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Davidk
04-05-2007, 8:31 PM
CONGRESSWOMAN
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER
10TH DISTRICT ~ CALIFORNIA


US House Seal

1034 Longworth HOB - Washington, D.C. 20515 - (202) 225-1880
2121 North California Blvd. Suite 555, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 - (925) 932-8899



Dear Mr. Kenny:





Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1022, the Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007. I have reviewed your comments and welcome this opportunity to share my views.



In September 2004, the assault weapons ban--which was supported by virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency--expired. This ban had prohibited the manufacture, transfer, and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons which were not for military or law enforcement use (fully automatic weapons were banned by the National Firearms Act of 1934). It also banned the manufacture, transfer and possession of ammunition clips, magazines or other loading devices that hold more than 10 rounds.



While I believe that law-abiding citizens have a right to own legal firearms for defense or sporting purposes, gun ownership comes with significant responsibility. There were 30,242 firearm deaths in the U.S. in 2002, which makes a compelling case for strengthening laws which have been proven to increase public safety and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of violent criminals, including gang members and terrorists . According to the Department of Justice, just in the first year after the assault weapons ban took effect, there were 20 percent fewer assault weapons traced to crime. T here is simply no need to have military-style weapons on our streets and I believe that reinstating this ban is long past due.



As you know, H.R. 1020 reinstates the expired assault weapons ban and removes several sunset provisions from the old law. Additionally it expands the definition of a semi-automatic assault weapon to include any semi-automatic weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and possesses a single, narrowly defined, assault weapon characteristic. It also contains a provision that makes it more difficult for individuals to purchase or sell parts that make it possible to convert a lawful semi-automatic weapon into an unlawful assault weapon. I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 1022 and I look forward to voting in favor of this legislation if it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives.



I appreciate hearing from you and value your input in developing sound policies that benefit California's working families and businesses. To receive updates on this and other issues that I am working on, visit my website at www.house.gov/tauscher to sign up for my monthly electronic newsletter, e-Tauscher. If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact my office at 925-932-8899 or 202-225-1880.





Sincerely,

Ellen O. Tauscher
Member of Congress

LAK Supply
04-05-2007, 8:40 PM
One more POS politician with another round of useless tap-dancing....... You're right; no surprises here.

jjperl
04-05-2007, 10:14 PM
That pisses me off. "There is simply no need to have military-style weapons on our streets and I believe that reinstating this ban is long past due." WTF! Sounds like something Hitler would have said during WWII.

Bad Voodoo
04-05-2007, 10:23 PM
..."There is simply no need to have military-style weapons on our streets and I believe that reinstating this ban is long past due." WTF!...

She'd rather have gang-bangers, pedophiles, and other 3-strikers on the street than military-style weapons in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Says about all you need to know about the socialist screamer, doesn't it. Yet another one who "just doesn't get it." :mad:

-voodoo

kap
04-05-2007, 10:27 PM
A congresswoman from Walnut Creek is not going to know much about firearms. Nordstrom sales, perhaps, but firearms, NO.

James R.
04-05-2007, 10:45 PM
LOL this comment is so broad you could drive an entire city bus fleet thru it with room to spare...

"It also contains a provision that makes it more difficult for individuals to purchase or sell parts that make it possible to convert a lawful semi-automatic weapon into an unlawful assault weapon."

That is some scary scary stuff. The language needs to be a whole hell of a lot more accute than that sort of drivel.

Regards,

James R.

LAK Supply
04-06-2007, 7:17 AM
That is some scary scary stuff. The language needs to be a whole hell of a lot more accute than that sort of drivel.


Not accurate; just gone.

Paratus et Vigilans
04-06-2007, 8:13 AM
Gee, Ellen, tell us. . . did the Kool-Aid taste good? :rolleyes:

stag1500
04-06-2007, 9:06 AM
Seems like writing letters to our elected Comrades, I mean Representatives, is a waste of time. Especially for us in the liberal hot spots like the Bay Area and the greater L.A. Area.

Can't say that I'm surprised by that reply. I got a similair reply from Senator Jackie Speier when I wrote to her about mircro-stamping... "Although I support the rights of gun owners,:rolleyes: I do not feel that requiring manufactures to stamp serial numbers on ammunion is an unfair burden etc..."

xLusi0n
04-06-2007, 9:11 AM
There were 30,242 firearm deaths in the U.S. in 2002, which makes a compelling case for strengthening laws which have been proven to increase public safety and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of violent criminals, including gang members and terrorists.

"There were an estimated 6,420,000 cars involved in accidents in the US in 2005. The cost of these accidents exceeds 230+ Billion dollars. There were about 2.9 million injury cases and 42,636 car accident deaths. An average of 115 persons die each day in motor vehicle crashes in the United States -- one every 13 minutes. According to the World Health Organization about 3000 people die in crashes each day worldwide."

OMFG - We need to ban cars! Especially those sports cars! Congressmen, please protect us from ourselves, please ban cars!

James R.
04-06-2007, 2:40 PM
Not accurate; just gone.

Well of course that would be my preference...

Regards,

James R.

Bad Voodoo
04-06-2007, 6:19 PM
Congressmen, please protect us from ourselves, please ban cars!

They're working on it, under the guise of peak oil and global warming (In CA it's apparently about the time, energy, and technology to move from winter to summer blend). The assualt on 2A rights took 200 years. Give them some time here, huh? :rolleyes:

-voodoo

Jedidiah
04-06-2007, 6:46 PM
Anyone know how close they are to actually getting this to the floor?

Gringo Bandito
04-06-2007, 8:35 PM
It would be great if when writing these folks we could cite more recent facts figures than is posted on the web. Does anyone know were to get more recent firearms data like what I have posted?

Example - http://www.guncite.com/journals/rational.html

Example for Micro stamping - A recent study by the State of California points to further practical difficulties with ballistic fingerprinting. The study tested 790 pistols firing a total of 2,000 rounds. When the cartridges used with a particular gun came from the same manufacturer, computer matching failed 38 percent of the time. When the cartridges came from different manufacturers, the failure rate rose to 62 percent.

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/lott200502040751.asp

M. Sage
04-06-2007, 9:35 PM
Very nice find.

mcubed4130
04-06-2007, 10:06 PM
Remind me... how many people's name do you need on a petition, to recall a representative? ;-)

-M3

Creeping Incrementalism
04-06-2007, 10:56 PM
Davidk, at least you got a response. I mailed her Walnut Creek office a letter about 1022 a few days after she co-sponsored it and got no response. It is worth it to contact liberal politicians, however. Hopefully it makes them think twice, and be less extreme than they otherwise would be.

I once sent a email to Tauscher that got a personalized response. I gave her a link to a video of those Bay Area CHP officers beating up Patricia Konie on Magazine St. in New Orleans. I got a letter in the mail in response, telling me how "interesting" she thought it was. I'm not kidding. She used the word "interesting" several times.