Reply from Harry Reid


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hm921
January 28, 2013, 03:14 PM
Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding gun control. I appreciate hearing from you.

As a gun owner, I welcomed the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which made clear that every law abiding citizen has an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We must work to protect this right by enforcing laws that keep guns away from terrorists and criminals. However, the rights of responsible gun owners should not be compromised by individuals who use firearms to commit crimes. Please be assured that I have noted your views regarding this issue, and that I will continue to use my leadership position in the Senate to defend the Second Amendment and to protect the interests of Nevada's gun owners.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

My best wishes to you.

Sincerely,
HARRY REID
United States Senator

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hm921
January 28, 2013, 03:16 PM
For anyone that's wondering about my location, I'm active military stationed in FL, but I maintain Nevada as my home of record and voter registration.

avs11054
January 28, 2013, 03:48 PM
Sounds like encouraging news to me.

JERRY
January 28, 2013, 03:53 PM
kind of makes it tough to not stand with him......hes so liberal on some isues but says hes conservative on this one, a very important one only second to the freedom of speach....

Silent Bob
January 28, 2013, 04:21 PM
2nd amendment rights shouldn't be a conservative or liberal issue, but here we are...

Anyway, a better response from Reid then what many in Florida got from Rubio. However, I have little trust in Reid, and Feinstein has been crowing that Reid promised her that the AWB would see a floor vote.

hso
January 28, 2013, 05:21 PM
2nd Amendment rights aren't a "liberal" or "conservative" or a Democrat or Republican issue. There is no "safe bet" on who does and doesn't support the 2A and we've been surprised before letting our prejudices lead us to make assumptions. The shallow narrow thinking that it is will lead us to defeat.

We need to send polite, firm, factual and passionate letters to Senator Reed pointing out that ideologues will try to wreck the 2A and drag anyone who supports a ban on firearms, magazines, or ammunition down and then out of political office. We all thank God that the whole of the U.S. isn't Chicago or Detroit with their 3rd World murder rates and we will not stand for having the entire country treated as if it were those holes.

6.5x55swedish
January 28, 2013, 05:33 PM
Not that we have nothing to worry about on the Federal Level, but many people wrongly focus on the Lawmakers in DC, and over look their local Lawmakers... The majority of gun related laws are local... something like 80% of them in fact.

We let the local politicians slide and give the federal ones heck about gun control.

clutch
January 28, 2013, 05:44 PM
I like the response. I received a similar one from my US House Representative.

Words about hunting is a clear sign they don't get it. Thankfully neither used those words.

The suspicious part of my mind has me asking, what response would an anti gun email receive?

blarby
January 28, 2013, 05:50 PM
Received these two this afternoon :

Rep Hoyle <rep.valhoyle@state.or.us>
2:14 PM (35 minutes ago)

to me
Dear Mr. xxxxxxx,

Thank you for contacting my office regarding gun rights. As a mother, I am heartbroken by the recent tragedies. We cannot let events like the massacre in Newton or the shooting right here at home at the Clackamas Town Center continue to happen.

A number of proposals have been introduced in the legislature so far, including arming school personnel, and regulating high volume ammunition magazines. In response to the recent events, I have sponsored a bill to provide a funding mechanism for improved school security infrastructure. Additionally, I will continue to push for increased funding for and access to mental health care.

We need to have a serious conversation about how we prevent incidents like this in the future. I have always been a supporter of increased access to mental health care and I have always been and will continue to be a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment.

Thank you again for contacting my office regarding gun rights. I appreciate your comments on this important issue. Please don't hesitate to contact my office again if my staff or I can be of any assistance to you in the future.

All the best
Val

Representative Val Hoyle
Oregon House District 14
West Eugene, Junction City, Cheshire and Alvadore


and




Dear xxxxxx,



Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about any proposed legislation that would affect gun ownership by signing the Ruger Firearms petition. I appreciate hearing from you.



In the wake of the tragic mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and right at home in Clackamas Town Center, I have heard a wide range of views from many Oregonians on gun policies and gun violence. Indeed, I am deeply saddened by these senseless shootings and the loss of innocent lives.



