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

  1. bnsaibum

    bnsaibum New Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Sent this, use and change as it suits;

    Dear Senator ----,

    As a resident of the State of _______ and a firearms enthusiast I am writing you to express my grave distress about the Honorable Senator Feinstein's upcoming proposed legislation concerning a firearms and magazine capacity ban.

    The summary of the proposed legislation found on the Honorable Senator Feinstein's website shows that it is a rewrite of H.R. 3355 –Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 with some disturbing additions. These alarming additions to the current bill will make millions of currently law abiding citizens into potential criminals with the stroke of a pen should it be passed. During the time that H.R. 3355 was an active law and after its sunset in September of 2004 there was no statistical indication that either its enforcement nor its sunset had any measurable impact on crime as the crime rate has continued the trend of dropping since its enaction and after its sunset. The Honorable Senator Feinstein's assertion that a new ban will reduce the rate of murder and violent crime attributable to semi automatic rifles and 'high capacity' magazines is logically flawed and has no statistical evidence to corroborate it.

    I implore you as my representative in the United States Senate and as an American to vote no on this bill.

  2. Solo

    Solo Active Member

    Sep 15, 2004
    I am trying to draft a letter. Can I get an opinion?

    Dear Congressman ---,

    I'm writing today to convey my concerns regarding the gun control legislation currently being discussed in the wake of several recent tragedies. The intention of these laws are to reduce the incidence and deadliness of mass shootings, however, I do not believe they are an effective means of doing so.

    I studied chemistry and psychology in college with the intent of going to graduate school in a psychology or neurobiology related field, and have friends who study the biological, clinical, and social aspects of psychology. The motivations that drive people to commit senseless acts of violence is complex and poorly understood, but the fact that our country lacks an effective means of helping treat mentally ill individuals is a major factor in these tragedies.

    I believe the answer to these issues lies in better mental health care, and less in gun control laws. I would feel more comfortable with a greater number of guns and fewer mentally ill individuals rather than the opposite.

  3. dc.fireman

    dc.fireman Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Manassas, Va.
    I wrote a letter to Sen. Mark Warner(D)-Va. this evening, using leadcounsel's letter as a starting point. I'm glad I did - here's a clip from his most recent interview with NPR:

    SI: Senator, I wanted to ask about one other thing. Our sports commentator Frank Deford was on the air this week and he said that gun control advocates will take an opportunity like this to push their positions and gun rights advocates will push back on their positions and it’s a predictable dance and nothing will really change, he said. Unless sportsmen, hunters, decide that they are willing to push for what they might see as reasonable gun restrictions. Do you think that’s right?

    Senator Warner: I think we need to hear their voices in this conversation and I think they will. And I again hope that those listeners who are hunters and gun owners will step up as well.

    SI: Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, always a pleasure to speak with you, thanks very much.

    Remember, this guy has presidential aspirations...
  4. GeeJ

    GeeJ New Member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Houston Texas area
    Wow! This thread really took off! I'm excited to see so much activism, collaboration and the will to go out of one's way to help another! The letters I'm seeing letters that illustrate with clarity that American gun owners are very well-informed of the actual facts and potential consequences surrounding these issues and that we will fight to defend them. Keep up the great work!!

    Now, with my original thread post likely being buried (and VERY HAPPY to see that), I'd like to remind anyone interested in my original PDF attachment which helps streamline the layout process of a professional looking letter. With approval from forum Moderators, I put together a PDF form/auto-formatting template that users can simply copy-&-paste the content of their choosing (as all text fields can be edited) and the PDF will maintain proper formatting & layout, as well as automatically generating an addressed envelope; so that you don't have to. I have updated it and is attached below. Also, it can continuously be used for any future letter writing you might do. If I can help even one person, then I'm happy. I explain the finer details of the PDF in the original post of this thread.

    I can't tell if anyone has been using it, but I'd would very much like feedback regarding functionality issues or ideas. However, please PM those messages because our present momentum in proactively engaging lawmakers like this and the willingness to help each other write the most impactful letter they can is EXPONENTIALLY MORE IMPORTANT.

    Keep up your efforts! Be it in this thread, another thread, a different forum site, involvement with 2A organizations, or simply in your daily life!

    As I said in my original post:
    Letter writing from *only* the individual may have no impact by itself, but the collective voice of a great number DOES HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and does influence the laws that govern our lives and that 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.

    Letter Layout Template To Lawmakers 12-24-2012

    Attached Files:

  5. Boostedtwo

    Boostedtwo New Member

    Oct 30, 2012
    I'm not being negative in anyway I have contacted my senator on 2 occasions now, yesterday and about 2 months ago, I still have both reply emails from my senator and they both say the exact same thing, like they have it ready to just input your email and send to you.

    Here is the message I have gotten 2 times from him:

    Dear Mr. Pardue:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School shooting. I appreciate hearing from you about this tragic event.

