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09/18/11

E-Verify: De Facto National ID and the End of Privacy

E-Verify: De Facto National ID and the End of Privacy
By John W. Whitehead
9/16/2011

As technology grows more sophisticated and the American government and its corporate allies further refine their methods of keeping tabs on citizens, those of us who treasure privacy increasingly find ourselves engaged in a struggle to maintain our freedoms in the midst of the modern surveillance state.

The latest attack on our right to anonymity and privacy comes stealthily packaged in the form of so-called job protection legislation. Introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in June 2011, H.R. 2885 (formerly H.R. 2164), the "Legal Workforce Act," is being marketed as a way to fight illegal immigration and "open up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans and legal immigrants." However, this proposed federal law is really little more than a Trojan horse, a backdoor attempt by the powers-that-be to inflict a de facto National ID card on the American people.

Created under the auspices of securing the borders and preventing illegal immigrants from being hired for "American" jobs, E-Verify challenges the rights of the individual, the rights of labor and the rights of industry. As such, this is not a left or right issue. Anyone who values civil liberties should be alarmed. In fact, E-Verify is being opposed by various civil liberties groups such as the ACLU, American Library Association, The Rutherford Institute, Liberty Coalition and others.

If approved by Congress, this legislation would make the federal government the final authority on who gets hired by American businesses and in the process create a bureaucratic nightmare for already over-burdened and over-regulated small business owners. In a nutshell, H.R. 2885 requires all employers to submit potential employees' names, Social Security numbers and other data to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for authorization before the employees can start work. The data would then be run through E-Verify, a government-run database and employment identification verification system.

In other words, the E-Verify system would require all those wanting to be employed by American companies to register the credentials of their citizenship in a government database. What this means, of course, is that in order to be able to verify an applicant's legitimacy, the government would first have to build a massive database to store the biographical information of the entire working population in the United States--a huge undertaking with numerous pitfalls and security flaws, as we have seen with many other government databases. If you think unemployment is a problem now, just wait until your employment hinges on getting government clearance. Under this legislation, if a worker's information is incorrect in E-Verify, he or she can't work until the problem is resolved.

Furthermore, due to the sensitive information contained in the database, it would be a huge target for hackers and identity thieves, while doing little to curb the flow of illegal immigration or illegal immigrants getting jobs. Indeed, with a stolen or faked identity, anyone could bypass the system and secure employment.

This legislation poses even greater threats to privacy, free speech and free association and potentially hinders Americans' ability to travel freely. Because the E-Verify system would apply to everyone eligible to work in the United States and will grow to include biometrics such as fingerprints, DNA and iris scans, it will be used for a host of other purposes by the intelligence community, law enforcement and corporate America.

Private employers will become extensions of the government in that they will eventually be required to verify whether employees are delinquent in the payment of federal, state or local taxes, in compliance with child support or alimony decrees, on a terrorist watch list or convicted or even accused of a crime. Employers, thus, would be enlisted as de facto law enforcement officers for the federal government. Furthermore, errors in the verification process would be practically immune from timely legal redress in violation of constitutional tenets of due process.

Recently, the prohibition in H.R. 2885 on using the E-Verify database for purposes other than employment verification was replaced with a new section that allows the system to be used to "protect critical infrastructure." That term is broadly defined and it's not clear what this would mean in practice--whether screening air travelers or controlling access to federal facilities--but it clearly signals a huge expansion of the program. In one paragraph in the legislation the government states that E-Verify will not be used just for employment but also can be used for verifying identify for national security. What this means is that American citizens would have to have their information correct in E-Verify not just to get a job but also potentially if they need to access "critical infrastructure"--i.e., any kind of public transportation. Ironically, this language comes right after the paragraph saying there will be no National ID card.

Despite assurances to the contrary, E-Verify will become a de facto National ID system. Such a database with vast pools of personal information directly tied to individuals shared across a multitude of government agencies would give the government an alarming amount of control over the average citizen. If government officials so chose, they could easily track any person who had registered in the E-Verify system for whatever reason.

