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Citizen X
12-19-2012, 1:00 PM
I just got off the phone with a staffer (Lou Penrose) for my Congressman - John Campbell. He represents Irvine, Tustin & Newport Beach in O.C. He wouldn't give me a straight answer about whether his boss supports a national semi-auto ban or a magazine capacity limit. When I tried to get an honest answer out of him he became belligerent and hostile. If any Calguns members have Campbell as their representative they might want to call in and hold his feet to the fire on this topic since he has an A- NRA rating. Good luck.

bwiese
12-19-2012, 1:49 PM
Well he can lose that rating quickly and go to Fail To Answer.

I'm pretty sure we're gonna be Scoreboarding....

Librarian
12-19-2012, 1:59 PM
I think this is a great idea - let's pin down our California reps.

I'm sure your representative wants to hear from you.

Please call, have a polite conversation on your end (let the Representative or staff say what they need to say, just remember it), and

report back with a post in this thread,
with date and time, whose office you called, who you actually talked to, and what you talked about.

If you don't have any other ideas, ask whether the Representative supports a national semi-auto ban or a magazine capacity limit, as CitizenX asked Campbell's office.

Don't worry about duplicates - every constituent is important.

Here they are:

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- CA) 202-224-3841 202-228-3954 http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Senator Barbara Boxer (D- CA) 202-224-3553 202-224-0454 http://boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm

Representative Mike Thompson (D - 01) 202-225-3311 202-225-4335 http://mikethompson.house.gov/contact/

Representative Wally Herger (R - 02) 202-225-3076 202-226-0852 https://forms.house.gov/herger/webforms/landing.html

Representative Dan Lungren (R - 03) 202-225-5716 202-226-1298 https://lungrenforms.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=84 …

Representative Tom McClintock (R - 04) 202-225-2511 202-225-5444 https://mcclintockforms.house.gov/forms/contact-form. …

Representative Doris Matsui (D - 05) 202-225-7163 202-225-0566 https://forms.house.gov/matsui/webforms/issue_subscri …

Representative Lynn Woolsey (D - 06) 202-225-5161 202-225-5163 None Currently Available

Representative George Miller (D - 07) 202-225-2095 202-225-5609 https://georgemiller.house.gov/contact-me/email-me-zi …

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D - 08) 202-225-4965 202-225-8259 https://pelosi.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml

Representative Barbara Lee (D - 09) 202-225-2661 202-225-9817 https://lee.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative John Garamendi (D - 10) 202-225-1880 202-225-5914 https://garamendi.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Jerry McNerney (D - 11) 202-225-1947 202-225-4060 https://forms.house.gov/mcnerney/webforms/issue_subsc …

Representative Jackie Speier (D - 12) 202-225-3531 202-226-4183 https://forms.house.gov/speier/webforms/email_jackie. …

Representative Pete Stark (D - 13) 202-225-5065 202-226-3805 None Currently Available

Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D - 14) 202-225-8104 202-225-8890 https://forms.house.gov/eshoo/webforms/issue_subscrib …

Representative Mike Honda (D - 15) 202-225-2631 202-225-2699 https://forms.house.gov/honda/webforms/issue_subscrib …

Representative Zoe Lofgren (D - 16) 202-225-3072 202-225-3336 http://forms.house.gov/lofgren/webforms/landing.html

Representative Sam Farr (D - 17) 202-225-2861 202-225-6791 https://forms.house.gov/farr/webforms/issue_subscribe …

Representative Vacant ( - 18) 202-225-6131 202-225-0819 None Currently Available

Representative Jeff Denham (R - 19) 202-225-4540 202-225-3402 https://denham.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Jim Costa (D - 20) 202-225-3341 202-225-9308 http://www.house.gov/formcosta/issue.htm

Representative Devin Nunes (R - 21) 202-225-2523 202-225-3404 https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/default.aspx

Representative Kevin McCarthy (R - 22) 202-225-2915 202-225-2908 https://forms.house.gov/kevinmccarthy/webforms/issue_ …

Representative Lois Capps (D - 23) 202-225-3601 202-225-5632 https://capps.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Elton Gallegly (R - 24) 202-225-5811 202-225-1100 None Currently Available

Representative Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R - 25) 202-225-1956 202-226-0683 http://mckeon.house.gov/contact/

Representative David Dreier (R - 26) 202-225-2305 202-225-7018 None Currently Available

Representative Brad Sherman (D - 27) 202-225-5911 202-225-5879 http://shermanforms.house.gov/contact/contact-form.sh …

Representative Howard L. Berman (D - 28) 202-225-4695 202-225-3196 http://www.house.gov/berman/contact/

Representative Adam Schiff (D - 29) 202-225-4176 202-225-5828 https://schiff.house.gov/email-congressman-schiff1

Representative Henry A. Waxman (D - 30) 202-225-3976 202-225-4099 https://waxman.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Xavier Becerra (D - 31) 202-225-6235 202-225-2202 http://forms.house.gov/becerra/webforms/issue_subscri …

Representative Judy Chu (D - 32) 202-225-5464 202-225-5467 http://chu.house.gov/connect-with-me/email-judy

Representative Karen Bass (D - 33) 202-225-7084 202-225-2422 https://karenbass.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D - 34) 202-225-1766 202-226-0350 http://roybal-allard.house.gov/contact/

Representative Maxine Waters (D - 35) 202-225-2201 202-225-7854 https://waters.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

Representative Janice Hahn (D - 36) 202-225-8220 202-226-7290 https://hahn.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Laura Richardson (D - 37) 202-225-7924 202-225-7926 https://forms.house.gov/richardson/webforms/issue_sub …

Representative Grace Napolitano (D - 38) 202-225-5256 202-225-0027 https://napolitano.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Linda Sanchez (D - 39) 202-225-6676 202-226-1012 https://forms.house.gov/lindasanchez/webforms/issue_s …

Representative Ed Royce (R - 40) 202-225-4111 202-226-0335 http://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm

Representative Jerry Lewis (R - 41) 202-225-5861 202-225-6498 https://jerrylewisforms.house.gov/showpage.asp?ID=291

Representative Gary Miller (R - 42) 202-225-3201 202-226-6962 http://garymiller.house.gov/contact/

Representative Joe Baca (D - 43) 202-225-6161 202-225-8671 None Currently Available

Representative Ken Calvert (R - 44) 202-225-1986 202-225-2004 http://calvert.house.gov/contact/

Representative Mary Bono Mack (R - 45) 202-225-5330 202-225-2961 None Currently Available

Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R - 46) 202-225-2415 202-225-0145 http://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact/zip.htm

Representative Loretta Sanchez (D - 47) 202-225-2965 202-225-5859 https://lorettasanchez.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative John Campbell (R - 48) 202-225-5611 202-225-9177 https://forms.house.gov/campbell/webforms/issue_subsc …

Representative Darrell Issa (R - 49) 202-225-3906 202-225-3303 http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&vi …

Representative Brian P. Bilbray (R - 50) 202-225-0508 202-225-2558 https://bilbray.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Representative Vacant ( - 51) 202-225-8045 202-225-9073 None Currently Available

Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R - 52) 202-225-5672 202-225-0235 http://hunterforms.house.gov/contact/

Representative Susan A. Davis (D - 53) 202-225-2040 202-225-2948 https://susandavisforms.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/cgi-bin/newseek.cgi?site=ctc2011&state=ca

DC-8
12-19-2012, 2:46 PM
If possible, we should do this at the state level as well, for both our state senators and our assemblymen. I'd like to see a list similar to the one above so we can work on pinning down who is on our side with regards to both Yee's SB 47 and de Leon's SB 427 (I believe this is the correct number)

Librarian
12-19-2012, 4:27 PM
CCTIMES, front page, Dec 19 - headline story is where they asked all the CA House of Representatives (does not seem to be on-line at the web site, though).

Question asked: Do you support re-enacting the Federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004?

32 Dems - YES: Bass, Bera, Brownley, Capps, Cardenas, Chu, Davis, Eschoo, Farr, Garamendi, Huffman, Lofgren, Matsui, Negrete-Mcleod, McNerney, Miller, Pelosi, Schiff, Sherman, Swalwell, Thompson, Waxman, Honda, Napolitano, Sanchez -46, Sanchez -38, Takano

(That same group, less Brownley and Sanchez -46, who did not answer, answered NO to "Do you believe citizens have an inalienable right to own weapons like the .223 Bushmaster rifle, along with multiple 30-round magazines?")

1 Republican - NO - McClintock

14 Repub - no response

6 Dem - no response

When you call, you might ask why they think a law that had a 10-year trial with no measurable effect seems like a good idea now. See www.sas.upenn.edu/jerrylee/research/aw_final2004.pdf, "Impacts of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 1994-2003" 3.3. Summary
In sum, AWs and LCMs were used in up to a quarter of gun crimes prior to the 1994 AW-LCM ban. By most estimates, AWs were used in less than 6% of gun crimes even before the ban.

nhgaudreau
12-19-2012, 4:34 PM
Is there a thread that helps with the kinds of questions to be asking and concerns to be raising? I've never really gotten involved in politics until now. Thanks!

CBlacksheep
12-19-2012, 9:55 PM
I interned for Calvert. Just because they say one thing does not necessarily mean their votes will reflect it, although Calvert's record generally leans in the direction of 2A support. I learned that quite quickly when addressing issues to constituents. It was many parts mind numbing and irritating.

holasrmateo
12-20-2012, 5:56 AM
I just got off the phone with a staffer (Lou Penrose) for my Congressman - John Campbell. He represents Irvine, Tustin & Newport Beach in O.C. He wouldn't give me a straight answer about whether his boss supports a national semi-auto ban or a magazine capacity limit. When I tried to get an honest answer out of him he became belligerent and hostile. If any Calguns members have Campbell as their representative they might want to call in and hold his feet to the fire on this topic since he has an A- NRA rating. Good luck.

Lobbyist/Special interest group ratings are meaningless. In this day and age it is either pass or fail. Because people put so much weight into who is for who that they have to vote the [national] party line. Which btw is why Republicans are not competitive in California, taking cues from people like Rush Limbaugh as if he decides who is in and who is out. Anyway the same A rating for a rank and file member is the same A rating for the most vocal member and vice versa. It takes into no account as to whether how enthusiastic or to what degree someone will support or reject a cause.

