In light of the legislation that Senator Feinstein intends to introduce to the Senate in coming days (the record currently shows no bills introduced into the Senate), it is imperative that we contact those who represent us in the Senate to see to it that bill does not leave committee. Here is the message I sent to Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri — you will note it is similar to the letter I sent to Senator McCaskill. Again feel free to adapt this to send to your own Senator if you desire.
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Mister Senator Blunt,
As you know times in the United States are currently bleak. A major event that occurred in Connecticut has pitted American against American, neighbor against neighbor. At the same time the government to which you were recently re-elected is considering restrictions on the liberties of all Americans as punishment for the actions of a few.
I am, of course, talking about firearms.
Now I’m not writing this message to give you information you’ve likely already heard from thousands of other constituents, nor will I be threatening to not vote for you in 2016, presuming you seek re-election. And as you enjoy an A rating by the National Rifle Association, I’m not going to waste your time telling you things you already know with regard to firearms and the Second Amendment.
Instead my purpose with writing to you today is to hopefully give you another angle with which to hopefully argue against any new firearms legislation by appealing to your sense of fairness, justice, and most importantly liberty. My hope is that the angle I am providing herein is one you’ve already considered, and that I will either be reinforcing that idea or persuading you to consider it with more seriousness.
All Americans pay for all actions of the Federal government. If taxes are increased, we pay with our wallets. If new laws are enacted that do not protect the liberties of other citizens, we pay with our liberties and freedoms. New firearms legislation means all Americans lose more of their firearms liberties. I’m sure to you this is not a novel concept.
It is no secret the views many Democrats hold on firearms. Senator Feinstein said in 1994 that if she could have gotten the votes, she would’ve gone for a bill calling for a blanket ban and confiscation of all firearms, completely in violation of the Second Amendment. Recent events play right into her desires as the United States is currently alight with anti-gun sentiment. Emotion reigns and reason and rationality have taken a back seat.
And following that vein, members of the government of the United States seek to punish every law-abiding firearms owner. I’ve called it “punishing the innocent”. And I feel it is a perfect description. And Feinstein’s intended legislation will do just that, punish the millions of law-abiding gun owners, treating all of us like common criminals even though we have done nothing wrong.
The United States enjoys millions of law-abiding firearms owners, most of whom cannot fathom the idea of taking even a single life, even if that life is taken in the defense of another. But if necessary, they will use their firearms to defend the lives of others against those intent on doing harm. Members of the Senate and House seek to strip them of that ability, which will leave us all at the mercy of those intent to do harm.
With all respect and courtesy, Mister Senator, I appeal to your sense of fairness and liberty. Please do not let the Congress of the United States pass legislation that only seeks to punish the millions of firearms owners who have done no wrong. Any legislation restricting firearms does just that, especially when it is enacted in the wake of a tragedy by those who think they have the answers. History has shown that gun restrictions do not do any good, and have done harm. And as has been demonstrated in 2012, “gun free zones” can be rendered anything but by someone seeking to do harm, and render helpless anyone in their path.
Again firearms restrictions punish the innocent millions for the actions of an insane individual. Please do not let Congress punish the millions of gun owners because one person flipped.