The mission of the National Association of American Veterans (NAAV
) is to assist service members and disabled veterans and their dependents, particularly severely wounded warriors and single-parent service members and veterans, by helping access their benefits, improving communication and coordination with VA, and collaborating with the VA and other veterans groups, health agencies, medical professional organizations, educational organizations, and the public in support of veterans, their families, and military caregivers.
"Our goal," writes Betsey Gotbaum, NAAV executive director, in the forward to the manual, "is to demonstrate that handguns kept in the home or carried by civilians are not a safe and effective method of self-protection.
The campaign hinges on the use of rank-and-file police officers, who will go from community to community--at city expense--to "educate" citizens about the "hazards of handguns." The NAAV manual provides police with a sample speech that officers may use when addressing public gatherings, along with suggestions for slide presentations, charts, graphs and brochures which also are aimed against handguns.
According to Internal Revenue Service records received under a Freedom of Information Act request in 1983, the NAAV (formerly called the Foundation on Violence in America) spent nearly $80,000 to develop the campaign in New York.
In 1984, NAAV became even more industrious and produced a film, narrated by actor Michael Douglas (who also serves on NAAV's advisory board), warning about the "dangers" of handguns.
All of the news about NAAV's campaign is not bad, however.
This may be explained by the fact that the High Court 'appears to pay less regard to the opinions of intermediate appellate courts on questions of constitutional law than on non-constitutional issues': Sackville, above n 23, 86 (discussing the failure of the joint judgment in Plaintiff S157 to refer to NAAV
v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and indigenous Affairs (2002) 123 FCR 298, the leading authority on s 474(1) of the Migration Act at that time, despite overturning it).
As the Full Federal Court noted in NAAV
v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs: (25)
(81) Haneef v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2007) 161 FCR 40; NAAV
v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2002) 123 FCR 298; Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs v Al Masri (2003) 126 FC R 54.
v Minister Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs  FCAFC 228 (Unreported, Black C J, Beaumont, Wilcox, French and von Doussa JJ, 15 August 2002); NAAX v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 263 (Unreported, Gyles J, 15 March 2002); NABE v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 281 (Unreported, Tamberlin J, 19 March 2002); Ratumaiwai v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 311 (Unreported, Hill J, 20 March 2002); Walton v Ruddock, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 1839 (Unreported, Merkel J, 20 December 2001); Wang v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs  FCA 167 (Unreported, Mansfield J, 27 February 2002).