CO - Sen. Bennet, response...


January 17, 2013, 11:12 PM
I contacted my senator about the possibility of legislation being put forth to reinstate the old AWB, or to limit mag size. This was his (disappointing) form letter response:

Thank you for contacting me regarding Senator Feinstein's assault weapons ban proposal. I appreciate hearing from you.

The numerous tragedies that our nation has had to face over the past year have been staggering. My own family, like all Americans, has been repeatedly shocked and deeply saddened by the violence we have witnessed, and my heart continues to be with the victims and their families. As Coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core and in the aftermath of these abhorrent acts our priority should be on supporting the survivors and families, and healing our communities.

We must have a real discussion in this country about finding ways to stop these senseless shootings. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for the battlefield, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can protect our communities and particularly, our children. In Colorado, we support the right to bear arms and the ability of people to recreate, hunt, and protect their homes, and we want to keep the wrong weapons out the hands of the wrong people. I believe our state can come together to have a civil discussion that addresses these issues and as the President's taskforce releases its recommendations to prevent and reduce gun violence, we will ensure that Colorado's voices are heard.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California plans to introduce a bill in the 113th Congress that will prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. The ban will include 120 specifically-named firearms and will apply to large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. The bill will also require grandfathered weapons to be registered under the National Firearms Act and will include a background check of the owner and any future transferees. Although Senator Feinstein has not introduced the bill, she has indicated that she will do so at the start of the legislative session.
I look forward to reviewing Senator Feinstein's proposal, along with others brought before Senate. Let us all continue to keep the communities affected by these tragic acts in our thoughts and prayers.

It seems to me, he is suggesting that he would support a new AWB. I find this unacceptable, and responded letting him know as much (in a polite manner).

I just felt the need to pass this on to others he represents, so they can contact him with their concerns on this issue as well. And like I did, let him know he will not be supported for re-election if he were to vote yes on such legislation.

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January 17, 2013, 11:37 PM
Welcome to THR.

That is the same respnse I recieved. I expected as much. This state seems to be largely controled be the large metro areas along I-25 however, it is still pretty "purple". As such I figure every politician realizes, or should, that an issue like gun control can make or break them. I've contacted Senator Bennet several time in the last few weeks and will continue to do so. I advise all other pro-gun "activists" to do the same. I have a feeling Colorado will become a "battleground state" for gun rights. We need to let our representatives know how we feel. This applies to the state level as well.

January 17, 2013, 11:43 PM

Yes, I hope to pass this along to every pro-gun person I know, and hopefully they flood his office with emails and calls.

I see you are on the good side of the state as well. ;)

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