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    gunsrus,

    Agreed. Our firearm rights are about defense of life, lively-hood and liberty. The whole "hunting/sporting purpose" is a trap to change the rules of the game. The only way to win is not to play.

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    Exclamation Letters to your Reps - KEEP WRITING

    Greetings Folks,

    I figured I would offer a little cheerleading here and now. As I am sure a lot of us have written, called, emailed, and/or Faxed our elected officials advising them of our thoughts. Well, we must keep pushing back, we have not won this thing yet.

    So, please accept the challenge to continue putting the pressure on these officials, don't let them think we have given up by slowing down our correspondence on the issues. These elected officials must feel the pressure to realize that they may very well lose their seat if they ignore the millions of legal gun owners in this country.

    From my source (a behind the scenes staff worker) I have been informed that the Pro-gun response has been stronger than ever. This worker told me flooding the mailbox, email box, fax machine and telephone has certainly received some attention. This staffer indicated that the thought of losing their seat has become a concern.

    So, folks, what this means is we cannot stop now. Keep corresponding even in multiple formats which is likely the best plan. It doesn't have to be a long detailed letter by any means. Just toward the start of the letter make it clear that you are Pro-Gun and will accept no further infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

    I am personally sending at least one written letter each week in addition to a short email basically summarizing the written/mailed letter. These are going to at least both my senators and representative. Additionally, I keep an eye on the Email Alerts from the NRA and Ruger as previously mentioned by others. I will use their systems to address those issues via the email provided.

    Bottom line, at this point this is really just a Tally game. Most likely the letters aren't even read, other than to the point that indicates if you are Pro or Against, they add your count to the tally and go to the next communication.

    In the hopes of maintaining our gun freedoms in this country, PLEASE take a few minutes each week and make sure you submit something that will increase the tally that says: Hands Off My Guns. We really can't let up at all this time. Do this every week until this thing cools down one way or another.

    Okay, thank you for your time and attention, I am finished (for now).

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    Not only write your Senators, but write the Senate Leadership too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Not only write your Senators, but write the Senate Leadership too!
    +1. We absolutely need to keep the pressure on not only our own Senators and Congress people, but the leadership of both houses as well. Great point.

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    It looks like the pressure might having an impact on some liberal Democratic senators. Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) has been very anti-gun in the past. At one point she went into chameleon mode and pretended to be a supporter of 2A rights (link below). So, I have no doubt that she would support Feinstein in a heartbeat if she felt there would be no repercussions. Anyway, below is my letter and her response. While I don't trust her one bit, it does seem to indicate that she may be feeling the pressure from her constituents. Let's keep the letters to our elected officials and majority / minority leaders coming!

    Tammy Baldwin No Gun Rights Activist | Media Trackers

    My message submitted via POPVOX.com:

    I oppose S. 150: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 because it fails to address the root causes of violent crime.

    During Senate testimony this week Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn stated that a priority of his was “trying to prevent the wrong people from buying guns,” which was in response to a question about the lack of enforcement of laws on the books today not being an effective deterrent. He felt that existing background checks that may have stopped illegal purchases was good enough. This week in Milwaukee an armed robber was released after just one year of “time served.” What a travesty of justice.

    The idiom, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” seems relevant here. Why not prosecute every one of those people who break laws today to the fullest extent of the law to create a real deterrent? New York has a mandatory minimum 3.5 year sentence for gun crimes. The rate of gun crimes in NYC is about half that of Chicago – a city with tough laws but lax enforcement.

    Politicians who are serious about making a real impact on gun related crime and violence should be focused on consistent enforcement and strengthening of existing laws. Anything less is political pandering.


    The response from Sen. Baldwin:

    Thank you for contacting me about federal gun policy. I value your input on a topic that involves fundamental constitutional rights and the safety of our families and communities.

    The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December of last year has prompted a national dialogue on guns and federal gun policy. Other mass killings at Fort Hood in Texas; at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona; at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado; and in a place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin have heightened our focus on strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives. But, the death of 20 young school children and six teachers at Sandy Hook demands that we try to find common ground to take action without violating constitutional rights.

    A wide range of policy options have been put forth as a part of this conversation. In January, President Obama outlined his plan to reduce gun violence in the United States. Additionally, several bills relating to gun violence have been offered in both Houses of Congress and Congressional Committees are holding Hearings to inform the path forward.

