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June 24, 2016

Greetings!

Thank you for reading the Friday News.  Please remember, everything we do, including this email is made possible by the generous support of GOAL members.  If you are not a member, please consider joining GOAL , if you are a member, please consider a generous donation, purchasing raffle tickets, or attending a GOAL event.  
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It's not unusual for us to receive phone calls from MA gun owners who are looking for guidance and are not members of GOAL.

Often times they ask "why should I join GOAL?"   The answer is simple: "our answering of your phone call and question is made possible by GOAL members".

We are more than just a resource though, we continually work to protect & restore Second Amendment freedom, we support many education efforts including our full training schedule and we proudly represent the interests of all law abiding gun owners.

If you are not a member, please consider joining, you can do so online here: http://goal.org/joingoal.html

2016 Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser

Please support our efforts by making a generous donation today! You might be the lucky winner!

This year, for every donation of $50.00 you will receive one chance to win one of the three great prize packages! (winners choice of package)

Three Great Prize Packages - Winner Chooses The Prize!

Package #1
Mossberg MVP 7.62 Long Range Rifle with Burris FFII 6.5-20 x 50 Ballistic Mil-dot Scope, Harris Bi-pod and case of Federal Premium Match 168gr Ammunition

Package #2
Remington Versamax Camo 12ga Shotgun, SKB I-Series Hard Case and Flat of Shotshells

Package #3
H&K VP9 9mm Pistol, Bulldog Personal Gun Safe, Gunvault Minivault Deluxe, Inforce Weapons Light, Spyderco CAT G-10 Knife, Surefire E2D Flashlight and Case of 115gr 9mm Ammunition

Super size your prize! Any person who donates $1,000.00 or more will win all three prize packages if their ticket is drawn!

Don't forget to check out the limited edition 2016 GOAL Buck Knives - FREE with qualifying donation - Click "Donate" button above to view!

Mass. House Speaker DeLeo Backing Effort To Tighten Access To Guns

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he’s hoping to revive a bill aimed at denying state gun licenses to anyone on a terrorist watch list or no-fly list.

DeLeo’s renewed interest in the stalled bill follows the June 12 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead.

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Opponents of similar proposals argue that individuals can be erroneously placed on the lists.

DeLeo said Wednesday that individuals who think they’re on the lists in error should get a hearing.

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New Episodes of The Primer

New podcast this week!

For episode 12 we sit down with GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace to discuss the recent #NoBillNoBreak "sit in" by our Congress and the issues revolving around that including the very flawed reasoning behind the "No Fly" and terror watch lists.


Click here to open GOAL's podcasts in iTunes.  If you have an iTunes account please subscribe and be sure to leave a rating/review!
GOAL Blog: Should Terrorists Be Allowed To Vote?

June 23, 2016

By GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace 

Just two weeks following the most brutal terrorist attack since 9/11, our nation has spiraled into a shameless debate on reducing our civil rights. We citizens are quickly recognizing a pattern for how our national “leaders” deal with terrorist attacks on U.S. soil – deny and redirect. 

When America woke up to the horrible news that we had been attacked at an Orlando night club and that many innocent people had lost their lives, lawful gun owners were already being set up to take the blame.  Before the victims’ families were officially notified, the narrative from many politicians and media outlets was about guns. 

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The Susan Collins Gun Control Amendment is a Nightmare For Innocent Americans

Earlier this week four different gun control bills were predictably voted down in the Senate. Now, as Matt has reported, Senators will vote on yet another piece of legislation introduced by Maine Republican Susan Collins. 

"The bipartisan 'Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016' would prevent people who are on the No Fly List or the Selectee List from purchasing firearms. If our government has determined that an individual is too dangerous to fly on an airplane, that person should not have the opportunity make a legal firearm purchase," Collins office released yesterday in a white paper. "Due process principles require that Americans denied their right to purchase a firearm under this provision have the opportunity to appeal this denial to a federal court."

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America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows

For the average American alive today the odds of being murdered have never been lower — even though Americans possess millions more firearms. 

Most Americans believe America is submerged beneath a tidal wave of gun violence. A Pew Research poll in 2013 found that 56 percent of Americans thought gun violence had risen in the last 20 years, 26 percent thought it had remained the same, and only 12 percent thought it had fallen. You might be surprised to learn the 12 percent were right.

The gulf between the facts about guns and the public’s perception is immense, and was created deliberately. Anti-gun advocates invent new terms (“assault weapon”) and politicians lie to win over a skeptical public. Too often these myths are swallowed by journalists and celebrities who don’t bother to check the data and don’t know how modern firearms actually work.

