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Discussion in 'Activism' started by hso, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  2. GeeJ

    GeeJ Member

    Grand Combined Letter Thread: Templates, Examples and Replies

    === SUMMERY ===
    I'm an avid letter writer to my state's lawmakers in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Normally I would write each letter from scratch; however, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would put together a pdf template that would streamline and partially automate the process. So far, I haven't found any threads/posts in the forum where members post their letters or templates, if there is and I've overlooked it, then perhaps we can add this to it. As it is now, all this is really only focused on the federal level and not the state level, though it still may be of use. Also, I have no idea how one would write a compelling letter to a legislator who is an Anti. If you don't either, then just send them this one. Any letter is better than no letter, regardless if they will listen or not.

    Ultimately, I am hoping this might make the truly important task of ensuring our lawmakers protect our rights a little more efficient, convenient, and less time consuming. This template is for everyone but my main focus is to help facilitate activism from those who DO care about the 2A but don't know how to write lawmakers or those who genuinely struggle to find the time to sit down and flesh out a well worded and compelling letter (not that I claiming mine is any better); then have to find a lawmaker's addresses, print out clean looking envelops, etc.... I'm hoping to get them active and to add even more voices to our collective identity. The template is at the bottom.

    === OBJECTIVE ===
    Just to simply get it out there and get more people active as well as to make it all easier for everybody.

    === THE TEMPLATE ===
    I've never used Adobe Acrobat Pro nor have I ever designed a proper pdf document so I was learning on the fly. We've all seen some slick looking pdf forms....this will not be one of those. I know it doesn't look as pretty as other PDFs but the end result is all that matters. The result will look simple but will also be proper. Admittedly, I pushed the limit of proper line spacing so that the body would fit on one page, but I'm already aware of it. Almost every text field can be edited so that you are free to rewrite or omit fields as you see fit.

    Several fields are linked to others. Doing this allows the envelop to be automatically generated as you begin filling out the first few text fields. If you change one of those fields then the linked field will be changed also. Lastly, the buttons at the top and blue text "Zipcode" will not print. They are visible but not printable, so you will need to choose which on and type it in. The links at the top are for quickly finding info on who your legislator is, their mailing address, and their position on firearms.

    === CONCLUSION ===
    Ummmm....well shucks, I can't think of anything else. I'm sure I forgot or overlooked something. If so, just let me know. Also, I'm out of work at the moment and in the middle of an aggressive job search campaign so if I'm a day or two slow in responding that's why. Sorry but I have a thing for bacon and need to start bringing some home.

    Something to keep in mind:
    Letter writing from only the individual may have no impact by itself, but the collective voice of a great number DOES HAVE AN SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and does influence the laws that govern our lives and of those we love. Don't EVER feel discouraged, belittled, insignificant, or think that you are a letter writing nobody. You ARE important! YOU ARE IMPORTANT to you, YOU ARE IMPORTANT to your friends and family, YOU ARE IMPORTANT to all of us, and YOUR LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT to the rights and liberties that are worth what it cost to attain them and are certainly worth what it will cost to retain them.

    I hope this template helps everyone out. I look forward to any input you all may have. Take care everyone, be safe, have fun, and make it a good day.

    - GeeJ

    Also, as I am not a member of EVERY firearms related forum on the internet, please feel free to pass this along to whomever you feel would benefit from it. I am not copywriting any of it nor to I care about recognition. I only care about more people getting involved, more letters being written to legislators and more people standing up to fight for the protection of our rights. If you wish to share it with another forum, I simply ask that you FIRST check with the Mods, Staff, or Admins of that particular forum.....it's a common courtesy that surely goes a long way. Take care and BE PROACTIVE!

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  3. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    Contact your Senators today!


    It takes only a couple minutes to find your Senator and write an email.

    Feel free to use my email copy and paste below or write your own. Make it short and sweet.

    Dear Senator,
    I am writing to urge you to continue to uphold your oath of office, and protect the 2nd Amendment from more gun control:
    " I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."
    I am sure you are under considerable pressure at this time to pass legislation, in the name of public safety, to prohibit, regulate, or otherwise control firearms. I understand the point of view of those that support "gun control". I believe, however, that the rights protected by the Constitution should be held above, and protected from, the temporary whim of public opinion.
    A careful examination of statistical data shows that Armed Response, from security professionals, police, or armed citizens, is an effective deterrent and defense against violent criminals. My right and responsibility as an armed citizen makes me an asset to my family, and to the community. Armed Citizens can and do prevent mass shootings from occurring and escalating:
    • A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
    • A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
    • A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
    • A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
    • A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
    • A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
    • A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.
    • At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon.
    Knee jerk calls for gun control are never the answer. The 2nd Amendment is too important to be whimsically castrated.
    I appreciate your time, and hope that you will continue to support and defend the Constitution that you have sworn to uphold.
    Thank you for your service,
  4. rem44m

    rem44m Well-Known Member


    The 2007 mall shooting was at Trolley Square (mall) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The off duty police officer who intervened was from Ogden, Utah.

    I also have another story-

    Link below, a guy armed with a knife he just bought at the grocery store started stabbing customers as they walked out to their cars in the parking lot. An armed citizen thwarted any progress after this guy stabbed 2 people.

  5. Billy Shears

    Billy Shears Well-Known Member

  6. kalel33

    kalel33 Active Member

    That's not really a good example and not one I'd send to prove a point to not eliminate firearms. It'd just prove their point that not having guns is better. Out of those 22 kids that were attacked with a knife, not one of them died. So by showing that if guns weren't around that people would use knives, then that story would illustrate that not having a firearm means that there's much less likely of a chance of someone dying.

