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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:11 PM
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17. AHSA versus the Gallia County Gun Club
Supporter details Obamas stance on hunting rights
Thats right. American Hunters and Shooters Association President Ray Schoenke conducted a two-day tour across Ohio Tuesday and Wednesday, stopping at the Gallia County Gun Club yesterday to confirm Democratic nominee Barack Obamas support for the rights of hunters and sportsmen.

The AHSA is a non-partisan, gun rights organization and an alternative to the National Rifle Association. The organization aims to protect sporting heritage and hunting and fishing conservation, while promoting gun safety.

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We need to communicate this message to gun owners and sportsmen about Barack Obama, Saxbe said. Were very thankful for much of what the NRA has done, but theyve made their choice in this race to support John McCain and unfortunately some of the things being said by the candidates and people supporting the candidates are just not true, and thats why were here.

The three men mainly pushed the message that those who dont want to vote for Obama should not, but if they dont want to vote for him because they think he will take their guns, then they should rethink that decision because no one is going to take away the right to legally bear arms.

Guest VIEW: Clarifying the position of gun club, NRA
The so-called member of the Gallia County Gun Club, Mr. George Myers, was a member about two years ago, but according to the clubs secretary, he was dropped as a member in good standing for failure to pay his dues, and for violation of club rules. In my opinion this article was nothing more than a political stunt from a group that nobody heard of, and is less than two years old compared to the NRA that has been protecting our Second Amendment rights for over a 137 years.

American Hunters and Shooters Association: The Ultimate in Political Camouflage in an effort to mislead and divide the gun-owning community and to dilute gun owners' political impact. Anti-gun activities want to ensure that 1994 and 2000 never happen again. To achieve their goals, they have created new organizations with names designed to confuse gun owners and hide the real agenda. The American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) is one of those groups.

AHSA was created with the specific intent to provide political cover for anti-gun politicians by allowing them to claim support from a sportsmans group. In truth, the anti-gun credentials of AHSA president Ray Schoenke has a long history of giving political donations to some of the most anti-gun politicians, including Al Gore, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy.

In 2000, Schoenke donated $5,000 to Handgun Control Inc. (now the Brady Campaign) and the Ray and Holly Schoenke Foundation also made donations to the Brady Campaign. AHSA board member John Rosenthal remains the leader of Stop Handgun Violence, the Massachusetts anti-gun group. One of the leading organizers of AHSA is Bob Ricker, who has been a paid expert witness against gun manufacturers in a number of reckless lawsuits. (For more information, see Anti-Gunners Don Camo as Elections Loom).

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