd—but the venom, lies and intentional distortion by the media and self-serving politicians are truly shocking. A Jan. 23, 2010 commentary in The Washington Post is typical. Columnist Ruth Marcus fumed, “In opening the oodgates for corporate money in election campaigns, the Supreme Court did not simply engage in a brazen power grab. It did so in an opinion stunning in its intellectual dishonesty.” “Intellectual dishonesty?” That de nes the near universal reaction of media and anti-First Amendment politicians. First … here is what the court did not do. It did not remove the ban on direct contributions by corporations to candidates and campaigns. It did not—as President Barack Obama rudely shouted at the Supreme Court Justices invited to hear his State of the Union address— reverse “a century of law to open the oodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections.” Supported by two NRA “friend of the court” briefs, the landmark case involved a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) ruling that television spots promoting a 90-minute pay-per-view documentary critical of then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton— a presidential candidate—violated the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). The lm, slated for 2008 preelection DVD sales and on-demand cable broadcast, was produced by a Virginia non-pro t corporation, Citizens United. In terms of you and me, and our National Ri e Association, here is what the court actually did: In its 5-4 decision, the high court struck down the onerous sections of BCRA that made it a felony—because

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we are a non-pro t corporation—for the NRA to use dues or contributions to the association to pay for any broadcast that even obliquely refers to a federal candidate. Those criminal sanctions were locked in 30 days before a primary and 60 days before a general election. When Congress passed the gag order on our corporate speech, it exempted media corporations, and that special exception to censorship is gone as well— deemed unconstitutional by the court. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy nailed it in his majority opinion: “Premised on mistrust of governmental power, the First Amendment stands against attempts to disfavor certain subjects or viewpoints or to distinguish among di erent speakers, which may be a means to control content.” Simply put, the corporate speech of the NRA cannot be treated di erently from the corporate speech of CBS, NBC or The New York Times and The Washington Post or any other media outlet. If their speech is sacrosanct, so is ours. Shockingly, during oral arguments, the government expanded the scope of its power beyond the “broadcast” limits of the actual wording of the law, saying the Obama administration could ban Internet expression and even books. Justice Kennedy said that, under BCRA, it would be a felony if “... the National Ri e Association publishes a book urging the public to vote for the challenger because the incumbent U.S. Senator supports a handgun ban. … “If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from ning or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech,” Justice Kennedy wrote. For us—for gun owners all across the nation—it is equally important to understand and explain to our friends and co-workers the ip side of the First Amendment: free choice. Censorship—like the BCRA ban on paid political speech—has as much to do

with the rights of listeners as it does the right of the speaker to put forth ideas. It is the heart of the First Amendment. As Justice Kennedy declared: “When Government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought. This is unlawful. The First Amendment con rms the freedom to think for ourselves.” Neither the media nor anti-Second Amendment politicians want voters to know this truth. In the coming months, we must be prepared to counter the big-media propaganda that will saturate the public to turn Americans against the court and this remarkable decision. It is all part of a white-noise fog of lies to pave the way for an e ort by the Obama administration and the likes of New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to undermine this liberating decision. He is threatening a legislative x that his sta says will include a speech ban on corporations that employ lobbyists. Schumer called the court’s opinion “poisonous to our democracy … un-American,” and was joined by fellow constitutional termite, Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who sputtered: “Is it truly just a coincidence that this same bloc of judges just last year invented a new individual constitutional right to bear arms that no previous Supreme Court had noticed for more than 200 years, or is something else going on here? …” Well, senator, there is—it’s called freedom from tyranny. And, like ghting attacks on the Second Amendment, the NRA will never back down in this landmark battle against censorship and in our e orts to defend the entire Bill of Rights.

For news about legislation and your NRA, visit: www.nraila.org, www.nranews.com and www.nra.org.
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American Hunter - April 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Hunter - April 2010

American Hunter - April 2010
Contents
Says You
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
First Light
Know-How
Gundogs
Gobblers in Paradise
New Guns and Gear Preview
Members’ 2009 Photo Album
Reflections on Turkey Madness
Hornady Superformance
Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
Gear
Political Report
ILA Report
Member Info & Benefits
Regional Report
NRA Board Spotlight
NRA Woman’s Voice
Member’s Hunt
American Hunter - April 2010 - American Hunter - April 2010
American Hunter - April 2010 - Cover2
American Hunter - April 2010 - 1
American Hunter - April 2010 - Contents
American Hunter - April 2010 - 3
American Hunter - April 2010 - 4
American Hunter - April 2010 - 5
American Hunter - April 2010 - 6
American Hunter - April 2010 - 7
American Hunter - April 2010 - Says You
American Hunter - April 2010 - 9
American Hunter - April 2010 - Armed Citizen
American Hunter - April 2010 - 11
American Hunter - April 2010 - Standing Guard
American Hunter - April 2010 - 13
American Hunter - April 2010 - President’s Column
American Hunter - April 2010 - 15
American Hunter - April 2010 - Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
American Hunter - April 2010 - 17
American Hunter - April 2010 - 18
American Hunter - April 2010 - 19
American Hunter - April 2010 - 20
American Hunter - April 2010 - 21
American Hunter - April 2010 - First Light
American Hunter - April 2010 - 23
American Hunter - April 2010 - 24
American Hunter - April 2010 - 25
American Hunter - April 2010 - 26
American Hunter - April 2010 - 27
American Hunter - April 2010 - Know-How
American Hunter - April 2010 - 29
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gundogs
American Hunter - April 2010 - 31
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gobblers in Paradise
American Hunter - April 2010 - 33
American Hunter - April 2010 - 34
American Hunter - April 2010 - 35
American Hunter - April 2010 - New Guns and Gear Preview
American Hunter - April 2010 - 37
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Members’ 2009 Photo Album
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American Hunter - April 2010 - 53
American Hunter - April 2010 - Reflections on Turkey Madness
American Hunter - April 2010 - 55
American Hunter - April 2010 - Hornady Superformance
American Hunter - April 2010 - 57
American Hunter - April 2010 - Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
American Hunter - April 2010 - 59
American Hunter - April 2010 - Gear
American Hunter - April 2010 - 61
American Hunter - April 2010 - Political Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 63
American Hunter - April 2010 - ILA Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - 65
American Hunter - April 2010 - Regional Report
American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Board Spotlight
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American Hunter - April 2010 - NRA Woman’s Voice
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Member’s Hunt
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