June 24th, 2008 01:19 PM
Texas Senator: National Park and District of Columbia Bills
If you need a reason to love Texas, this might be it!
Dear Mr. Rock and Glock:
Knowing your interest in the U.S. National Park Service’s gun ban, I wished to contact you with some recent information regarding this issue.
On April 17, 2007, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1897, the National Park Second Amendment Restoration and Personal Protection Act of 2007. This legislation prohibits any federal regulation from restricting the possession of a firearm if that regulation covers instances of firearm possession within a National Park. As a strong defender of the Second Amendment, I believe an individual's right to keep and bear arms should be protected. It is by this principle that I will judge H.R. 1897 and any similar legislation that comes before the Senate.
Because of my belief in the continuing need for an effective means for people to defend themselves and their property, I introduced S. 1001, the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act of 2007. This legislation repeals the District's existing handgun ban and restores District residents' constitutionally guaranteed right to protect themselves. My legislation has garnered the support of 42 cosponsors in the Senate. This bill is in line with a March 9, 2007, decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals which declared that the District's gun ban was unconstitutional.
Rather than usurping the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe we should vigorously prosecute those who use guns to commit crimes. I have worked to enact federal anti-crime legislation to impose tough minimum sentences on those convicted of using firearms to commit crimes, prevent early parole for violent criminals, and provide federal funds to build new prisons and fund local law enforcement. I will continue to support legislation that fights crime while upholding our Second Amendment rights.
Thank you for contacting me and please do not hesitate to keep in contact on any issue of concern to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
June 24th, 2008 02:45 PM
More importantly, that's a potential GOP VP candidate right there...
I had not heard of S.1001. That's awesome. DC needs to be slapped upside the head by the feds.
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June 24th, 2008 03:37 PM
In what world?
Originally Posted by kazzaerexys
June 24th, 2008 07:48 PM
Great letter you received. Did you previously write Kay that instigated that response? Might be interesting to know what you wrote so that others can as well.
June 24th, 2008 09:05 PM
I typically correspond electronically, on a regular basis, with both Texas Senators and my Representative on any matter regarding the Second Amendment. These range from short "I would appreciate your support of _____" to more lengthy type letters.
Originally Posted by doobie
I pay particular attention to their votes, sponsored bills and authored bills, and always send them "Thank you notes" for their support of the second. I think the follow up thank you notes are as important, if not more important, than the support type letters. My momma brung me up right, ya know!
June 24th, 2008 09:14 PM
Although a very good Senator, I believe Kay Bailey mentioned a couple years ago that she is considering running for Governor. I wonder if that is still the case.
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June 24th, 2008 09:26 PM
Makes one proud to be from Texas.
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