    In addition to hearing from you, it has been important to me to listen to Wisconsinites with various perspectives on the issue. To date, I have met with Chiefs of Police from a number of communities, family members of the fallen at Oak Creek, sportsmen and women, and researchers seeking to better understand what policies can be effective as we seek to reduce gun injury and death. I look forward to gaining additional insight as we continue the work on solutions to prevent gun violence.

    Debates over gun policies often evoke strong responses because throughout our policymaking, we must safeguard constitutional rights at the same time as we endeavor to safeguard communities and combat crime. I am a gun owner and firmly believe in the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. I also believe that, as the Supreme Court has ruled, this right can be reconciled with reasonable, common sense safety measures.

    Ever since passage of the Brady Act in 1993, federal law has required criminal background checks for certain gun purchases. In the 20 years since the passage of the Brady Act and with the advent and widespread use of e-commerce, an increasing number of gun sales occur without a criminal background check. I support requiring background checks on all gun sales. In addition, I support giving law enforcement additional tools to crack down on gun trafficking and the straw purchasers who help get guns into the hands of criminals.

    The recent tragedies across the nation also give us reason to reassess our mental health system. Most people with mental illness will never become violent. However, if mental health treatment and services were more readily available, we would see fewer people in situations that spiral out of control. I believe that we should have a special emphasis on young adults, as most mental illnesses manifest themselves by the time a person reaches young adulthood. I have previously worked to ensure mental health parity, so that insurance policies cover mental illness in the same way that they cover physical illness. While mental health parity is now the law, it has not been fully implemented and its benefits are not felt by those Americans who lack insurance coverage.

    I support the President's call to restore research funding that can help us study gun violence, gun injury prevention and gun safety. Limits have been placed on such funding by Congress for a number of years, and it is high time those restrictions be lifted. Accurate data and careful, objective evaluation of that data informs better policy.

    The President's plan to reduce gun violence in the United States makes a series of recommendations that include instituting a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Each of these proposals will get careful scrutiny. Every year in Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites go hunting. It is a time-honored tradition that is a part of our state's culture. We must assure that these proposals do nothing to inhibit the celebrated sporting heritage of our state. I look forward to reviewing these proposals and working with my colleagues to find common ground, so that we can reduce gun violence in this country while protecting everyone's Second Amendment rights.

    Please know that I will keep your thoughts and suggestions in mind as Congress considers gun policy legislation.


    Sincerely,
    Tammy Baldwin
    United States Senator

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    Re: Letters to your Reps

    She's not feeling enough pressure if she thinks that more extensive background checks on all sales, aka universal registration, might be a solution...

    She needs to be taught to "just say no".
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    It could be worse!
    I suppose

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    cn262, Sen Baldwin doesn't appear to be feeling any pressure at all. I'm not sure how you're getting that impression. She does not seem to be a 2A supporter at all. Her response to you seems to indicate that she is in favor of the legislation that Obama is championing.

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    The time is approaching for good men to come to the aid of our country.

    I've spent the last month and a half recuperating from hip-replacement surgery, writing to our illustrious elected officials, and recruiting for the NRA. (I did succeed in recruiting 3 new members, and talked four others, who had let their former memberships drop, into re-joining.)
    Of the many letters I wrote to government officials, encouraging (demanding) them to vote against any gun-control legislation, I received responses (canned, mealy-mouthed, waffling comments of course) to a majority of them—Chuckie Schumer not being one of them.
    It was not until last evening, when I received one, in particular, which made my blood boil, and caused me to have a mostly sleepless night. Since it seems to fit into the discussion at hand, I thought you might like to see it:
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    THE WHITE HOUSE


    Dear Walter:

    Thank you for taking the time to write.* I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective.* From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family.* I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.
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    Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.* In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation.* Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage.* Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.
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    While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one.* Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.* Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown.* We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.
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    That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country.* He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas.* I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.
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    My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence.* These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence.* And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis.
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    As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress.* To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act.* As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away.* First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun.* Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.* We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.
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    These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people.* But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers.* Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.* We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.
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    Thank you, again, for writing.* I encourage you to visit Now is the time | The White House to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

    Sincerely,

    Barack Obama



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    If that doesn't reassure you that our fate is in good hands, I don't know what would.

