Form letter to your elected offiicials


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ohbythebay
June 12, 2014, 11:19 AM
Use this letter and then the links provided below it so you know how to send

Subj: Strongly opposed to further gun controls and recent statements

Dear xxxxx,

We are all deeply moved by the recent violent events in the media involving firearms however; I am strongly opposed to further restrictions as they are ineffective and disenfranchise the overwhelming majority of legal, responsible gun owners. The acts of a few (less than .004%) should not drive action against the many. It would be irresponsible to penalize such a large class of citizens in response to a vocal minority.

I am also appalled and dismayed by recent statements made by our President regarding the forcing of illegal, Executive Office actions against gun ownership. This goes against his oath of office to uphold, defend and protect the constitution.

The second amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is constitutionally guaranteed and for him to even suggest adopting total bans such as those in Australia is a breech of his oath. His knee-jerk comments precipitated by singular events and media hype show an inability to grasp the true nature of violence completely unrelated to guns, making his ability to lead suspect. His actions and words advocate illegal actions against the American people.

As a US Citizen, voter and believer in the rights granted by the constitution, I cannot and will not provide support or votes to any politician that advocates further gun controls. I hope you take this matter seriously and act in accordance with the will of the people and in accordance with the law.

Sincerely,

Name
Address
Phone

Got to this link to find the email for you Senators - WRITE THEM
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Go here to find your congressman - near the upper right, you can enter your zip code and it will take you right to your representative
http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Write them today...Write them often. Daily if need be. Feel free to modify the letter I wrote - but write them. Thanks

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LeonCarr
June 12, 2014, 11:24 AM
That is a good one.

Thanks a bunch,
LeonCarr

hso
June 12, 2014, 11:43 AM
Great letter!

Should executive office be capitalized?

ohbythebay
June 12, 2014, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the feedback !!! I changed one word (make changed to making) and HSO, you are correct, Executive Office should be capitalized..)

THANK You...I already wrote my officials and will send this several times a week.

Spread the word. I will also try to make it go viral on Facebook. :eek:

Spats McGee
June 12, 2014, 12:12 PM
I have one minor quibble. See the bolded & underlined part.
Subj: Strongly opposed to further gun controls and recent statements

Dear xxxxx,

We are all deeply moved by the recent violent events in the media involving firearms however; I am strongly opposed to further restrictions as they are ineffective and disenfranchise the overwhelming majority of legal, responsible gun owners. The acts of a few (less than .004%) should not drive action against the many. It would be irresponsible to penalize such a large class of citizens in response to a vocal minority.

I am also appalled and dismayed by recent statements made by our President regarding the forcing of illegal, Executive Office actions against gun ownership. This goes against his oath of office to uphold, defend and protect the constitution.

The second amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is constitutionally guaranteed and for him to even suggest adopting total bans such as those in Australia is a breech of his oath. His knee-jerk comments precipitated by singular events and media hype show an inability to grasp the true nature of violence completely unrelated to guns, making his ability to lead suspect. His actions and words advocate illegal actions against the American people.

As a US Citizen, voter and believer in the rights granted by the constitution, I cannot and will not provide support or votes to any politician that advocates further gun controls. I hope you take this matter seriously and act in accordance with the will of the people and in accordance with the law.

Sincerely,

Name
Address
Phone

The Constitution does not grant rights to the people. It enumerates and protects them, but it does not grant them. It grants powers from the people to the government, not the other way around.

ohbythebay
June 12, 2014, 12:34 PM
And anyone is free to tailor as they like...feedback is welcomed ! EDIT POSTED BEFORE I READ FURTHER...LOL...I think they will get the message...The rights are inalienable...

Spats McGee
June 12, 2014, 12:37 PM
The quibble is not something with which I wish to derail your thread. Overall, it's still a good letter.

Ryanxia
June 16, 2014, 09:21 AM
When did the POTUS make recent statements about total gun ban such as in Australia? I did a quick news search and didn't see any articles on it in the last 6 months.

ohbythebay
June 16, 2014, 10:32 AM
The day I put his up. How he was saddened by recent gun violence and if he had to he would use executive order to change things, how Australia did the right thing, blah blah blah...


http://news.yahoo.com/obama-urges-national-soul-searching-over-gun-violence-221816460.html

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/06/11/president-obama-on-the-recent-shootings

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/obama-gun-control_n_5481799.html

Ryanxia
June 16, 2014, 11:14 AM
Thanks, reading through these right now. I've been under a rock for the last week so good to catch up on what's going on. :)

Ryanxia
June 16, 2014, 11:39 AM
Sent to my representatives. They were probably getting worried anyway, they haven't heard from me in a month or so. :D

Dframe
June 16, 2014, 01:26 PM
our senators include durbin who's a party line extreme liberal. Such a letter would be a waste of our time. I could send it but some low lever staffer would immediately throw it in the trash per instructions from the boss.

