October 2018 CALL TO ACTION - Part 1
First, and foremost, I'd like for all of you to join me as we celebrate the news:
American Pastor Andrew Brunson has just been freed!
After more than two years of wrongful detainment in Turkey, American Pastor Andrew Brunson has just been released.
Pastor Andrew was first arrested on October 7, 2016, and was later charged with “Christianization,” facing 35 years in prison. He has since undergone multiple delays in his trial, culminating in his most recent trial date today.
Although the Turkish court declared him guilty of "terrorism" his house arrest was lifted and he is en route to Germany where he will undergo a medical exam prior to being returned home to the States.
There are many of our USFA members who have been praying and advocating for Pastor Andrew's release and return to the US. I'm happy to say that our efforts, combined with those of countless others across many organizations, have proved fruitful!
This result, my friends, is why we do the things we do - it's why we issue a Call to Action asking our members to engage with efforts to urge our government to do the right thing. President Trump has been sympathetic to our plea and his administration has worked tirelessly to secure Pastor Andrew's release.
Our Call to Action this month is focusing on two issues -
(1) UAP's on-going struggle to see one of our own service members pardoned and released from an unjust conviction stemming from combat action while overseas. We've engaged with this in the past, but this time we're utilizing a different mechanism online to bring the issue directly to the President's attention and ask for his intervention;
(2) In reference to gun legislation (which according to our own Constitution is forbidden), our President's heart is in the right place, at least according to his campaign rhetoric. I believe he wants to be seen as "reasonable" and "doing something" to help curb the violence associated with mass shootings, but banning gun accessories is not the answer to that problem. Therefore, we are asking our members to alert the President that he is violating the Constitution's Second Amendment by supporting a ban on "bump stocks."
Each issue appears below with more background; there is an active link in each article that will take you to the site where you can sign relevant petitions that will be sent to the President once we have the requisite 100,000 signatures.
Your support and engagement is deeply appreciated!
BACKGROUND FOR ACTION
FOR 1LT CLINT LORANCE
Eighteen long months after filing the paperwork for 1LT Clint Lorance to receive clemency, he's still sitting in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
So, in addition to all we are doing, we are taking our petition efforts to WhiteHouse.gov.
As you know, the White House must respond to every petition on WhiteHouse.gov that receives 100,000 signatures – which is why I'm counting on you to add your name right away.
More importantly, Clint is counting on you.
Remember, he's spent the last five years in prison for making the split-second decision that kept his troops alive in one of the most dangerous combat zones in Afghanistan.
Back on October 3, 2016, then candidate Donald Trump told a Veterans Group that, "We're going to take care of our military – the people in our military, the finest people we have."
This petition will provide our President an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to those words.
But, first we need to get 100,000 signatures on this petition in the next 30 days – by Veterans Day – to get it in front of White House officials.
The clock is ticking, and every moment that passes is a moment this American Hero can never get back.
The holidays will be here before we know it, as will Clint's 34th birthday.
Wouldn't it be nice if Clint was released in time to celebrate Thanksgiving, his early December birthday, and Christmas with his family?
You and I can make that happen – but we have to act fast.
After signing, you'll receive an e-mail from WhiteHouse.gov asking you to confirm your signature. Please be on the lookout for this message and follow the instructions. Otherwise, your signature will not count towards our goal.
If we can collect 100,000 signatures from patriots like you on this new WhiteHouse.gov Petition and force the White House to issue a formal response...there's no question that Clint's case will end up on President Trump's radar.
So, let's make it happen!
Thank you in advance for your support.
David "Bull" Gurfein
LtCol, USMCR (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer, United American Patriots
P.S. Once you sign the WhiteHouse.gov petition you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your signature. This step is critical. Please follow the instructions or your signature will not count towards the 100,000 goal. Thank you!
BACKGROUND FOR ACTION
TO PREVENT THE BAN OF BUMP STOCKS
President Trump advocated many times during his campaign that he supports the 2nd Amendment and that our gun rights are safe from further infringement. It seems that with bump stocks, though, the President has drawn a line that doesn't sit well with those of us who believe the 2A MEANS what it says - "shall not be infringed" - and that would include gun accessories.
Whether by Executive Order or by fiat from Congress, it appears that the President has made up his mind that bump stocks are "evil" and must be banned entirely.
Here's the problem with that approach, lifted from the Tenth Amendment Center's newsletter:
"Here's how TJ Martinell of the Tenth Amendment Center put it:
'Regardless of how effective a bump stock ban might be in preventing mass shootings or reducing casualty count (not very), the feds have no authority delegated to them to enact such a rule. Under the Constitution, this is power simply does not exist.'
That's right. Under the constitution, the feds have ZERO authority to ban firearms, accessories or ammunition.
When Obama tried to do pretty much the same regarding M855 ammo in 2015, we opposed the move on the same ground as we're opposing the Trump bump stock ban.
It's wildly unconstitutional.
We agree - it's unconstitutional in every way. If you believe, as we do, that the President's ban is an over-step, please click on the link below and let him know.
We need 100,000 signatures to get his attention (that's the number of signatories that require the White House to bring the petition to the President). Please be sure to share this effort with ALL your friends, and have them share with their friends!
Once you sign the WhiteHouse.gov petition you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your signature. This step is critical. Please follow the instructions or your signature will not count towards the 100,000 goal. Thank you!
AFTER ACTION REPORT
As always, submit your status report via firstname.lastname@example.org after you've taken action and let us know the outcome.
Together we ARE making a difference!!