Response from Senator Cornyn (TX)


Silent Bob
January 24, 2013, 10:41 AM
Finally got a response from all the politicians I have been e-mailing. Cornyn sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has an "A" NRA rating. His response is not surprising, but is positive.

Dear Silent Bob:

Thank you for contacting me regarding federal firearms laws. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

As a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, I believe it is essential to safeguard the law-abiding citizen's constitutional right to own and use firearms designed for legitimate purposes such as hunting, target shooting, collecting, and self-protection. Restricting this right runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers, who expressly guaranteed that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear arms.

It is encouraging that the Supreme Court has upheld the will of our Founders and re-affirmed the ideals our country was established upon. The Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller provides a greater guarantee that Americans' Constitutional rights remain secure from federal government intrusion. I was proud to sign an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in that case stating an individual’s right to bear arms is fundamental. This historic ruling continues to have implications far beyond the District of Columbia. In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in McDonald v. City of Chicago to strike down the arbitrary gun ban in Chicago—and thereby affirm that the Second Amendment safeguards against state and local encroachments on the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.

As a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General, I have firsthand knowledge of crime-fighting policies that work, and I believe that citizens' Second Amendment rights should not be restricted because of the actions of criminals. Rather, we must focus our attention on the source of violent crime: criminals who use firearms to commit crimes. I believe that strictly enforcing the law—and meting out tougher sentences for career criminals and those who use firearms when committing crimes—will reduce crime more effectively than gun or equipment bans, which primarily serve to take firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate, and you may be certain that I will continue working with my colleagues to protect our Second Amendment rights. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

United States Senator

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Bob M.
January 24, 2013, 10:58 AM
Outstanding!! :D

January 24, 2013, 05:15 PM
Because? Texas!

Bartholomew Roberts
January 24, 2013, 05:38 PM
Actually that response is a lot more important than you realize... his original response on the Second Amendment was a lot more wishy-washy. The one you are printing now is much more pro-2A than his first one.

It also goes to show the importance of contacting your Congressmen even if you think they are solid on RKBA.

January 25, 2013, 01:13 AM
I noticed that, too, Bart.

I sent him two e-mails, the response I just got was a lot more reassuring than his original.

January 25, 2013, 07:37 AM
I have sent several emails to Sen. Ted Cruz. Nothing back so far. Guess he is to new

Bartholomew Roberts
January 25, 2013, 07:49 AM
Sen. Cruz coordinated the 31 state pro-Second amicus brief in the Heller case and also was a player in the McDonald case as Solicitor General of Texas. He has been very solid on the Second Amendment as this current statement from him regarding Sandy Hook shows:

"You can’t watch what happened at Newtown without being horrified,” he said. “But I’m also horrified at the efforts of politicians to use that tragedy to strip away the liberties of law-abiding citizens. None of these proposals the President’s laying out would have done anything to prevent Newtown, but they will — if passed — infringe on the Constitutional rights of Americans.”

Cruz said he would fight Obama’s proposals in the Senate and work to spread the truth about so-called ‘assault weapons.’ He said the assault weapons ban plays on “semantics,” playing on people’s fear of “scary-looking guns.”

“The assault weapons ban is one of the silliest pieces of law ever enacted,” Cruz said. “It’s a ban on cosmetics. It’s a ban on pistol grips and folding stocks.”

Still, it is always worth contacting them and thanking them for their support. I know Sen. Cornyn had 20 something people show up and picket his office in Houston after Newtown. I am sure that they are trying to pressure Sen. Cruz as well. It seems both men understand how their constituents feel clearly though.

January 25, 2013, 05:10 PM
Ted Cruz, I trust. Cornyn...not so much. Even after Feinstein proposed her new AWB yesterday, Cornyn's Facebook page has posts about every political issue you can think of, EXCEPT gun control. Not a word. I have not been impressed with him for a long time. Texans should write, call and email and let him know you're watching him like a hawk.

January 31, 2013, 02:12 PM

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