Better to write or email State Representative?


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Uncle Richard
December 31, 2012, 06:59 PM
This may seem silly to ask, but is it better to email or write state representatives? Also, is it helpful to contact legislators outside my state district?

I want to do my part by contacting everyone and ask them to vote unfavorably for any anti-gun legislation.

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Jorg Nysgerrig
December 31, 2012, 07:07 PM
Physical letters still seem to get more credence than email.

mgkdrgn
December 31, 2012, 07:17 PM
Physical letters still seem to get more credence than email.
But will take weeks or MONTHS to be delivered, after going through all the bomb/antrax/alien spore checks they go through now.

Email is much more immediate.

NaturalDefensiveRights
December 31, 2012, 07:19 PM
Neither letters or emails will work. They won't be read. You need to call them, or confront them in person. Call them, and tell them they're finished if they vote for gun control. Politicians only respond to fear of losing their seat, not eloquent letters.

Uncle Richard
December 31, 2012, 08:19 PM
any thoughts on writing representatives outside of district?

waidmann
December 31, 2012, 08:30 PM
At this time, write in longhand, your congressman and senators at their home (not Washington) offices regarding pending (Feinstein) legislation.

At the state and local level I suggest an office appointment if practical.

avs11054
December 31, 2012, 08:41 PM
any thoughts on writing representatives outside of district?

I write Boehner and McConnell. Who knows if it helps, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

Uncle Richard
January 1, 2013, 10:53 AM
..... at their home (not Washington) offices regarding pending (Feinstein) legislation.....

Thanks for mentioning this. My Senators list 4 different addresses. Will send to home office.

..... state and local level I suggest an office appointment if practical.....

I would do this, but don't have time.

mgkdrgn
January 1, 2013, 09:30 PM
At this time, write in longhand, your congressman and senators at their home (not Washington) offices regarding pending (Feinstein) legislation.

At the state and local level I suggest an office appointment if practical.
By they time they actually get a snail mail handwritten letter, with all the layers of security it must go through, the issue will be long over.

Art Eatman
January 2, 2013, 12:45 PM
If time is not a factor, a hand-written, one-page snail mail letter is more likely to be read by the actual representative or senator--instead of a staffer. Otherwise, the processing through the safety-system will make it an after-the-fact receipt.

Staffers keep track of pro and con for phone calls, FAX calls and Emails. Emails might be skimmed, but mostly the majority opinion is all that's noted.

Short and polite has a better chance of having information passed on to the staffer's boss.

Most offices ignore incoming contacts from outside the district or state.

Edit-add: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=691407 This is now a sticky.

Uncle Richard
January 2, 2013, 12:56 PM
......the processing through the safety-system will make it an after-the-fact receipt......

Does regular mail delivered by the USPS really take weeks to months to go through the "safety-system" before a state legislator opens it?

I can't see how this is possible. Hypothetically, do bills (or other regular mail) get held up for weeks as well?

MR2Aaron
January 2, 2013, 02:07 PM
Why not do both?

I've heard it said that anything worth shooting is worth shooting more than once. Seems to me that gun control legislation is worth at least two shots.

You could also try calling their office, too.

hso
January 2, 2013, 02:26 PM
Both

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=689694

lilguy
January 2, 2013, 03:51 PM
I sent a letter to my state senator regarding my FOID and got a call beck within days. I always write to the local office, that's where my latest letters will go.

Uncle Richard
January 2, 2013, 11:28 PM
thanks for the advice. I emailed Senators and state Congressmen today.

Will follow through with a personal letter.

Thanks everyone.

rodinal220
January 3, 2013, 09:56 AM
Letters are good,but when time is a factor just call them on the phone.

Art Eatman
January 3, 2013, 01:29 PM
From the sticky, when time is a factor:

"Don't use snail mail. Everything that gets sent into Capitol Hill has to go through the Capitol Police and is scanned for bombs and anthrax. It usually takes weeks for it to get to its destination, and more often than not, the issue is long over by the time it gets there."

For commentary when you know ahead of time that some bill will be introduced and the sub-committee and committee processes will be lengthy, snail mail is good.

If immediacy is important, go electronic.

Guessing: If you can put your message on a post card, it might go through quickly. (?)

Bubbles
January 3, 2013, 01:34 PM
At the state and local level I suggest an office appointment if practical.
I call mine at his house.

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