Ryanxia
June 16, 2014, 01:38 PM
our senators include durbin who's a party line extreme liberal. Such a letter would be a waste of our time. I could send it but some low lever staffer would immediately throw it in the trash per instructions from the boss.
I would send it anyway. Can't hurt. And you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Just sayin' :)

ohbythebay
June 16, 2014, 05:10 PM
Its like not voting because the other guy is going to win anyway..everyone does that and it is self-fulfilling prophecy

Drail
June 16, 2014, 07:21 PM
Send them a "form letter" and guess what - they send you their own "form letter back"! It may make you "feel better" but it's not going to have any influence on their legislative votes. Half of the time they send you the wrong form letter back. It's painfully clear to me after years of trying to communicate with these idiots - they couldn't care less what we think. If you really believe that they do then I don't know what to tell you. Trading form letters with these people is not going to change the direction that this country is headed in. Your taxes are used to print their "form letters" so that they can tell you what they "think" you want to hear.

ohbythebay
June 16, 2014, 08:31 PM
You can choose to do what you like. Don't contact them, write them, call them, go to the movies. Your choice.

But when you choose to not be heard, then you do lose the right to complain about the results because you did nothing to have your say..

If enough people write them, the listen. IF everybody says "let someone else do it"...then they have nothing to listen to...except the anti's.

barnbwt
June 16, 2014, 08:51 PM
Drail does sort of have a point in that, I suspect, a letter signed by 100 people under an organization name carries more weight than 100 separate identical (or unique) letters from constituents. That's just me being jaded, but I wouldn't be surprised if the official makes a reasonable assumption that individual Joe Blows probably won't be as motivated as a pack of Joe Blowhards ;)

Though I'm sure it would be beyond the intended scope of this forum, I think it would be useful for our merry band to collaborate on a letter once a month or so, and submit it as a group "signed" by whatever fraction of the active posters here would feel like it. The mods are capable of keeping the threads between the ditches here (mostly), so I think they'd be plenty capable of making sure the letter is in keeping with our mission of promoting freedom-loving, responsible gun ownership and usage. Spend two weeks crafting the letter, lock it down and gather signatures via poll for another week (to avoid the appearance of pandering the contents to get more endorsements), then blow it out to a list of representatives.

TCB

ohbythebay
June 16, 2014, 09:08 PM
I am not saying do nothing, if a petition is what you prefer, so be it.

But if you have ever worked in one of those offices, let me tell you this. Which do you think gets their attention. 1 letter or phone call representing 1000 people, or 1000 letters or 1000 phone calls in the same day.

They do respond to flood. Put yourself in the aides shoes. He or she WILL tell them what is going on and why the office is in turmoil.

Think of a protest. 1 person saying I represent xxx people...or several hundred people shouting at the front door...

barnbwt
June 17, 2014, 12:03 AM
I was thinking more 1000 letters each signed by 1000 people

We'd all agree to send in the 'form' en masse --but we'd all get on the same page about our demands before flooding the reps' offices. Lord knows individual writers have to send in some pretty nutty or nonsensical ramblings, who would be better served by signing onto a cogent letter they had the chance to have some input on :cool: (modifying someone else's excellent form letter bears the same risk as a scratch-write from that perspective :eek:)

"Think of a protest. 1 person saying I represent xxx people...or several hundred people shouting at the front door..."
Exactly; I just think a true 'strategy session' to decide on signage/chants in advance of taking it to the governor might be a way of making the classic form letter concept even more effective (and more appetizing to supporters who might feel 'lesser' for cribbing off someone else's prose :D)

TCB

ohbythebay
June 17, 2014, 12:08 AM
Yes, 1000 copies of 1000 signatures. And you are correct; some organization is needed - a strategy session...they need to hear an organized LOUD voice...:D

Ryanxia
June 17, 2014, 08:58 AM
Send them a "form letter" and guess what - they send you their own "form letter back"! It may make you "feel better" but it's not going to have any influence on their legislative votes. Half of the time they send you the wrong form letter back. It's painfully clear to me after years of trying to communicate with these idiots - they couldn't care less what we think. If you really believe that they do then I don't know what to tell you. Trading form letters with these people is not going to change the direction that this country is headed in. Your taxes are used to print their "form letters" so that they can tell you what they "think" you want to hear.
Not sure what you were doing for the first 4 months of 2013 but I was writing many letters to my representatives along with millions of other American citizens. They sure care what we thought, enough to go against incredible media and POTUS pressure to pass more gun control laws. The overwhelming responses they received from us was enough to shoot down a new "Assault Weapons Ban", high capacity magazine ban, and "universal background checks" bill.

There are some that will go head on even when their constituents don't want them to, but enough of them were scared enough to shoot down every piece of gun control on the Federal level last year. All because of us and our letters. So I'd say it makes a difference, even if the only thing that happens is a statistic and a Senator's aid tells him 'You received 46 emails today in opposition of further gun control.'

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