    On December 14, 2012, our nation experienced an unspeakable tragedy in Newtown. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible event, as well as to their families and loved ones. Now is the time to pause and reflect as to how we can prevent such events in the future in a manner consistent with our rights and values. Rest assured, I support law abiding American citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

    In the wake of this tragedy, several pieces of legislation are expected to be introduced in the 113th Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her plans to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the 113th Congress which would ban the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault weapons, as defined in that bill, not retroactively, but prospectively. Her legislation would also ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets. Additionally, President Obama has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading up an effort to form administration polices to curb gun-related violence. The White House
  6. barnbwt

    barnbwt Mentor

    Aug 14, 2011
    A bit of a kiss-ass, aren't I :D? Whatever. The point is, don't bring gun control up for debate/vote, and you can continue doing the Speaker of the House thing you like so much. I would be open to new legislation returning some of the rights of gunowners wrongly/pointlessly taken during past "crises"


    ^^^Even if you don't get a real reply, pols are all about "data mining" these days, so the intent of your message was likely hashed out in four or five keywords, and compiled into a statistic or internal poll. Such is our Brave, New, Democracy.
  7. ndh87

    ndh87 Active Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    A short and to the point letter

    Dear sir,
    I urge you to vote against further restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms. Recent events have been tragic, however restricting the rights of law abiding, tax paying, and voting citizens will do nothing to curb these tragities. Education is much more effective than prohibition.


    Gun owner and voter
  8. C5rider

    C5rider Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    My Letter...

    Penned this and on its way to all my reps in big, white, domed buildings.

    I am an informed American citizen that has been blessed to live in this great republic and enjoy the freedoms enumerated by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I participate in our election system with careful research. As such, I cannot vote for any representative that will not follow their sworn oath, which they took while entering office, to uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    I am writing to urge you to continue to uphold your oath of office, and protect the 2nd Amendment from more gun control. I am certain 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 believe however, that the rights protected by the Constitution should be firmly held and protected.
    Knee jerk calls for gun control are never the answer. The 2nd Amendment is too important. 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.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  9. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator

    Mar 15, 2012
    Overall, a pretty good letter. It's concise and hits those emotional notes that play so well in Peoria (metaphorically speaking). I would point out one quick thing though:
    (emphasis supplied)

    Technically, the US Constitution and BoR doesn't "give us" rights. It enumerates them. IOW, it just spells out pre-existing rights, and the BoR restricts the gov't's ability to regulate or restrict them. Mind you, I've gotten emails from congressfolks who also referred to "rights given to us by the Constitution. I never got a response to the emails that I sent correcting them.
  10. Atbat82

    Atbat82 New Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    I've written to all my reps. Not sure it will help (My congresswoman is DeLauro...), but it only takes 10 minutes and it just might help. No downside as far as I can tell.
  11. TarDevil

    TarDevil Participating Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    NC Coast
    With his permission, I'm posting a letter my CCW instructor wrote to all his students and friends. Most has been said, but always good to see it in different perspectives (some North Carolina specific info included):
  12. miamivicedade

    miamivicedade Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    My Letter to my Congressman and Speaker Boehner

    Mr. Speaker,

    Being a Republican has been difficult lately. It seems that every time I turn on the news, Democrats are declaring victory, either by passing some legislation, winning elections, or celebrating Supreme Court victories. More than any other reason, I am a Republican simply because I believe the Republicans are better guardians of our Constitution. By nature, I am a textualist, who believes that logically, there is no other position to take. I have studied the Constitution for many years, and I love it.

    You see, it seems to me, and maybe I’m wrong, that the Democrats are always busy trying to recreate a Constitution that fits them, rather than stay within the boundaries of the one we currently have. I hate how they make everything a national issue, and only defer to the states when their national vision doesn’t pan out. Every time they succeed in pushing something through, or having the Court decide something it shouldn’t, the people have less democratic choice. That is certainly not the vision of America anyone had or has in mind.

    Currently, I can’t help but notice this push for more restrictions on guns. Although this was a quite predictable follow-up to the terrible events in Connecticut, it still surprises me no less that a major political party of the United States of America is laden with members who try to make a serious argument against the Second Amendment and its original meaning. To me, just a guy who works in IT for a living, by the way, the Second Amendment is so clear that I often find it hard to believe there is a debate about it. Further, I find it hard to believe that the discussions around these so called “assault weapons” are based on known mistruths. As an American, I have the right to defend myself, I have a right to protect my family, I have a right to protect my property, and I have the right to expect an honest, fact filled discussion about issues that arise and threaten to take away the liberties of all American citizens. For all those reasons, I am adamantly opposed to any restrictions on firearm sales and magazine size limits. I am also opposed to any registration requirements.

    November’s election had a mandate. That mandate, evident by the House holding firm, was one that demanded both sides come together to solve our nation’s problems. Lately, all I have seen is Democratic victories, Republican caving, and Obama acting like a king by refusing to negotiate and claiming his vision as one we all want.

