Please see my last post on Page 3: We need to write Letters ASAP
I decided to start a thread to consolidate Gun Control legislative information for Colorado taxpayers. It is clear that Colorado is considered a bell-weather state for the Gun Control Zealots, and with the MAIG opening a lobbying office in Denver, as well as a bunch of liberal namby-pamby legislators, we need to act, and act now. The goal of the thread is to consolidate information on legislators that support the 2A and those that do not support the 2A. I am not going to distinguish between the assaults on our liberties at the state level, which will be vigorous, and those at the federal level. They all deserve equal attention.
As more information is learned, feel free to post it. A couple of great resources are the Ruger Site (to e-mail your state and federal reps) and the NRA Site which does likewise.
Ruger: http://www.ruger.com...takeAction.html; and
NRA: NRA-ILA | Write Your Reps
I will be adding additional links for the state House and senate.
Here is a thread on Bennet's response to constituent letters:
Michael Bennet Openly Opposes the Second Amendment
Here is Bennet's response:
Bennet is up for re-election in 2016 I believe, so we need to get him to see the light too.Thank you for contacting me regarding Senator Feinstein's assault weapons ban proposal. I appreciate hearing from you.
The numerous tragedies that our nation has had to face over the past year have been staggering. My own family, like all Americans, has been repeatedly shocked and deeply saddened by the violence we have witnessed, and my heart continues to be with the victims and their families. As Coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core and in the aftermath of these abhorrent acts our priority should be on supporting the survivors and families, and healing our communities.
We must have a real discussion in this country about finding ways to stop these senseless shootings. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for the battlefield, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can protect our communities and particularly, our children. In Colorado, we support the right to bear arms and the ability of people to recreate, hunt, and protect their homes, and we want to keep the wrong weapons out the hands of the wrong people. I believe our state can come together to have a civil discussion that addresses these issues and as the President's taskforce releases its recommendations to prevent and reduce gun violence, we will ensure that Colorado's voices are heard.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California plans to introduce a bill in the 113th Congress that will prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. The ban will include 120 specifically-named firearms and will apply to large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. The bill will also require grandfathered weapons to be registered under the National Firearms Act and will include a background check of the owner and any future transferees. Although Senator Feinstein has not introduced the bill, she has indicated that she will do so at the start of the legislative session.
I look forward to reviewing Senator Feinstein's proposal, along with others brought before Senate. Let us all continue to keep the communities affected by these tragic acts in our thoughts and prayers.
I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.
For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at Michael Bennet - United States Senator for Colorado : Home. Again, thank you for contacting me.
Michael F. Bennet
United States Senator
Here's is Udall's response to me:
Note: Udall is up in the 2014 Mid-Terms and obviously will be worried about back-lash. We need to show him that worry is REAL.Thank you for your message to my U.S. Senate office. Each week, I receive over 10,000 letters from Coloradans with their thoughts and suggestions. Your views are invaluable and keep me consistently updated on Coloradans’ concerns. Please know that we read each letter and email and will do our utmost to get you a timely response addressing your thoughts and concerns.
I am honored to serve as your U.S. Senator. My top priority in the Senate is to provide efficient and effective representation of people across our state. Please know that my Colorado staff is available to handle specific services relating to the federal government (such as help with a passport, claim for veterans’ benefits or a citizenship matter) and my Denver office can be reached at 303-650-7820. If you would like to check on a request for services from my Washington, D.C. office, please call 202-224-5941 or toll-free at 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255). Otherwise, be assured that we are reading your comments.
U.S. Senator, Colorado
Here is Hickenlooper's reply to me:
Here is a resource to locate your Colorado State Reps and Senators. Please note the NRA site is not as accurate on the Districts.Thank you for writing regarding gun control in Colorado. This is an important subject, and we appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and concerns.
Throughout the past six months in Colorado and across the nation, we have experienced an unprecedented level of tragedy due to gun violence. The shooting that occurred in Aurora on the night of July 20th is an event that will remain in our hearts and minds forever. And while our lives will never be the same again, these experiences showed the strength and resilience of individuals to come together as a community. Now, as a community, we must come together to discuss ways we can prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Your letter is one of thousands we have received expressing sympathy and sharing your opinions on everything from banning assault weapons, to increasing mental health availability, to the rights of citizens to carry concealed weapons. The diversity of opinions on how best to address this issue is proof positive that we should not shy away from this discussion. We are confident that through thoughtful and mindful debate we can find reasonable solutions that respect the rights of law-abiding Coloradans to own firearms while maintaining the health and safety of our communities.
This is a multifaceted issue and part of this dialogue should focus on mental health access. So, we have asked the Colorado General Assembly to support a comprehensive overhaul of our state’s mental health system so we can better identify and help people who are a threat to themselves and others.
This is a conversation that will continue throughout the course of this legislative session, so we also encourage you to share your thoughts with your legislators. To contact the House of Representatives, please call 303-866-2904. To contact the Senate, please call 303-866-2316. These contacts will direct your call to the appropriate office. Or, you can find your legislators online at Colorado Webmaps
Once again, thank you for your input, and for taking the time to contact our office. We will keep your thoughts in mind as we move forward.
Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper
Colorado General Assembly
Here are the resources to locate your federal House and Senate reps:
House: Find Your Representative · House.gov
Senate: U.S. Senate: Senators Home
Oftentimes when communicating at the state or federal levels, I also add the Majority Leaders, the Minority Leaders, and in Colorado, the Officers of both the House and the Senate. I want not only my reps reading, but the leaders - both groups are critical.
Please feel free to add to this thread, and let's keep a dialog going, but extraneous stuff really doesn't fit here too well.
Carry on! Start writing!
It is critical to do this at the state and federal level. Additionally, they need to understand they are accountable to constituents, and may well be "out of jobs" at our first opportunity if they do not act in a congruent manner.
I would also stress your opposition to Universal Background Checks as outline by HotGuns!