Friday, December 12, 2008

Obama's pick for Department of Interior is well like by teh antis.
Gee ain't that at shocker to sportsmen who told ya all watchout for change.

As you may of you know the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Northern Vermont are being studied for a “Wild and Scenic” Designation”. Given his history, why would Congressman Grijalva be concerned about the Wild and Scenic Designation’s potential impacts on the use of weapons? Something just doesn’t add up. Any insight would be appreciated. Read Below
Frank Stanley Government Affairs
Vermont Traditions Coalition127 Sports Club Dr. #123Bolton, VT

1) Congressman Grijalva sponsored (there were no co-sponsors) the amendment to H.3667, the Wild and Scenic Designation (H.Amdt. 1168 concerning the designation’s potential impact on the use of weapons on the land and adjoining lands)? (read below)
H.Amdt. 1168: Amendment required that the proposed study... to H.R. 3667: Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and... (Vote On Amendment)
Vote Number:
House Vote #581 in 2008 [primary source]
Sep 10, 2008 5:53PM
Agreed to
Related Amendment:
H.Amdt. 1168: Amendment required that the proposed study analyze any potential impacts on the possession or use of a weapon, trap, or net, including a concealed weapon. amending H.R. 3667: Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2008


2) Grijalva worked hard to block guns in our National Parks and Refuges. Claiming guns in our parks and refuges are harmful and dangerous (read below)

Proposal to Allow Loaded Guns in Parks Harmful and Dangerous
Friday, 04 July 2008 23:52
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Rep. Grijalva sent a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in opposition to the Interior Department proposal to change long-standing prohibitions on loaded guns within National Parks. Rep. Grijalva called the proposal unconscionable and stated that the proposed change would create grave risks for Park employees, visitors, and wildlife alike. The Department of Interior proposed last month to change decades-old regulations that prohibit visitors from carrying loaded weapons. Under current regulations, weapons may be in the possession of visitors but must be unloaded and inaccessible, i.e., locked in a trunk or other storage container. This rule was enacted to protect visitors and employees, and as a measure to prevent poaching of wildlife in Parks. “The last thing visitors to our National Parks should have to worry about is the idea that some of their fellow visitors could be packing heat as they tour the battlefield at Gettysburg, camp along a river in Yosemite, or visit the grave of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” stated Rep. Grijalva. “There is a legitimate reason for keeping guns inaccessible in our Parks, and the Bush Administration’s attempt to roll back this important safety measure is nothing but pandering to the interest groups who would like to see any and all sensible restrictions on guns abolished.”Click on the link below to view the letter.


3) In Defense for Animals along with many “green” and animal rights groups are pushing for Grijalva as Secretary of Interior.
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Contact President-elect Obama’s Transition Team And Urge Appointment Of Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) As Secretary of Interior
Please help us assure our country has a Secretary of Interior who really cares about the public lands, wild horses, burros, and all the other animals who share our beautiful country. Rep. Raul M Grijalva (D-AZ) may be emerging as the top contender for the post, according to, and we think he'd make a fine pick.
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The Interior Department oversees federal lands, national parks, and endangered species. It will play a leading role in greenhouse gas regulation in coming years. Grijalva has introduced several bills in Congress to restore and protect federal lands, and he has spoken on behalf of wild horses on our public land.
As an Arizona Representative, Congressman Grijalva has a 100% record on animal issues. In addition, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands he has been instrumental in advancing fair and balanced use of federal parks, recreational areas, and public lands with ranching, hunting, mining and oil interests.
Representative Grijalva honored the Arizona Heber wild horses in the Congressional Record in 2007, and he supported expanding the Heber wild horse territory in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. He is a champion of all wildlife and companion animals.
Contact President Elect Obama’s transition team today at the web site below and urge the appointment of Congressman Raul Grijalva as Secretary of Interior.
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Fax 202-443-4724

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