Delaware representative responses.


March 19, 2013, 09:59 AM
I e-mailed Delaware reps about their stance on the 2nd amendment. Ever notice how when someone is going to defacate on our second amendment rights they always start by saying how much they believe in it and respect it? :banghead::banghead::banghead::cuss:

Here are the responses I received:

John Carney

March 18,

Dear Mr.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the debate Congress is currently having about our nation's gun laws. I appreciate your input and thoughts on this incredibly important issue.

As you may know, federal law currently allows for the purchase of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that can fire 20 rounds in 10 seconds. In most states, there is no requirement to undergo a background check before purchasing one of these guns or magazines from a private seller at a gun show.

In an effort to address this, President Obama and Vice President Biden have put forward a comprehensive plan to reduce violence in the United States by keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and getting military-grade weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets. The plan would also increase access to mental health services and provide teachers and counselors with the training they need to identify mental illness in young people.

We can uphold the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms -- while taking reasonable steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and ensure that military-grade weapons aren't being used to kill law enforcement officials and innocent people.

As someone elected to uphold the Constitution, I take seriously the Second Amendment and the rights of Americans to own guns and defend themselves. When the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment gives our citizens the right to keep a handgun in their home, Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the court's most conservative justice, stated that "the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited...nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."

In the past, many elected officials have been reluctant to support stronger gun laws, but I hope that the recent tragedies across America -- from Connecticut to Colorado -- will spur bipartisan passage of common sense proposals like universal background checks for gun purchases and a ban on military-grade weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me regarding this serious matter. I take seriously the trust Delawareans have placed in me and my responsibility to represent them in Congress, and I look forward to serving you in the coming years


John Carney
Member of Congress

Tom Carper:

March 18, 2013

Dear Mr.

Thank you for contacting me regarding legislation to reduce gun violence. I appreciate hearing from you about this matter.

In the wake of the tragic Newtown shooting, President Barack Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force that would get the facts and come up with some common sense ways to reduce gun violence. Over several weeks, Vice President Biden met with various stakeholders—victims of gun violence, law enforcement, mayors and governors, sportsmen and hunters, educators, mental health experts, the video game and movie industries, and the leadership of the National Rifle Association—and compiled a list of recommendations to address this issue. On January 16, 2013, President Obama unveiled these recommendations, some of which would be achieved through executive action and others that would require Congressional approval.

As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, and I believe that law-abiding citizens have the right to buy and own firearms. I have a long family history with firearms. My ancestors were craftsmen who developed a firearm known as the Carper rifle 150 years ago in West Virginia. My father was an avid outdoorsman and gun collector. When I was young, he taught me to hunt and fish in the hills of West Virginia. I'm a gun owner and have taken my sons trap shooting as part of their introduction to firearms training in the Boy Scouts.

With that said, I also believe that even the most ardent Second Amendment advocates believe that we can take common sense steps to reduce gun violence. For example, the President put forward a proposal to eliminate the loopholes in the current background check system. Over the years, just about everyone I've spoken with agrees that keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals is the right thing to do, and strengthening background checks is a sensible way to do it. Should the Senate consider legislation in the coming weeks, I expect my colleagues to do what is right—to put partisan politics aside—and focus on real solutions to gun violence. I stand ready to work with the President and my Senate colleagues to help strengthen our laws, while continuing the uphold and respect the Second Amendment.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or other matters of importance to you.

With best personal regards, I am,


Tom Carper
United States Senator

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Claude Clay
March 19, 2013, 10:14 AM
Typo or...Tom's last name--he placed the A before the R. goes after. perhaps he hails from Flushing, N.Y.
it fits cause he is and should be.

March 19, 2013, 10:23 AM
I am sad to admit I had to read your comment twice before I got!

March 19, 2013, 10:40 AM
I also notice that all the anti legal gun politicians use the words "reasonable", and "common sense" as precursor to their further restrictive laws. Nothing could be further from the truth. They use these terms knowing that when the uninformed hear them, they will relax, and quickly tune out.

These are tactics we need to combat.

March 20, 2013, 01:55 PM
Buzzwords to help enslave the American people; "common sense", "reasonable", "Military-grade assault weapons", "high capacity assault clips", "universal background check" and more.

March 20, 2013, 06:09 PM
I got the same form letter from Tom Carper. It is very toned down from the form letter that his office was sending out as recently as 4 months ago. I've been hammering him with correspondence so maybe this is having a small positive effect.

I'll also give a shout out to State Rep. Gerald Brady, who sent me a personal response:


Simply stated, I am currently a 31 year member of the Delaware Army National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This issue is near and dear to many of my comrades and colleagues. As a matter of fact I just completed my drill weekend.I do agree with background checks and more thorough Mental Health programsI do not support Gun Control

That's about as positive of a response that I can expect to letters sent to all of my public officials, especially considering that every single one of them has a D next to his/her name.

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