Please thank your Senators for defending the 2nd Amendment!


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Oro
December 6, 2008, 01:15 PM
Here is a list of the senators (51 of them) who pressured the DOI (Dept. of the Interior) to allow concealed carry in national parks in states where it is legal. While it's not a total "win," it still advances gun rights in a sensitive context.

This issue was a high priority of the NRA, and in the works long before Heller, the recent presidential election, etc. These legislators stood up for the 2nd Amendment when it wasn't fashionable and forced a positive decision.

If you follow the link below you'll get the exact letter that 47 US Senators sent to the DOI to make things happen. There is a second letter which includes four senators to make a majority, so don't forget them (Bond, Feingold, Specter, and Wicker).

Please email, call, or best of all, mail them thanks for doing the right thing when it wasn't fashionable. If I lived in a free state and my senator voted for it, I know I would!

Here's the other 47 and their letter that forced the change:

http://www.doi.gov/issues/response_to_senators.html

Thank you for your action on this.

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A-190
December 6, 2008, 02:35 PM
Interesting that they were all Republicans and no Demos,,,,,,,,,,,,,or did I miss the one??? At least both of mine did the right thing...

ZombieHunter
December 6, 2008, 02:47 PM
What was the vote on this? Any link?

conw
December 6, 2008, 02:52 PM
Done :)

Too bad Elizabeth Dole lost the election this time around. Boooo.

TimRB
December 6, 2008, 02:52 PM
"Interesting that they were all Republicans and no Demos,,,,,,,,,,,,,or did I miss the one???"

You missed a few on the 47-senator letter. Funny--my senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, didn't sign. Go figure.

Tim

heyjoe
December 6, 2008, 02:54 PM
8 were democrats including feingold from wisconsin that doesnt allow ccw

Ragnar Danneskjold
December 6, 2008, 06:55 PM
I can't thank the Senators elected by the libs in Michigan(they're not really my Senators) as they did not sign the letter.

conw
December 6, 2008, 07:22 PM
You could send a "thanks for nothing" letter. Then tell them you'd vote for them if they would start supporting your bailiwick.

Jaws48
December 7, 2008, 02:29 PM
Can't seem to get the link to work this morning...anyone else having a problem connecting?

Zoogster
December 7, 2008, 06:26 PM
You could send a "thanks for nothing" letter.
Yes you could, but remember to be very clear.

Letters to politicians should be very clear. No sarcasm is recomended.
Sum up your position very quickly in a clear and precise way before going into details.

The reason for that is the politician will usualy not get the letter. Instead one of thier secretaries or aides will glance over it, and get what they think is the general idea. They will brief the Senator on the types of issues they are recieving a lot active mail about by the people that vote them in and out of office, thier constituents.
Some of the assistants are more intelligent than others. Combine that with them not likely reading every word and the chance of them thinking you are saying the opposite is high if you use sarcasm or complaints that don't make your stance clear.

So if you are sarcastic or unclear it could actualy end up as a "vote" against gun rights if they misunderstand what you are trying to say. They see you are talking about a gun rights/gun control issue and quickly determine what direction you are for before moving on to other mail.
They deal with a large amount of mail, and they are probably not likely to read every word, just a cursory glance to determine the issue and your stance.

sailortoo
December 8, 2008, 12:18 AM
Done! And with real appreciation to a long term, retiring senator, Domenici. I also threw in a comment to the effect that some National Parks are entered directly through the main building (where you sign in and pay a fee, then get a lecture and/or a guide book). That in itself precludes CCW in that particular park, as CCW in their main buildings is still a No-No - effectively canceling out the new regulation. At least we have some concession to the United States Constitution!
sailortoo

conw
December 8, 2008, 02:25 AM
Combine that with them not likely reading every word and the chance of them thinking you are saying the opposite is high if you use sarcasm or complaints that don't make your stance clear.

True, great point. Thankfully I don't have to worry because mine was an actual letter of thanks.

Unfortunately, Kay Hagan is the one who got voted in, and as her campaign person who called me said, "She does support the second amendment - her family all own lifetime hunting licenses!" *barf*

Of course, I lectured them on why they wouldn't get my vote. They also said "Dole got an A+ from the NRA because she's a Republican."

MT GUNNY
December 8, 2008, 01:23 PM
The Movement I saw my reps on the list posted on the 5TH in a different thread. I wrote a thank you letter via Email to Max Baucus (D) NRA ratedA+ and John Tester (D).
I wrote a must support letter to these two prior to the decision, I'm glad they saw it My way.

Both of these DEMs Have done a good Job Especially Max B. I spoke to Jon T. and asked him about his thoughts on DC vs Heller it was a good straight forward response in support for RKBA. However John T's answer about Pork Barrel (Belly I say) spending was not favorable.

I had to vote for Max cause the other Guy (R) was a Recluse and I had no Info on him at all, even the NRA didn't have a Rating for him.

1 good thing about MT is, If we Elect a Rep (R) or (D) they are generally Pro RKBA. Yes Even our Governor Is Pro RKBA, first (D) Elected GOV in a long time.

PAULREVERE
December 9, 2008, 06:40 AM
Good old Kommisar Levin and Madame Stabenow from Michigan did not sign. What a prickly pair :fire:

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