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*History, quotes, sources. NRA's lobbying for mandatory minimum sentences.

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History, quotes, sources. NRA's lobbying for mandatory minimum sentences. [TopLink]

For much more info see: Portal:National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing.

See this list of incarceration rates by country. Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Democrats follow. Everybody pays. The Republican-dominated NRA is greatly responsible. See: National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing. See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars!

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Their campaign for longer sentences...

"There are only two ways to avoid a mandatory minimum sentence. First, the defendant may provide 'substantial assistance' to the government by turning in other defendants. Second, some defendants qualify for the 'safety valve' that Congress passed in 1994 to address (at FAMM’s urging) the excessive sentences served by non-violent drug offenders. If the judge finds the defendant is a low-level, non-violent, first-time offender who qualifies for the safety valve, the defendant may be sentences under the sentencing guidelines instead of the mandatory minimum sentence law. Although the safety valve is a step in the right direction, the criteria for eligibility is very narrow so thousands of nonviolent drug defendants are still sent to prison for decades under mandatory minimum sentencing laws."

Dr. Mollie Fry gets 5 ******* Years! MM

Fry, Schafer and family at August 2007 demonstration
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*USA. Mandatory Life Without Parole for Woman after First Offense.

Prisons: America's Newest Growth Industry
Private prison companies have some powerful allies in the fight for stiffer sentences and more prison spending. For example, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which has grown from 4,000 to 23,000 in the last decade, gave more than $1 million to various California state politicians in 1996. The prison lobby is also supported by the National Rifle Association. Armed with an agenda of deflecting public fear away from guns and toward people, the NRA successfully lobbies for prison construction and three-strikes-and-you're-out laws.

The NRA strikes Back By Chris Bryson
An important and largely overlooked force driving the prison boom in the United States is the National Rifle Association. With a membership of some 3 million, an estimated war chest of $140 million, and paid lobbyists in ail 50 states, the NRA has thrown its weight behind so-called "get tough on crime" measures and prison-building initiatives.

*Mandatory-Minimum Drug Sentences. U.S. charts.
Non-violent possession only. Drug War concentration camps for "undesirables." Sentences that usually do not allow parole until at least around 80% of the sentence served. Federal laws, and most states, have mandatory minimums. New York Times: Length of sentences causes the huge U.S. inmate count that dwarfs other nations. 2.
https://corporatism.tripod.com/mandatory.htm and

*November 1997. DRCNet Legislative Alert -- Oppose Mandatory Minimums (11/20/97).
Drug Reform Coordination Network -- Rapid-Response-Team. "When the provision was being debated three years ago, the National Rifle Association ran ads featuring actor Charlton Heston, claiming the bill would 'let 10,000 drug dealers out of prison.' "

*August 1994. DRCNet. The Activist Guide. NRA and Charlton Heston Criticize Safety Valve. "In a highly dishonest advertisement by the National Rifle Association on CNN last Tuesday, actor Charlton Heston criticized the Crime Bill, claiming that it would let 10,000 drug dealers back out on the streets. ... The U.S. Sentencing Commission has calculated that only 1,600 prisoners will be released under the retroactive safety valve clause. Only first time, low level, non-violent offenders who have cooperated fully with federal authorities will be eligible."

*March 1999. NRA officer brags about drug mandatory minimum sentences, and 3 Strikes for drugs. California NRA (National Rifle Association). Author of the article: "Ralph Weller is an NRA, CRPA Member, an officer in a San Diego NRA Member's Council and a gun rights activist in Southern California. He is also the web master of www.calnra.org and manages other pro-gun organization websites." The author is an NRA officer. The article was posted on an NRA website in March 1999. Weller's article starts a few paragraphs into the messages archived below.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drugwarnews/message/231 and

*March 1997 "In These Times" article called "The NRA strikes back." From the In These Times article: "...the NRA was 'instrumental' in passing truth-in-sentencing measures which lengthened average prison sentences." Article is a few paragraphs into the messages at the first 2 links below):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drugwarnews/message/206 and
http://www.prop1.org/legal/prisons/970317itt.htm - last article.

Mandatory minimum sentencing is also called indeterminate sentencing. Previous to its massive implementation, judges and parole boards had more say due to what existed more before: determinate sentencing.

*NRA Members' Councils of California. Anthony Canales: "In reality, the defenders of judicial discretion towards determinate sentencing would have one and all believe that the judiciary is up to the task. ... But when these same judges request discretionary authority for a lessening of time under incarceration for those who would sell heroin to children, or help maintain the status of the narcotraficantes as a scourge to the Colombian people, or even to effectively reduce the business costs of those drug industry soldiers who find it “necessary” to engage in gunplay in minority neighborhoods, then one must take pause and consider other alternatives. It may just be that, for the sake of the children, the public must resist the blandishments of the legal elites until such time as common sense is exhibited more clearly."

*NRA Institute for Legislative Action - NRA-ILA: "CrimeStrike lobbied successfully to increase prison capacity in Texas, Mississippi, Virginia and nearly tripled the funds allocated for state prison construction in the 1994 Federal Crime Bill. ... CrimeStrike helped win passage of Truth-In-Sentencing laws ... CrimeStrike was instrumental in helping Washington State Initiative 593, the nation's first 'Three Strike, You're Out' law, qualify for the ballot and then win passage by the largest margin in state history. CrimeStrike also provided grassroots support for the California 'Three Strikes' law, which also won at the polls."

*August 1999. Three-Strikes Law Is Missing the Mark! Polly Klaas grandfather. California: "78% of second-strikers and 50% of third strikers were convicted for nonviolent offenses. ...crime fall at a quicker rate in non-three-strikes states."

*July 1999. USA. DRCnet. News Briefs. 25 years to life for stealing food. Appeal lost. 3 strikes law. Drug war tool.
See end of http://www.prop1.org/legal/prisons/970317itt.htm about this NRA (National Rifle Association) law.

Majority of U.S. prisoners are in due to drug war. Over 2.4 million inmates are incarcerated in the USA. Drug crimes, drug-related crimes (such as robbing to get money for drugs that are expensive because of the drug war), drug trade crimes, drug-related parole violations, etc.. USA has highest incarceration rate in the world. See also:
Ramblings: Mechanism of fascism in the USA.


More info and links. [TopLink]

*March 24, 2000 (Christian Science Monitor). Australia’s Attorney General released a letter sent to Charlton Heston, NRA President, disputing the information the NRA presented in an infomercial in the nation claiming that Australian gun laws had led to more crime after passage. The Attorney General stated that he was outraged that an organization in a nation with 11,000 firearms homicides a year would say gun laws are failing in a nation with 54, a reduction since passage of the gun laws. In 1998, that worked out to 4 firearm-related homicides/100,000 in the U.S., compared to 0.28/100,000 in Australia.

‎"a state prison system that in 2009 averaged nearly a death a week that might have been prevented or delayed with better medical care."
Most prisoners are in due to the drug war. See article::
The Supreme Court on Monday [May 23, 2011] endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.

*Shattered Lives, Human Rights and the Drug War"
Portraits From America's Drug War
Book by Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad, and Virginia Resner


"The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."
 --George Orwell (a democratic socialist). January 8, 1941 in an article for the London Evening Standard.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not need wimpy handguns to defend against tyranny.


Drug War charts, and more. [TopLink]