It has come to my attention that S 1331 IS, the "Long-Range Sniper Rifle Safety Act of 2007", was introduced in the Senate back in May.
I know that you have been one of the most vocal representatives in bringing the current presidential administration to task for behavior and actions that most citizens deem misguided and not in the interests of America and her citizens. I thank you for this and ask that you do the same for members of Congress who introduce pointless and frivolous legislation when there are so many more important issues such as the war, unemployment, healthcare, and national education to be working towards solutions for.
I believe the above bill to be a waste of time and effort on an issue that has had little to no ill effects on any American citizen other than those overseas in combat theaters. I ask you to consider the following questions and to pose them yourself to Senator Feinstein and her cosponsors on this bill:
How many people have been murdered by .50 BMG firearms during commission of a crime?
How many instances are on record of long-range sniping with .50 BMG by U.S. citizens? If it represents less than 1/100th of 1% of instances of all murders via firearms, why are you wasting the public's time and money?
Definition of Sniping: To shoot at individuals as opportunity offers from a concealed or distant position, as in: The enemy was sniping from the roofs. In other words, to commit a crime of attacking humans from a concealed position. This is not what citizens do. This is what criminals do, and these actions are already justifiably deemed criminal, murderous acts (ie, Muhammad & Malvo, in 2002).
Why must "loaded" terms consistently be used to villify and demonize firearms of all kinds (ie, "sniper" rifle), regardless of the intended purpose, most-common purpose, actual usage and recorded instances of lawless usage by criminals? What does any of this have to do with the liberties of upstanding citizens, other than unwarranted restriction of those liberties?
What is the dramatic urgency that justifies this, among all the things that could be done by a senator, as needing attention? What grave social damage will be halted via this legislation? Of what possible use would such legislation be, beyond salving the consciences of an offended few?
I appreciate your service and your time and I hope to hear from you on this issue. Thank you.
Co A, 1/25, 4 MARDIV, USMCR