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Michael Patrick Sessa

Monday, July 1st, 1996

Michael Patrick Sessa of the Detroit, Michigan area is the designated recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award for July.

In nominating Sessa for the Award, Alan M. Gottlieb, CCRKBA Chairman, said “Mike has worked hard and long in Michigan for the pro-gun cause. He has done all kinds of great things to promote the individual right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, and has been unstinting in support of our freedoms.

“One of the most remarkable things he has done is originate the Gun Owners of Macomb County and coordinate annual pro-gun rights freedom rallies at the Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, in suburban Detroit, sometimes attracting thousands of participants.

“This year, the rally, called GUNSTOCK ’96 PLUS, attracted at least a thousand participants, and those of us whom Mike invited to speak were most heartened by the experience.

“The survival of freedom in Michigan and indeed throughout the United States is dependent directly on the efforts of dedicated people like Mike and many others like him all across America.

“Mike most certainly deserves the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.”

Mike, 35, is employed by the American Team, a plastics injecting molding company, as a Secondary Operations Processing Manager, and has worked for the same company for 15 years.

The eldest of four children of Michael C. and Marlene J. Sessa, Mike, a high school graduate, is continuing his education with college level courses.

At age 10, Mike was introduced to high power rifles. During the next 25 years, he developed into an expert (non-rated) rifleman, shotgunner, black powder shooter and archer. Utilizing all of the shooting sports, he says, he became an accomplished hunter. He also says that, at a very early age, he became aware of the “politically correct” anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment fringe faction, and has been fighting them ever since then.

Mike is Vice Chairman of the Macomb Coalition of Republicans, Vice Chairman of the Macomb County Young Republicans, a Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, and a Republican Party Precinct Delegate.

Mike says he has worked many political campaigns at all levels, and has been successful, he says, in getting his father elected County Commissioner since 1988, and himself elected county wide as a Trustee for Macomb County Community College in 1994. Both father and son are up for reelection this year.

He is a member of the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association of America, the Firearms Coalition and Gun Owners of America.

Mike informed POINT BLANK that he himself started the pro-gun, grassroots, politically active Gun Owners of Macomb County. Based in southeast Michigan, the organization is expanding on a statewide basis. Mike said that the group’s “impact on the political system is exactly as calculated – devastating to the political elite!”

Mike says “the Gun Owners of Macomb County group has been blasted by irate anti-gun politicians, left wing groups such as ADL and Morris Dees’ Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.”

He says “you wear these attacks as badges of honor in your fight to preserve freedom and liberty. We’ve been attacked by these organizations not because we have broken any laws, not because we’re racist or anti-semitic, but simply for vocalizing and organizing against bad public policy and attacks on fundamental individual rights.”

Mike also operates his own fax networking system known as the Minute Man Fax Network, which he describes as “a state-wide instant information forwarding system which reaches over two hundred political activists in Michigan. Its impact on Michigan politics is dramatic. The recipients of Minute Man communications could be referred to as a Rapid Deployment Force of Political Activists.”

Sessa says his goal in life is “the elimination of liberalism within one generation of Americans.”