Mr_Monkeywrench
12-20-2012, 11:09 AM
Just sent an Email to my representative Gary Miller. I told him that the issue is fundamentally moral and that gun control only stops those who are lawful from acting lawfully.

redhead
12-20-2012, 11:16 AM
George Miller. He was in front of a microphone before the little bodies had been removed from the school bloviating about the need for more gun control.

Kolo589
12-20-2012, 5:30 PM
So this is annoying...

When using "Find your Representative..." on the US House website, I get Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) after putting in my Zip+4. When I'm directed to his website and put in that same Zip+4 so they can verify my address it says I'm in another district and it won't allow me to go through his contact page.

Librarian
12-20-2012, 5:46 PM
So this is annoying...

When using "Find your Representative..." on the US House website, I get Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) after putting in my Zip+4. When I'm directed to his website and put in that same Zip+4 so they can verify my address it says I'm in another district and it won't allow me to go through his contact page.

Try without the +4? Not many people actually know theirs.

Kolo589
12-20-2012, 5:53 PM
Try without the +4? Not many people actually know theirs.

Strange, that worked to get past the check even though the ZIP splits 2 congressional districts.

Thanks for the assistance.

rodngun762
12-21-2012, 2:41 PM
I just got off the phone with a staffer (Lou Penrose) for my Congressman - John Campbell. He represents Irvine, Tustin & Newport Beach in O.C. He wouldn't give me a straight answer about whether his boss supports a national semi-auto ban or a magazine capacity limit. When I tried to get an honest answer out of him he became belligerent and hostile. If any Calguns members have Campbell as their representative they might want to call in and hold his feet to the fire on this topic since he has an A- NRA rating. Good luck.

I called Campbell's office a few days ago, they referred me to the DC office, I left a message for a woman there who was said to be their 2nd amendment contact, I have not heard back yet. I sent an email today. A friend from HS and College works in the OC office, I will forward your message to her.

I will get a straight answer out of John, I know him personally and will get a meeting with him when possible.

Legasat
12-21-2012, 3:40 PM
Just got off of the phone with Darrell Issa's District office. They told me he had not made any public statements regarding this push for more gun control. When I asked if they were getting a lot of calls about this issue, they said Yes, a fair amount. I asked if they were keeping track of the comments, they said Yes. When I told them I thought going after the instruments of the violence instead of the the root causes was not going to change anything, he laughed (almost sounded relieved), and said most people calling were on the "other" side. He thanked me for my call.

cindynles
12-21-2012, 6:25 PM
I just sent an e-mail to Rep. Issa. It's too late to call his office. I plan to follow up with a phone call after Christmas. I'll post his response.

HogKiller
12-21-2012, 9:11 PM
I'm going to write my Rep. Honda but I'm 99.9% certain I know his response. Liberals can be so predictable.:beatdeadhorse5:

toy4two
12-21-2012, 10:35 PM
Emailed Brian Bilbray, will let you know his response.

The public cleaned house on those who supported the bailouts, we will see a full Republican majority in Congress in 2016 for anyone foolish enough to vote for a restriction on 2nd Amendment rights.

Hanse Davion
12-22-2012, 12:12 AM
Can we get a general letter going to send to our representatives? Like the ones we did for SB249? This way we can start getting the word out to the reps to not mess with our rights. Thoughts?

rodngun762
12-22-2012, 10:24 AM
Can we get a general letter going to send to our representatives? Like the ones we did for SB249? This way we can start getting the word out to the reps to not mess with our rights. Thoughts?

This is a good idea, we need action like this. Are there not any guns rights foundations that have such prepared letter sending campaigns? Perhaps they are waiting for more details on what might be apart of proposed legislation.

I did send this short letter in to my local Rep, feel free to use it as template or edit it how it suits you.


Mr. Campbell-

I am writing to express my extreme concern for my 2nd Amendment rights. There is discussion among the President and Members of Congress for a ban on "Assault Weapons" and taking other measures to limit the types of firearms available to Americans today.

The 2nd Amendment was recently interpreted by the Supreme Court to extend to all firearms which are in common use for self defense. Semi-automatic rifles, incorrectly labeled by the media as "assault weapons" are clearly authorized by the 2nd Amendment, both in the SCOTUS's recent ruling in DC v. Heller as well as the idea that the Framers of the Constitution had that the American people retain their right to bear arms- not only for personal self defense, but in defense of a tyrannical government.

Mr. Campbell, I urge you to not support any legislation that restricts the types of firearms available to Americans. Specifically, any attempt to ban or limit semi-automatic rifles (incorrectly termed "assault weapons") or high capacity magazines would be a serious infringement upon the rights of law abiding citizens.

I am available to consult with you on this matter if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

roushstage2
12-23-2012, 11:06 PM
I've got McClintock ;) I will be sending another letter to him anyways. He opposed SB249 as well.

carrywisely_ca
12-24-2012, 10:35 PM
On Friday I emailed senator Feinstein via her .gov website, and on Saturday did the same for senator Boxer and my congressperson in the 53rd.

Of course I urged them not to support/suggest an AWB

Matt892
12-25-2012, 1:52 PM
Just sent Rohrabacher an email and will call his office after the holidays, granted I'm pretty sure he stands with us on this issue.

Will post his response here.

The Right to Bear Arms
12-27-2012, 10:09 PM
Can we get a general letter going to send to our representatives? Like the ones we did for SB249? This way we can start getting the word out to the reps to not mess with our rights. Thoughts?

Agreed. We need a coordinated effort on our part to scoreboard our Congressmen. Further, a general letter that is approved by the NRA and Calguns would be ideal. We've got a lot of people to contact but if we could streamline the process it is doable.

We can kill this bill if we do it the right way.

TacoTodd
12-28-2012, 12:26 AM
I just send my rep L. Sanchez an email

TacoTodd
12-28-2012, 12:26 AM
I just send my rep L. Sanchez an email

damoni
12-28-2012, 1:02 AM
I emailed my rep. Devin Nunes about a week ago. still no response.

Yode
12-28-2012, 6:48 AM
Y'all keep up the great work....you're an integral element of the liberty and freedom broadhead.

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Sheki
12-28-2012, 9:28 AM
Hello Gents and Ladies. This is my first attempt to get involved in calling or emailing my policy makers. Thank you for the resourceful information. Is it possible if someone can give other members a phone call script and a email/letter template to write our politicians.

Thanks.

FishNFool
12-30-2012, 10:56 AM
Mailed all my reps. Hope it helps.

wjc
12-30-2012, 3:54 PM
I contacted Feinstein (telling her not to persue her legislation), Boxer, and Anna Eschoo (14th District).

I already have a copy of the responses from past letters. :(

dlu04
12-31-2012, 10:11 AM
I sent letters and left messages with Feinstein, Boxer, and Brad Sherman. I know what the response will be, but the effort must be made. :mad:

I will urge all my gun owner friends, LE partners, and former MIL members to get involved.

NotEnufGarage
12-31-2012, 4:57 PM
That list needs to be updated to reflect newly elected representatives. For example, I'm no longer in the Conservative Dan Lungren district. I'm in the Socialist Ami Bera district, but I think Brandon and Bill are okay with that.

gobler
12-31-2012, 4:59 PM
I have contacted my Rep Judy Chu several times. I will continue but it's frustrating in that she is a committed anti 2A socialist :mad: I was in a phone chat conference with "random constituents" and I asked her about the Second Amendment. Her answer was that it was to protect hunting but since now we have evolved and can go to the store to buy our meats we really don't need to hunt. :eek: I mean she is openly anti gun.

loose_electron
12-31-2012, 6:26 PM
Emailed Brian Bilbray, will let you know his response.

The public cleaned house on those who supported the bailouts, we will see a full Republican majority in Congress in 2016 for anyone foolish enough to vote for a restriction on 2nd Amendment rights.

Bilbray is a lame duck, Scott Peters is coming in to replace him in the new congress.

brianm767
12-31-2012, 6:32 PM
I emailed my rep. Devin Nunes about a week ago. still no response.

Same here.

TacoTodd
12-31-2012, 7:18 PM
No response from Sanchez yet and just emailed Feinstein too.

Tripeaks69
12-31-2012, 8:25 PM
I just email mu Representative Karen Bass.

I will post her respond here as soon as i get her response




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Tripeaks69
12-31-2012, 8:28 PM
I am just wondering if the gun owners here in Calguns who are members of democratic party will stay with the party if ever Feinsteins' bill passed into Law.


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rplusplus
12-31-2012, 8:39 PM
I sent my letter to Rep Duncan Hunter. He has an A+ from the NRA... He's been silent these past few weeks openly. I hope what I and other constituents have written to him elicits a good response.

Grifter206
01-01-2013, 1:15 PM
I sent letters and left messages with Feinstein, Boxer, and Brad Sherman. I know what the response will be, but the effort must be made. :mad:

I will urge all my gun owner friends, LE partners, and former MIL members to get involved.


I know how you feel. I just did it too..... like she will listen. :mad: But she needs to HEAR FROM EVERYONE!!!

themandylion
01-01-2013, 4:56 PM
When it comes to the Second Amendment, and even most of the Bill of Rights, I have no representation in Congress. I have zero representation in the Senate, and representation on only a few (minor) issues in the House. Feinswine, Boxer, and "my" Representative voted in favor of the anti-constitutional FISA just last week.

So, I think I shall start proclaiming, "No Legislation without Representation!" :)

squee116
01-01-2013, 7:54 PM
Emailed the Senators and my rep Elton Gallegly. I got a response that he's retiring, and not taking emails. Unsure where I'm supposed to direct my thoughts now.

weix11
01-04-2013, 11:10 AM
Hey guys, so I emailed my congressional rep, and I actually got a response. Since I live in the East Bay, a democratic stronghold, I sort of expected that he wouldn't change his mind. I'm not sure if he wrote this or if its just an automated response. Here it is below:

January 4, 2013

Dear Wei,

Thank you for contacting me to share your views on gun control.

Despite strong public support for common-sense gun laws, and despite our nation's tragic history of mass shootings, the gun lobby has consistently and successfully thwarted even modest gun safety provisions.