    Also, In reply to the earlier comment concerning the fact that “The British were three-thousand miles away.”:

    Our Founders were not naive enough to believe that three-thousand-miles of ocean which took only 4-5 weeks to cross, was protection from the, then most powerful naval and military force in the world. There were almost as many “Royalists” in America, not to mention that the British were just across the Canadian border, in 1776, as there were those who favored the Declaration of Independence. And those loyal to the British king were just as well armed, and equally vehement in their desire to remain British. The infant America had no navy, nor organized military to speak of, and the Continental Congress could barely govern themselves, let alone a fledgling nation, even at the end of the war. The American Army, if you could call it that, never had adequate supplies or ammunition; they fought even through severe winters, often with no shirts, shoes, or blankets.

    Granted, today, a single one of us who would choose to make a stand against government confiscation of our guns, might be considered as a “suicidal attempt at defense”, but so was the 77 Americans who initially stood against the far superior British troops at Lexington on April 17, 1775. But, that shot, as they say, was “heard round the world.”

    I only hope and pray that the Socialistic, dependent lifestyle Americans have allowed themselves to indulge in for the last fifty-years, hasn't diluted that spirit of liberty and freedom that made such a small group of our ancestors throw themselves at the world's most powerful nation, in order to win that freedom and liberty, to the extent that they are willing to kneel down to the tyranny that is now threatening us. If it has—we are doomed.

    REMEMBER LEXINGTON AND CONCORD!
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    Wow Walter,

    Now I don't feel special any longer as that is exactly the same letter I got in my email box today.

    Anyway folks, listen up: We can't let up on the pressure now, keep banging the email, snail-mail, phone line, FAX line, etc, etc. Just remember, there is only one thing a politician loves more than life itself and that is the powerful cushy job they have.

    Our best ammo (pun intended) is to make them afraid of joining the unemployed in this country. You just have to believe that they do and will think about that when push comes to shove.

    I loved it several weeks ago when Bill Clinton warned them to not underestimate the repercussions from the gun owners of this country. We must make sure Mr Clinton's statement falls true!

    If you want to keep your freedoms you absolutely must keep banging out the correspondence to these knuckleheads. Don't let up, we must continue the pressure . . .

    . . .the struggle continues . . .
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    Here's my latest email sent to my two senators:

    I come to you now to ask you to vote against any motion to proceed to any gun control bills, or any bill that has as an amendment any restrictions on the right of law abiding citizens to Keep and Bear arms (regardless of the type of legal arms each citizen feels is needed).

    The shooting at Sandy Hook was a human tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the victims, but this tragedy should not be used to further an anti-gun agenda.

    The right to keep arms (own them) and bear arms (carry them outside the home) is a liberty which is guaranteed by the second amendment to the United Sates Constitution. I am asking you to respect and uphold the Constitution, something you swore an oath to protect and defend.

    I have no doubt that Senate leaders, and perhaps others in the administration, will try to pressure you into voting as they wish. They may try to bribe you with some bill you would like to see come to fruition, or funding for a pet project, or any number of other things. Please do not give in to this pressure. Stand firm in favor of freedom and liberty, which I hope are more than mere words to you.

    The citizens of West Virginia, and the country, are counting on you to do the right thing. We are watching, and we will vote accordingly in the next election.

    I hope that you will vote to support the Constitution - and especially the Second Amendment. Vote against any motion to proceed to any gun control measures, no matter how cleverly they are masked by seemingly benign titles. And vote against any gun control measures that reach the floor of the Senate, again, no matter how cleverly titled or worded.

    Thank you for your time.

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    i have wrote, called, and emailed and i get the standard can answer back from my bunch of so call leaders. i just don't get a warm and fuzzy from them. they are out of touch of the real world and just don't care about us. non of them stand firm on anything they all ways give them self some wiggle room.
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    I don't hunt. I don't have any objection to hunting. Many of the people i have worked with and close friends hunt. They have shown me pictures. or better yet gave me samples of some butchered game. That's my personal choice, not to hunt. I CARRY A GUN because a police officer is too cumbersome to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako View Post
    they are out of touch of the real world and just don't care about us. non of them stand firm on anything they all ways give them self some wiggle room.
    Greetings frankmako,

    I absolutely agree with your comments. At least way too many of these elected officials don't seem to care about anything other than their own agendas. But we can't afford to let up on the pressure just now.

    And you are very likely correct, that our well written letters are never read by the official or even completely read by any of his staff. But you must believe that at this point it is just a tabulating game.

