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    Another Response from my Senator...............

    Here is a response from one of my Senators. (my response back on top)

    I appreciate your response to my concerns. I agree that we need to do more to keep any and all firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable, I do not agree with your stance of banning what you call “Assault Weapons”. All this will do is punish the Law abiding citizens of this Country. With that being said I will do everything in my power (using my 1st Amendment Rights of course) to help make sure that you are voted out of Office.
    Raymond Louks

    From: Senator Carl Levin [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:39 PM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Re: Your Concerns


    Dear Mr. Louks:

    Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate you sharing your views with me.

    I support sensible gun safety laws and strict enforcement of those laws to help prevent crimes, suicides and violence committed with firearms. I support the steps President Obama outlined recently to curb the gun violence that plagues our nation, and I believe Congress can and should work to enact legislation to prevent gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

    I was an original cosponsor of the Brady Law (P.L.103-159). This law requires prospective handgun purchasers to undergo criminal background checks before purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The background check system is able to make 92 percent of background check determinations on the spot, and since 1994, has prevented more than 1.5 million firearm purchases. Additionally, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics, since the Brady Law went into effect, the number of gun deaths in the United States dropped 22 percent, from 39,595 in 1993 to 30,769 in 2007. The number of gun homicides dropped by more than 29 percent, from 17,024 in 1993 to 12,129 in 2007.

    While the Brady Law has been successful in reducing gun violence, I believe more has to be done. For example, only 60 percent of all gun sales in the United States take place at licensed federal dealers, where background checks are mandatory. The remaining 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by unlicensed individual sellers, often at gun shows, and a background check is not required. This means that across our nation, any dangerous individual can go to a gun show and purchase a deadly weapon without any form of background check. To close this ‘gun show loophole,’ I am a cosponsor of the Gun Show Background Check Act. This bill would enact the common sense principle that anyone who wants to purchase a firearm at a gun show should be able to pass a simple background check. Ten national police organizations support closing this loophole.

    Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill that seeks to reduce gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of terrorists and criminals. Although hard to believe, nothing in current law prohibits individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms, unless they fall into another disqualifying category. This “terror gap” in federal law must be closed, and this bill would do just that. This legislation would deny the transfer of a firearm when a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check reveals that the prospective purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the purchaser may use the firearm in connection with terrorism. Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is just common sense.

    I also have always supported the rights of sportsmen and hunters. Hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans and plays an integral role in modern wildlife management. But military style assault weapons have no sporting purpose. Because of these weapons, our nation’s citizens are in greater danger and police officers across the country are encountering criminals armed with highly lethal military style weapons.

    To support our law enforcement community and to save lives, I am a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation would prevent the future possession, manufacture, sale and importation of assault-type weapons while grandfathering weapons lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment. It would ban firearms with detachable magazines and military style features, such as grenade launchers, protruding pistol grips, and barrel shrouds. It would support law enforcement officers across our nation, who should not be forced to confront lawbreakers toting military arms. And it would protect the rights of hunters by specifically naming thousands of firearms with legitimate sporting, sentimental or other value that would remain legal to possess.

    This bill also would ban high capacity ammunition magazines. Studies have shown that high capacity ammunition magazines are used in 31 to 41 percent of fatal police shootings in cities across our nation. They also have been used by the perpetrators of numerous mass shootings, including at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, the Tucson shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown shooting alone left twenty six people dead, twenty of them children.

    We must not wait until more places are added to this heartbreaking list. We can and should act swiftly to protect our families and loved ones from mass shootings. These measures have the overwhelming support of law enforcement communities around our nation, who have implored us to make changes to stop the flood of these types of weapons into the hands of those who would use them for harm. I will continue to work for common-sense gun safety measures.

    Thank you again for contacting me.

    Sincerely,
    Carl Levin
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    RD,
    Here's a more reasonable response from one of my Senators:

    Thank you for contacting me to express your views about the President's gun control proposals. It is good to hear from you.

    As you know, President Obama recently issued 23 executive actions and endorsed gun control legislative initiatives following the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    I had hoped President Obama would look to address the root causes of senseless acts of violence and work with Congress to develop a comprehensive plan to lessen the likelihood of these kinds of tragic incidents in the future. Unfortunately, the President has chosen to act unilaterally wherever he can and focus on new gun bans which I believe would undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

    In response to tragic attacks like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary, I remain committed to ensuring that those who suffer from mental illness, a common thread in these instances, receive proper care, that current gun laws are enforced, and that school safety is enhanced as we address the deeper issue of violence in our society.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact my office. For more information, please visit my website at www.portman.senate.gov. Please keep in touch.


    Sincerely,


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    RD, it looks like y'all have a real "putz" on your hands there.
    We've got the same thing with our Liberal Senator here.
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    From my Senator (just kidding):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    RD, it looks like y'all have a real "putz" on your hands there.
    We've got the same thing with our Liberal Senator here.
    I empathise with RD. I used to live in the land of Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin. Calling them a "putz" is being kind.
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    Well...will wonders never cease. My illustrious Congresswoman finally got back to me after almost two weeks.
    I'm sure you'll be able to tell by her letter, she has an F rating from the NRA.



    January 30, 2013

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for sharing your views on current legislation concerning firearm regulations within the country. I appreciate you taking the time out to share your views with me.

    The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the terrifying Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, and the horrifying circumstances surrounding Representative Gabrielle Giffords has generated a significant amount of debate with regards to gun control legislation and related policies in our nation. We simply cannot tolerate this type of violence any longer. Historically, gun control issues have always been a controversial matter. Though I believe the Second Amendment acknowledges an individual's entitlement to bear arms, I also encourage rational gun control laws and regulations that help assure the safety of all Americans and keep our communities out of harm's way.

    The Constitution has been the cornerstone of our nation for over 200 years, and we must always be mindful of its tenets. Just like the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms has always been subject to reasonable restrictions by Congress. I believe Congress has a responsibility to balance the right-to-bear-arms with the concern for public safety and stability.

    Rest assured that I will keep your views in mind should Congress consider related legislation in the future. Again, thank you for contacting me about this important matter. I invite you to visit my website, castor.house.gov, for issues important to you and your family.



    Sincerely,

    Kathy Castor
    United States Representative
    Florida, District 11

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    Should you have further questions, please revisit the “Contact Me” section of my website or call my D.C. office at (202) 225-3376. This is an unattended mailbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    Kathy Castor
    United States Representative
    Florida, District 11
    How did a democrat get elected in that area? She is under the control of Pelosi.

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    District 11 is the west side of Apollo Beach and Ruskin. The east side of the same area is Republican.
    Ruskin is very heavily Hispanic...in other words Democratic.
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    What a d*****bag!

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    It seems as though these letters are close to being a form letter, except for the inclusion of some "pattin' myself on the back" replies.
    I received an answer from one of my representatives, a lady; a black lady. She said she understands hunters and collectors, however the senseless killing of children
    has to be addressed. She also approved to Executive Orders the president used to side step the lawmakers, as he has done so many times.
    I will keep her in mind when election time comes up for her. So far, she has been the only one to respond. I will try to keep y'all informed of how it is going
    down here in Alabama.


 
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