    I respectfully request, that when the issue of gun control comes before the House, the Republicans deliver a victory for America by putting an end to these nonstop assaults on our Constitution. If the Republicans fail, again, and allow another setback of rights, I will have to resign myself from their company, and will not vote for them anymore. I will exercise my right to remain silent, by sitting at home on election day, until there is a party out there that represents me and the rest of America.

    Thank you,
  13. messerist

    messerist Active Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Faribault Minnesota
    Well put.
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    PCCUSNRET Participating Member

    May 4, 2009
    My feelings exactly! I have voted republican since I was old enough to vote (over 40 years) and if they let us down this time it will be the last time I vote.
  15. the iron horse

    the iron horse Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    You said that well.

    I have voted Libertarian since the eary 1990s, but I have also voted for
    my local Republican congress and senate representatives.

    It's time we all let them know that they should stand by the U.S. Constitution
    and the Bill of Rights.

  16. vito

    vito Active Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    Northern Illinois
    What I just wrote to my U.S. legislators

    I am a political independent, who supports candidates, not political parties. There are many issues that I am concerned with, but none more than the preservation of American liberty.

    Despite the tragedy of what happened in Newtown, CN recently, we do not need new gun control laws. The types of laws being discussed would do nothing to stop madmen from committing mayhem, and as a voter I will never support any legislator who seeks to restrict or take away my 2nd Amendment rights.

    Should the Biden commission propose, and the Congress seek to pass laws that would stop me from owning the guns of my choice, or would establish a national registry of guns or gun owners, or which uselessly would try to dictate things like the capacity of magazines for semi automatic guns, I will support with my vote and money whoever opposes such laws. Sadly what the NRA Executive Director said is true, it takes a good man with a gun to stop a bad man with a gun. I will not ever support, and will vigorously oppose, any legislator or politician who seeks to make it harder or impossible for me to be ready as that good man with a gun should I ever need to be.

    Protect freedom. Enforce current federal firearms laws. We do not need nor will we accept new restrictions on the 2nd Amendment.
  17. gearchecker

    gearchecker Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    North Idaho
    You will have no choice, it will be the law. Anything you do in rebuttal to it will make you a criminal.
    If you don't believe me, just ask. There seems to be members here to have the answers about what will be constitutional and what will be considered anarchy or rebelious.
    You certainly don't want to be inciting rebellion with your statement.
  18. bubbameat

    bubbameat New Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    I took "not accept new restrictions" as we will vote any MF'er out who approves new legislation. Not necessarily disobey law. For example, if any new restrictions pass, I will vote based on 2nd amendment alone for MANY future elections. It's good for them to hear that from votes that they may court.
  19. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Senior Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    An excellent original post. You are not alone, many of us have written similar letters to our Congress critters. Your letter was well articulated and should be a template for those seeking the right words.

  20. gearchecker

    gearchecker Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    North Idaho
    The ultimate argument is this.
    Once it's passed as "Law" it'll take a 2/3 Majority to repeal it. That's nearly impossible in this political climate. I agree that we must stand within the limits of the law, but what are we to do during the time of appeal? If we don't agree to register the guns under the new law we're criminals. If we agree to register our guns they have the information to confiscate them in the future, simply by passing another law allowing them to do just that. And, if given even the slightest opportunity, they will pass laws to confiscate all of our guns.

    This is no catch 22. This is real, and our current constitutional rights are being threatened to the very core of the Constitution. Those currently in power believe that the constitution is a "Living Document" that can be changed by current social will.
    How do you think they can be stopped? We couldn't even get enough people gathered in November to change the current presidential administration. They believe they are imposing the will of the people, simply because the citizens in this country re-elected them again.
    They believe they are the voice of the people.

    Without getting aggressive about our position we have no chance of being heard.
    Conservatives lose because we don't speak up. And if we do speak up, we can't even put forth a long term winning argument.
    The Liberals win because they're loud from the beginning, and get louder and louder as they move along with their agenda.
    Even when they lie continually, they're allowed to tell it long enough, and loud enough that people start to believe it as the truth.

    We all talk a good game, and we're great arm chair quarterbacks, but how many have actiually tried to do something about this problem?

    This forum at this moment has 174,339 members. There is a poll currently asking if we have contacted any of our political leaders.
    To date, 60 people said YES, 6 said NO, and another 9 said No, but they will later.
    Let's do some simple math. 60 /174339 = .00034 - That is .03% of the members in this forum have not said yes.
    Let's consider the importance of this issue.
    Wouldn't you think that a few more than 60 members would have done something positive to support our position? I'll guarantee that a whole lot more than 60 anti-gun activists have sent in their letters, making their voices heard.
    The loudest crying baby gets cared for first.
    Because we don't want the others getting upset because of the one making all the noise.

    The anti-gunners are screaming, kicking and crying the loudest, and they're not going to settle for anything less than all they're demanding right now.

    We need to be loud and be heard on this issue. We can't expect that Ted Nugent or Jesse Ventura will be our only voices. We are "The People"


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