A Letter


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rduchateau2954
December 27, 2012, 05:00 PM
With all the garbage going on we are encouraged to write letters to our representatives. The problem I am having is trying to write a decent letter without coming off as an angry high school kid.

Would it be too much to ask of our more wise and veteran letter writers to post up some well written letters that the rest of us neanderthals can send to our own representatives?

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M-Cameron
December 27, 2012, 05:13 PM
just sent this to my senators


I am sure by now you have heard of Senator Feinstein’s proposed Assault weapons ban, as well as additional calls for further gun restrictions in the wake of the recent tragedies at Newton, CT. I am writing in hopes that you will do all in your power to oppose any such legislation.

There is currently much interest to enact legislation similar to the 1994 Clinton era Assault weapon ban, I must say in good conscious that this is only a 'band-aid' fix and does not address the real issue at hand. The Clinton era assault weapons ban did nothing to stop the tragedy that happened at Columbine high school, and you will find FBI statistics proved it was not effective in reducing violent crimes in general across the country. Connecticut currently has in place an ‘assault weapons ban’ similar to the ’94 Assault weapon ban, and as you can see it unfortunately did nothing to prevent the tragedies that unfolded.

I am sure I don’t have to tell you that by definition, criminals do not obey the law, which is why I feel any new legislation regarding gun control will only serve to inhibit the rights of legal gun owners (the very people who you not need be concerned with). The AR-15 platform rifle is currently used by many law abiding citizens for a variety of applications including Home defense, recreation, and hunting, despite the media’s claims that it is unfit for any of these tasks. I would also like to take the time to point out several other common misconceptions regarding the AR-15 rifle, primarily the misconception that it can easily be converted to a fully automatic weapon. This is an utter fallacy, as it would take extensive machining and replacement of several parts which are already restricted under the National Firearms Act. I would also like to address the media’s claims that the AR-15 fires a “high powered round”, this is also not the case. I am sure from your time in the service, you have heard that many servicemen find it to be a greatly underpowered round, which is better suited to hunting small varmints than it is an effective fighting round.

I must also point of that the firearms industry employs over 200,000 people. It pays out about $9.8 billion in annual wages. And it contributes more than $5 billion in federal and state taxes every year. Any legislation regarding the restriction of gun rights potentially jeopardizes the jobs of those 200,000 people, and given the current state of the economy, as well as the rising financial crisis in Washington, those are jobs and revenue that the country does not have to spare.

I feel the root of this issue is the current state of mental health in this country. As it stands now, much of America is woefully ignorant of mental health and how large of a factor it plays in preventing tragedies like the events at Newton, CT. We need to encourage those who are ill to seek treatment, and encourage friends and families to speak up if they notice odd or disturbing behavior. Mental healthcare needs to be made more available, and we need to remove the stigma that is currently surrounding mental health to ensure people are more willing to accept treatment. I suggest Annual mental health screening by qualified individuals in High schools would be a great way to find and treat those who may be a potential risk to themselves and others before they can act would go a long way in preventing future tragedies. I also urge you to look into the NRAs proposed Shield Program, we currently protect the president, politicians, banks, and nuclear facilities with armed security, I feel protecting schools with armed security would also aid in preventing such tragedies in the future.

I would like to thank you for your time, and if you are willing and able, I would greatly like to discuss this issue with you further.

SigSour
December 28, 2012, 06:33 PM
Thanks M-Cameron - I just copied that and tweaked it a bit to send to my Senator as well.

I recall seeing a post with a standardized letter to send to our Senators on this forum, guess it wasn't a sticky because I don't see it now but it was a good one. I have one more Senator to address.

Matthew Temkin
December 28, 2012, 06:35 PM
Since I live in NY it is a waste of time contacting my senators.
Hopefully the real America will speak up for me.

M-Cameron
December 28, 2012, 06:42 PM
Since I live in NY it is a waste of time contacting my senators.
Hopefully the real America will speak up for me.
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you need to speak up for yourself!

Who cares what your senators want, this is about what you want.

I'm from MA, you think my senators are super gun friendly? No, they are not. They still got letter from me.

Remember, all that is required for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.....

SigSour
December 28, 2012, 06:45 PM
Since I live in NY it is a waste of time contacting my senators.
Hopefully the real America will speak up for me.

Ain't it the truth. I was born and raised in NYC - after hearing my dad speak so fondly about his guns and growing up in the south I decided to moved out to Colorado about 3 years ago - and oh how I have seen the light.

NYC has always been a place tough on guns, with that being said - I've had a gun pointed in my face three different times growing up there (I remember all three instances vividly), of course the gun was held by a lowlife and of course I wasn't allowed to have one myself. Out here it's an whole different story... that feeling of being a "victim" in certain situations is dead.

UPDATE: Just read M-Camerons response.. he's 100% right.

Isaac-1
December 28, 2012, 06:53 PM
I say keep it short, chances are if it gets read at all it will be skimmed by some unpaid intern and a pro or con check will be placed on a roster. One paragraph is more than enough.

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