    It goes like this; the staff member opens the correspondence reads enough of the letter to determine if the writer is Pro or Anti then the staffer adds another mark to the count based on the side of the issue that was being voiced, then on to the next correspondence.

    Believe me, retaining their elected seat during these hot voting issues is most certainly on these guys/girls minds. If you promise them that you will work to retire them at your first opportunity if they vote against the constitution; well, that is a language that they will understand.

    Don't give up; we must keep the numbers high on the "hands off my guns" column of their tabulating sheet. They won't read your letter but they will be watching the numbers, you can bet on that one.

    Don't let up.
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    I wrote these last week over Oregon nuts wanting to create ridiculous, emotional, knee jerk limitations (over CT) that wouldn't affect criminals in any way. I haven't written our "representatives" (what a laugh that has become) much before but NRA-ILA emails have really helped inform me of what the snakes are doing behind the scenes.

    4.4.13
    Dear Senators:

    I am OPPOSED to new gun 'control' legislation in Senate Bills 347, 699, 700, 796.
    These bills attempt to create a “solution” to a non-existent problem and instead create a new class of criminals amongst otherwise law-abiding citizens.
    I am tired of emotional knee-jerk legislation that only makes it hard on law abiding citizens to freely exercise our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
    ENFORCE the existing laws against criminals.
    Adding new legislation is irrelevant to criminals and therefore only infringes upon us law abiding citizens.
    How about I legislate against YOUR freedoms every session? Or against your Constitutional Rights? How would you like it?

    Respectfully,

    4.5.13
    Dear Representatives:

    I am OPPOSED to new gun 'control' legislation in House Bill 3114. Your attempts to limit law abiding citizen's CONSTITUTIONAL Rights to self-protection will only make it more dangerous for the citizens of Oregon. This holds true for all universities, schools, and other public buildings - not just OHSU.

    Please remember and protect my right to self-defense! So-called 'gun-free zones' in reality are simply places where CHLs are rendered defenseless against criminals under current law.

    I am a regular patient at OHSU and as you know, all the buildings up on the hill are pretty isolated. To make them a gun free zone would make it MORE DANGEROUS for me when I have post cancer checkups. I don't carry myself but your foolish proposal would make it a known 'safe place' for kooks and criminal murderers. Just like happened in CT! Here I beat cancer, and then you want to make it more dangerous for me to see my Doctor's so I can possibly be killed by a NON-law abiding kook?? Don't you realize that suicidal murdering criminals look for such places to make their pathetic display?? Wake up!!
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    I SUPPORT House Bill 3009! Allowing individual agencies or bodies making their own rules that infringe upon law abiding citizen's CONSTITUTIONAL Rights to protect themselves is ludicrous! No individual "body" should have that right at their every whim. Once authorized they act outside of the reach of the citizen voter - something we already have to put up with the layers of Totalitarian Executive Branch Administrative Agencies.

    Creating a patchwork of new gun rules by schools and universities across our State is simply a trap for law abiding citizens. Establishing gun free zones is simply a trap for law abiding citizens to be gunned down by criminals, gang members, and nutjobs. Authorizing various entities outside the Legislature or State Statute concerning Constitutional Rights, infringes upon my freedoms and rights as a law abiding citizen of Oregon. Citizens should have the right to fire their representatives when they enact foolish or burdensome laws and rules that infringe upon their freedoms and rights, whereas HB 3114 gives too much authority to Boards and Committees of schools and universities.

    I am completely against such dictatorial authority and therefore SUPPORT HB 3009!!

    I am tired of emotional knee-jerk legislation that only makes it hard on law abiding citizens to freely exercise our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
    ENFORCE the existing laws against criminals.
    Adding new legislation is irrelevant to criminals and therefore only infringes upon us law abiding citizens.
    How about I legislate against YOUR freedoms every session? Or against your Constitutional Rights? How would you like it?

    Respectfully,
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    I don't understand how our rights are being trampled one after another by this era of government.
    Complete disregard for the citizen/voter/taxpayer.
    I really do not understand how this is happening under the US form of government of/by/for the people.
    And as disgusted as I am, I feel completely powerless. Letters, phone calls, do nothing.
    The twitter mobs & hollywood propagandists get the attention while long time established citizens have our rights - now Constitutional rights - steam rolled.
    Frustrating is stating it mildly.

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