I strongly support efforts to reduce gun violence, and I believe there are many aspects of our nation's gun laws that deserve close scrutiny and updating. For example, Congress should act to close the gun show loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers. I also support banning the importation of large capacity ammunition clips, and the requirement of child safety locks or storage containers for all handguns, and tough trigger lock standards. I support efforts to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from buying a handgun, and I support the regulation of the sale of handguns on the Internet. I have also supported legislation to limit the purchase of handguns to only one per month per person in order to stop interstate gunrunners. These are reasonable steps that we can take to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who would misuse them and cause harm to those around them.

We also need to do more to allow law enforcement officers to apprehend dangerous gun criminals, and end loopholes that give criminals and fugitives easy access to guns. Specifically, we should improve gun tracing and ballistics testing systems that aid in the identification of criminals; fund smart gun technologies which prevent guns from being used by criminals and children; and close a number of dangerous loopholes that hinder the enforcement of gun laws.

Unfortunately, powerful lobbyists continue to prevent any progress from being made in reducing gun violence.

There are some people who believe that all gun control measures violate the Second Amendment to the Constitution. This belief is not consistent with constitutional law. The United States Supreme Court in 1980 held in Lewis v. United States that "legislative restrictions on the use of firearms do not trench upon any constitutionally protected liberties." The federal government may regulate the ownership of firearms, and such regulation is vital to curbing violence.

It is a sad fact of reality that we will never be able to prevent every instance of gun violence. This reality, however, does not make our efforts irrelevant. Instead, it makes our efforts even more vital. I believe that with passage of legislation to provide comprehensive enhancement of existing gun laws and of other sensible and meaningful provisions, we could reduce gun violence in this country and help keep firearms out of the hands of children and criminals.

I am hopeful that in the coming months our nation can have serious reflection about how we can reduce the flow of guns into the wrong hands. One mass shooting after another in America is followed by sincere and painful mourning but no real action to protect the innocent. We must come together as a nation to honestly discuss how to prevent people intent on carrying out these savage attacks from so easily obtaining guns and ammunition.

The nation is ready for this conversation. More importantly, though, the safety of children and all Americans demands we have it. I appreciate knowing of your views on this very important issue.

Sincerely,

GEORGE MILLER
Member of Congress

13withinfinity
01-04-2013, 11:13 AM
Heh. When the fillibuster reform passes the senate and the senate becomes Obama's rubber stamp then he can have all the fun he wants. Im off to Germany today, hopefully our freedoms are still intact when i get back.

Hoooper
01-04-2013, 11:31 AM
seems to have been written by someone eagerly watching MSNBC for tips

Mottmcfly
01-04-2013, 11:35 AM
Not a damn word about mental health.

Wherryj
01-04-2013, 6:10 PM
Why do these people keep using "the gun lobby"? The NRA is US. It is an organization of hundreds of thousands of INDIVIDUAL GUN OWNERS. It is not a trade organization.

They are deflecting attention from "I don't agree with YOU. I don't think that YOU are right."

I am really starting to get the feeling that we need to hit the reset button for the US.

Goosebrown
01-04-2013, 6:48 PM
You might note that there is not a word about "assault weapons" there either. Maybe he knows that they are not the problem... Not great, but interesting that it wasn't mentioned when everything else was.

wjc
01-04-2013, 6:51 PM
That looks suspiciously like a Difi response letter.

He basically told you to shove off.

FrankDux
01-04-2013, 7:02 PM
I love how they think you can just buy a gun over the internet and have it shipped to your house. And dont you have to be 21 to buy a handgun already?

Drivedabizness
01-04-2013, 7:06 PM
I love how he quoted a pre-Heller SCOTUS ruling - BEFORE it was established that we have a fundamental enumerated right.

He's always been a complete POS - I grew up in his district and my family ran his yard sign campaigns #yesimshamed

MrBlond
01-04-2013, 7:12 PM
What are the loopholes that allow fugitives and children easy access to guns? I might need to use them someday.

MossbergMan
01-04-2013, 7:22 PM
How ignorant is this guy. It's already unlawful to sell handguns to persons under 21. So much wheel spinning just to look like they're doing something.
They are so quick to restrict our rights while allowing the criminals a pass on many gun related violations and early releases to unsupervised parole. WTF? over.

http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/gunman-kills-people-injures-in-swiss-village/article_68bc6afa-7be5-5988-ab01-9df12feefa0a.html

Interesting article. The Swiss, with very high per capita gun ownership nation. They also have gun registration and mental health monitoring, yet the crazies still get guns. Too bad he was only wounded.

Nxd9ar15xcrL
01-04-2013, 7:27 PM
It's a shame that our reps don't even know the laws that are already in place.

Bad Voodoo
01-04-2013, 7:41 PM
George Miller, ANOTHER part of California's problem. I mean, along with sheep who keep him in office of course.

mmbasser
01-04-2013, 7:43 PM
perhaps you should respond back and point how untrustworthy he is due to having his head buried in a dark smelly place?

Moonshine
01-04-2013, 7:51 PM
Sounds as generic as possible to send to the widest variety of constituents. DiFi letters basically paraphrase like this "Guns are ban and should be illegal. If you don't agree screw off my seat is safe"

FishNFool
01-04-2013, 8:02 PM
Response i expected from Mike Thompson. I didnt inquire about the sandy hook massacre as his response starts out. My letter was titled support 2A rights.





Dear Mr.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There have been far too many tragic shootings this year and this particular senseless act of violence took the lives of innocent, young children and staff who believed they were safe at school.

As a father and grandfather, I am deeply shocked and saddened. The students, teachers, and the families of those killed in this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers. As your representative in Congress, I am committed to doing more to prevent tragedies like these and have recently been named to lead a congressional task force on reducing and preventing gun violence.

I am a gun owner, hunter, former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, supporter of the Second Amendment and a combat veteran who carried an assault rifle in Vietnam. I believe law-abiding, mentally-stable Americans have the right to own legitimate firearms for legitimate purposes.

I understand guns, their purpose and how they are used. I understand that we have an obligation to make sure guns are used responsibly. I understand that there are some people who should not have access to firearms. And I believe that military-type assault weapons and assault magazines like the ones I carried in Vietnam have no place on our streets or in our communities. They serve no hunting purpose, they aid criminals, and they too often are a tool for mass shootings. Whether it's a classroom in Newtown, a movie theater in Aurora, or a shopping mall in Oregon, our nation has mourned far too many of these tragedies.

There is no set of laws that will end these horrific tragedies and senseless acts of violence, but that cannot be an excuse to do nothing. It is time to act. And we need a comprehensive approach that goes beyond just arming more people with more guns to make this happen. Congress must reinstate the ban on military-type assault weapons and assault magazines, improve our background check system to ensure that anyone who buys a firearm is a law-abiding, mentally stable individual, and figure out how to close the holes in our mental health system and make sure care is available for those that need it.

As chair of this congressional gun violence task force, I will be working on these issues as part of a comprehensive approach to reduce gun violence and strengthen our nation's gun laws. I will be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, mental health experts, gun rights advocacy groups, gun safety advocacy groups, school and education leaders, entertainment industry leaders, law enforcement officials and others to discuss a comprehensive approach to combating the prevalence of gun violence in our communities. All issues must be on the table and everyone must be at the table.

Together we can give our time, our hearts and our very best efforts to do everything possible to make sure this kind violence is no longer visited on our children and our nation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please continue to contact me on all issues of importance to you and to our district.

Sincerely,

MIKE THOMPSON
Member of Congress
http://www.mikethompson.house.gov

You cannot reply to this email. If you would like to email me, please visit
http://mikethompson.house.gov/contact/email.shtml

Librarian
01-04-2013, 8:04 PM
Sounds as generic as possible to send to the widest variety of constituents. DiFi letters basically paraphrase like this "Guns are ban and should be illegal. If you don't agree screw off my seat is safe"

Fits Miller, too.

Used to be the case, when in DC for sessions, that Miller shared a house near DC with other members of Congress. For example one room-mate was Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY ...

wjc
01-04-2013, 8:07 PM
Fits Miller, too.

Used to be the case, when in DC for sessions, that Miller shared a house near DC with other members of Congress. For example one room-mate was Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY ...

That explains much!

monk
01-04-2013, 8:18 PM
Wow, you wanted to show your support for pro-gun politics and got counted as one of the anti-gun supporters lol.

adrenaline
01-04-2013, 8:25 PM
The United States Supreme Court in 1980 held in Lewis v. United States that "legislative restrictions on the use of firearms do not trench upon any constitutionally protected liberties." The federal government may regulate the ownership of firearms, and such regulation is vital to curbing viThose two don't even belong in the same sentence together. :mad:

brownfeathermedic
01-04-2013, 9:23 PM
I got the same bullcrap when I wrote to Frankenstein"s office. It's all out war of words and soon to be actions by the anti"s. I"m trying to enlist more support for the Pro-Gun movement by giving true and factual information instead of giving feel good measures.

Jaxpire
01-04-2013, 9:32 PM
I got the same bullcrap when I wrote to Frankenstein"s office. It's all out war of words and soon to be actions by the anti"s. I"m trying to enlist more support for the Pro-Gun movement by giving true and factual information instead of giving feel good measures.

Feinstein is the one writing the Federal AWB bill... :facepalm:

SanPedroShooter
01-04-2013, 9:38 PM
Why do these people keep using "the gun lobby"? The NRA is US. It is an organization of hundreds of thousands of INDIVIDUAL GUN OWNERS. It is not a trade organization.

Yes. And hundered thousand should be changed to several million.

tcrpe
01-04-2013, 10:03 PM
Not a damn word about mental health.

Nope, don't want to address the problem, which is psychopaths, they merely want to outlaw self-defense.

Librarian
01-04-2013, 11:25 PM
Oh, lord, I missed this the first time.

here are some people who believe that all gun control measures violate the Second Amendment to the Constitution. This belief is not consistent with constitutional law. The United States Supreme Court in 1980 held in Lewis v. United States that "legislative restrictions on the use of firearms do not trench upon any constitutionally protected liberties." The federal government may regulate the ownership of firearms, and such regulation is vital to curbing violence.

He's actually bringing up Lewis? The fools never provide the context for that quote, so I will address that failing:

http://www.constitution.org/ussc/445-055a.htm

LEWIS v. UNITED STATES, 445 U.S. 55 (1980)

George Calvin Lewis was convicted of being a prior felon who received a firearm.

