• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

Stories from the week of September 30, 2011

COP on the Hill

Your Voice in the United States Congress

It is WHO you know:  ARO is a list serve – Alliance of Reformed Organizations of which COP is a part.  There was a big chat about a recent ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Bureau) memo that said medical marijuana patients could not possess firearms or buy ammunition.  Will the NRA (National Rifle Association) and other pro Second Amendment groups step up to defend gun owners who are using God’s medicine instead of store-bought pills?

David Keene, noted conservative, recently became the President of the NRA.  He attends Grover’s Wednesday brunch, sitting about 8 feet from me and we know each other.   Next week I will ask/request him to bring the weight of his organization to bear on the issue and defend gun ownership for all Americans.

Where is Grundy, Virginia?:  First part of the week was spent traveling to/from and being on a prohibition panel, sponsored by the Appalachian Law School and the Blue Ridge PBS station.  The prohibition side was taken by Tamara Neo, the local prosecuting attorney for Grundy.  As the television camera rolled, Ms. Neo started her speech by saying she was a Libertarian. 

I immediately felt sorry for her, as Libertarians know drug prohibition is anti-freedom and a big government program.  Typical for persons in her position, she never even tried to defend prohibition, concentrating on how bad drugs were for families and the crime caused by prohibition.

The students had excellent questions and my five hours on their campus was enjoyable on every level.  PS>  and it is ALWAYS good to get away from Washington, DC.

Stats for COP’s third year, started on August 1, 2011:

142 presentations to Congressional staffers:   this week

2 Letter to the Editor:  this week

1 Television appearance: 1 this week

2 Other media (blogs, cable TV, etc)

2 radio shows:  this week

5 (Member of Congress) contacts:    this week

Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year.   All contributions are tax-deductible.   Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal prohibition.  COP provides that voice.   If you agree that Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow.  Go to: www.CitizensOpposingProhibition.org and click on Donate/Join – by credit card or send a check to: 


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If you have questions or comments, please send an email to: howard@citizensopposingprohibition.org

COP total stats in first two years:  August 1, 2009 thru July 31, 2011)

649 Presentations to Congressional staffers

22 Appearances on major TV networks

10 published interviews in newspapers

12 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, etc

57 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $56,000)

19 brief chats with Members of Congress

13 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, etc.

6 major conferences attended (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, etc)

Permanent invitation to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 140 conservative VIPs.

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