Wrote my reps tonight
Tonight I wrote to my reps (Tennessee). Both Senators, both Representatives, and the Governor.
Hello, <Representative's name>
I hope that this letter finds you well. I'm writing as a concerned Tennessee citizen who is becoming alarmed by the gun control rhetoric that is coming out of Washington these days. There seems to be an agenda in the air that states that the federal government is determined to place unconstitutional limits on our rights under the 2nd Amendment. The Sandy Hook shooting was indeed a sickening tragedy, and I and other legal gun owners are enraged that anyone could do such a horrible thing.
But beyond this tragedy, what is concerning me is the potential for another one, a potential that we encourage by the futile concept of "gun free zones." Every mass shooting in recent memory has occurred in one of these places, where the law-abiding are restricted, thus leaving the field wide open for any crazed person who wants to murder as many helpless victims as they can.
Yet, Washington's answer doesn't seem to address this. Instead, they immediately jump to the knee-jerk reaction of, "let's ban those guns." It doesn't seem to matter that the Sandy Hook shooter committed more felonies in a single day than I can count on all of my appendages. It also doesn't seem to matter that the so-called "assault" style rifles, essentially common rifles decked out to look "mean," account for a very tiny percentage of crimes committed. In typical liberal fashion, they blame the weapon used instead of the murderer.
As a father of two school-age children, this concerns me on numerous levels. One one level, it's the fact that our school children and school staff have no defense against a gun-carrying murderer. That's the biggest problem, and it's caused by the implementation of a "gun free zone." On another level, our 2nd Amendment rights are under attack. This is largely because of the actions of an insane man who wasn't in legal possession of the guns used in the first place.
So in closing, I hope that you'll help to end this insanity. Not only is the 2nd Amendment under attack, but much more importantly, our school children are also being put at risk by leaving the law-abiding citizen, whether a school staff member, parent, or other, defenseless against any monster who wants to walk in and start shooting.
Thank you for your attention in this very important matter and I look forward to hearing from you.
With great respect,
Now let's see how they respond.
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I used the NRA one, but I've seen the Ruger page and it's excellent.
Originally Posted by WINTEJER000
I've heard back from one so far, Representative John J. Duncan. I bolded the parts that pertain to gun rights.
January 14, 2013
Mr. <My Name>
Dear Mr.<My Name>:
Thank you for contacting me concerning gun regulations and the heartbreaking tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were murdered.
This was one of the most horrific events that has ever occurred in this Country. It touched almost everyone in a deeply moving and personal way.
I have always believed that the worst thing that can happen to anyone is to outlive one of their children. My wife and I can easily remember when our children were the ages of those who were killed in Newtown, and we now have five grandchildren, from ages three to nine, with one more due in late February.
While many more people were killed on 9/11, almost all were adults. The only comparable events in the U.S. when many children were killed are the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the deaths of the children at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas.
No one will ever know for sure why this killer committed theses horrible shootings. Pastor John Wood said in his December 16th sermon at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville where I attend that he believed many young people have been desensitized to killing by years of watching violent video games, movies, and TV shows.
Other factors may also play a part in these terrible incidents. Almost all school shooters for many years have come from broken homes and apparently have been deeply hurt by divorce or absent parents. Most have also been young men and boys who have been on anti-depressant medications.
There have been many calls to tighten up our gun laws and greatly increase security at our schools. However, news reports have said that the Connecticut killer shot his way into the Newtown school, which was considered very secure, and there is no practical way to ban all guns in this Country.
These terrible killings in Connecticut were apparently caused by deep-seated psychological problems. As much as some people hate to admit it, guns have prevented many thousands of crimes and saved untold lives each year.
If some deranged person is determined to kill, he can find a way. The children killed in Oklahoma City and Waco were not killed by hand guns or assault weapons.
It would be a mistake to make a rush to judgment based primarily on emotion. We need to study the tragedy in Connecticut and all the other school shootings over the years. I am open to considering something new or different in trying to prevent a similar incident in the future.
One suggestion I heard on the Sean Hannity radio program was to hire retired police officers, or some with only minor disabilities, as school safety officers and make sure there is an armed guard at every school in this Country.
I am open to similar suggestions, and I hope with all my heart nothing like this ever happens again.
I really cannot imagine the pain of the parents of these little children, especially occurring just before what is supposed to be the happiest time of year.
My heart goes out to them. I have prayed for them and hope there is more that we can do in a reasonable, responsible way.
As you may know, President Obama has assembled a task force—led by Vice President Joe Biden—to study the Newtown tragedy and offer legislative recommendations to prevent such incidents in the future.
The Congress expects these recommendations very shortly. Rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind when any proposal comes before the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.
Once again, thank you for contacting me about this important issue. If I can be of assistance to you, your friends or family in the future, please do not hesitate to call on me.
With kindest regards, I am
JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR.
Member of Congress
All in all, I think he did okay and will support the 2nd.
What do you think?
I wrote all mine in Florida have yet to receive any kind of response. Hopefully I will receive one.
I wrote mine too. I felt better saying my piece. Realize now (especially after the canned response) that other than making me feel better, it does nothing to improve the situation.
I just heard back from Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee). Now THIS is more like it!
January 14, 2013
Dear <My Name>,
Thanks very much and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding the right to bear arms.
I’m a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. Congress should not pass laws that take away these rights from law abiding citizens and leave criminals to terrorize the streets. Good citizens don’t abuse guns – criminals do. I will continue to support legislative efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans, and oppose efforts to overturn the Second Amendment.
In two recent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly held that the Second Amendment protects the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms. In the 2008 case, D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that D.C.’s restrictive gun laws violated the constitutional rights of Americans. Two years later, in McDonald v. Chicago, the court struck down the city of Chicago’s handgun ban and held that, like the federal government, state and local governments must respect Second Amendment rights. I joined legal briefs in both cases in defense of this constitutional right and was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decisions.
I am grateful you took the time to let me know where you stand. I’ll be sure to keep your comments in mind as Second Amendment rights are discussed and debated in Washington and in Tennessee.
Wrote my reps tonight
Of course it makes a difference. You have let them know how you feel. That should bolster the resolve to protect our rights.
Originally Posted by Vtxdpm
I sent letters to all 132 members of TN legislator asking them to pass a 2nd Amendment Protection Act. I also contacted my two senators, six congressmen, the VP and President.
The more legislators that here us speak up, the better chance we have to protect our rights.
Lets Be Careful Out There!