...
The firearm regulatory scheme at issue here is consonant with the concept of equal protection embodied in the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment if there is "some `rational basis' for the statutory distinctions made . . . or . . . they `have some relevance to the purpose for which the classification is made.'" Marshall v. United States, 414 U.S. 417, 422 (1974), quoting from McGinnis v. Royster, 410 U.S. 263, 270 (1973), and Baxstrom v. Herold, 383 U.S. 107, 111 (1966). See Vance v. Bradley, 440 U.S. 93, 97 (1979).[8] [445 U.S. 55, 66]

Section 1202 (a) (1) clearly meets that test. Congress, as its expressed purpose in enacting Title VII reveals, 18 U.S.C. App. 1201, was concerned that the receipt and possession of a firearm by a felon constitutes a threat, among other things, to the continued and effective operation of the Government of the United States. ...

[Footnote 8] These legislative restrictions on the use of firearms are neither based upon constitutionally suspect criteria, nor do they trench upon any constitutionally protected liberties. See United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174, 178 (1939) (the Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have "some reasonable relationship to [445 U.S. 55, 66] the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia"); United States v. Three Winchester 30-30 Caliber Lever Action Carbines, 504 F.2d 1288, 1290, n. 5 (CA7 1974); United States v. Johnson, 497 F.2d 548 (CA4 1974); Cody v. United States, 460 F.2d 34 (CA8), cert. denied, 409 U.S. 1010 (1972) (the latter three cases holding, respectively, that 1202 (a) (1), 922 (g), and 922 (a) (6) do not violate the Second Amendment).



It's quite true that felon-in-possession laws have been ruled constitutional. Leaving out the "These" from the footnote, referring back to felon-in-possession laws, is dishonesty of the first water.

I find it telling that the good Congressman seems to classify all of us as felons, ineligible to possess firearms.

Bad Voodoo
01-04-2013, 11:27 PM
The subjects are being conditioned to believe we ARE all felons. It's almost working, too.

CenterX
01-04-2013, 11:49 PM
Seems to be written by a hack aid. This style of writing was an F 40-50 years ago.

RAF
01-05-2013, 10:48 AM
I also emailed Nunes, got no response so I called his office. I was greeted by a polite staffer that knew the issues. He informed me Nunes was not supporting the AWB or high cap mag ban and voted against the fiscal cliff deal. Right on Devin ... keeping holding the line brother !

gobler
01-05-2013, 12:09 PM
Love my canned response from Boxer and Chu

United States Senate

Dear Mr. REDACTED:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.

If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov. From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.


Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Please do not respond to this message. If you would like to comment on legislation, please visit my website and use the correspondence form at https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm.

And Judy Chu's

Thank you for taking the time to contact me and give me the benefit of your views. My office has received your letter and I will be in touch. If you need help with a federal agency and are in urgent need of assistance, you may contact my El Monte district office at (626) 448-1271.

The concerns of my constituents are my greatest priority, and you can be certain that I take your thoughts and suggestions with the utmost consideration. I want to be informed on the thoughts and concerns of my constituents on a regular basis, and each message makes a difference. I will do all that I can to ensure that you receive a prompt and substantive reply to your message.

To ensure that you receive my reply, please carefully review your contact information before sending me a message, especially your e-mail address and mailing address. Even with the correct information, sometimes spam or virus filters may prevent you from receiving messages from my office.

If you have not received a response to your message and you believe that some kind of mistake has occurred, do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office by phone at (202) 225-5464. A member of my staff will be more than happy to assist you and make certain that any potential problems are quickly resolved. However, I also ask that you please be patient, as my office receives hundreds and hundreds of letters every week.

Given the high volume of my constituent's letters, I only have the resources to respond to messages within California's 32nd Congressional district. Despite this, I am committed to ensuring every constituent receives a reply. If you don't know if you reside within my district, you may visit https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml to find the correct Member of Congress that represents your area.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I am always careful to keep the thoughts of my constituents in mind as I work on your behalf in the House of Representatives. I would like to invite you to visit my website at chu.house.gov. Please feel free to subscribe to periodic e-mail updates on issues important to you and your family at chu.house.gov/signup.

I am honored to work on your behalf and all who reside in the 32nd District of California.

Yep...

bishop2queen's6
01-05-2013, 12:41 PM
Thank you for contacting me regarding the issue of gun control. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown came under siege from a lone gunman; 26 people, most of them children, tragically were killed. As a nation, we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of the loss, and the existence of so great an evil. In the aftermath of the shooting, gun control proponents have urged the President and Congress to act to restrict assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4) is leading the effort in the House and has introduced legislation to ban the sale or transfer of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. After introduction on January 3, 2012, the High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (H.R. 1378) was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for further action.

I believe that as we engage in a national debate about how to better protect our children, we must not make the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens an easy target. This essential right must be protected to guarantee our safety and our freedom. Sadly there are often no easy answers in stopping the depraved actions of a lone gunman. The National Rifle Association has put forward their own plan to protect students, focusing on armed security, access controls, student and teacher training, and information technology. As discussions continue, rest assured I will keep your views in mind and certainly appreciate your input.

As your Representative in Congress, please be assured that I will continue to be a strong advocate of legislation that preserves our rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Once again, thank you for your correspondence. I hope you will continue to contact me regarding issues of importance to you and your family. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit my website at www.calvert.house.gov and sign up for my weekly e-newsletters. For urgent updates on critical issues, follow me on Twitter (@KenCalvert) and check out my Facebook page (Congressman Ken Calvert).

Sincerely,

KEN CALVERT

Member of Congress

GMG
01-05-2013, 1:37 PM
Nice response from the congressman.

bluzman
01-05-2013, 1:41 PM
Sent to my representative (with the expectation of it doing absolutely no good):

It has come to my attention that when recently asked "Do you support re-enacting the Federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004?", you and several other CA Representatives answered "Yes".

Why do you think reinstating a law that had a 10-year trial with little to no measurable effect seems like a good idea now? The time and effort associated with such an action will be yet another waste of taxpayers money at a time when your focus as my Representative should be on reducing spending.

Furthermore your support for this action or others that seek to produce similar restrictions are an effort to infringe upon of my Second Amendment rights.

For your easy reference, please see http://www.sas.upenn.edu/jerrylee/research/aw_final2004.pdf, "An Updated Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Impacts on Gun Markets and Gun Violence, 1994-2003", particularly Section 10.2 entitled "Potential Consequences of Reauthorizing, Modifying, or Lifting the Assault Weapons Ban". It includes the following statement: "Should it be renewed, the ban might reduce gunshot victimizations. This effect is likely to be small at best and possibly too small for reliable measurement."

I look forward to your reply. I hope that it will be received in timely manner and contain a meaningful, reasoned explanation of your position on this matter of importance.

Respectfully,

Moonshine
01-05-2013, 2:09 PM
I sure wish that's the kind of response I'd get from my congressman...

Tripeaks69
01-05-2013, 2:13 PM
I email Karen Bass last Dec 31, 2013 and I received this auto-reply email same night and had NOT any respond since then.

On Dec 31, 2012, at 8:38 PM, "Rep. Karen Bass" <113-CA37kb.inbox@mail.house.gov> wrote:

"Thank you for taking the time to write to me. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and welcome the opportunity to respond. I will reply to your correspondence shortly.

To learn more about my position on issues important to the 33rd Congressional District, please visit my website at karenbass.house.gov or sign up for my e-newsletter. "


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victor1echo
01-05-2013, 2:16 PM
He is a pig!! I lived in Corona/Norco area and one of my friends arrested him for prostitiution, but the police covered it up. From wiki
In 1993, two Corona, California, police officers found Calvert with a woman in his car, his pants unzipped and his penis exposed. When one officer spotlit the interior of the vehicle, Calvert attempted to drive away. The officers instructed him to stop three times before he complied. Calvert told the police that he and the woman, who said she was a convicted prostitute and a heroin user, were "just talking."[27][28] The Press-Enterprise later went to court to force the Corona police to release the police report.[29]
If you are a politician you can break the law, and the higher ups at the police department will make it go away. He is a PIG. Just my dos centavos.

1Asterisk
01-05-2013, 2:28 PM
[quote] ...I will continue to be a strong advocate of legislation that preserves our rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. [quote]

I'm not one of his constituents, but I think the way he worded his reply was somewhat 'weasley'?

IMO, to say he wants to preserve our 2A rights could mean he would accept legislation allowing the right to keep and bear only 5 shot revolvers and nothing else. Or he might genuinely believe in our un-restricted RKBA. I think he should have been much more specific.

Just my opinion.

speedrrracer
01-05-2013, 2:45 PM
My first reading was that it was a non-committal response, but imo, in this political climate nobody would mention the NRA unless they were either pro-gun or mocking the NRA.

He clearly did not mock the NRA, so my current thought is that he's clearly not an anti, but more than that you can't really say. Not enough information....

sfpcservice
01-05-2013, 3:08 PM
A stiffer penalty probably would have made Adam reconsider carrying firearms through a school zone to commit MURDER.

pismopal
01-06-2013, 8:12 AM
Take a look at the complete roster of our representatives...they are almost ALL Democrats. This state is ruled by Dems from top to bottom and these people are irresponsible tax and spend, welfare state, anti 2nd amendment leftists. We vote them in and then go to them with our hats in our hands to beg them for rights given to us by the constitution. This is simply insane and I am not going to be convinced that many here don't vote for Dems...over and over and then complain about their rights being taken away.:confused:

pismopal
01-06-2013, 8:42 AM
I am waiting for someone to tell that Democrat politicians are not largely...at least, responsible for the necessity of having to beg them to be able to keep most of what we earn and keep firearms as we see fit...without begging. I am waiting:rolleyes:

Green Flash
01-06-2013, 8:51 AM
I have never been too interested in politics until now. I appreciate everyone's help with the form letters and method of contacting the correct people. I prep a few letters a night after work and mail the next day. If you're a gun owner, there's no excuse for not doing your part! Thanks guys!