Not only will government agencies know everything about American citizens, but private corporations will become policemen for this system. The E-Verify system--part of a broader trend in American politics, namely, the collusion of government and corporate interests--will allow government and corporate officials to repress dissidents and suspects simply by restricting their access to basic services. Once all of your information is tied together and placed in one grand database, any government or corporate agency can wreak havoc on your life. You might try to buy groceries only to find that your credit card has been denied. You might apply for a job, at ten, twenty, fifty corporations only to find that, despite your being very qualified, there just isn't any room for you at the company. Without a job, you might be forced to tap into the welfare system, only to find that your application was denied. Your property might be confiscated. When you try to move somewhere else and start anew, you might find you can't board the plane because you're on a no-fly list. Make no mistake, these are the tactics of a totalitarian society.

However, the idea of singling out and "identifying" individuals for the sake of national security is nothing new. National identity cards also carry with them a historic risk of oppression and persecution, as they have been used to identify and track ethnic, racial and religious groups and have facilitated oppression and persecution against these groups. And as recently as the 1990s, identity cards played an instrumental role in one of the worst genocides of the twentieth century, second only perhaps to the Holocaust.

With the introduction of an identity card that contains information such as ethnic origin, government agencies will be able to identify people on the basis of race or religion with considerable ease. For example, in the months following the 9/11 attacks, Muslim men from Arab or South Asian countries were rounded up on the basis of religion and ethnicity and detained indefinitely in the United States, often without access to an attorney or a judge. Imagine how much more far-reaching that government detention program might have been with a National ID in place.

Various laws have been enacted over time to guard against unreasonable intrusions by the government into our private lives. One such law is the Privacy Act, which was passed by Congress in 1974 and prohibits the government from forming a database. However, although the fear was that such a database could constitute an invasion of privacy, the law only prevents the government from creating a database, not accessing an already existing database.

At the time the Privacy Act was passed, Congress had no reason to suspect that private corporations would ever have the desire or means to create such databases. The emergence of data collection corporations, however, has enabled government intelligence and police agencies to circumvent the law and gain information on private citizens with the click of a button. Although such tactics clearly contradict the spirit of privacy laws intended to guard against government abuse, it is technically legal for the government to gain access to these databases. Government officials have taken full advantage of this loophole. Due to the fact that these databases are owned and operated by private corporations, they are relatively unregulated and fall outside the scrutiny of privacy watchdog groups. Reports of security breaches at numerous data brokerage companies only serve to fan concerns about the lack of oversight and regulation.

Rest assured that were Congress to approve this E-Verify legislation, it would constitute the ultimate end-run around the Privacy Act and open the door to a National ID. Thus, we have reached a crossroads. Either we limit the reach and power of the government (often in collusion with corporate power) or privacy as we have known it will become extinct.

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Members of House committee to call to oppose Everify

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ARKANSAS

Rep. Griffin, Tim (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, 205150001
(202-225-2506)

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ARIZONA

Rep. Franks, Trent (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-4576)

Rep. Quayle, Ben (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, 205150001
(202-225-3361)

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CALIFORNIA

Rep. Gallegly, Elton (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-5811)

Rep. Issa, Darrell (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-3906)

Rep. Lungren, Dan (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-5716)

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FLORIDA

Rep. Adams, Sandy (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-2706)

Rep. Ross, Dennis (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, 205150001
(202-225-1252)

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INDIANA

Rep. Pence, Mike (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-3021)

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IOWA

Rep. King, Steve (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-4426)

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NORTH CAROLINA

Rep. Coble, Howard (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-3065)

*************************
OHIO

Rep. Chabot, Steve (GOP)
441 Vine Street, Suite 3003,
Cincinnati, 452023003
(513-684-2723)

Rep. Jordan, Jim (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, 205150001
(202-225-2676)

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PENNSYLVANIA

Rep. Marino, Tom (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, 205150001
(202-225-3731)

*************************
SOUTH CAROLINA

Rep. Gowdy, Trey (GOP)
101 West St. John St.,
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864-583-3264)

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TEXAS

Rep. Gohmert, Louie (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-3035)

