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I appreciate you taking the time to contact me to voice ...
March 1st, 2013 06:02 PM
Just got this answer from one of our Michigan legislators. Nice for a change.
I appreciate you taking the time to contact me to voice your support for the Second Amendment.
I swore an oath to defend the Constitution. This is a sacred trust. The Constitution includes all amendments and the Second Amendment is no exception.
Furthermore, I would like you to know that as an English teacher, I understand the meaning of a subordinate clause, and I do not buy into the argument that the language concerning the necessity of a militia has any bearing on the fact that the 2nd Amendment clearly confers the right to keep and bear arms, without infringement, upon the people, not the government, and I consider criminalizing guns that millions of Americans already own, guns capable of defending one against multiple attackers, to be infringement in the first degree.
Merriam-Webster defines infringement as “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege,” and encroachment as “[the entering] by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another.” That definition suits present-day attempts to limit gun rights perfectly.
As a schoolteacher, I was shaken by the events that took place in Connecticut. But depriving people of the right to defend themselves as they see fit is surely no solution.
I, for one, will honor my oath to defend the Constitution, and I will hold firm against any attempt to restrict your right to protect yourself and your family.
I thank you for your activism. It is surely the truth that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and if constituents across America were not speaking up for their rights, our liberty might have been lost long ago.
Member of Congress
March 1st, 2013 06:11 PM
Campaign for that guy next election.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
March 1st, 2013 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by brad426
I'm just a spoke in the wheel but not a big deal.
America...a Constitutional Republic. NOT a democracy as the liberals would have us believe.
Give me Liberty or give me BACON!!!
You know that look women give you when they want some sugar? Me neither
March 1st, 2013 06:17 PM
to Mr. Bentivolio for 'getting it'.
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"I don't believe gun owners have rights." - Sarah Brady
March 1st, 2013 06:35 PM
Originally Posted by TX expat
Couldn't have said it any better
Funny how when the office holder says what HE just wrote, you can almost tell right from the git-go you're not getting snowjobbed.
I would rather die with good men than hide with cowards
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
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March 1st, 2013 07:06 PM
Think how much better off we'd be if we had more teachers like him. We probably wouldn't even be having this 2A discussion. Nor having many of our other problems with government.
March 1st, 2013 07:10 PM
Great answer and response.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. --- Will Rogers ---
Chief Justice John Roberts : "I don't see how you can read Heller and not take away from it the notion that the Second Amendment...was extremely important to the framers in their view of what liberty meant."
March 1st, 2013 07:16 PM
Yea, very nice! Great that you took the time and effort to get in touch with your representatives.
I believe we need to keep writing and calling all our reps and let them know that they represent us and we'll remember them in the voting booth.
I got a two similar and positive responses for Michigan, Joe Hune and Mike Rogers.
I also got two negative responses form Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin. They both tried that "we support hunting" stuff but sensible new laws are in order.
March 1st, 2013 10:35 PM
Amazing - an intelligent reply that actually addressed your issue in unequivocal terms!
I hope his ideals rub off on his students. I'd love to see more of his thoughtful kind in public office across our country.
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NROI Chief Range Officer
March 1st, 2013 11:11 PM
This is an elected official who obviously gets it.
Originally Posted by rutcrazed
March 1st, 2013 11:36 PM
May I be the first to nominate Mr Bentivolio for President!
March 2nd, 2013 09:26 AM
Stabby and Levin do not even read or listen. They just send form letters.
Originally Posted by GoSlow
March 2nd, 2013 12:02 PM
How can we tell if this is a form letter or not?
March 2nd, 2013 12:18 PM
If it is a form letter it is in very good form and to be applauded in any case.
March 2nd, 2013 01:35 PM
Thanks for something refreshing.