A Concerned Citizens Letter To Congress...

Discussion in 'Second Amendment and Legal' started by SHOOTER13, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Remember that powerful sheet of paper called the United States Constitution...that this great country of ours was founded on...the one YOU swore to uphold !?

    Remember the subsequent amendments called the Bill of Rights !?

    Originally there were just ten of them...the 1st protecting our freedom of speech...the one that allows us to question the government WE THE PEOPLE elected...the same people YOU serve...

    Let's look at the 2nd Amendment...

    As passed by the Congress in Pennsylvania December 15, 1791.

    "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."

    As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

    "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."


    MORE GUN LAWS WILL NOT PREVENT TRAGEDIES LIKE THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE NEWS RECENTLY...BUT ONE LEGALLY ARMED AND VIGILANT CITIZEN COULD HAVE PREVENTED ALL OF THEM.


    DON'T PASS MORE FEEL GOOD LEGISLATION AS IT DOES NOTHING TO PREVENT CRIME, IT ONLY SERVES TO DISARM THE GOOD CITIZENS OF THIS NATION AND LEAVES THEM AT THE MERCY OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO WOULD DO THEM HARM.


    Sincerely,

    A CONCERNED U.S. CITIZEN...
    VOTER...
    TAXPAYER...
    LOYAL AMERICAN...
    FAMILY MAN...
    & LEGALLY ARMED CITIZEN



    Your message was sent to:

    President Barack Obama (D)
    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
    Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
    Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA 13th)


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    Copy & Paste my letter if you like, or compose your own...but do it NOW...before it is too late !!



    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/mail/?alertid=61046526&type=ML


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  2. dutchs

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    Well done Shooter. Its going to my Legislators
     

  3. Birddogyz

    Birddogyz In the army now..

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    Thanks Shooter, just went there and submitted my letter.
     
  4. SHOOTER13

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    Thanks guys...if everyone does at least one letter, we can swamp their mailboxes and let them know we are not going to sit still for their useless laws that just disarm the victims and not the criminals or mentally insane !!
     
  5. SHOOTER13

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    I received a form letter immediately from the office of Senator Patrick Toomey...the only Republican who serves my district !


    His reply follows:

    Dear SHOOTER,



    Thank you for contacting my office. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts about current issues. Please be assured that constituent correspondence will receive a reply in the near future.




    Sincerely,

    Senator Patrick Toomey (sig image)
     
  6. SHOOTER13

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    Reply from Senator Pat Toomey ( R-PA )

    Dear SHOOTER,

    Thank you for contacting me about the killings in Newtown, CT. I appreciate hearing from you.


    Like all Americans, I was horrified and sickened to learn about the mass murder in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012. As you know, Adam Lanza murdered 26 people that day, including educators and young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School and his mother at her house, before committing suicide. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families who were affected.


    In response, we need to come together as a nation, carefully reflect on what happened, and have a thoughtful dialogue on how we can improve public safety and protect our children. Of note, this atrocity in Newtown was the direct result of serious mental illness - something we have consistently observed in other mass killings over the years. We therefore need to better protect ourselves from mentally ill individuals who seek to carry out such atrocities. We also need to review and improve how we take care of the mentally ill. I therefore value your input on this issue and look forward to Congress debating which policies should be implemented to improve public safety.


    Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.


    Sincerely,


    Pat Toomey
     
  7. SHOOTER13

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    Reply from: Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz ( PA-D )

    What are your thoughts?

    Dear Friend,


    As we start a new year in the 113th Congress, I wanted to let you know that I am honored to continue representing the 13th Congressional District. I am also proud to now be the longest serving female Member from Pennsylvania's delegation.


    With the swearing in of the 113th Congress earlier this month, many of you have contacted me regarding the new Congressional District borders, you can find your Representative in Congress by zip code or explore the interactive map below.


    Over the past year, I have heard from tens of thousands of you on the many issues we're facing. I am committed to ensuring we grow our economy, strengthen our middle class, and meet our obligations to our seniors, our children and our future. It remains my top priority to stay in touch with you to hear your thoughts as we debate the issues facing our nation. Please email meto let me know what your priorities are this year.


