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Get Up! Stand Up! Stand Up For Your Rights!

We sent a letter to our representatives to support the Second Amendment. This is what we got back.

Have you seen this video from our friends at the Military Arms Channel?

Dianne Feinstein has released details for her proposed 2013 Assault Weapons Ban. This new Assault Weapons Ban is far more restrictive than the 1994 law she helped to pass. This new law will ban many popular handguns, rifles and shotguns and will require registration for most gun owners. Please get involved to stop this legislation now.

Guns & Tactics Magazine recently watched the video and acted on the advice. Using the tools provided, we carefully crafted our letter and sent it off to the powers that be. Our mission, to voice support for our Second Amendment Rights and to oppose any new gun rights legislation. Here’s the response we received:

Dear Mr. (Nameless),

Thank you for contacting me regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut . I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

All Washingtonians – and all Americans – offer our deepest condolences to the families of the 20 children and six school staff members who were killed in this senseless attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, as its residents heal from this incomprehensible tragedy.

This horrific attack highlights several issues that must be addressed promptly in order to better protect against such inexplicable violence. We need to get powerful assault weapons off our streets. And we need to strengthen services for the mentally ill and their families.

In the past, I supported the original Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, as well as the Youth Handgun Safety Act of 1993, which prohibits juveniles from possessing or receiving handguns. I look forward to work with my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen responsible legislation to rein in gun violence. We need to work to close the loopholes in existing laws that allow criminals and children to gain access to firearms contrary to the law’s intention. One example is the well-known “gun-show loophole” which allows people to purchase firearms at gun-shows without undergoing the background check required when guns are bought from licensed dealers. Lastly, I believe we must support increased gun-safety and gun-use education.

I support the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding Washingtonians who own guns. I also remain focused on addressing the deeply troubling violence in this country and making our state and our country as safe as possible for all people, including our most vulnerable citizens, our children. I believe both of these goals are important and can be simultaneously accomplished through common-sense gun laws and stricter enforcement of existing laws.

Along with addressing gun violence, making services for the mentally ill and their families more accessible will encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek needed care and support. Mental health care is a critical component of our healthcare system and an individual’s overall health status. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in 17 Americans suffers from a seriously debilitating mental illness. I care deeply about mental health care and understand the important role behavioral health services play in the lives of both those who suffer from mental illness and their family and loved ones.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

What do you think about this response? Leave your comments below.

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    January 3, 2013 6:23 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Reason and Balance

    Any laws will be ineffective if administered by an ineffective legal system. If anybody wants to start seeing real a decline in violence and destructiveness in our society, we have to focus on improving the effectiveness of measures and systems that are already in place.

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    January 3, 2013 7:30 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Adam Gonzales

    So, basically our hired government officials have no concept of how to answer questions or directly address inquiries. This irritates me due to the fact that we hire these “people” to handle our laws, rights, concerns and look for our best interests. AND clearly, the second amendment protecting our 2nd Amendment rights is a thing of the past.

    Here’s a simple question for the governing officials: Do you remember what the Constitution is and what it stands for???

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    January 4, 2013 3:21 amPosted 1 year ago
    john s

    I sent emails to my reps and governor and also to other house members in other states…I live in missouri and claire Mccaskill is an anti so I got this canned message. Emanuel cleaver is a crook and an anti also I didnt get any response from him. roy Blunt was the first to reply and he is a good guy in the senate(one of the few)

    I never got a reply from the President. I just wonder how much writing to them makes a difference. I have a feeling they dont care in first place…for the most part.

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    January 4, 2013 7:44 amPosted 1 year ago
    jordan

    I wrote Dianne Feinstein about her upcoming Assault weapons ban and this is the automated response i got (found below). Her “response” addresses a separate issue i did not write about. I’m a web developer so i know these “responses” are automatic based on the drop down menu you choose. Your letters are not being read.
    still interesting info in here. I guess the right of a Californian or New Yorker to defend themselves in an urban area isn’t important.

    “It is my belief that concealed weapons laws that may work in rural areas may not be suitable in urban areas. What is good for Alaska or Wyoming may not be good for California or New York.”

    Are our lives less dangerous in urban areas? She is ridiculous. She carries concealed herself, hypocrite.
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    Dear Jordan:

    Thank you for your letter regarding the “Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012″ (S. 2213). I appreciate your taking the time to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act on March 20, 2012. The bill would effectively allow the concealed carry gun laws of one state to nullify restrictions on concealed carry in other states. This bill would force California to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states—including states with less restrictive gun control laws.