Rep. Poe, Ted (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-6565)

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UTAH

Rep. Chaffetz, Jason (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-7751)

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VIRGINIA

Rep. Forbes, Randy (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-6365)

Rep. Goodlatte, Robert (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-5431)

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WISCONSIN

Rep. Sensenbrenner, James (GOP)
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 205150001
(202-225-5101)

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GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Psalms 121:3 (KJV)

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TSA officers arrested on drug charges in Conn.
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McCaskill attacked on billboard in Springfield LOL
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Judge blocks Fla. law restricting doctor gun talk
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08/25/11

Facial Recognition is a Threat to Your Privacy

Facial Recognition is a Threat
to Your Privacy:


A Top Privacy
Issue of Our Time

San Diego, CA, August 25,
2011

Imagine you’re walking down the street and a stranger snaps
your photo with his smartphone. He uses a facial recognition app and within
minutes, he knows your name, age, where you were born, and your Social Security
number. Think it’s a scene from the movie Minority
Report
? Think again.

It’s Possible.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University combined three
technologies – facial recognition software, cloud computing, and social
networks – to identify people both online and offline. The team performed three
separate experiments
:

  1. People using pseudonyms on an online dating site were
    identified by comparing Facebook profile photos, which are publicly displayed,
    to the profiles on the dating site. Using facial recognition software to match
    up the photos, 10 percent of the dating site’s users were identified.

  2. Students walking on campus were identified by comparing
    real-time photos taken with a webcam to Facebook profile photos. The facial
    recognition software identified the students 31 percent of the time.

  3. Using only a photo of a person’s face and information
    publicly available online, the researchers figured out the person’s birth date,
    personal interests, and Social Security number.

Many individuals share a tremendous amount of information about
themselves online. As facial recognition software improves, it will inevitably
be easier to link this personal information to you just by taking your photo.

The Threat to Your
Privacy.

Facial recognition technology – especially as the technology
becomes more sophisticated – may be one of the gravest privacy threats of our
time. It has the potential to remove the anonymity we expect in crowds and most
public places. There are the obvious “chilling effects” it could have on
political demonstrations and speech, concerns being monitored by civil
liberties advocates like the ACLU,
EPIC, and EFF.  However, this technology will also very
likely be used in greater capacity in the commercial sector to further target
consumers for advertising and discriminatory pricing purposes.

According to
an article published recently by the Los Angeles Times
, several companies
have already launched, or plan to launch soon, facial recognition technology
that will be used for in-store digital displays and kiosks to make product
suggestions based on the demographics gleaned from your face.  This might include your sex, your age range,
and your race or ethnicity.  

However, the article fails to mention the possibility that
facial recognition software will likely be used for more than demographic
targeting. In his book Niche
Envy
, Joseph Turow, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains
how companies are using increasingly sophisticated market segmentation methods
to offer different prices to different people, a practice known as price
discrimination. The more detailed the profile a company can build on you, the
more accurately it can estimate how much you are willing to spend on a product.

Professor Turow focused primarily on online data collection,
but as the Carnegie Mellon study illustrates, facial recognition technology
makes it possible to connect your offline identity with your online identity
without necessarily obtaining your consent. This may allow for price
discrimination the moment you walk into a store. As facial recognition
technology advances and the number of consumers using social media continues to
increase, it’s not far-fetched to imagine a scenario where, for example, the
kiosk mentioned above identifies you based on information found online. What if
you then receive not only product recommendations, but also prices for those
products based on who it thinks you are? The possibility of such applications for
facial recognition technology are disturbing, to say the least. 

What You Can Do.

We believe  individuals must have control over their personal
information.  This includes who has your
information, how it is kept, and what can be done with it.
 Facial recognition software can enable companies
to identify and target you without your knowledge or permission. Privacy laws
in the U.S. have not kept pace with technology, and we are aware of no laws specifically
governing commercial use of facial recognition technology.  This is unless, of course, a company states
in a privacy policy that it does not use this technology when in fact it does.

