I wrote to Congressman Chris Cannon (R Utah) concerning recent gun control activity and my concern that our rights be upheld. This is his respose to me in a letter received today. The letter was also actually signed by him and not a form letter.
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about gun control. I appreciate your comments and want to respond to them.
The freedom to bear arms is the fundamental liberty guaranteed by the second amendment in the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment prohibits the federal government from denying or intruding on a citizen's right to own and bear arms, and our Founding Fathers considered this right paramount to the preservation of our republic. Any discussion regarding regulation should focus on criminals not guns. Prohibiting guns will not solve the problems facing our society. In the District of Columbia, it is illegal to own or carry a handgun; yet it has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Gun control laws only affect lawful citizens who respect and obey the rule of law. Criminals who commit crimes using guns neither care nor respect our laws and would commit these crimes regardless. Gun control unfairly affects our lawful citizens and not those who we should be punishing. We must stop treating our law-abiding citizens as though they are criminals simply because they choose to exercise their Constitutionally-granted rights.
Every year, honest citizens across our nation use firearms to defend themselves against criminals 2 million times. This Congress, I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 861, "The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act." This important legislation provides for state reciprocity for any citizen who is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in one state to freely carry a concealed firearm in another state. Please be assured that twill keep your thoughts in mind if Congress attempts to infringe and regulate our Second Ammendment Rigts.
Member of Congress
Thank you again for contacting me about this issue. Please feel free to do so again in the future.