    I'd look for stories to send of CC individuals stopped a slaughter instead.
  7. Billy Shears

    Billy Shears Well-Known Member

    I am planning on writing both my senators, and my congressman. Here is the initial draft of the letter I have written. I want to trim it a bit for length (congressmen are busy, and too long a letter may not get read), but keep the force of the argument.

  8. Tipro

    Tipro Well-Known Member

    Letter to my Senator

    Following along with others here, I decided to write a letter to my Democrat Senator, Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Anyone here is free copy, modify, or use this letter in any way to send to their Senator. Do not bother flaming me for the position I take in the letter, it's not worth your time. You can find your Senator by going to "www.senate.gov" and clicking "find your senator" in the top right.

    I took a different approach than most, and rather than arguing how an AWB limits 2A rights, something most anti's would not understand, much less agree with, I took the approach of arguing how useless an AWB would be. This seems to me to be the more effective approach.

  9. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator

    Another letter offered up

    Tipro, good letter, and thanks for offering it up for use. The gun community is going to have to do a lot of calling and writing in the near future. Accordingly, I am going to (slightly) hijack your thread and offer up my own letter. I figure it's easier if we put all of these in one spot.

    As Tipro put it, don't bother flaming me for the position I took in this. It's not worth your effort. If you don't like something that I said, don't use it.

  10. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Two good letters. Not that I think the "your vote for more gun control will be your undoing next election" letters are in all ways bad, but these rational and well-written pleas for reason are better.
  11. ReloaderEd

    ReloaderEd Well-Known Member

    Letter to Your Representatives/Senate/Congress/Etc.

    You guys have puts a lot of good effort and thought into the letters you have offered us to use and or modify to do the same.
    My wife and I are retired and survive on a reasonable income of Social Secutrity, Medicare and retirenment income from a company we worked for some 46 years.
    With all the aides our Representatives have who actually read your letters it is very possible that your well intentioned letters will never be seen by the Representative who was lucky enough to receive the letter from you in the first place. Our elected officals are sheltered from most incoming comments that are positive or negative. Maybe Im being negative but I dont think so.
    I have found comments on MSN NBC articles such as the one this morning about Obama appointing Biden to champian more Gun Laws is the best way to have your voice heard and perhaps use this method in addition to your letters would help get your points across.
    I would appreciate further comments on this reply. We must as a group find the best way of continueing to get our messages across to our elected Representatives ,again and again and again. Stay Safe :)
  12. AnonymousReef

    AnonymousReef Member

    So I emailed my Senator and this is his response:

    Dear Mr. AnonymousReef,

    Thank you for your letter regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate your taking the time to write, and I value your opinion.

    The horrific tragedy and the innocent loss of life that occurred on December 14, in Newtown, Connecticut is heartbreaking. As a father and grandfather, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. Our nation grieves with them.

    Law enforcement is working aggressively to determine what exactly led this obviously mentally ill person to commit such an act. Despite the death of the alleged murderer, I understand the Newtown Police and the FBI are thoroughly investigating this case as if it would go to court so that we may learn from this tragedy. As a society, we must be willing to move beyond the obvious question to really take a hard look at why these senseless acts of violence continue to play out in towns across America. It’s time to have an honest discussion about the culture of violence in America and more specifically, the root cause of this and other types of violence: mental illness. We will have a debate over gun control, however, law enforcement must do its work so that the public is informed, and we can determine appropriate and implementable solutions to prevent future acts of violence by disturbed individuals.

    Again thank you for taking the time to contact me.
    With every best wish,

    Pat Roberts

    So THR what do you make of this response?
  13. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    My first suggestion (and how I've contacted my Federal officials).

    Dear <name here>

    Fact - When the original "assault weapons" ban expired in 2004, crime across the country DECLINED.

    Fact - New gun control legislation is an attack on the rights of the more than 80 million gun owners who are not criminals.

    Fact - Enacting new gun control will cost taxpayers MILLIONS, and will still be ignored by the mentally ill and the evil just like they ignore current "gun free zones" and laws against things like Murder.

    The tragedy in Connecticut was horrible, but that does not justify giving in to the emotions of the moment and throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    Laws should always be made using logic and NEVER emotion. For that reason, I urge you to calmly and rationally reconsider your recent statement that you would support a future "assault weapon" ban.

    A vote for any further gun control means you consider me (and millions like me) to be the same as the crazies and criminals this is both wrong and defamatory and that will cost you my future support.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012
  14. Sharps-shooter

    Sharps-shooter Well-Known Member

    Verbage from wm. bennett article on gun rights

    "John Lott, economist and gun-rights advocate, has extensively studied mass shootings and reports that, with just one exception, the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, every public shooting since 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns. The massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine, Virginia Tech and the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, all took place in gun-free zones.
  15. Sharps-shooter

    Sharps-shooter Well-Known Member

  16. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

  17. jgh4445

    jgh4445 Well-Known Member

    My verbiage to my Senators and Representative was simply " I fully expect you to continue to support our right to keep and bear arms. In order to keep the 2A whole, as the founding fathers intended, you must vote no on any bill threatening its existence or changing its intent." Wrote them today.
  18. GeeJ

    GeeJ Member

    I hope this helps facilitate additional activism and makes the whole letter-writing process easier for all of us. If you have any suggestions, or especially if you know anything about professional PDF development. I'd be interested to hear from you and how I might be able to improve the functionality of this PDF template.
  19. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    To add to the comments about the Gun-Free Zone Act of 1990: This was reposted on another forum that I belong to and is a well thought argument against that particular law. The worst school massacre that I'm aware of was back in 1927; 38 were killed, the killer used dynamite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster).

    The link above doesn't work, here it is: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1369783
  20. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Hear Hear! I wrote my senators, rep and governor and told several others to do the same.

    It's so sad that many people will complain on gun forums but not take a few minutes to write to their senators.

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