    While I appreciate knowing your views on this issue, please know that I do not support concealed weapons license reciprocity. It is my belief that concealed weapons laws that may work in rural areas may not be suitable in urban areas. What is good for Alaska or Wyoming may not be good for California or New York. A federal policy mandating concealed carry reciprocity would usurp the right of states to grant concealed weapons licenses in the manner, and to those individuals, that they see fit.

    California sets a very high bar for those who wish to obtain a concealed weapon permit. California’s strict rules ensure that felons, the mentally ill, and people who have been convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses or are considered a threat to others are automatically disqualified. This legislation would force California to honor permits issued by all other States, including those which allow minors, convicted criminals, and people with no firearm safety training to carry concealed weapons.

    Once again, thank you for your letter. Although we may have different views on this issue, please know that I appreciate hearing from you and hope you continue to inform me of issues that matter to you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at http://feinstein.senate.gov.

    Sincerely yours,

    Dianne Feinstein
    United States Senator

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    January 4, 2013 11:23 amPosted 1 year ago
    Michael R. Smith

    What a load of crap!She says she supports the 2nd Amendment ,then says she supports gun bans!Typical politician,talk out of both sides of her face,and her ass,at the same time!

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    January 4, 2013 6:26 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Jim Cooley

    Greetings,
    I have read the summary of the 2013 “Assault Weapons” Ban proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. This summary and the legislation it outlines is so overtly unconstitutional that I urge you to not only stop this legislative process, but remove it from public discourse altogether. In US v Miller, the Supreme Court upheld the 1934 National Firearms Act on the grounds that automatic weapons were not the infantry standard for the military at the time, which was then using the M1 Garand primarily. Their standard for 2nd Amendment protection was if a “weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.” By that standard, not only is the proposed ban a violation of the 2nd Amendment, but the NFA is as well. The court’s rulings in DC v Heller and McDonald v Chicago together clarified the 2nd Amendment right of ALL American citizens to keep and bear arms. Taken together, we see that the court has held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right (Heller) of all citizens (McDonald) to guns relevant to self defense (Heller) or guns that bear a relation to individual service in the militia at a given time (Miller). According to the Miller ruling “the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense… And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.” Now, in modern times I think we can, in light of Heller and McDonald, extend that definition to include women as well, since they currently serve this nation in the armed forces.
    In addition, in 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide protection. In 1982 (Bowersv.DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, “…there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.”
    I shared those court rulings for one purpose. In light of recent events and emotions, this issue needs to be addressed in a calm, rational and Constitutional manner. It is time to take a look at ALL gun laws and regulations, both state and federal, with a clear eye towards the Constitution and common sense. It is abundantly clear that “gun free zones” are nothing more than potential killing fields. There is no doubt that criminals and the mentally unstable can get access to firearms in spite of all of these laws and regulations. It is time to return the power and responsibility back to where the founders intended it to be, with We The People.
    Abandon the unconstitutional folly of weapons bans. Institute a National Concealed Carry program to standardize education and training programs and allow unrestricted interstate travel for concealed carry permit holders. Abolish gun free zones and allow properly trained and background checked permit holders to carry anywhere. Through the power of numbers, We The People can do a far better job of both personal protection and public safety than any organized law enforcement.
    Please consider both the references and recommendations provided here very seriously. The future of this great nation depends on it.
    Sincerely,
    Jim Cooley
    (American Patriot)
    Prattville, AL

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    January 4, 2013 6:43 pmPosted 1 year ago
    NorCalMike

    Leaving in California, we have already have a high capacity magazine ban. I have told everyone I can that it is stupid and ineffective. I glad to have a video now of how stupid the ban is.

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    January 8, 2013 10:41 amPosted 1 year ago
    John McClelland

    When contacting your representatives make sure to point out that if they support any new guns laws that not only will you vote against them in the next election but you will also actively campaign against them. All they care about is being elected- massive opposition in Illinois has shut down (for now) their semi-auto ban. If all the people buying guns and ammo now got in touch with Washington, they would quickly lose interest in passing any new gun laws.

    The time to fight is now- once those rights are gone, you won’t ever get them back. Encourage everyone you know to get involved and make their voice heard.

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