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Mon, 2013-01-28 10:46#12
Ruger and Gun Owners Call to Action
Ruger has made it so easy and convenient for gun advocates to contact their elected officials regarding this matter through the Ruger website. At the time I signed it there had only been only a little over 600K people who had done so. We have to take gun ownership much more seriously than this. I would expect the number who sign it to be much higher. Granted, understand that many have gone through their own methods of writing their elected officials. But we have an estimated 80 million gun owners that exist in this country. We should have 80 million people advocating to our elected officials to protect and preserve our 2nd Amendments rights.
Mon, 2013-01-28 19:22#13
Response from Congressman Gardner
Below is the email response I received from Colorado Congressman Gardner:
"Thank you for contacting me regarding the 2nd Amendment. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in Congress and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.
Following the unthinkable atrocities committed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a number of legislators have introduced measures to regulate access and possession of firearms for U.S. citizens. Some of these measures include requiring face-to-face purchase of ammunition, assault weapons bans, and mandating background checks for all purchases - including private sales. While the Connecticut tragedy and others like it must not be ignored, I do not believe additional gun control would have prevented the s e occurrence s . I do not think it is prudent nor within the bounds of the Constitution to limit our 2nd Amendment rights. This country has a centuries-long history of responsible and safe gun ownership by private citizens—we should not undermine this overwhelmingly sensible past by crafting legislation in response to the actions of a few. We must act in ways to prevent gun violence by making sure laws are enforced, addressing critical needs in mental health and treatment, and promot ing a national dialogue that ensures we identify violent actors before they do harm.
Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of an armed and capable citizenry, enshrining that idea in the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. Millions of Americans exercise this freedom without harming their neighbors, families, and friends and with no criminal intent. Unfortunately, a small minority do not abide by this constitutional right in the way it was intended. While our dedication to constitutional liberties is sound, we must ensure the same strength for our country's mental health facilities. In a discussion about gun rights, it is important to remember that providing necessary and improved resources to these facilities will help decrease the likelihood of similar future events. We must act to reduce and prevent these tragedies, while not interfering with the 2nd Amendment.
In response to the Connecticut shootings, the President has proposed executive orders to employ more expedient gun control measures. Such executive action on this issue is unprecedented . I believe in a deliberative legislative approach to this issue, not a presidential edict. It is important to understand the long, peaceful history of gun owners in this country while we work to reduce the number of horrific shooting crimes like we witnessed in Connecticut and in Colorado this summer. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as we consider legislation concerning the 2nd Amendment in the 113th Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.
Member of Congress"
Mon, 2013-01-28 22:36#14
All that I have gotten back
All that I have gotten back so far is a couple of form letters from Bennet and Udall the two Colorado Senators.
Tue, 2013-01-29 12:32#15
Colorado County Sherriffs Oppose Gun Control
Wonder why the Denver Post hasn't posted anything like this? Wonder why the larger news organizations haven't reported anything on this? http://trinidad-times.com/sheriffs-group-opposes-new-guncontrol-laws-p46... Hear about it first from NAR News with Cam and company. I found it very satisfying to know that lawmen believe in our rights. In fact some of the very first people I ever heard say that "guns save lives and prevent crime" came from a Boulder police officer.
Tue, 2013-01-29 20:40#16
Actual Letter from County Sheriffs of CO
Nice to know they see it like we do. This is the actual letter from the CSOC website.
Wed, 2013-01-30 07:26#17
I used the Ruger application and have received a reply from my Congresscritter.
I then emailed him back as he is a democrat gungrabber. Told him to leave my guns alone! I did however tell him to focus on mental health as that's where the problem is. For a democrat, I consider them all stupid just some more so than others, he at least got it half right.
I think New York, unless the feds do something really stupid, will be where the seeds of discontent brew to fruition.
Fri, 2013-02-01 16:30#18
Response from Senator Michael Bennet
Here is the form letter from Senator Michael Bennet. The exagerations or lies (e.i. "restrictions on certain weapons intended for warfare") are irritating. As if weapons of warfare are not already illegal???
Thank you for contacting me regarding some of the different gun proposals that have been introduced during the 113th Congress, including S.2 introduced by Senator Harry Reid, S.150 introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein, and the proposal put forth by President Obama. I appreciate hearing from you.
The numerous tragedies that our nation has had to face over the past year have been staggering. My own family, like all Americans, has been repeatedly shocked and deeply saddened by the violence we have witnessed, and my heart continues to be with the victims and their families. As Coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core and in the aftermath of these abhorrent acts our priority should be on supporting the survivors and families, and healing our communities.
We must have a real discussion in this country about finding ways to stop these senseless shootings. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for warfare, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can protect our communities and particularly, our children. In Colorado, we support the right to bear arms and the ability of people to recreate, hunt, and protect their homes, and we want to keep the wrong weapons out the hands of the wrong people. I believe we can have a civil discussion that addresses these issues and as the recommendations by the President's task force are considered in Congress, we will ensure that Colorado's voices are heard.
In addition to the bills referenced above, there are a number of different legislative proposals on gun policy currently before Congress. I am evaluating all of the different bills, and I will keep your thoughts in mind as we work on this issue in the Senate. Let us all continue to keep the communities affected by these tragic acts in our thoughts and prayers.
I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.
For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website athttp://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.
Michael F. Bennet
United States Senator
Sun, 2013-02-03 11:42#19
Write him back and ask him if he know's anything about the 2nd Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Reading the 2nd Amendment, it's clear to me that it was NOT written with the intent of allow arms only for sporting purposes. How are we the people, the individual citizens supposed to pretect ourselves from tyranny as well a being part of a well regulated militia nessesary to protect the republic, if war were to brought to us on our soil? How do these people get into office without knowing anything about the history and founding of the USA nor anything about the US Constitution and Bill of Rights?
I got the same reply and I surely will be writing him back to educate him on the 2nd Amendment as it was written.
Thu, 2013-02-07 23:24#20
Response from US Senator, CO Mark Udall
Thank you for contacting me regarding Second Amendment rights. I appreciate that you took the time to write on this important topic.
Responsible gun ownership is an integral part of our Western heritage. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for an individual right, and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of citizens to own firearms for personal protection, hunting, collecting or for other legal purposes.
We can all agree that the shootings at Columbine High School; Virginia Tech; in Aurora; Tucson, AZ; Newtown, CT and other instances in which terrible crimes have been committed with guns are national tragedies that should concern us all. No single policy is going to be adequate in preventing gun tragedies in the future. We need comprehensive solutions that examine our culture's glorification of violence, the effectiveness of our laws, our ability to enforce those laws and access to firearms, especially those designed for the battlefield. We must do everything we can - consistent with the Second Amendment - to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill and those who would turn them against their community. As legislation related to Second Amendment rights is debated, I will carefully examine its intentions and impacts and use your thoughts to help guide me.
I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation. My job is not merely about supporting or opposing legislation, but also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics. For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.
U.S. Senator, Colorado