As I consider proposed policies regarding guns, I will have two perspectives. As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I will ask if the proposals meet the constitutional test. Second, I will ask if the proposals will make a difference in the tragic situations we have witnessed. In short, I will be digging into the facts and research about each of the proposals on the table with these perspectives in mind.



It is appropriate in light of the recent tragedies that this is a national discussion, and I'm glad you are sharing your thoughts with me. As specific proposals are put before Congress, please continue to give me your feedback.




All my best,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

mbt2001
January 28, 2013, 05:58 PM
You can write any Senator you want. They all work for us, and considering the nature of legislation these days... I mean I cannot unseat Fienstien, but she is pushing laws that affect me just as much as my state legislature or state senator.

shafter
January 28, 2013, 06:09 PM
I wouldn't trust Reid for one minute. I can see him being "absent" on a day where a big gun vote was happening or something like that.

avs11054
January 28, 2013, 08:08 PM
I wouldn't trust Reid for one minute. I can see him being "absent" on a day where a big gun vote was happening or something like that.

Considering they 'need' every vote they can get to get to 60 votes and we dont 'need' any votes to get past 40, I dont think him being 'absent' would hurt our cause. Anabsent vote from him is as good as a vote against gun control.

Cfish
January 28, 2013, 08:52 PM
delete

hm921
January 28, 2013, 09:05 PM
2nd amendment rights shouldn't be a conservative or liberal issue, but here we are...

Anyway, a better response from Reid then what many in Florida got from Rubio. However, I have little trust in Reid, and Feinstein has been crowing that Reid promised her that the AWB would see a floor vote.
I haven't seen what Rubio's replies have been, but if Reid's reply is better, I might need to send a letter to Rubio too!

Blackbeard
January 29, 2013, 12:32 AM
Reid's response doesn't sound like the response of an anti. The antis respond with things like "protect the rights of hunters" or "respect the gun tradition while keeping the most dangerous weapons....blah blah". I'm somewhat encouraged by that.

Ash
January 29, 2013, 06:30 PM
1984's Double Speak.

jrdolall
January 29, 2013, 06:46 PM
Of course all liberals support the right to keep and bear arms. The question is their definition of "arms". They can say they support the 2A and still try to ban "assault rifles" and hi cap magazines. You have the right to bear arms...as long as those arms are sweet and fuzzy and don't threaten anyone.

481
January 29, 2013, 08:33 PM
As cooler heads begin to prevail, I've been seeing improvement in the responses that I've been receiving from my elected reps (and others) in support of the 2A.

I am starting to think that the knee-jerk movement is beginning to show signs of slowing, but I am not gonna stop writing 'til this AWB bill is finally put aside (for this session at least).

loose noose
January 29, 2013, 09:00 PM
I got the same reply from Old Harry, I'm afraid he'll say what ever you want to hear. However I also heard from Dr. Heck, (Representative) who para-phrasing said "we have to do something. Closing the loopholes with registration sounds pretty good". Needless to say I wrote back a very polite statement asking what about all the laws we presently have on the books, not one of those children at Sandy Hook benefitted from them. How about we put a police officer in the schools, or at the very least have a CCW that is well trained, and take down those ridiculous gun free signs.:banghead:

jrdolall
January 29, 2013, 10:34 PM
A man in Ozark AL tried to remove his child from a school bus today. When the driver told him to stop he shot the driver as well as hit another child.

How do you legislate that behavior?

Captain*kirk
January 29, 2013, 11:32 PM
Capital punishment

goon
January 30, 2013, 12:31 AM
2nd Amendment rights aren't a "liberal" or "conservative" or a Democrat or Republican issue. There is no "safe bet" on who does and doesn't support the 2A and we've been surprised before letting our prejudices lead us to make assumptions. The shallow narrow thinking that it is will lead us to defeat.

We need to send polite, firm, factual and passionate letters to Senator Reed pointing out that ideologues will try to wreck the 2A and drag anyone who supports a ban on firearms, magazines, or ammunition down and then out of political office. We all thank God that the whole of the U.S. isn't Chicago or Detroit with their 3rd World murder rates and we will not stand for having the entire country treated as if it were those holes.


