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

  1. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    My preemptive letter to my senators regarding "assault weapons" legislation

    With Senator Feinstein unleashing her proposed "assault weapons" legislation tomorrow, I sent a preemptive letter to the senators representing my state. In it, I took a different tack than some folks. Instead of focusing on the 2nd Amendment directly, I decided to appeal to the fact that we really do have the statistics on our side. Time will tell if it makes a damn bit of difference.

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  2. LevelHead

    LevelHead Well-Known Member

    Very nice - may I use most of it as well?

    Typo in the third paragraph - "was has been sold to the public since 1964"
  3. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Be my guest! Thanks for catching that typo.
  4. 2ifbyC

    2ifbyC Well-Known Member

    It makes a major difference for reasons that you may have not contemplated:
    1. It improves your cognitive thinking so you can write in a concise, cogent manner.
    2. You have exercised your right to have your voice heard and to ensure your representatives know your position on issues that are important to you.
    3. You were “in the arena” and not on the sidelines making judgments.
    4. It instills pride and self-worth.
    Good job. Hopefully, you will serve as a model for others to express their inner voice.
  5. jamesbeat

    jamesbeat Well-Known Member

  6. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Two things...

    1) Put both Washington senators on the list as SUPPORTS GUN CONTROL. Patty Murray has an F rating from the NRA, and a track record of constantly voting to restrict our rights. Maria Cantwell (I haven't looked up her NRA rating) proudly says she supported the 94 AWB and her email to me included the phrase "I support the second amendment, but..."...with a LOT after the "but".

    Both of these senators have been representing us for far too long. Let's get rid of them already.

    2) Can you maybe recolor the names, i.e. make pro-gun folk green and anti-gun folk red? Would be even easier to discern who's who.


    From S. Cantwell (Murray hasn't responded):

  7. viper7342

    viper7342 Well-Known Member

    Letter I wrote to my Congresscritters

    The following is a letter I just finished writing to my Congresscritters, if anyone would like to use it feel free.

    I am writing today, to strongly urge you to vote no on any and all new proposed new gun bans/regulations, that would affect a law abiding citizens right to keep and bear arms, including any so called "Assauls Weapons" Ban, restrictions on "High Capacity" Magazines, More intrusive background checks, or bans on internet sales of firearms or ammunition. I believe strongly in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Feel that there are already plenty of laws on the books regarding guns, I also believe that criminals will commit crimes no matter what weapon they have to use to accomplish their goals, I strongly believe that Wayne Lapierre was absolutely right when he said "the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun". Therefore, I also strongly urge you to support any legislation that may come about to repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990 and any and all ammendments thereto which create nothing more than gun free victim zones. In other words, I strongly urge you to NOT SUPPORT ANY NEW GUN LAWS,DENY SUCCESS TO MASS MURDERERS BY ABOLISHING PHONY ‘GUN-FREE’ VICTIM / KILLER ENABLING ZONES NOW, I WOULD ALSO URGE YOU TO WORK WITH US OR WE WILL WORK TO RETIRE YOU.
  8. TenDriver

    TenDriver Well-Known Member

    I wonder if he understands hunting involves killing most of the time....
  9. Curator

    Curator Well-Known Member

    I got the same response, obviously canned. Nelson was a petty good Insurance Commissioner but has been seduced by the National Dems to get into lock-step with the Party Line. He needs to be defeated in his next run for the Senate. Trying to convince him to look at the gun-ban logically won't work. Unfortunately he has 6 more years of selling us down the river,
  10. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Denny Heck (D-WA) anti-gun

    At least he doesn't appear to be as gun-grabbery as some of the people representing my state, but he likes the laws we have on the books and appears to support closing of the "gun show loophole" and by extension I'm assuming universal background checks. All so we don't look like we are "doing nothing."

    I'm going to post another comment on his page saying that considering the number of times firearms are used in self defense in the country vastly outweighs the number of times firearms are illicitly used for violence, that further restrictions, while "doing something", will be doing something in the wrong direction.

