With all of the bad news lately, how about a good Senator response?


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BHPshooter
February 15, 2004, 03:05 PM
I just got this yesterday from Orrin Hatch.

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Dear Mr. [Wes]:

Thank you for your letter regarding a possible extension of the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons. I appreciate your taking the time to write and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I share your belief that the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons was bad policy and unconstitutional. I argued vigorously against this ban whenever it was introduced, but unfortunately, the anti-gun members of the Senate and House were able to implement this ban as part of former President Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill. On the floor of the Senate, during the debate over this proposal, I argued:

"These provisions strike at the heart of our contitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Other than their appearance, these weapons are not different from millions of other weapons that are always considered legitimate. There are legitimate, lawful purposes for owning these weapons, and I do not believe that we should be opening the door to banning new classes of weapons simply because the media chooses to single them out. The facts do not support the need to ban these weapons."

I will work to see that the ban on so-called assault weapons is not renewed. This ban does not reduce crime. Enforcing the law, and prosecuting those who abuse the right of gun ownership is the proven way to reduce crime.

Thank you again for your letter. Please feel free to contact me about any issue of importance to you.

Sincerely,

Orrin G. Hatch,
United States Senator

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The letter was actually signed by him, not a computer printed signature, so I guess he actually read my letter and listened to what I had to say. I am pleased.

What do you know? :)

Wes

P.S. Still no response from my other senator or my representative. :confused:

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glocksman
February 15, 2004, 04:13 PM
Hatch is OK on the gun issue but a total lunatic on others (allowing the RIAA to legally hack into and vandalize suspected file sharing computers, for example).


Still, I'll take the support from wherever we can find it.

BHPshooter
February 15, 2004, 04:25 PM
I agree, I don't like his stance on every issue, but this is the most important stance for me.

Wes

YammyMonkey
February 15, 2004, 09:08 PM
My wife and I also received a very positive letter from Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida. No word yet form anyone else, but he seems to be very supportive of our cause.

spartacus2002
February 15, 2004, 09:39 PM
WOW! That's pretty strong language from Sen. Hatch. Good for him.

I wish I was a Senator so I could write letters like this:

"Dear Mr. Fumegator"

The AWB was a bunch of G--D--n B---S--t. I personally spend my free time installing flash suppressors onto postban FAL kits in my basement. I purchase postban hicap magazine bodies from one place and springs/followers/floorplates from another and make illegal hicap magazines.

I also sign up Schumer, Feinstein, and Hillary's official Senate email addresses for every type of spam imaginable."

Not that I do any of the above, but can you imagine getting that from a Senator? :D

7.62FullMetalJacket
February 15, 2004, 11:48 PM
Sen. Hatch is consistent on the 2A.

Anytime a politico uses so-called assault weapons it is a good day.

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