    I also wanted to make you aware that my Philadelphia office has recently moved and is now located in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia: 7712 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152. Please feel free to stop by or contact me if I can help.


    Sincerely,


    Allyson Y. Schwartz

    Member of Congress



    P.S. - Did you happen to see there are a record amount of women serving in the 113th Congress?
     
  8. SHOOTER13

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    ^^ Form letter with no hint that she got my message on Gun Control...

    Guess I will have to make it a point to stop by her "new office" and talk about gun control face to face...
     
  9. havasu

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    I hate those form letters. You deserve a better explanation than this. I wish I lived closer because I'd go with you down there!
     
  10. SHOOTER13

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    Thanks for the backup bro...but I got this !!
     
  11. havasu

    havasu In the army now..

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    I really want to hear their personal response. I believe that also deserves a quick post to the "Letters to the Editors" in your local newspaper, because it appears they don't give a crap now that they are in office.
     
  12. SHOOTER13

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    Followup letter from Rep A. Schwartz...guess she had to wait for "someone" to give her talkin' points...





    January 15, 2013

    Dear Sir,

    As I work to meet the needs and priorities of our community and the nation, please know how much I appreciate having the benefit of your views. In response to your outreach to my office, I wanted to share my views regarding gun violence, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As Americans, we all felt the loss of each child and each teacher and administrator, and my thoughts and prayers are with their families and neighbors.

    There are have been far too many incidents of gun violence in our nation and I believe that we must take action to end gun violence and increase gun safety. We should do so by recognizing the responsibilities of gun ownership; ensuring that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals or those who are mentally ill; and strengthening the safety and security of our homes, schools, communities, and our public spaces. I have long sought action to achieve these goals, and I am encouraged by the recent efforts by Congress and the Obama Administration to reach out to the many factions in this debate and identify meaningful action we can take to reduce gun violence. I have heard from many Pennsylvanians since the tragic shooting in Newtown, all calling for action to protect their families and their communities.

    Democratic leadership in the House recently formed a new House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, chaired by my colleague Mike Thompson, (CA-05), an avid hunter and Vietnam War veteran. As an active member of the task force, I am working with my colleagues as we reach out to law enforcement, gun owners, mayors, victims, mental health professionals, and experts in violence prevention to identify a comprehensive approach to reduce gun violence.

    Recommendations are likely to include better enforcement of current laws and new provisions that will require either executive or legislative action. These include: reauthorization of the Federal Assaults Weapons Ban, tougher criminal penalties against straw purchasers, closing loopholes that enable millions of gun purchases to be made privately or at gun shows without background checks, ban on large magazines and multi-round ammunition, methods to better ensure accuracy and timeliness of database for seriously mentally ill who should not be able to purchase guns, and improvements in available treatment for mental illnesses, and research on gun violence and effective prevention strategies. I support these efforts.

    In the new 113th Congress I have cosponsored several bills aimed at curbing gun violence including the Gun Transparency, Accountability and Enforcement (Gun TRACE) Act, which will enable the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (AFT) to release crime gun trace data to state and local law enforcement and the public; retain records of background checks on firearm purchases for 90 days; and require inventory audits of federally licensed gun dealers to prevent the illegal transfer of guns into the wrong hands. I am also a cosponsor of the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act. Right now, when a gun dealer has their license revoked or denied renewal by the federal government, they are permitted to convert the gun inventory into a private collection to be sold without the requirement of performing a background check on the purchaser. This bill would end this practice of allowing evasion of background checks.

    In addition, I am currently working with my colleagues to repeal existing prohibitions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct crucial scientific research into firearm safety. Gun violence is a public health issue and public health agencies should have the ability to develop and pursue violence prevention and mental health research.

    Now is the time for us to put our determination to end gun violence in our society to work to prevent both another tragedy such as happened in Newtown and the senseless loss of life that occurs almost daily across our nation due to gun violence.

    Thank you for contacting me and for offering your thoughts on this important subject. Please do not hesitate to be in touch again to offer an opinion or if my office can be of assistance.


    Sincerely,



    Allyson Y. Schwartz
    Member of Congress
     
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    Here's how I feel...

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