TEA Party-backed candidate slams Hoekstra vote for Brady Bill gun control law
WINDSOR, Co. -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Glenn, who earlier was endorsed by a statewide coalition of over 40 local TEA Party groups in Michigan, Saturday received a $2,000 campaign contribution and letter of endorsement from the National Association for Gun Rights PAC, a Colorado-based group whose motto is "Defending the Second Amendment, Standing Up for Freedom." http://www.nationalgunrights.org
"I am an unwavering defender of the Constitutional right of every individual American to own firearms for the defense of our families and, ultimately, our freedom," Glenn said. "That will include voting as a U.S. senator against the United Nations Small Arms Treaty and against any other attempt to infringe on our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms."
Glenn in campaign literature and speeches over the last year has repeatedly hammered former nine-term Congressman Pete Hoekstra for voting in 1993 in favor of the Brady Bill gun control law. (See House roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1993/roll564.xml)
* See Glenn for Senate flyer on Hoekstra's vote for the Brady Bill gun control law: http://garyglenn.us./files/2nda.pdf
* See Glenn for Senate flyer comparing Glenn and Hoekstra on the issues, including the Brady Bill gun control law: http://garyglenn.us/?p=966
Hoekstra in debates has defended his vote for the Brady Bill by claiming that its only effect was to prevent criminals from receiving handguns. See U.S. Senate debate at University of Michigan-Dearborn: http://en.sevenload.com/videos/9oIqNmk-Senatorial-Debate-Part-2 with Glenn beginning at 21:00 and Hoekstra at 22:50.
"It did no such thing," Glenn said. "Criminals simply ignored the law as they do all gun control laws and continued to get guns as they always do, illegally. The only thing the Brady Bill did was violate the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens by forcing them to wait five days for a federal background check before being allowed to purchase a firearm to defend themselves and their families."
Glenn during campaign appearances has routinely worn a cap which reads, "God, Guns, and Guts made America. Let's keep all three."
In 1987, the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives, a free market think tank located in Idaho, named Glenn and former National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston co-recipients of its "Freedom Fighter of the Year" award.
Glenn, a former county commissioner, in past campaigns has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
He served eight years in the U.S. Army National Guard, during which on several occasions he qualified as an "expert" marksman with perfect "40 out of 40" scores on annual M-16 rifle qualification tests.
In the 2012 U.S. Senate race, Glenn has also been endorsed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, National Right to Work PAC, Term Limits America PAC, and Right to Life of Michigan.