Heading Off Gun Control - Take Action!


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jjk308
November 10, 2008, 09:22 AM
Instead of endless talking let's do something now about heading off gun control in the Obama Administration.

There are about 4 dozen "Blue Dog" Democrats in the House of Representatives whose seats could be in jeopardy in the next election if they oppose our 2nd Amendment rights, plus a number of moderate Democrats in the Senate. But thanks to the machinations of the Democratic caucus it may still be possible to pass such gun control legislation as a permanent assault gun ban, gun show ban, so-called "child-proof" guns and huge taxes on guns and ammunition.

The following letter is designed to head off any gun control effort by sending a message to the Democrats that their majority in Congress may be in danger if they advance a gun control agenda. It's a lot easier to stop such an agenda before it gets started than after a new President makes it a priority.

Believe it or not this approach does work as politicians really hate to get people who appear sensible and may be influential and/or generous with campaign funds mad at them.

Below is a letter form for your representative and senators. It is oriented toward Democratic legislators but will work OK for Republicans if you take out the next to last "vote against the party" paragraph. Just fill in the blanks with the legislator's name, including his title, and your name.

Names and addresses are available from: http://www.capwiz.com/nra/dbq/officials/
If any of your legislators are newly elected the addresses should be available through their campaign websites.

email works pretty well in my experience but not as well as a snail-mail letter as some legislators either aren't computer literate or are too computer literate and just generate a canned meaningless response designed to make you think a human actually read it.




Dear __(Representative/Senator)____________________


With a new administration due to take office I am writing to you to express my concern that there may be attempts to pass new gun control legislation, and specifically to reinstate the failed Assault Gun Ban, part of the Democratic Party Platform.

Not only did the ban have no effect, according to an FBI study, but among the banned rifles were those which have become the most popular target, hunting and self-defence rifles in America. I cannot see how anyone, especially a President-elect, could square a supposed devotion to the 2nd Amendment with reinstating a firearm ban based on nothing but cosmetics and a bad image in the entertainment media.

If you vote for reinstating the Assault Gun Ban or any other gun control measure which harrasses innocent gun owners, interfers with their enjoyment of their sport and their right to self defence, interfers with their purchase of firearms or reinstates the Assault Gun Ban I will have no choice but to support your opponent in the next election.

I am well aware of the horse-trading that goes on in party caucuses to allow members with endangered seats to avoid voting on contentious legislation while still arranging to have enough votes for passage. If the majority of your party votes for and passes any of the gun control measures I described or for an Assault Gun Ban I will support your opponent in the next election regardless of how you, personally, voted.

I sincerely hope you will win my future support and that I hear your views on this subject.


Yours truly,

______________________


(don't forget your address and telephone number)

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30 cal slob
November 10, 2008, 11:16 AM
fixed some typos.


Dear __(Representative/Senator)____________________


With a new administration due to take office I am writing to you to express my concern that there may be attempts to pass new gun control legislation, and specifically to reinstate the failed Assault Gun Ban, part of the Democratic Party Platform.

Not only did the ban have no effect, according to an FBI study, but among the banned rifles were those which have become the most popular target, hunting and self-defence rifles in America. I cannot see how anyone, especially a President-elect, could square a supposed devotion to the 2nd Amendment with reinstating a firearm ban based on nothing but cosmetics and a bad image in the entertainment media.

If you vote for reinstating the Assault Gun Ban or any other gun control measure which harrasses innocent gun owners, interferes with their enjoyment of their sport and their right to self defense, interferes with their purchase of firearms or reinstates the Assault Gun Ban I will have no choice but to support your opponent in the next election.

I am well aware of the horse-trading that goes on in party caucuses to allow members with endangered seats to avoid voting on contentious legislation while still arranging to have enough votes for passage. If the majority of your party votes for and passes any of the gun control measures I described or for an Assault Gun Ban I will support your opponent in the next election regardless of how you, personally, voted.

I sincerely hope you will win my future support and that I hear your views on this subject.


Yours truly,

Bailey Boat
November 10, 2008, 03:26 PM
Whacha wanna bet that the gun reg laws will be enacted by exec priviledge???? That way no one else can/will be held responsible since they didn't "vote" for or against it?????

Anubis117
November 10, 2008, 04:13 PM
i've sent a letter to both senators and all my reps, thank you for the format.

mljdeckard
November 10, 2008, 04:26 PM
I am fortunate enough to live in a state where all of my reps, including our lone democrat, have made their pro-gun position very clear to everyone. I will continue to watch.

kingvillien
November 10, 2008, 04:48 PM
Join the NRA, it is the best shot we have to stop gun control (pun intended).:neener:

MGshaggy
November 10, 2008, 05:44 PM
Whacha wanna bet that the gun reg laws will be enacted by exec priviledge???? That way no one else can/will be held responsible since they didn't "vote" for or against it?????

You apparently don't understand what can be done via EO and what cannot. An EO can only direct an agency of the federal government to do what is already within their granted authority to do; it cannot be used to create new laws. IOW, an EO can direct an agency like BATFE to promulage new regulations into the Code of Federal Regulations (regulations which they were already empowered to create), but cannot be used to create new sections of the US Code (statutes must be created by Congress).

Granted, EOs can certainly make our lives difficult by controlling federal agencies such as BATFE & Customs, but they cannot be used to create new laws.

elkhuntingfool
November 10, 2008, 06:48 PM
Whacha wanna bet that the gun reg laws will be enacted by exec priviledge???? That way no one else can/will be held responsible since they didn't "vote" for or against it?????

Luckily for us citizens, it doesn't work that way.

paramedic70002
November 11, 2008, 01:31 AM
Yet.

I predict that BHO will be declared Emperor by Congress once they get enough votes lined up. Then the UN will make him world emperor. Then the fun really begins.

Sinixstar
November 11, 2008, 03:22 AM
There are about 4 dozen "Blue Dog" Democrats in the House of Representatives whose seats could be in jeopardy in the next election if they oppose our 2nd Amendment rights, plus a number of moderate Democrats in the Senate. But thanks to the machinations of the Democratic caucus it may still be possible to pass such gun control legislation as a permanent assault gun ban, gun show ban, so-called "child-proof" guns and huge taxes on guns and ammunition.


It's not so much the blue-dog/moderate dems that you have to worry about. They (both the individuals, and the party) know those seats would be in jeopardy if they voted against gun rights.
What inevitably pushes any anti-gun legislation through,is republican cross over. Seriously - I know it might sound crazy, but the '93 and '94 legislation ONLY passed because of Republican support. The '94 AWB specifically passed with overwhelming republican support. It made it through the senate with 94 yea votes, 4 neas, and one MIA. (the 4 neas for the record was 1 D, 1 R and 2 Is)
So - with that in mind - make sure and focus on republicans that may support anti-gun legislation as well. It's a lot easier to defeat possible anti-gun bills if we reduce the number of R's who will cross the line.
Not trying to turn this into a Dem vs Rep debate - so please don't take it that way, and please don't turn it into that. Just pointing out that we need to look at the WHOLE picture...

Also - support guys like Dean Heller in Nevada. I single him out because he's an R in a very pro-gun state, and most importantly he's got balls of steel. He's known to attach toxic amendments to bills that have strong bi-partisan support, solely for the purpose of stopping such bills in their tracks. His attitude is "You want to pass your crappy bill? fine - but you're going to change the national past-time to clubbing baby seals while smoking crack cocaine in the process." (and it works!)

His seat is pretty safe here, and this is the kind of issue I think he'd really get behind. (Such action on his part would probably even win him votes from dems in this state)

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