    I will also ask what other amendments he's willing to "strike a balance" with, or if it's just the one that scares him that is up for debate.

    Last point I'll make is that I voted for him (unfortunate...but he didn't have gun control up on his issues) because he seemed like a level-headed person, but if he is willing to restrict my rights, I will rescind that vote in the next election and give it to his competitor.
  11. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Make sure when he comes up for reelection that you unseat him. Start looking for an alternative to his anti-American ways.
  12. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    I am past the window where I can edit my post here; but I have updated this version with the color code you suggested:

    In addition, I also added statements that I found from several Senators to clarify their position. I noted that Jim Risch had a strongly worded pro-Second response that is now missing from his website and can only be found in Google cache. If you are in Idaho, you might want to call and thank him for his support. I know that the Senate offices are getting anti-protests (Cornyn was targeted on the 20th by gun control supporters).

    Don't take anything for granted. These guys need to know how you feel.
  13. J.R.W.

    J.R.W. Well-Known Member

    Got a response from my congressman.....

    I'm going to sit down over the weekend to formulate a articulate response to hopefully address specific points. I'll be including the FBI crime stats that have been brought up recently. I'm thinking it will be a useless battle though. Providence RI, the state capitol, just passed a city council resolution trying to ban all semi automatic weapons. Time will tell, I guess.
  14. TheGloriousTachikoma

    TheGloriousTachikoma Well-Known Member

    You do realize that it will never be seen my your congresscritter's eyes, right? At best it will be coherently skimmed by an aide.

    This is all you have to send in the letter:

    "Dear Congresscritter,

    Do not vote for an Assault Weapons Ban or a Magazine Capacity Ban or I will vote you out.

    -Sincerely, John Doe
  15. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    Email from Mike Rogers in Alabama.

    Thank you for contacting me with regard to gun ownership rights. It is good to hear from you and I am pleased that we both support a citizen's right to bear arms.

    I believe that gun control legislation violates both the letter and the spirit of the United States Constitution. Throughout all my previous years in Congress, I have consistently supported legislation that strengthened an individual's right to bear arms, and I will continue in the 113th Congress. As long as I represent you in Congress, I will vigorously defend the Second Amendment.

    On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 President Obama issued a plan of action titled "Now is the Time: The President's Plan to Protect Children and our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence." In it the President calls for many reforms like a national assault weapon ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines, stricter background checks, ways to make schools safer, and expanded mental health services. The plan included calls for Congressional Action, but also included 23 Executive Orders. I am very concerned with these Executive Orders and his use of executive privilege to bypass Congress. As these issues come before Congress rest assured that I will continue to strongly support the Second Amendment and vote against any of the President's proposals that infringe upon the rights of law abiding Americans.

    Again, thank you for contacting me and I am pleased we agree on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on this or any other matter of concern. If you would like further information of issues of importance to you, please log on to my website at http://mike-rogers.house.gov
  16. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    He's in the camp of the enemy. Better get him to change sides.
  17. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member

    No, he won't change sides. Vote his arse out of office. Volunteer for his opponent during the next election, spread the word any way you can that he is not upholding his oath to the constitution.
  18. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    Sen. Susan Collins goes wobbly on a new AWB: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-...an-lacks-democratic-votes-to-pass-senate.html

    Says she isn't certain she will support it, despite voting for it every single time it came up previously. My guess is she is probably lying; but congratulations to you guys in Maine who have apparently made an impact on her position.

    In the bad news; but not surprising department, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) is one of the sponsors of Feinstein's new abhorrent and worse than ever before ban bill.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013
  19. Ashcons

    Ashcons Well-Known Member

    I've been hammering at Mark Pryor over the past few weeks on this issue. I feel like he'll vote however the wind blows, which means I'll still vote for a more pro-2A senator in the next election. Boozman gave a fairly solid reply as did Womack.
  20. gdcpony

    gdcpony Well-Known Member

    Got another one.

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