Here is Scott Peters contact information for the 52nd district:
http://www.scottpeters.com/contact

denubilo
01-07-2013, 12:43 PM
I tried to send this to Mike Thompson but his page would not let me because I am not in his district.
Mr. Thompson
You and I share some concerns over the method to control gun violence.
I am also a Father, grandfather and great grandfather and I am also deeply shocked, not only with the recent school tragedy but in every case where good honest U.S. citizens are impacted with gun violence.
I am also a veteran ( Former Marine), I carried an M-1 and not an assault rifle like you carried in Vietnam. And I sincerely thank you for your service.
I am a gun owner, former hunter and supporter of the Constitution of the United States. I believe the constitution gives law abiding citizens the individual right to own firearms.
I understand guns but cannot understand how you believe that guns as defined in California as “assault Rifles” in any way other than form conform to what you carried in Vietnam! I would certainly expect a combat veteran to be able to tell the difference.
Certainly a combat veteran as yourself would know the difference and I cannot understand why you are misrepresenting this fact. Certainly you must know as someone familiar with the use and purpose of firearms would see that the inclusion of a pistol grip, flash hider and detachable magazine (regardless of capacity) in no way affects the function of the weapon to be anything other than a semi automatic rifle in any other form would serve the same function.
Congress had at one time banned these quasi assault rifles and repealed that ban when statistics showed it had no impact on gun violence!
I am also concerned that it appears that you think of adherence to the tenants of the constitution, specifically Article 2, as arming more people rather than giving the right for law abiding citizens the option to arm themselves.
I am also concerned that you believe that an improvement in background checks will be effective. You certainly must be aware that the greatest incidents of the unlawful use of guns is done by non law abiding citizens who do not comply with the laws to legally acquire guns!
I also do not understand your confusing contradictory statement about no laws will end horrific tragedies and senseless act of violence, but you are proposing laws to try to do that!!
All of this misinformation only serves to deceive my fellow citizens who are not cognizant of the facts, who are also seeking to end any violence in our fine country.
You do a disservice, Sir, to the citizenry, to moral and honest behavior by promoting this misinformation.
Yours sincerely.
Paul de Nubilo

Mad Scotsman
01-07-2013, 2:16 PM
This is a good idea, we need action like this. Are there not any guns rights foundations that have such prepared letter sending campaigns? Perhaps they are waiting for more details on what might be apart of proposed legislation.

I did send this short letter in to my local Rep, feel free to use it as template or edit it how it suits you.

Thank you for the letter, Just e-mailed my Rep.
Will post his response, if I get one.

D'oh!
LaMalfa retired, his post is vacant.
Who votes in his place? or do we not get a dog in this fight?

Sputnik
01-07-2013, 8:50 PM
I just wrote to my new Rep., Barbara Lee. Seems my area was redistricted...
I have no expectation that Ms. Lee will see things my way since she is known as a 'far-left Democrat' but there is nothing to be gained by keeping silent. This issue is, as we all know, far too important to not speak out.
We'll see what she has to say.
Now a bit to the south in Pete Starks old district the newcomer, Eric Swalwell, is described as a 'centrist dem' and I'd urge anyone in the 15th district to give him some mail worth considering! There may be hope for him, I hope.

ZNinerFan
01-09-2013, 5:34 AM
Sent an email to Jeff Denham a few minutes ago. I'll update this post with his response when I receive it.

wjc
01-09-2013, 7:33 PM
From Rep. Anna Eschoo, CA-14


Dear <my name? ,



Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about calls for increased federal gun control in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate the time you took to write to me, and while we may not agree completely on this issue, I welcome your thoughts on it.



Like you, I respect the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of our great democracy. The Framers supported the right of colonists to defend themselves against the British Empire , and at the time of the Second Amendment's drafting, they were concerned that the absence of a "well-regulated militia" could jeopardize the entire American democratic experiment.



O ur founding fathers never contemplated , however, whether the open availability of modern military hardware would be necessary to ensure individual liberty in the 21 st century. High-capacity ammunition magazines, high-powered assault rifles, and even semi-automatic weapons had yet to be invented , so it now falls upon us to determine the place of modern, high ly lethal weapons of war in civil society.



The right of responsible citizens to keep and bear arms must be carefully weighed against the right of all Americans to live in a safe society—and as such, responsible steps can and must be taken to protect the latter without infringing upon the former. Closing the " gun show " loophole, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, and improving the system of background checks for gun purchasers will do nothing to infringe upon the right of citizens to keep and use firearms for recreational, subsistence, or even self-defense purposes.



Please know that while we may not agree on the effectiveness of particular gun control policies, I profoundly respect your views and will keep them in mind as Congress considers these matters .

If you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me, and I always need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.



Typical brushoff.

Feinstein and Boxer are a no-show...

wazdat
01-11-2013, 12:14 PM
A message from me to Duncan Hunter on January 9th.

Dear Representative Hunter,

I have read your responses to fellow citizens that have expressed their concern over the gun control frenzy that has erupted in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting and wanted to take a moment to express my thoughts.

Like you, I am a veteran and although I have long since retired from military service I believe deeply in the 2nd Amendment and the oath that I took to defend the Constitution. Our founding fathers knew that an unarmed populace would be subject to the same tyranny that they had left behind in England. They were determined to place the citizens of this country on equal footing with any armed force that a runaway government might try to turn on its own. As such, you and your fellow members of Congress should resist any attempt to ban or restrict the sale, possession or use of semi-automatic weapons and standard capacity magazines. There should be no bargaining with our fundamental rights to keep and bear arms that are in common use (see Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia). In addition, it appears that our President may intend to bypass Congress altogether and restrict our 2nd amendment rights though executive order. I urge you and the other members of Congress to resist these efforts also and to challenge them in court if necessary.

Thank you,


Reply received January 11th


Dear Mr. Wazdat:

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts and concerns related to the tragic attack in Connecticut. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you on this important issue.

Like you, I was deeply saddened when I heard of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this tragedy.

At the same time, I also recognize that when situations like these arise, the first reaction is to advocate for additional gun control laws and restrictions that may not be necessary. I can assure you that I share your support for the fundamental right of law-abiding citizens to safely and responsibly possess firearms and do not believe in restricting our constitutional rights.

Moreover, I encourage efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and street-gangs, and believe that those who violate our state and federal gun laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Please know that I remain committed to upholding the Second Amendment and will carefully consider all bills that would limit the ability of responsible Americans to purchase and possess firearms with your thoughts in mind.

Thank you again for contacting me. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Sincerely,

Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress


Yes, I know it's a form letter sent from one of his staffers, but I've had other conversations with him in person concerning 2A rights and I know where he stands. He's firmly on the side of gun rights.

intruder1_92tt
01-11-2013, 8:13 PM
I emailed my reps, Feinstein and Bera (talk about not having my views represented), earlier today. We'll see if either of them even bother to respond.

rplusplus
01-12-2013, 7:08 AM
Response from Duncan Hunter 50th Dist. Form letter but he's firm. Emphasis mine.

Dear Mr. <rplusplus>:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns for protecting Second Amendment rights in lieu of the tragic attack in Connecticut. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you on this important issue.

I was deeply saddened when I heard of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Further, I can assure you that I share your support for the fundamental right of law-abiding citizens to safely and responsibly possess firearms and do not believe in restricting our constitutional rights.

As you know, Senator Dianne Feinstein intends to introduce legislation that would prohibit the sale, transfer, importation, and manufacturing of high-capacity magazines. Like you, I am concerned with any legislation that further infringes upon the ideals outlined in the Second Amendment.

When tragedies like this arise, the first reaction by some is to advocate for stricter gun control laws and regulations that may not be necessary. Instead, it is my firm belief that those who violate our state and federal gun laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Rest assured that as any gun legislation is debated at the federal level, I will continue fighting to protect our Second Amendment rights with your specific thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Sincerely,

Duncan Hunter

CopperDropper
01-12-2013, 11:28 AM
On the Federal level I sent emails to Obama, Biden, Feinstein, Boxer, Capps (my district rep... sorry, actually "sorry" for all the above) last week but haven't heard anything back yet (no surprise). Additionally, I also sent emails to several other pro-gun senators stating dismay with "my" representatives who have no apparent concern for protecting my (our) 2A rights and asking them to keep in mind those of us with no true representation.

On the state level I sent emails to Brown, Monning and Achadjian. As above, no response.

It's an uphill battle no doubt, but one we must make with unwavering commitment.

dlu04
01-12-2013, 11:54 AM
I fired off letters to Feinstein, Boxer, and Sherman a couple of weeks ago. Big surprise, no response from Feinstein or Boxer (to date). Sherman on the other hand acknowleges my letter(s) but needs to verify my zip code before he can respond. I've lived in his district since the "POS" was elected into office (no, I did not vote for him).

patriot_man
01-12-2013, 5:15 PM
I got the same brush off from Eshoo.

Said we need to ban hi capacity magazines and the whole nine yards.

Tripeaks69
01-12-2013, 5:33 PM
I never hear for Karen Bass' Office other than the autoreply email few minutes after I sent my email last Dec 31.

" Response to your email from Rep. Karen Bass
December 31, 2012 8:38PM

Thank you for taking the time to write to me. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and welcome the opportunity to respond. I will reply to your correspondence shortly.

To learn more about my position on issues important to the 33rd Congressional District, please visit my website at karenbass.house.gov or sign up for my e-newsletter. "

Anyone think this emailing our Honorable (?) Representatives are EFFECTIVE. Are they really reading it or this kind off email and ONLY read and trashed by their Staff.




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JBBenson
01-13-2013, 7:17 PM
I am in the NEW 18th CA State Senate district, but cannot find my representative. The 18th is not even listed on any election results websites, ballotpeida.org or any others.

The CA assembly webpage directs me to Alex Padilla (20), but the map on his page doesn't cover my area. I was in the 23rd (Fran Pavley), she won reelection, but now she covers the 27th. The NRA site claims that my district is split between three State Senators from nearby districts, Carol Liu (25) and Curren Price (26), also Jean Fuller(18) who seems OK but she is from Bakersfield, so can't be her.

I am confused. I am usually pretty good at figuring this stuff out. Lame.

The CA assembly websites don't seem to be updated yet, or does anyone have a new, updated one that has the newly elected State Senators assigned to their new districts?

ssaction
01-13-2013, 9:59 PM
Received this automated reply:

Thank you for your e-mail. Your views are very important to me and I appreciate that you took the time to share your concerns and opinions with me.

My office has received your e-mail and it is currently being processed through our correspondence system. Rest assured that I will be made aware of your opinions and concerns.

I encourage you to look at my website, where you can learn more about the services I can provide to constituents.