Exactly!
Thank you so much for getting right to the point of it.
I sent two more letters today. I'll be working on getting more out this week. I made it a point to use up an entire roll of stamps and box of envelopes on this, and I'll be copying and pasting every letter into email as well.
And I am most assuredly NOT a Republican.


Of course all liberals support the right to keep and bear arms. The question is their definition of "arms". They can say they support the 2A and still try to ban "assault rifles" and hi cap magazines. You have the right to bear arms...as long as those arms are sweet and fuzzy and don't threaten anyone.


For the record, I know precisely what "arms" means - it means weapons that offer a private citizen parity with an infantryman of the time. It should include real select-fire rifles, belt-fed GPMG's, and possibly even RPG's and the like. I would support that - but it's unlikely it will ever mean that in my lifetime.
But for the purposes of this discussion, it certainly covers the AR-15 and other self-loading rifles and their respective standard capacity 20, 30, and 40+ round magazines.
The Second Amendment was created to put the necessary teeth in the Bill of Rights to ensure the protection of the rest of our rights. I may disagree with many of you on politics, but I want to sort those disagreements out under a Constitutional government that respects our rights.



Also, the standard load of the Continental Army after c. 1777 was a buck-and-ball load that used eight to ten buck shot pellets (around .30 caliber each) and one standard sized musket ball. So if a Continental infantryman was making his musket get loud three times a minute, he was actually putting over 30 projectiles downrange at the British. These loads were used on Washington's command, so ain't nobody gonna tell this kid that the Founders weren't fans of increasing firepower when they could.

And I am also encouraged a little by this reply. I sent a letter to Reid last week saying that although my Democrat Senator (Begich) has come out in solid defense of the Second Amendment, even more so than my Republican Senator, I'd still be forced to vote him out of office in an attempt to allow a Republican controlled legislature to repeal any new gun control laws that might be passed. Reid may not value me since I'm not a constituent, but he sure as hell doesn't want to set a pro-gun Democrat Senator in a red state set up to be voted out in the next election.

Water-Man
January 30, 2013, 12:39 AM
The next thing you know, the NRA will be supporting Reid once again.

Dr_B
January 30, 2013, 12:41 AM
As a gun owner, I welcomed the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which made clear that every law abiding citizen has an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We must work to protect this right by enforcing laws that keep guns away from terrorists and criminals. However, the rights of responsible gun owners should not be compromised by individuals who use firearms to commit crimes.

I don't think this offers any hope. All it means it that he says he will make sure your rights are not compromised, but he never says you have the right to own any of the guns Obama wants to ban. This doesn't mean that he considers your rights as a gun owner to extend beyond just what you need for hunting and sport shooting.

goon
January 30, 2013, 12:55 AM
Dr. B - I take it you've read the Heller v. D.C. opinion already (as I'm sure most of us have).
Heller mentions resistance to tyranny in passing, but primarily focuses on self-defense. It says nothing about hunting or sport shooting.

Dr_B
January 30, 2013, 01:14 AM
@ goon: I have no faith that Heller vs. DC will stop them. Think I am silly if you want, but the way the American public is being swayed by the media and Obama's team is disheartening. He is gearing up his political campaign machine to build support for legislation now that it has been written.

There are laws like the Heller case, but liberal anti-gun people are pernicious, clever, and will gradually infect the public's mind with their insidious, flawed messages.

goon
January 30, 2013, 01:34 AM
You're entitled to your opinion and I admit I was a little concerned when I read that Obama is trying to mobilize his campaign resources to push gun control. I still am and that is why I am still writing letters.

But realistically, most of his support is going to come from people who voted for him and follow along bleating like unthinking sheep. They will get some support, mostly from urban Obama supporters. But they won't get rural people like me and they won't get people in the right like you. Even some Obama supporters still won't support this run on gun control.

I share your concerns, but I am nowhere close to giving up yet. And I have the Second Amendment and a Supreme Court ruling on my side, along with millions of other Americans.