Here are three things you can do to fight for your privacy:

  1. Educate yourself. The most important thing you can do is learn
    more about the technology and its privacy implications, so that you are an
    educated and informed consumer. To stay abreast of facial recognition and other
    emerging privacy issues, visit our
    Privacy Today webpage
    .

  2. Support legislation that defends privacy. Write to your elected representatives
    to ask for stronger privacy protections against facial recognition
    technology and other emergent technologies that you believe may be used to
    invade your privacy. Many privacy laws are created on the state level, so stay
    informed and vote for better privacy protection.

  3. Avoid companies with poor privacy practices. When possible,
    don't do business with companies that you believe collect unnecessary
    personal information or fail to protect that information. Take your money
    elsewhere - and let the companies know why.

You can also see this alert on our website at http://www.privacyrights.org/facial-recognition-threat-to-your-privacy-2011.


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GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ACTS 2:38 (KJV)

08/02/11

Coalition Letter to Protect Online Privacy

Coalition Letter to Protect Online Privacy
Posted by James Leroy Wilson

DownsizeDC.org is part of a coalition of 30 organizations expressing privacy concerns in bill H.R. 1981, the "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act."

Section 4 of the bill would, for the first time, "force companies that provide Internet access to keep large volumes of records on their customers." Contrary to the title of the bill, "the records would involve all Internet users everywhere and they would be available to law enforcement for any purpose."

This is an invasion of the privacy of "hundreds of millions of Americans who have no connection to the sexual exploitation of children whatsoever."

This is why we sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers opposing this provision.

You may see the letter here and read it below:

generating records – what we read, where we go, who our friends are. If those records must
always be saved for future use, they become a persistent and pervasive assault on our privacy and an irresistible temptation to law enforcement. That is why best practices in privacy demand the deletion of records as soon as they are no longer necessary – exactly the opposite of the mandate of H. R. 1981.

Existing laws are wholly insufficient in protecting against access to such records. As this
Committee has recognized in previous hearings, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
(ECPA) has not been substantially updated since 1986, while the type and detail of records have increased dramatically since that time. The data retention mandate of H.R. 1981 would
exacerbate ECPA’s problems, making records available and identifiable for even longer periods of time.

For all of these reasons, we urge the committee to withhold approval of H.R. 1981 in any
form containing section 4 or any other data retention mandate.
Sincerely,

Advocacy for Principled Action in Government
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
American Civil Liberties Union
American Library Association
Association of Research Libraries
Bill of Rights Defense committee
Center for Democracy & Technology
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Center for Media and Democracy
Center for National Security Studies
Consumer Action
Consumer Federation of America
Consumer Watchdog
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Defending Dissent Foundation
Demand Progress
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Friends of Privacy USA
Liberty Coalition
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Workrights Institute
Patient Privacy Rights
Privacy Activism
Privacy Journal, Robert Ellis Smith, Publisher
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
World Privacy Forum

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GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
Psalms 100:5
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100:5 (KJV)

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07/13/11

Army Corp Gun Ban Repeal Vote Coming This Week in the House

Legislation Will Protect Gun Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Land

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:10

Vote on Pro-gun Amendment Could Come in the House This Week

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) plans to offer an amendment this week protecting gun rights on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Currently, guns are prohibited on Corps land, even when gun possession is otherwise allowed by state law. Rep. Gosar’s legislation would simply remove federal restrictions and allow for the law of the states (in which such land is located) to govern firearms possession.

The Gosar amendment, modeled after the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act (H.R. 1865) introduced by pro-gun Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), is similar to a 2009 law repealing the gun ban on National Park Service land. Army Corps of Engineers land was not part of that bill, something the Corps was quick to point out after that law took affect.

The Corps said, in a statement: “Public Law 111-024 does not apply to Corps projects or facilities . . . [and the Army Corps] will continue to prohibit loaded concealed weapons on Corps properties regardless of the new law and notwithstanding any contrary provisions of state law.”

The amendment will reverse the Corps’ decision and remedy the “oversight” of the lands bill.

