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Suggested: Wait for Bill Introduction to Send Letters

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Craig_VA, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Craig_VA

    Craig_VA Member

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    E-Mail alerts keep arriving from NRA, GOA, SAF, and now ASA (American Suppressor Association) with a hair-on-fire beg for $$ because some Congress-Critter has said they plan to introduce some anti-gun legislation. The latest is ASA's on Senator Menendez's HEAR Act announcement.

    If you want to give money to any of them based on such solicitations, fine; that is your choice.
    However, I recommend not "writing your Senator or Representative" until the bill has actually been introduced and given a number. Until that happens, it is nothing but than public relations politicking by the C-Critter who released the press release announcement.

    You can find any actual bill and get it's S. or HR number by searching the U.S. Congress site at
    https://www.congress.gov

    AS of mid-morning 6/26/19 the HEAR Act does not exist there.

    When you do write your members of Congress, be sure to cite teh bill's short name and S or HR number.
     
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  2. DoubleMag

    DoubleMag Member

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    ''I recommend not "writing your Senator or Representative" until the bill has actually been introduced and given a number.''

    NO.

    Fill their office completely with letters, burn their fax machine up with faxes, overheat their hard drives with emails.
     
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  3. Robert Palmore

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    I understand what your saying in not jumping the gun. On the other hand I like the idea of staying it touch with your representative year round. My thinking is if they know ahead of time what your thinking is they are less likely to talk about bills before they are introduced. My thinking might be wrong but most bills are close to a done deal before they are even introduced.
     
  4. Hooda Thunkit

    Hooda Thunkit Member

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    Like the "Green New Deal"?

    I suppose that was a done deal.... Introduced to shoot it down.
     
  5. BSA1

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    I also disagree. I regularly email my Congressmen about issues that in general are important to me even though a specific bill has not been introduced. Politicians need to know what issues are important to their voters so they can stay in office.
     
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  6. Sistema1927

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    Let them know, early and often. You might just keep them from being sucked in as a co-sponsor on some anti-freedom bill. It is much harder to change their vote once they have co-sponsored a bill.
     
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