For example, I can:

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* Help you locate federal grants; and
* Request a flag be flown over the capitol for you.

Learn more about the services I can provide to you at http://honda.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=3

Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor serving you.

Sincerely,
Congressman Mike Honda


Stay up to date about national issues that impact you and your family with my enewsletter (http://honda.house.gov/). I also encourage you to tell me your thoughts about the issues impacting our nation on my blog (http://honda.house.gov/blog).


I guess I will use his tour planning services if I ever visit Washington DC.

lhecker51
01-14-2013, 8:55 AM
With the exception of a small minority of politicians, your rights are now on the table during debt ceiling negotiations. They will be willing to compromise on gun control in order to get what they want regarding spending, taxes, debt, etc. Now is the time to let them know. It does not matter if new gun control laws are unconstitutional because they do not care. It will take years before any unconstitutional laws are struck down be the SCOTUS and in the interim, they won the battle by claiming they "did something".

lhecker51
01-14-2013, 9:05 AM
A stiffer penalty probably would have made Adam reconsider carrying firearms through a school zone to commit MURDER.

My solution to thugs that use firearms when committing a crime is the mandatory removal of their hands. This would serve as a deterrent and ensure they never did it again.

roushstage2
01-14-2013, 7:51 PM
This was a response I got back from McClintock today for one of the messages/letters I've sent him:

Dear roushstage2:

Thank you for writing to express your support for protecting Second Amendment rights.

I firmly believe that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to our way of life, and no less important than the other rights outlined in the Constitution. Unfortunately, many don't see it this way. Time and again the same folks who vigorously defend a criminal's rights are happy to see restrictions placed on a law abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms.

I am working hard to stop this trend – Second Amendment rights shouldn't be given second class treatment. I have consistently opposed legislation that would infringe on the right to bear arms, like the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing Act, which would require licensing, photographs, thumbprints, and other intrusive hurdles before a law-abiding citizen could own a gun.

I have also co-sponsored bills which make our Second Amendment rights more secure. One of these is the Citizens' Self-Defense Act, which makes clear a right to self-defense in one's own home. Additionally, I am a co-sponsor of a bi-partisan bill which would modernize or roll back a number of outdated and inflexible firearms laws and regulations.

Thanks again for taking time to contact me. Please don't hesitate to do so in the future regarding this or any other issue.


Sincerely,

Tom

dlu04
01-14-2013, 8:01 PM
That man has his act together. I wish there were more like McClintock in office

TheBigLebowski
01-14-2013, 9:44 PM
I am down in Chula Vista our rep is Juan Vargas (good luck with what I read about that guy) but he was not in his office the first time I emailed my Senators. I started to go down the list and emailed the first 20 CA Congressmen and sprinkled in about 10 others from various counties that looked like good people. NO REPLY FROM ANY OF THEM except one. I will post what I wrote (sorry if you don't agree with all I wrote ahead of time) and I will post the ONE reply I got.

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Dear Mrs. CongressPerson, (we have no representative yet for the 51st district)
I am writing you in connection to your stance on gun control (more specifically) your stance on assault looking weapons.
Who am I? My name is . I hold a Bachelors , I joined the Navy at 30 enlisted , I was Honorable Discharged. I was stationed aboard a ship in San Diego where I encountered the "Facebook/MySpace" generation. I was the lead communications technician (internet) aboard my ship. I graduated college in 2000 during the .com bubble. I would like to think I am an expert at the social impact the Internet has had on Society. I by no means have "every" angle but I have been paying attention. (I've been secretly studying the ****, but I didn't write this) In the Navy I was stationed aboard a ship where most of the individuals were between 5 and 10 years old when the USS Cole and World Trade Centers happened (means nothing to them.) I had my first "real" job then and got laid off, I was dating an American Airlines stewardess on Sept 11 2001. I know that the Military is plagued with gangs and Immigrants. My sense of Patriotism was really tested on a daily basis. I am also an avid gamer. I have played PC games since as long as I can remember 1988 playing Oregon Trail. My favorite President was Ronald Reagan. Today I am thirty-. I coached Pop Warner Football for 3 years 2001-2003.
I am writing you because I want to point out that I do not feel the inanimate tools called guns are the issue. You are making a mistake.
What is the issue? Mrs. CongressPerson, as I grow older I look back and think what is wrong? What could have been better? What are the younger generation missing? And I want to tell you some things that really standout in my mind. Facebook bullying - Facebook is a communications device for youngsters to communicate in secret on an updated basis to plot against others. It is a website designed around jealousy/envy. These are adult games and Facebook is still 13+. Why is it not 18+ and deemed Adult orientated material? Does a 13 year old need a Facebook page? Don't you think kids should learn how to interact with one another before they become socially numb to Internet Buddies?
First Person Shooter video games - I am sorry but these are not for children. Playing games in First Person numbs children into feeling the world around them does not affect them. Labels should be created that these style of games are for adults 18+ not children, this is also for Twitter and for Facebook. Children need to know Justin Beiber is not just a Tweet away and he is not your friend. Online Social Groups/websites whatever you want to call them need to be limited to Adults. Where is the ESRB? (Entertainment Software Rating Board) for webpages? Facebook is nothing more than a commercial enterprise preying on our young people and marketing to them. (For good or bad they don’t care)
And finally and I think one of the most Important. Movies. Movies have such a dramatic impact on society. Children and some adults replicate what they see portrayed on the Silver Screen. I believe that copyrights need to be changed. Movies as we know them have only been around for 50 years but have had such a significant impact on us. Today all I see is Batman and guns and Lone Assassins movies. (Don't get me wrong those are great movies) What happened to American Graffiti, E.T., Goonies they are not popular and they are still under copyright. We should release old movies when they become 20-25 years old this way the younger generation will be able to see where the older generations are coming from as well as instill good old "American" values. What happened to Threes Company, Lavern and Shirley, Grease? Now we have Survivor (bully the other guy off the Island), Or Kardashians (Beauty, Popularity and Fame are more important than doing what is right) Copyright laws are ancient and applied to patents and works of art. But movies are some children's only education and their influence is immeasurable. Plus isn't that why Directors made movies in the first place to impact society? Tell their story? Well I hold them just as accountable in the end for any of these American Tragedies.
In addition I feel that guns are a necessary evil, the Cartels have guns and there is no stopping the drugs and Illegal Immigrants into this country and it has to stop somewhere. You should know this. If the Cartels don't get guns from the U.S. they will get them from South America. Living in Chula Vista and wearing an American Flag is seen as intimidation in any store I walk into. I have been in altercations just because I have been wearing this type of clothing. Should I stop? I will not. Even if I end up shot on the side of the street. Finally Mrs. CongressPerson I don't think Americans who live near the border should fear for their lives! From Cartels or gangs or anybody and I think you should Not Ban Assault Looking Weapons. They are not the real problem. The Internet and media needs to be looked at and dealt with, with a careful hand. What would the cops in the North Hollywood shootout have done if they couldn’t get heavier assault weapons and ammo at the gun shop?

Respectfully,

Me

P.S. I would like to see a Principle/Teacher concealed carry program.

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And my reply:
From "Yours Truly" Mr. Dana Rohrabacher

Dear Me:

Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding gun control in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

First and foremost, no words can adequately describe the unspeakable crime that occurred in Connecticut. As a father of three, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible event, as well as to their families and loved ones. Now is the time to pause and reflect on how we can prevent such events in the future in a manner consistent with our rights and values.

Gun control is a constitutional issue that requires thoughtfully looking at all of the facts in order to avoid unintended consequences. Often, gun control laws do not accomplish what they are intended to. Just as we saw with prohibition, such laws can perpetuate crime, underground markets and empower criminals and cartels. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a majority of guns used by criminals are stolen, bought on the black market, or obtained in other illegal ways. As seen more recently in Connecticut, a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation, it is very difficult to keep weapons from being acquired by "high-risk" individuals.

I remain open to discussing any measures that would help prevent attacks such as the Connecticut shooting. Focusing solely on controlling guns is not a useful tack, however. We must also look at what active steps we can take to help troubled people before they use weapons to harm innocent people. President Obama recently announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading up a task force to form the Administration's policies to curb gun-related violence. Hopefully the resulting suggestions do not focus solely on more laws restricting guns, while shying away from other measures that might prevent or stop shootings such as the one that was perpetrated in Connecticut.

As we continue to work on gun-related violence issues in the 113th Congress, you can rest assured I will keep your views in mind. Again, thank you for giving me the benefit of your views. Please continue to keep me informed on any federal issue of importance to you.

Sincerely,
Dana Rohrabacher
Member of Congress

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Probably a chain letter but it felt good. Since, I have sent a short "No Assault Weapons Ban" to my Congressman Juan Vargas and no reply.

Sorry if you disagree with my views...but in hindsight you can't bargain with these people they have no clue and are honed in on taking guns...guns have legs and can walk around and shoot by themselves, who knew?.

Jonsey
01-17-2013, 1:06 PM
I e-mailed Feinstein and Ed Royce. No response so far.

mjr
01-17-2013, 6:03 PM
Thank you for taking the time to email Assemblymember Kristin Olsen. Assemblymember Olsen is a strong supporter of gun-owner rights and does not believe that making more stringent gun laws is the answer. She agrees with you that we must tackle the issue of mental health because that is one of the root issues.

acwbart
01-22-2013, 12:54 PM
Emailed Congressman Campbell,
urging him to vote against any legislation that would further limit firearms or ammunition use or accessibility.
Will post any reply.

mq9reaper
01-22-2013, 2:02 PM
Emailed my reps as well. Feinstein, Boxer and Peters. Still waiting for a reply...

DPmax
01-22-2013, 6:48 PM
Got this from Dana Rohrabacher today, it would have been in response to the Ruger emailer I sent. No reply from any of the others it would have gone to.

Dear xxxxxxx:

Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding the President's plan on gun control. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

As you may know, on January 16, 2013, President Obama announced his proposal to curb gun related violence, which included 23 executive orders. While I was hopeful for actual solutions to a real problem, the President's proposals were either duplicative, thus unnecessary, or they focused the government's authority and power on controlling honest citizens rather than making it more likely to disarm criminals.