“The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act is a bipartisan effort that seeks to correct this oversight and restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens while they are legally camping, hunting, and fishing on the 11.7 million acres of Army Corps recreational property,” Rep. Gibbs said.

Rep. Gosar notes that “this amendment will restore continuity to federal lands and ensure that constitutional rights are consistently protected.”

Nationally, the Army Corps of Engineers controls 400 lake and river projects, 90,000 campsites and 4,000 miles of trails. A vote on the Gosar amendment could come as early as Thursday.

ACTION: Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote YES on the Gosar amendment.

Click here to send a prewritten message to your Representative.

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. - John I 3:8 (KJV)

IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

Congress wants automatic wage deductions to pay down the debt - Pathetic Attempt Please Do Not Fall For This
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Celebrate Independence Day with a Real Bang

Celebrate Independence Day with a Real Bang

Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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Celebrate Independence Day with a Real Bang
While helping preserve our gun rights for the next generation.

“Be a real American Warrior for gun rights and freedom. Join GOA and sign up as many members as you can.” — Ted Nugent

- Independence Day is now less than a month away, and Americans will soon be celebrating in grand style. Many will spend hundreds of dollars on fireworks — even driving hours away to buy “legal” fireworks from out-of-state.

Others will use the holiday to take their children plinking — exercising their time-honored right to keep and bear arms.

Well, Gun Owners would like to encourage you in these pursuits and remind you that one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is the continued freedom to own your firearms. And you can help preserve these rights by getting others to join GOA, the organization that one Congressman deemed “the pit bull of the Second Amendment.”

To give a gift membership in Gun Owners of America, simply go here.

The $20 fee is a bargain, as you will be signing people up as members in the hardest-hitting gun lobby in Washington, DC, for about the cost of a box of ammo.

For about $1.50 a month, you will help further the gun rights organization — that in the past six months alone — has:

  • Spearheaded the effort to get the U.S. Constitution read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives — for the first time in history;
  • Led the fight amongst gun organizations to repeal anti-gun ObamaCare;
  • Helped stave off an assault on the Senate filibuster, which has since been used (just recently) to defeat a radical, anti-gun judicial nomination;
  • Worked to pass constitutional “permitless” carry in Wyoming and improve open carry in Florida; and,
  • Appeared on hundreds upon hundreds of media outlets (radio, TV and print).

You know that when it comes to elections, GOA has led the way in getting “freedom fighters” sent to Congress. For example, we were the only gun organization in Washington that backed Rand Paul for Senate. And, boy, are we glad we did, as he has already established himself as a champion for gun rights!

We also worked single-handedly (amongst national gun groups) to challenge Harry Reid, and we came within a whisker of defeating him in last year’s elections. Our opposition to him was recently justified (again) after he worked to defeat Senator Rand Paul’s “no gun registration” amendment which he offered to the PATRIOT Act. GOA helped Paul draft this amendment to keep the ATF from registering 4473’s (the form all purchasers fill out when they buy a firearm from a licensed dealer).

Also, in November of 2010, GOA was the ONLY national gun organization working to defeat Nancy Pelosi’s “Blue Dog” Democrats who were compromising your gun rights away. Our efforts were well worth it as we helped defeat over 30 Blue Dogs and reduced Pelosi to a minority status.

GOA does not compromise on Capitol Hill; and we do not compromise when it comes to getting good representation in the Congress.

So why not give your pro-gun family and friends a gift membership in Gun Owners of America? This would be a great gift for Independence Day or for someone’s birthday or anniversary.

You’ll be increasing the voice of the most active grassroots gun lobby that is constantly on the front lines defending your rights.

The more activists who, like you, send their e-mails and postcards to their legislators … the louder your voice becomes in the halls of Congress.

Again, to give a gift membership in Gun Owners of America, simply click on this link.

Once you click on the above link, fill in the information for your family members or friends. You can then print out a Gift Certificate which you can present to the recipients of your generosity.

Thank you!

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585
FAX: 703-321-8408
www.gunowners.org

About:
Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul


GODS WORD FOR TODAY

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. Proverbs 24:5(KJV)

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