Letter I just sent to all of my Federal and State representatives

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    Letter I just sent to all of my Federal and State representatives

    FYI, letter I just sent out via the NRA site to all my representatives:

    Dear elected representatives;

    I am writing to you to voice my objection to a wide range of firearms rights restrictions that have been floated in the past month by VP Biden’s task force, Senator Feinstein and others. These proposed restrictions include reinstituting the Assault Weapons Ban, abolishing the right to purchase magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, restricting various types of ammunition and many others schemes generally intended to disarm law abiding citizens. While I object to all of these measures, I am in favor of improving background checks to better identify those who should not be permitted to purchase any firearm because they are criminals or mentally unstable. Moreover, I have no objection to requiring that all firearms sales be subject to a background check.

    I could write a treatise regarding the legal, practical and tactical reasons citizens should be able to own, use and transfer semiautomatic rifles and handguns as well as magazines in excess of ten rounds, but I suspect that all of those reasons will fall on deaf ears. Therefore, I will place my objection in terms of a political calculus that I am sure you will all understand:

    I am a fiscally conservative, socially liberal, Jewish, Independent, job-creating entrepreneur. I am a supporter of both the ACLU and the NRA because I am as concerned about protecting the 1st, 4th, 5th Amendments and other constitutional rights as I am concerned about protecting 2nd Amendment rights. I was born and raised in New York City and have lived in the ‘purple’ area of Fairfax Country, Virginia for the past 25 years. I am precisely the type of independent, moderate voter who has determined the outcome of most elections over the past 20 years. Indeed, while I sometimes have voted for Republicans, I have more often voted Democratic. However, I consider the upcoming fight over ‘gun control’ to be a litmus test. I will devote my time, money and resources to inflicting as much political and legal pain as I can upon any elected representative who acts to abridge my Second Amendment rights.

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    I just couldn't get my thoughts together enough to even start. So I really appreciate you helping me getting my version of your letter of to my reps . Thanks for giving me a kick start. I sent it to both my senators and my congressman.

    Dear Elected Official;

    I am writing to you to voice my objection to a wide range of firearms rights restrictions that have been floated in the past month by VP Biden’s task force, Senator Feinstein and others. These proposed restrictions include re-instituting the Assault Weapons Ban, abolishing the right to purchase magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, restricting various types of ammunition and many others schemes generally intended to disarm law abiding citizens. Gun Free Zones have only proven to be a killing zone for criminals and the mentally disturbed to use without fear. While I object to all of these measures, I am in favor of improving background checks to better identify those who should not be permitted to purchase any firearm because they are criminals or mentally unstable. Moreover, I have no objection to requiring that all firearms sales be subject to a background check. I also believe teachers or staff should be allowed to conceal carry with the proper training while on the job if they want to.

    I am a fiscally conservative, job-creating entrepreneur, and avid voter. I am as concerned about protecting the 1st, 4th, 5th Amendments and other constitutional rights as I am concerned about protecting 2nd Amendment rights. I am precisely the type of independent, moderate voter who has determined the outcome of most elections over the past 20 years. I sometimes have voted Democratic , I have more often voted Republican. However, the last four years of deficit spending and the upcoming fight over ‘gun control’ to be a litmus test. I must now look very closely at Libertarian type candidates.
    Thank you for your time and consideration of my issues.

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    I received one substantive reply to my letter above. Sen. Warner's reply indicates support for stricter background checks and a Federal office to assist in school campus safety. He leaves the door open to consider 'other' issues.

    "Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut and your views on gun control.

    On December 14, 2012, 20 innocent children and six adults lost their lives in one of the worst, most tragic shootings to ever occur in the United States. As a parent of three daughters, this was the ultimate nightmare. Like the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings, t his tragedy unfolded in what was once regarded as a safe haven free of crime and violence: a school.

    I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms . I own firearms and I have an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. However, I also recognize that, like with many of our constitutional rights, our Second Amendment rights are not without limits. It is unfortunate that a tragedy of this magnitude is what is needed to prompt action, but we need to have a serious discussion on how to best avoid these kinds of mass shootings in the future. The status quo is not acceptable.

    I believe our discus sion should cover many issues. We can start by improving the existing cr iminal background check system. Currently, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is woefully incomplete, with many states failing to submit available records on persons who may be disqualified from purchasing or possessing firearms. With a more complete background check system, we can keep firearms out of the hands of those who have been deemed unfit to possess them.

    In addition, we can take common sense measures such as passing the CAMPUS Safety Act (S. 3682), which I introduced last year. That bill would establish a national center for campus public safety within the Department of Justice to serve as a resource center and assist schools and universities in developing campus safety plans and threat assessment tools. We also need to look at changes to our mental health system so we can provide help to those with dangerous mental illnesses before it is too late. There will not be a single solution, but all of these issues and others need to be part of the conversation and I urge you to continue to express your views as we move forward.

    Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov ."

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    I'm sad to see that Sen Warner believe's the constitution should be interpreted "with limits". That is the problem now. We have Feinstein's "interpretation" of the Second Amendment.

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    bklynboy,

    I live just down 95 in Spotsylvania county and like you I also sent out via the NRA site to all my representatives. I also received the same response from Sen. Warner, which I was a little disappointed in. I am still waiting for the canned responses from the others. I would be surprised if they are a little more positive, but maybe I'll be surprised.

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    I strongly disagree with requiring background checks for all sales! Private transactions must not fall under control of the government. This will not in any way address the real problems which include insufficient security, soft targets and denial!
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    Yesterday I sent a letter to my state representative asking him to initiate legislation stating that North Carolina will follow suit with Wyoming, Montana, and possibly South Carolina (though I didn't mention that one) that states that North Carolina will not recognize or enforce any federal gun bans or magazine capacity limits and that any federal agents who try to enforce them will be arrested an charged. If I get a reply, I will post it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    I strongly disagree with requiring background checks for all sales! Private transactions must not fall under control of the government. This will not in any way address the real problems which include insufficient security, soft targets and denial!
    I wonder if "gifting" will be considered a transaction.
    "Gun Free Zones" is where only criminals carry guns.

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    Re: Letter I just sent to all of my Federal and State representatives

    In a word (under Frankenstein's proposal), YES.
    It could be worse.
    "The History of our Revolution will be one continued Lye from one end to the other."
    John Adams
    "A gun is kind of like a parachute. If you need one and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again".

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