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Washington Report.

This summer in Washington, amidst great media hype and hoopla, the National Coalition to Ban Handguns unveiled its "Dangerous Dozen"--12 members of Congress who are so solidly pro-gun that NCBH felth they have to be voted out of office. Among those targeted by NCBH, of course, were some of American gun owners' finest friends, including Sen. James McClure and Rep. Harold Volkmer, co-authors of the Firearm Owners Protection Act, legislation which would overhaul the nightmare known as the Gun Control Act of 1968. Most of those who made NCBH's list considered it a badge of honor, and frankly, several congressmen said they were disappointed their names were not included.

Since turnabout is fair play, I hereby release the Reid Andrews "Terrible Ten"--a list of those politicians whom I personally consider the most anti-gun, anti-hunting in all of Washington.

Rep. Mario Biaggi of New York. This may shock some people because for years Biaggi said he supported the right to keep and bear arms. Biaggi, however, is author of the "KTW" bullet bill, legislation which the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Justice said would ban millions of conventional cartridges used for target shooting and hunting. Biaggi, a former policeman, has persisted in his efforts despite the protests of police officials who have said the publicity over armor-piercing ammunition is threatening police. In 1984, Biaggi also accepted a $1,000 campaign donation from Handgun Control Inc.'s political action committee, according to FEC records, the largest sum HCI gives to its supporters.

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Maassachusetts. This should come as no surprise. Kennedy has repeatedly pushed for a national waiting period on handguns, a ban of short-barreled handguns and federal background checks on gun buyers. He also has fought to dismantle the Director of Civilian Markmanship program, under which millions of U.S. shooters practice safe and effective riflery.

Rep. Peter Rodino of New Jersey. Rodino, chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, not only has pushed the Kennedy-Rodino anti-gun bill for the last six years, but has virtually stonewalled the Firearm Owners Protection Act by no giving it hearings in his committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Protection Act unanimously earlier this year, but chances of it passing the House are slim because Rodino has it completely bottled in committee. American gun owners should strongly consider forming a Replace Rodino Committee--it would be a big step in furthering their cause.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. Moynihan, a former professor, is Senate co-author of Biaggi's bullet ban and its most vocal Senate supporter. He consistently has favored tougher federal gun control policies although he claims not to oppose sportsmen. HCI gave Moynihan a sizeable PAC donation in 1984, although Moynihan returned it apparently without explanation.

Rep. Marty Russo of Illinois. Russo, along with Rodino, is creator and promoter of the "Pittman-Robertson Raid," legislation, which would divert the excise tax on handguns (currently allocated to the states for wildlife conservation, game management and hunter safety programs) into a crime victims compensation fund. Russo would make legitimate gun owners and hunters pay for the criminal actions of a small segment of society, a plan as abhorrent fiscally as it is philosophically.

Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois. Rostenkowski is a particular enemy of this country's gunsmiths. For years, custom gunsmiths fought for a manufacturing excise tax exemption which they were rightfully due, and Rostenkowski annually slied it from the tax package in his potent Ways and Means Committee. In fact, it was only through the intense efforts of this National Rifle Association's lobbyists that this long-needed exemption ever got through Congress.

Rep. Sidney Yates of Illinois. Yates, chairman of the House Appropriation Sucoommittee on the Interior, is vehemently anti-hunting. In 1982, the Smithsonian Institution, which manages a 3,300 acre game preserve in Front Royal, Va., needed desperately to thin out an overpopulation fo whitetailed deer. According to Dr. Christian Wemmer, curator of the preserve, the deer had been multiplying too fast, the destroying other animals' food supplies and were spreading parasites to other, more exotic animals. Yates, whose committee controls the Virginia facility's budget, stepped in and stopped the hunt, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan. Throughout his career, Conyers has been unable to distinguish between the legitimate use of handguns and the criminal misuse of handguns. Conyers is a co-sponsor of the Kennedy-Rodino anti-gun bill, and, in his role as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, he has consistently called for more federal, state and local gun control. He also supports Rodino-Russo type legislation which would divert the excise tax on handguns into a crime victims compensation fund, thereby penalizing legitimate gun owners for the actions of criminals.

Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York, Ferraro, relatively unknown prior 1978 when she first was elected to Congress, is now being talked about as a possible Democratic vice-presidential candidate. She is a co-sponsor of the Kennedy-Rodino bill, and an apparent favorite of Handgun Control Inc., whose political action committee gave her $250 earlier this year.

Sen. John Glenn of Ohio. Gun control was one of the issues Glenn tried to avoid during his recent bid for the presidency. However, questions from gun owners became so vast that the former astronaut was eventually forced to put out a position paper on the subject. Among those restrictions Glenn called for were: waiting periods on handguns, background checks on handgun buyers, a requirement that the theft or loss of a handgun be reported to federal authorities and a ban on inexpensive handguns which Glenn said "had no legitimate purpose." Remember that in case he decides to run for president again.

Among those who were considered for the Andrews Terrible Ten but did not make it (thereby being relegated to this "dishonorable mention" category) were: Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey (HCI-PAC donation, $1,000); Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois (HCI-PAC donation, $1,000); Rep. Thomas Foglietta of Pennsylvania (HCI-PAC donation, $1,000); Rep. Bruce Morrison of Connecticut (HCI-PAC donation, $500); Rep. David Bonior of Michigan (HCI-PAC donation; $250); Rep. Martin Frost of Texas (HCI-PAC donation, $250); and Rep. Bill Gray of Pennsylvania (HCI-PAC donation, $250).

May all of them be remembered on election day.
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Title Annotation:anti-gun 'Terrible Ten' Congressmen
Author:Andrews, Reid
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Sep 1, 1984
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