Response from Wyoming Senator John Barrasso


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LawScholar
January 28, 2013, 06:10 PM
I realize it's no mystery where he stands. Mostly I'm just happy with my state and my elected representatives and wanted to share. This was in response to the Ruger form letter.

Dear [Name Redacted],

Thank you for contacting me regarding federal gun control issues. It is good to hear from you.

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, a dynamic policy discussion on what we as a nation can do to stop senseless violence in our schools and in our communities has emerged. It is clear that as we lend support to the families of the victims, we also need to examine the root causes of devastating events like this. I believe it is important to make certain we know what causes the perpetrators to act and that solutions can be found in our families, culture, medicine, and faith.

On January 16, 2013, President Obama released his plan for gun control based on the recommendations of a gun violence task force, which was led by Vice President Joe Biden. The plan has four main pillars: background checks, assault weapon and high-capacity magazine bans, school safety, and mental health services. While President Obama invoked executive authority in issuing four Presidential Memoranda related to his plan, the directives do not impose a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

As a life-long supporter of the Second Amendment, I remain staunchly opposed to the implementation of new gun control measures. The law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Wyoming must not have their constitutional right to bear arms impeded upon. I do not believe it is appropriate for gun control advocates to exploit this tragedy to further their anti-Second Amendment agenda.

Everyone agrees that this country must take steps to control violent crime, but I believe we can keep America safe while protecting our constitutional freedoms. Please know that I will oppose any proposed measure in the Senate that attempts to take away or severely limit this constitutional right and the values and way of life we hold dear in Wyoming.

Once again, [Name Redacted], thanks for sharing your thoughtful comments with me. I value your input.



John Barrasso, M.D.
United States Senator

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gym
January 28, 2013, 07:04 PM
Well he got it right, anyway.

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