Ash
January 30, 2013, 05:46 AM
In Animal Farm, Napoleon knew that if he garnered sway over the pups, he would be able to rule when they became attack dogs. With his attack dogs, he changed the rules, deciding "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"

Sway over the pups in America...who has it?

b7tac
January 30, 2013, 09:03 AM
Wow. That response is hard to believe. I hope he is being transparent - is that too much to ask?


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VegasAR15
February 4, 2013, 12:00 PM
For anyone who though Harry might support us, here is his latest email that he is sending out.

Dear VegasAR15:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate hearing from you, and I am grateful that I have an opportunity to hear your views in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

I share your concerns about the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. My heart goes out to all those affected, especially the families that lost loved ones and the students and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary who witnessed such unspeakable violence. No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain of families who lost cherished children; however, I hope it is some small comfort that the nation mourns with them, and we stand with them as they overcome the suffering and begin the healing process.

As part of the healing process, we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens. In the coming weeks, Congress and the White House will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change our laws and our culture that allows violence to grow. We need to examine what can be done to prevent more tragedies like the ones that happened this year in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon. We have no greater responsibility than keeping our children safe, and every idea should be on the table as we discuss how to best protect our children. We can honor the memory of those who were killed in Newtown by acting to ensure that our nation is protected against such horrific tragedies in the future. Please be assured of my commitment toward that end.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
My best wishes to you.

Sincerely,
HARRY REID
United States Senator

HR:kt

Silent Bob
February 4, 2013, 12:58 PM
Reid's new response sounds like the responses people were getting from Northeastern senators, especially with that tired old "Everything needs to be on the table" phrase. I guess Harry has jumped on the Ban-Wagon. Not that it should be a shock. Everybody that thought this thing was going to die in the Senate need to wake up and smell the coffee.

goon
February 4, 2013, 04:40 PM
The problem is that every idea isn't on the table. Only more gun control is on the table.
No one is talking about hardening schools or making it difficult for attackers to even get in. In many small town banks, the teller is behind bullet proof glass and you slide the money to her through a metal slot. Why can't we do that with schools? And why isn't anyone in government saying this?

I already know the answer to that. I just wish I didn't.

Valor35
February 5, 2013, 12:38 PM
Harry Reid is a career politician. Harry Reid is not our friend, ally, or kindred spirit.

MilliradianDOT
February 5, 2013, 01:17 PM
Just thought I might post his response to my email up here.

Dear Mr. Kirby:

Thank you for contacting me about gun violence prevention in light of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate hearing from you.

I share with all Americans a profound sense of sorrow at the senseless act of violence committed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The nation mourns this event and many Americans wonder what can be done to prevent this type of tragedy in the future.

I am an original cosponsor of the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act which would reinstate a ban on magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The ban on multi-round magazines expired along with the federal assault weapons ban in 2004. I am a cosponsor of a bill that would reinstate the ban on assault weapons and would expand the definition of assault weapons to close loopholes that allow gun manufacturers to work around the previous ban.

I support universal gun background checks, which prevent the transfer of firearms without a background check by non-licensed gun sellers. I am a cosponsor of “terror gap” legislation that would give the Attorney General discretionary authority to deny gun sales to individuals who are known or appropriately suspected to be engaged in terrorism.

The majority of Americans and the majority of thoughtful gun owners and hunters agree that there must be reasonable limits on gun ownership and weapons. We must institute common-sense limits, such as barring those with a history of mental instability, those with a history of violent crime or who are subject to restraining orders, and those whose names have been placed on a terrorist watch list from owning weapons. Straw purchasers and gun dealers should face firm penalties. There should be limits on how many firearms may be purchased in one month. Those who own firearms that are within the reach of children should have protective locks on their weapons.

The United States Supreme Court has raised questions about the Second Amendment and the protections and responsibilities under this Constitutional amendment. I plan to hold a Senate Judiciary Hearing in the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Subcommittee to address this Constitutional question and how to forward on gun control.

My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families in Newtown, Connecticut, as we remember the children and teachers who lost their lives.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to keep in touch.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

RJD/jv

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