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New England Politicians React to the Gun Vote
 
The Senate voted down four gun control measures on Monday

On Monday afternoon the Senate voted down all four gun legislation measures.

Among the measures were a proposal to keep extremists from acquiring guns and another that would enhance the background checks required for purchasing firearms.

Many New England politicians released statements after the measures failed.

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted "ashamed and disgusted that the Senate works for the NRA and not the majority of Americans who support basic solutions to stop gun violence."

GOAL Note: All of the "outraged" politicians quoted in this story had an opportunity to vote for increased funding for NICS (improved background checks) and for a 3 day wait period on a firearm purchase by a "suspected terrorist".

Instead they chose to vote along party lines, sling mud and accuse the "other side" of aiding and abetting terrorists.

Perhaps an all time low for Congress.  

Amherst delays on gun-control group
 
AMHERST — While members of the Select Board support efforts to promote gun safety by extending background checks and punish those who traffic in illegal guns, a decision to endorse principles outlined by a national gun-control organization was put off Monday after questions were raised about joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Following a nearly hour-long discussion, board members said they were not yet ready to act on a request from the town’s Board of Health to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a program of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Select Board member Andrew Steinberg said endorsing principles is different from becoming part of an organization whose activities and views may not fully be known.

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GOAL Note: This is a great reminder for our members, please keep a close watch on your town's politics.
Shoot-B-Q: Great Fun!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Shoot-B-Q!  For those that did not attend you missed a great range day, lots of fun and challenging shooting stages, great guns, better food and a day capped with a delicious barbecue. 

Thank you again to everyone who attended and supported the event, with a huge thank you to all of our volunteers and especially to Hopkinton Sportsmen's Association and all of our great sponsors for making the day possible!

Event Sponsors

Swift River Retrievers
Salvadore Auto
Simond & Oakes Auctioneers & Appraisers
Edward George & Associates
Minuteman Armory
Pullman Arms
Saxonville Armory
Berkshire County League of Sportsmen
Worcester County League of Sportsmen

Shoot-B-Q Photos
GOAL Training - 2016 Schedule - New Coursed Added!

Have you checked out the GOAL Training schedule for 2016? We have a huge variety to choose from and more on the way.  Remember, GOAL members always get a discount and all proceeds go directly towards our continued efforts to protect & restore Second Amendment freedom in MA.
Club Events
  • The Haverhill Hound Rod and Gun Club has lots of events, shoots and activities - All Leagues and HHRG club events are open to the public:  Check out our Public Event Calendar
  • Uxbridge Rod & Gun Club - Sunday Morning Trap - 10:00 AM start time, runs year round, join in for a great time!  
  • High Power Rifle Shooting, at Reading Rifle and Revolver - the ONLY 600yd range in Massachusetts has a full schedule for both "Across the Course" NRA and CMP matches as well as NRA "Mid-Range Prone" matches, for the upcoming 2015 season. You don't need to be a member to participate in the matches.Go to: http://readinghighpower.com/ for complete schedule and match results. If you have questions please contact the High Power Director at, Charlie@trickettwoodworks.com    
  • Swift River Sportsman's Club:  Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual Surf & Turf Shoot on Saturday, July 30 @ 12:00Noon! $30.00 for 10 rounds. Every round will have a Surf & Turf dinner winner consisting of 2 lobsters, 2 steaks, 2 potatoes, and 2 corn on the cob. Any size shotgun. Birdshot provided. Paper targets set out at approximately 30 yards. Advanced ticket sales only. 150 ticket limit.  Runner-up prize drawing - Door prizes - Raffles - Hamburgs and Hotdogs.  Contact Laura Lavallee at Home 413-289-1429, Cell 413-883-3840 or Email showmofffarm1@yahoo.com
  • Leominster Sportsmen's Club - D-Day "Rattle Battle" Rifle & Pistol Plate matches Saturday June 11th starting 9am, cost $10. Bring your buddies, your favorite rifle, sling, extra clips/mags & 50-100 rounds, and your pistol or revolver & 50 rounds (more if you're a good shot).  10 point bonus for competing with a WWII type rifle!  Proceeds to benefit Healing Wall Vietnam Veteran's fund (in November in Carter Park) details will be on: lsa-ma.org
  • Haverhill Hound Rod and Gun Club - Introduction to Archery - this Sunday May 15th from 10:00am - 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.  All equipment will be provided. Please call Collin Norton with questions at 978-994-4030 or email at: NRAInstructor@Comcast.net

If your club has an open to the public event you would like to promote, please email the info to mike@goal.org 

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