Gun control is a constitutional issue that requires thoughtfully looking at all of the facts in order to avoid unintended consequences. While I remain open to discussing any measures that would help prevent attacks such as the Connecticut shooting, solely focusing on controlling guns and law abiding citizens is not a useful tack. There are some proposals, such as background checks, which have value but concern needs to be given so such measures do not violate the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.

Often, gun control laws do not accomplish what they are intended to. Just as we saw with prohibition, such laws can perpetuate crime, underground markets and empower criminals and cartels. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a majority of guns used by criminals are stolen, bought on the black market, or obtained in other illegal ways. As seen more recently in Connecticut, a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation, it is very difficult to keep weapons from being acquired by "high-risk" individuals. With this in mind, I do not believe we should place any undue or unnecessary burdens on law-abiding citizens in regard to the lawful acquisition, possession, or use of firearms for lawful activity.

As we continue to work on gun-related violence issues in the 113th Congress, you can rest assured I will keep your views in mind. Again, thank you for giving me the benefit of your views. Please continue to keep me informed on any federal issues of importance to you.


Sincerely,
Dana Rohrabacher
Member of Congress

Tripeaks69
01-23-2013, 9:15 PM
Reply from Congressman Adam Schiff:

January 23, 2013

Dear Mr. "Tripeaks69"

Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and your support for the Second Amendment. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome your input.

I share your interest in preserving the Second Amendment right to bear arms. I often went hunting with my father when I was young and our family had been responsible gun owners for many years. I continue to enjoy shooting clays and target practice, although I seldom have the time to go to a range anymore. My father taught me to use firearms safely and to have respect for them and the risks that they pose, much like he taught me to swim and respect the power of the ocean.

I do not feel that the Second Amendment precludes us from instituting a system of universal background checks, and most gun owners (and non-gun owners) support the institution of such a requirement. I also feel that assault weapons and high capacity magazines should be reserved for members of our armed services who need them in combat, and realize that our views differ on this matter. Plainly though, we can agree that we must do more to ensure that those who suffer from mental illness get the treatment they need, and do not get access to guns. In far too many of the recent shootings that have plagued our nation, we learn that the perpetrators suffered from some type of mental illness. Currently, mental health records are included in the background check system at the discretion of the states. In many states, those records are rarely if ever updated and there is no requirement to report them. California has strong laws requiring mental health records to be included in the background check database, but many other states, have no similar requirement. I believe Congress should explore this issue immediately.

Let's work together to bring an end to these terrible mass shootings, and at the same time, protect the rights of lawful gun owners to participate in hunting and sport activities and defend their family and homes. It is the fundamental right of every individual to protect themselves and their loved ones. As we work to protect the nation from the proliferation of these mass shootings and everyday gun violence by criminals, please be assured that I will keep your views in mind.

An on-going job of a Representative in Congress is to help constituents solve problems with federal agencies, access services, and get their questions answered promptly. On my website, I offer a detailed guide to the services my office can provide to you as a constituent. I also encourage you to subscribe to the Washington Update, my email newsletter which contains information on local events, my work in Washington, and even lets you weigh in on important issues through online polls. Visit me online at http://schiff.house.gov to subscribe. Please know that you can always reach me at (818) 450-2900 or (323) 315-5555 or via my website if I can ever be of additional assistance.

Again, thank you for your input. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Sincerely,

Adam B. Schiff

Member of Congress

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

DPmax
01-24-2013, 9:02 PM
This would be a reply from Ruger's email campaign...

Dear xxxxxxxxx:
Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.
If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov. From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
Please do not respond to this message. If you would like to comment on legislation, please visit my website and use the correspondence form at https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm.

EL_NinO619
01-24-2013, 10:02 PM
^ same letter I got from Frankenstein. This whole situation is ALL BAD.. We must fight, we must win.

mrrabbit
01-24-2013, 10:38 PM
That man has his act together. I wish there were more like McClintock in office

I wish the man would run for President. Anytime my wife and I see his name on any ballot - we don't even discuss it - instant vote!

=8-)

Tripeaks69
01-25-2013, 12:38 AM
This would be a reply from Ruger's email campaign...

Dear xxxxxxxxx:
Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.
If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov. From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
Please do not respond to this message. If you would like to comment on legislation, please visit my website and use the correspondence form at https://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/policycomments.cfm.

Received @ 7:45 PM, the same email/response from boxer..


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

AKSOG
01-25-2013, 8:03 AM
I got a lengthily response from Loretta Sanchez. Unfortunately based on the confidentiality clause attached to it I don't think it can be reposed on here legally.

This e-mail may contain PRIVILEGED OR CONFIDENTIAL information and is intended only for the use of the specific individual(s) to whom it is addressed. It may contain information that is privileged and confidential under state and federal law. This information may be used or disclosed only in accordance with law, and you may be subject to penalties under law for improper use or further disclosure of the information in this e-mail. If you have received this e-mail in error, please let our office know and then delete this email. Thank you.

In a nutshell she says she does not support gun control or preventing responsible Americans from gun ownership. However she does go on quite a bit in regards to supporting more mental health access and coverage. It seems as though she feels individuals with mental health issues having access to guns is something that needs addressed. Take that as you will.

emptybottle151
01-25-2013, 12:03 PM
Dear EmptyBottle151,

Thank you for writing to share your thoughts on gun ownership. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response. Each week, I receive over 2,000 pieces of mail, and it often takes me longer to respond than I would like.

I have always respected the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Americans who observe the law should be allowed to own firearms legally and without harassment. At the same time, I'm haunted by the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. Those twenty-six lives were taken from us too early. And not too long ago, a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado took the lives of six people, injuring 58 others. As I watch my friend and former colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, recover from her injuries sustained just over two years ago in a shooting in Tucson, I must ask myself: what are we doing to prevent these tragedies from happening again?

I believe we can honor the Second Amendment while keeping the deadliest weapons out of our neighborhoods. As a former mental health social worker, I think it's imperative that we make it easier to get treatment for mental illnesses. We need to review our current background check process to ensure that guns are kept out of the wrong hands. I understand your concerns but I do believe that we seriously need to revisit the expiration of the assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans. Rest assured, I will continue to advocate for responsible measures that will reduce and hopefully one day prevent senseless acts of violence, while upholding Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. As your representative, I both need and value your perspective. Please sign up for my E-Newsletter at my website http://house.gov/susandavis/ if you would like to receive regular updates about what is happening in Congress.


With warm regards,

SUSAN A. DAVIS
Member of Congress
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bearflag
01-25-2013, 12:36 PM
This was a response I got back from McClintock today for one of the messages/letters I've sent him:

Tom McClintock is the MAN, my family has always been good friends with him when he lived in Thousand Oaks. Truely one of the only people in Congress who you can count on to be philisophically consistent.

Mr.1904
01-25-2013, 1:10 PM
Reply from Scott Peterson:
Dear Mr.


Thank you for contacting me about our nation's gun laws. I appreciate hearing from you.

I understand the concern expressed by many; that the implementation of new gun legislation could infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. I fully support the rights conveyed by the Second Amendment and respect every American's right to own guns for purposes of sporting, collection, and/or self-protection. I agree with those who believe that the problem does not lie in the hands of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.

I also believe that in the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown—and Aurora, Tucson, and Columbine before that—we must do what is in our power to prevent these massacres. These events demand that we engage in a rational and nonpartisan discussion that leads to lower rates of gun violence.

The approach I favor is comprehensive. We must improve awareness surrounding and treatment of the mental health issues that contribute to these acts of violence. We must ensure that local law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources they need to keep our schools, families, and neighborhoods safe. We need to do a better job of enforcing existing gun laws and I believe that requiring a background check for every gun purchase will help us accomplish that. We also need to agree that there are certain types of weapons and ammunition originally intended for military use that should not be readily available to the public.

Thank you, again, for contacting me. Please know that I value your input as I continue to represent San Diego's interests in Washington. If I can be of further assistance on this or any other matter, I hope you'll be in touch.


Sincerely,

Scott Peters
Member of Congress


"We also need to agree that there are certain types of weapons and ammunition originally intended for military use that should not be readily available to the public. " - That's the part that bothers me. Don't we already have an AWB in CA? They want to expand on that? I replied to him stating that i disagree with any further restrictions on weapons.

CopperDropper
01-25-2013, 2:35 PM
Let's see..... I originally sent my emails on 01/12 and finally received an automated response and the attached email from my "so called" representative Lois Capps today.

__________________________________________________ _______________

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about legislation regarding firearms. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you on this very important issue.

I support the constitutional right of citizens to bear arms. I also support commonsense measures to reduce and prevent the type of violence we see all too often, most recently in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and a host of other communities. For example, I believe we must do more to diagnose and treat the mentally ill and that we should work to reduce the influence that violence in the media has on our kids. However, I also support reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons, similar to the one California already has in state law. And I believe every gun purchase should entail a background check, to reduce the likelihood of felons and deeply mentally ill individuals being able to purchase firearms. And while the state of California requires a background check for the vast majority of guns purchased, currently there is no federal requirement that a background check be conducted for all gun purchases, which allows criminals to easily buy firearms.

I believe there are a host of policies that the vast majority of Americans can agree on that could reduce the likelihood of guns ending up in the wrong people's hands while we continue to honor the constitutionally protected right to bear arms and not unduly burden the legitimate rights of lawful citizens. I hope that we can work together, in a bipartisan manner, to reduce the amount of violence in our society. I am interested in hearing the public discussion in the coming days and weeks on these issues and the policies being proposed, such as universal background checks, requiring gun owners to alert the police if their gun has been stolen, and having law enforcement fully enforce the laws that are already in place. Although we may disagree on some aspects of this issue, I believe that we as a nation can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them.

Thank you again for contacting me. Rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind as these issues are discussed in the 113th Congress. Please keep in touch by visiting my website, liking my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or signing up for my e-newsletter.

Sincerely,

LOIS CAPPS
Member of Congress

__________________________________________________ _______________

Not a surprise that there will be no help for protecting the 2A from Capps. Obviously to her, we cannot let facts get in the way of our decision making and rerspond solely on emotions! I'll keep voting for "the other candidate" and maybe, just maybe well get lucky someday. I'm not holding my breath though.

toby77
01-25-2013, 3:43 PM
emailed congresswomen Judy Chu from the 27th district, will update once hear anything back

kauaibuilt
01-26-2013, 12:11 AM
I know this is a CA oriented thread but I used the Ruger site to send it to my WA elected officials. I did it before the bills were introduced and the day they started to roll it all out.

