Response from the Murtha camp


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coyote_jr
April 20, 2007, 03:41 PM
This was in response to the Brady form letter I mailed out from their website with a few of my own "corrections" haha

Dear xxxxx:
What happened on Monday at Virginia Tech is a horrific tragedy. When something like this happens, we always look for ways we could have prevented it. However, I have always been a staunch supporter of 2 nd Amendment rights and have opposed any effort to restrict them. I voted against the assault weapons ban and am opposed to reauthorizing it.

Based on the limited information in the news so far regarding this tragedy, this was a disturbed individual who had been bent on doing what he did for a significant period of time-- at least a month-- and that there were signs much earlier that he needed psychological help.

In 1999, in the wake of the Columbine incident, the Department of Justice undertook a comprehensive study of the problem of school violence that resulted in an increased focus on the problem through several governmental agencies, from the Department of Justice to the Department of Education to the Centers for Disease Control. However, it did not reach the conclusion that the problem would be prevented by restricting gun rights to adults.

Congress and the federal government have undertaken numerous efforts to prevent gun violence in elementary and secondary schools (by restricting minors). Though some universities have restricted the possession of firearms on their campuses, I don't think restricting gun rights to law abiding adults is effective.

As I mentioned, Congress has taken steps to prevent gun violence in schools in a variety of ways. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which I voted for, required states to pass laws mandating a one year suspension for any student bringing a gun to an elementary or secondary school. The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, also part of the No Child Left Behind Act, created the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools in the Department of Education. Its mandate is to provide guidance and financial assistance for schools in implementing measures to prevent violence.

In the 1990's President Clinton created a program under the Department of Justice called the COPS program (Community Oriented Policing Services) which provides grants to communities for a variety of policing needs, including The COPS in Schools grant program. It is designed to help law enforcement agencies hire new, additional school resource officers to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools. It provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to build collaborative partnerships with the school community and to use community policing efforts to combat school violence. I have been a strong supporter of ensuring annual funding for this program in Congress.

While, sadly, there is still no easy solution to the occurrence of shooting rampages in our society, I do believe that we should continue to look for ways to promote a better awareness of the signs of emotional problems that could lead to such a terrible tragedy. I have always been a strong supporter of parity for mental health coverage and have worked to fund programs that advance the field of mental health outreach services and counseling. One of the conclusions of the 1999 Department of Justice study mentioned above was that there needed to be more focus on the underlying mental health issues that can lead to such acts.

I have also cosponsored measures to limit children's exposure to violence via the media and the sale of violent video material.

I appreciate hearing from you on this extremely difficult and painful subject. I agree with you that restricting the 2nd amendment rights of adults is not the answer. Please know that I am as concerned as you are about how we can better prevent these tragedies and will continue to support efforts that will move us toward that goal. I also welcome your suggestions.

Sincerely,
JOHN P. MURTHA
YOUR CONGRESSMAN

Isn't Murtha a hardcore anti???

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romma
April 20, 2007, 04:19 PM
It's Bizzaro world lately with some of the stuff coming out of these politicians mouths this week... I try to be optimistic, but I am a realist. Maybe if they are not waking up, they at least realize more of their voting base is... That's all we need anyway!

MD_Willington
April 20, 2007, 04:56 PM
I can see a lot of them pulling a flip flop here to keep their politico positions, the pigs are at the trough and they like the feed, why jeopardize their position in the chow line.

Ratzinger_p38
April 20, 2007, 05:19 PM
prediction: The D's will use the VT not for gun control, but for a reason to support state health care.

K-Romulus
April 20, 2007, 05:46 PM
I remember Murtha being talked up as "hard-core pro-gun-owner" during his fight with Hoyer over the Majority Leader job.

orionengnr
April 20, 2007, 05:55 PM
The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which I voted for, required states to pass laws mandating a one year suspension for any student bringing a gun to an elementary or secondary school... and they left out:

...disregarding the second Amendment and contrary to the laws of most states.

Malone LaVeigh
April 20, 2007, 07:07 PM
Isn't Murtha a hardcore anti???
What do you base that on?

NRA "A" rated. (http://murtha.org/endorse)

PS GOA gives him a "B-" but they are so partisan, they have little credibility with me.

ChestyP
April 20, 2007, 08:08 PM
has been a reliable pro-gun vote through most of his 30-year Congressional career.

I don't care for his stance on Iraq, but he probably doesn't like mine, either. This ain't The High (Iraq) Road list.

Our true pro-gun Democrat friends have saved us a few times. Let's not alienate them.

RealGun
April 20, 2007, 08:18 PM
Isn't Murtha a hardcore anti???

What do you base that on?

NRA "A" rated.

PS GOA gives him a "B-" but they are so partisan, they have little credibility with me.

What do you base that on?

Sorry...couldn't resist :evil:

River Wraith
April 20, 2007, 08:29 PM
GOA compromises our rights far less than the NRA. I'm a member of both, but if I had to pick one, GOA would win hands down. Murtha looks to be on the right side of this issue.

ConstitutionCowboy
April 20, 2007, 08:36 PM
It's an unachievable goal. What's best is preparedness to meet the problem when it arises. That means some law abiding citizens around with guns on them.

That said, a certain amount of intervention might be possible, but unless the subject is disturbed enough to show symptoms, most will go unnoticed and it'll only catch a few. Cho is one of those who should have been "caught".

Woody

A law that says you cannot fire your gun in the middle of downtown unless in self defense is not unconstitutional. Laws that prohibit brandishing except in self defense or handling your gun in a threatening or unsafe manner would not be unconstitutional. Laws can be written that govern some of the uses of guns. No law can be written that infringes upon buying, keeping, storing, carrying, limiting caliber, limiting capacity, limiting quantity, limiting action, or any other limit that would infringe upon the keeping or bearing of arms. That is the truth and simple reality of the limits placed upon government by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. B.E.Wood

BAT1
April 21, 2007, 12:33 AM
He's good on guns. Most Military men are. They're not all Reps, many are Dems. He still stuck by what he said and took heat for about the war. He's a rock, write that man a thank you letter.

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