Response from Senator McCaskill of MO

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    I wrote the following to Senator Claire McCaskill yesterday:

    "Dear Senator McCaskill,

    The right to possess firearms for self-defense within the home has long been respected under the law. Nonetheless, state and local governments have prohibited ordinary citizens from possessing firearms for self-defense in many settings outside the home. Recently, however, most state legislatures have taken steps to reduce those restrictions. In the last twenty years the number of states that respect the right to carry has risen from 10 to 40 -- an all-time high. As you are well aware, Missouri is one of those states that now recognize this right.

    Now is the time for Congress to acknowledge these changes in state laws and recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines. Under the soon-to-be-proposed Thune-Vitter amendment to S.1390, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state's state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried.

    Contrary to "states' rights" claims from opponents who usually favor sweeping federal gun control, the amendment is a legitimate exercise of Congress's constitutional power to protect the fundamental rights of citizens (including the right to keep and bear arms and the right of personal mobility). States would still have the authority to regulate the time, place and manner in which handguns are carried.

    Expanding Right-to-Carry will enhance public safety, and certainly poses no threat to the public. Criminals are deterred from attempting crimes when they know or suspect that their prospective victims are armed. A study for the Department of Justice found that 40 percent of felons had not committed crimes because they feared the prospective victims were armed.

    And, carry permit holders have demonstrated that they are more law-abiding than the rest of the public. For example, Florida has issued more carry permits than any other state (1.5 million), but revoked only 166 (0.01 percent) as a result of firearms-related crimes by permit holders.

    The Thune-Vitter amendment recognizes that competent, responsible, law-abiding Americans still deserve our trust and confidence when they cross state lines. Passing interstate Right-to-Carry legislation will help further reduce crime by deterring criminals, and—most important of all—will protect the right of honest Americans to protect themselves when deterrence fails.

    The Thune-Vitter Amendment represents a giant step forward in the protection of the basic right to self-defense. Its passage will recognize that the rights of law-abiding Right-to-Carry permit holders should be respected, even when they travel outside their home state.

    I urge you to lend your support to this important amendment and recognize that the right to self-protection by law-abiding citizens with carry permits does not stop at state borders.

    Thank you,
    MJK"



    Here's the response she sent:

    "Dear MJK:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding gun safety. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the chance to respond.

    Over the past year, a number of tragic shootings have occurred throughout the nation. As these incidents refocus national attention on the gun safety debate, we should strive to achieve common ground on the issue and we must take great care not to politicize the suffering of others.

    Protecting innocent victims while at the same time protecting the gun ownership rights of law-abiding citizens is obviously still a work in progress. As a former prosecutor, I think we must do a better job on background checks for court-determined, dangerous mental conditions at the time of all gun sales. Also, I think we should consider placing certain restrictions on assault weapons and closing the gun show loophole. However, it is important that any attempt to promote appropriate gun safety measures must not infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ right to own firearms or unduly burden the hunting and sportsmanship culture of Missouri. As your United States Senator, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind anytime Congress considers gun safety legislation.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding other matters of interest or concern to you.

    All best,
    Senator Claire McCaskill

    P. S. You may sign up for my email newsletter at www.mccaskill.senate.gov"

    No surprise here!!! If you're from Missouri, vote her out of office when she comes up for re-election.

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    Didn't answer your question in the least bit. She could have at least had a canned response to the amendment.
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    Sounds like Chuckie Schumer, both idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rottkeeper View Post
    Sounds like Chuckie Schumer, both idiots.

    Ask him how many of these tragic shootings were actually done by permit owners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    No surprise here!!! If you're from Missouri, vote her out of office when she comes up for re-election.
    I've written several letters to Claire. She is a rabid supporter of obama's socialist agenda.

    Pro-illegal immigration, pro gun-control, pro socialization of our healthcare, pro nationalization of our banking system, pro tax-and-spend, pro ACORN.

    Socialists love spending other people's money. Of course, all of Claire's money is in off-shore bank accounts.

    I'll not only vote against her, I'll actively campaign against her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlclarkii View Post
    Ask him how many of these tragic shootings were actually done by permit owners?
    Politicians hate to cloud their judgment with facts.
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    Wow, she sounds like our 2 knuckleheads from IL. Amazing how they always dodge the question. They talk so much but never really say anything. Typical politician.

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    Sounds eerily similar to the response I got from Kay Hagan one of our NC senators.
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    At least you got a reply. Granted, it is pure BS. I didn't get a response from either of my senators. I called both of them today. I did not get to talk to them, but did leave a message about how important this amendment is to me.

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    The old "I'll keep your thoughts in mind" line. In other words I'll use your letter if I run out of toilet paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I've written several letters to Claire. She is a rabid supporter of obama's socialist agenda.

    Pro-illegal immigration, pro gun-control, pro socialization of our healthcare, pro nationalization of our banking system, pro tax-and-spend, pro ACORN.

    Socialists love spending other people's money. Of course, all of Claire's money is in off-shore bank accounts.

    I'll not only vote against her, I'll actively campaign against her.
    I have received the same kind of non-response from McCaskill. She is never getting my vote or support. Her stance is way left of the majority of Missouri.

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    Yeah, she will keep us Missourians in mind all right as she twists the knife.

    -I like her response, seems typical of her.
    If you are mentally ill, court determined dangerous....You can still get a gun legally ?

    ""I think we must do a better job on background checks for court-determined, dangerous mental conditions at the time of all gun sales. Also, I think we should consider placing certain restrictions on assault weapons and closing the gun show loophole.""
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    "gun show loophole" pure B.S.

    Talking points taken straight out of the Brady campaign.

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    The trouble with our liberal politicians is not that the ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't true.
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    Sending an email referencing her response to you.

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