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Call your reps.

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by 1911austin, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. 1911austin

    1911austin Well-Known Member

    I called and spoke with staff members of my elected officials in Washington D.C. I am happy to report that Representative John Carter, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz are all fully supporting the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. None of them would support any further restriction on our unalienable rights.

    I would ask my fellow citizens to do the same and reply to this thread with the answers that you receive from the elected official’s offices. I know a lot of you live in districts that are a lost cause. However, we may identify a few congressmen and senators that are on the fence about gun control. If we can identify those officials who are undecided, we may be able to convince their constituents to get involved and write letters or make phone calls opposing this anti gun onslaught we are facing.

    If we do nothing our liberty will be lost.
  2. Billy Shears

    Billy Shears Well-Known Member

    I just received a reply from my congressman. Here is the full text of his reply:
    It's not alarming, but neither is it especially reassuring. It makes it sound as if he will be open to supporting some of the bills that are likely to come up -- banning hi capacity magazines, for example.

    The pity of it is, he's right that there are some actions that are needed, such as tightening the up the reporting of mentally ill persons so that they can't pass background checks, for example. Also, reevaluating the criteria for involuntarily committing people, which right now are too loose, as far as I am concerned, would be helpful. Imposing harsher penalties for the use of a firearm in any crime is another measure I think most gun owners would support, because it's aimed at criminals and their bad acts, not the tools.

    But many politicians will take the easy route of attacking guns, because it's so much simpler, and if they succeed, they can have a result to point to sooner, and it will satisfy people who don't know anything about guns or how often they're used lawfully in self-defense. But taking that easy route also means they'll probably be satisfied that they've "done something" and stop there, and not accomplish any of the useful things that might actually be helpful in preventing criminals and mentally unstable people from carrying out their crimes. In other words, it's the worst of both worlds: they'll step on the rights of law-abiding citizens who are in now way at fault for any of this, while doing nothing that will actually be useful in preventing people who break laws, and won't abide by any new gun restrictions, from carrying out the next massacre.
  3. 1911austin

    1911austin Well-Known Member

    There are many politicians that will vote for more gun control despite any logical argument presented to them. It is pointless to try and engage those people with facts. Some are already with us and we are only preaching to the choir when we contact them.

    Based on the response that you posted, Congressman Rigell sound like the type of politician I was talking about in my original post. Perhaps, if he heard from a lot of his constituents with solid arguments against gun control it would make a difference. This guy should receive a well thought out letter from everyone in his district that values our second amendment rights.
  4. Billy Shears

    Billy Shears Well-Known Member

    Not much, I'm afraid. The truth is that a congressman gets so many emails and letters, that unless you are a VIP or a relative or at least somebody he knows, your representative is very unlikely ever to see your letter or email himself. It will be handled by staffers, interns, mostly college students. They will be more about tallying things into for and against columns than parsing arguments. And the longer your letter, the more likely it is that a bored staffer with a huge pile of correspondence to wade through will not even read all the way through it. Better to keep it short and sweet.

    In my case, I wrote a two page letter through snail mail on the slight chance that would be read (note, snail mail goes through scanners and other security measures, and will not get to its destination for possibly weeks). But I also send a short email, of just two brief paragraphs.

    I agree, provided it's a brief, well thought out letter. I hate to say it, but quantity will count for far, far more than quality. That's why I sent the snail mail letter in addition to the email, and as I said, it might just get a reading. If you only send one, send the short, concise email. It will get to the congressman's or senator's office faster, and is more likely to get read through, and therefore count for something.
  5. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Keep up the activism. We can't afford to lose any more of our un- infringable Rights.
  6. Will41

    Will41 Member

    I called and emailed everyone. Next, I am going to mail letters.

    Every week I am going to do something.

    I also sent Wal-Mart a letter today.

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