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Dear Heather:

Thank you very much for taking the time to express your thoughts about the Second Amendment and gun control. I have heard from many constituents who share your concern.

I have passed to my children my love of hunting and firearms, which was passed to me by my father, and to him from his father, and so on, throughout generations.

This is a question of fundamental constitutional rights. The second amendment says, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Those last four words "shall not be infringed" are clear to me.

Our founding fathers had the foresight to grant us the right to keep and bear arms. It is my duty as your United States Congressman to uphold the Constitution, which was written to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. I will not support any legislation that undermines fundamental Constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment, and I will continue to protect your right to bear arms.

I do not mean in any way to minimize the suffering of the victims of violence in our society. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is almost beyond my comprehension. I mourn for the suffering families of those precious children. If I knew how to eliminate these tragedies in the future, I certainly would. However, I believe that the answer does not lie in undermining our right to bear arms, but instead in the identification and treatment of those suffering from mental illness.

For up-to-date information about where I stand on some of the most pressing issues facing South Carolinians and the Nation today, please visit my website– Congressman Tom Rice | Representing the 7th District of South Carolina. From there, you will be able to sign up for my e-mail newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, all of which will provide you with regular updates on what I am doing in Washington, D.C. to better the Seventh District.
I understand your time is valuable, and I thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to represent the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, and if I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Tom Rice
Member of Congress
 

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I applaud Representative Rice's position, and I'm glad that the pro-2A community in SC has him representing them. Once again, though, I am distressed by how even many pro-2A politicians and others profoundly misunderstand the Bill of Rights, and the 2A in particular:

"Our founding fathers had the foresight to grant us the right to keep and bear arms."

Our founding fathers had nothing to do with 'granting' us any rights. They simply recognized the importance of the Government respecting, preserving, protecting, and defending our God-given rights. Some of those rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, were recognized as SO important that they should be specifically enumerated; thus we have the 2A.

Seems like a minor point, but the point is that if any man or men have the authority to 'grant' rights, it can be argued that a man (or men - read "legislature") has the authority to take them away. THEY DO NOT!:aargh4:

OK - Off the soapbox.
 

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I was at first expecting a typical politician's letter when I read the part about his "hunting heritage" being passed to him by his father, but I was glad to see him then take a firm stance for the 2A. I can see why SC is a strong 2A state.
 

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I think we are very lucky to have the politicians we do,if they truly mean what they say.
Luck has nothing to do with it - people voted these men into office. Congratulations to you and others in your state who made the right choice on who to represent them!
 
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