Sen Randi Becker (R) - "It's natural that people demand action following an event like last month's shooting, but I agree that it's also important that we not legislate out of emotion, but rather focus on facts."

State Rep JT Wilcox (R) - "Thank you for your email and for sharing your concerns with me. I am a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights and will do what I can to protect those rights. I swore an oath January 14th to "uphold the Constitution and laws of the United State of America, the Constitution and the laws of the state of Washington." I stand by that oath."

Senator Maria Cantwell - "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." - It just gets worse after that sentence...

Rep Gary Alexander (R) - "I agree that the focus on increasing gun restrictions is misguided and that we need to focus on improving mental health services and enforcing gun laws already on the books. It is unlikely I would vote in favor of increasing gun restrictions."

Rep Denny Heck (D) - "First, I believe that doing nothing is not an option." "Second, I believe that all proposals aimed at reducing gun violence should be evaluated in an evidence-based way." "Third, I believe we must strike a reasonable balance between respecting the Second Amendment and the need to keep our communities safe." "...I believe we need to look beyond gun laws." My favorite sentence - "The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled in favor of the right of individual firearm ownership and Congress and the President need to respect this."

Govenor Jay Inslee (D) - "The Governor appreciates each and every one of the thousands of contacts she has received from people all across the state over the last few months. The issues, comments and concerns from each of you are important to her as we face these difficult times."

Senator Patty Murray (D) - "There is no question that we can and should limit access to the assault style weapons of war that are on our streets and that are too often being used to kill innocent people indiscriminately. I have repeatedly voted for an assault weapons ban and will do so again as soon as we can get a bill to the Senate floor."

MIA responses:
President Barack Obama (D)
Vice President Joseph Biden (D)
Rep. Jim McCune (R-WA)
Atty. General Rob McKenna (R-WA).

JBBenson
01-26-2013, 9:08 AM
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Then, find your new CA Assemblyperson, CA State Senator, or U.S. Congressional Representative here:

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Surf Hunter
01-26-2013, 9:32 AM
mailed letters and emailed mine. Not like it will do any good, mine are Feinstine, Boxer and Spier. My area is screwed.

Mr Grass Stains
01-26-2013, 2:27 PM
Received this automated reply:


I guess I will use his tour planning services if I ever visit Washington DC.

I actually got something from Honda but it's not good news. The email is below:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear Mr. *********,

Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate hearing the views of my constituents, and I am glad you took the time to correspond with me about this important matter.

As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I recognize that the United States Constitution guarantees our citizens the right to keep and bear arms. At the same time that we can all acknowledge this basic right, I believe that we should also be able to come together to develop reasonable laws designed to ensure that the right to bear arms is exercised safely and responsibly. Just as we all celebrate and defend the First Amendment but also understand that practical limits must be in place, such as not shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater, so too should we be able to respect the Second Amendment while simultaneously supporting commonsense regulations.

The heartbreaking elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and 7 adults dead is a stark reminder of the continued culture of violence that prevails in this country. The shocking nature of this tragedy brought an end to our country's detachment from the disturbing trend of gun violence and replaced it with a resolute call for change. President Obama, in response, established a working group on gun violence tasked with presenting real reforms. I believe we must take a three-pronged approach to solve this terrible problem.

First, we must recognize that this is a problem greater than just gun control. It has to do with our nation and its socioeconomic policies. We must gain a holistic understanding of the various factors causing violence and, in turn, provide a comprehensive solution. The 2012 Peace Index, a yearly study done by the Institute for Economics and Peace on the cost of violence across the world, found that the least violent states in America have some of the highest rates of health insurance coverage, high school graduation, educational opportunity, and perceived access to basic services, as well as among the lowest rates of income inequality, poverty, teen pregnancy and infant mortality.

These findings are especially relevant in light of Congress' current budget, deficit and debt negotiations. At a time when many are struggling to find economic opportunity, many in the Republican Party want to cut basic social services that keep many people afloat -- and safe. We must promote policies that strengthen communities from the ground up if we are to prevent tragedies that shock them through their cores.

Second, we must understand the role that gun laws play in gun violence. As a gun owner myself, I respect the rights of gun owners and the Second Amendment. These rights, however, are subject to restrictions to ensure the safety of all citizens. Our nation already has a framework, though certainly not perfect, for proper background checking and licensing. Under Republican leadership, however, Congress has severely underfunded the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – resulting in an incomplete background database that hasn't expanded to all fifty states. The severe lack of resources also prevents the Bureau from conducting yearly inspections, as mandated by federal law, of all federally licensed gun dealers. Congress has also undermined the efforts of law enforcement personnel by restricting them from fully tracking gun purchases, uses, and sales through a series of measures known as the Tiahrt Amendments.

This is unacceptable. I strongly believe in the need to not only provide the resources and authority to enforce gun laws that are already on the books, but also to re-enact the federal assault weapons ban, with even tighter restrictions that remove some of the loopholes of the original ban. When the original 1994 to 2004 ban was in effect, gun violence and mass shootings fell dramatically. A ban should be a ban across the board.

Third, we need to improve the state of mental health care in our nation. There is no reason that it should be easier to purchase a lethal weapon in our country than it is get a mental health screening. This is why I have advocated for the concept of mental health parity throughout my career in Congress. We must ensure that we consider mental ailments on the same level as physical ailments. We must promote yearly screenings for mental health, like we do for physical health, and push for full coverage of these screenings by health insurance companies. This can be done by providing incentives to insurers and patients, like we do for physicals, for completing yearly mental health screenings. We must educate individuals, their families, and the general population about the clear warning signs of trauma and social disengagement.

As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education;the former Chair of the Committee on Public Safety in the California Assembly; a former County Supervisor in Santa Clara County; and an educator of 30 years, I have been on the front line of these issues for decades. I believe we owe it to the victims of these heart wrenching tragedies and their families to make real and lasting progress on the issue of gun violence, by taking a holistic approach, now.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.

Sincerely,
Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

violentmouse
01-26-2013, 3:33 PM
It appears we now live in a time when the rights of the people of one of the largest nations on earth are now belittled for the lives of a few. Our own government would seek to enable criminals to find easier targets as well as prevent the safekeeping of future generations. People like Mr Honda and DiFi should be treated as traitors to the constitution and punished accordingly.

zoid52
01-27-2013, 8:29 AM
The big problem as I see it is that our choice for politicians all comes down to 'a bad choice' or a 'worse choice' And the same IDIOTS keep getting re-elected by the same IDIOTS voting! Time for a revolution!!!

dlu04
01-27-2013, 9:12 AM
To date, Brad Sherman, Feinstein and Boxer have not responded to my messages and emails. Mr. Sherman still requires more information regarding my zip code - even thought I have lived continously in his district since getting into office.

WHAT A JOKE!

wjc
01-27-2013, 4:17 PM
Reply from Congressman Mike Honda, 17th District...probably the longest reply I've ever gotten.


Dear Mr. WJC ,

Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate hearing the
views of my constituents, and I am glad you took the time to correspond with
me about this important matter.

As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I recognize that the United States Constitution
guarantees our citizens the right to keep and bear arms. At the same time that we
can all acknowledge this basic right, I believe that we should also be able to
come together to develop reasonable laws designed to ensure that the right to
bear arms is exercised safely and responsibly. Just as we all celebrate and defend
the First Amendment but also understand that practical limits must be in place,
such as not shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater, so too should we be able to
respect the Second Amendment while simultaneously supporting commonsense regulations.

The heartbreaking elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left
20 children and 7 adults dead is a stark reminder of the continued culture of
violence that prevails in this country. The shocking nature of this tragedy
brought an end to our country's detachment from the disturbing trend of gun
violence and replaced it with a resolute call for change. President Obama, in response,
established a working group on gun violence tasked with presenting real reforms. I believe
we must take a three-pronged approach to solve this terrible problem.

First, we must recognize that this is a problem greater than just gun control. It has
to do with our nation and its socioeconomic policies. We must gain a holistic
understanding of the various factors causing violence and, in turn, provide a
comprehensive solution. The 2012 Peace Index, a yearly study done by the
Institute for Economics and Peace on the cost of violence across the world,
found that the least violent states in America have some of the highest rates
of health insurance coverage, high school graduation, educational opportunity,
and perceived access to basic services, as well as among the lowest rates of
income inequality, poverty, teen pregnancy and infant mortality.

These findings are especially relevant in light of Congress' current budget,
deficit and debt negotiations. At a time when many are struggling to find
economic opportunity, many in the Republican Party want to cut basic social
services that keep many people afloat -- and safe. We must promote policies
that strengthen communities from the ground up if we are to prevent tragedies
that shock them through their cores.

Second, we must understand the role that gun laws play in gun violence. As a
gun owner myself, I respect the rights of gun owners and the Second Amendment.
These rights, however, are subject to restrictions to ensure the safety of all
citizens. Our nation already has a framework, though certainly not perfect, for
proper background checking and licensing. Under Republican leadership, however,
Congress has severely underfunded the National Instant Criminal Background Check
System and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – resulting
in an incomplete background database that hasn't expanded to all fifty
states. The severe lack of resources also prevents the Bureau from conducting
yearly inspections, as mandated by federal law, of all federally licensed gun
dealers. Congress has also undermined the efforts of law enforcement personnel
by restricting them from fully tracking gun purchases, uses, and sales through
a series of measures known as the Tiahrt Amendments.

This is unacceptable. I strongly believe in the need to not only provide the
resources and authority to enforce gun laws that are already on the books,
but also to re-enact the federal assault weapons ban, with even tighter
restrictions that remove some of the loopholes of the original ban. When the
original 1994 to 2004 ban was in effect, gun violence and mass shootings fell
dramatically. A ban should be a ban across the board.

Third, we need to improve the state of mental health care in our nation. There
is no reason that it should be easier to purchase a lethal weapon in our country
than it is get a mental health screening. This is why I have advocated for the
concept of mental health parity throughout my career in Congress. We must ensure
that we consider mental ailments on the same level as physical ailments. We must
promote yearly screenings for mental health, like we do for physical health, and
push for full coverage of these screenings by health insurance companies. This
can be done by providing incentives to insurers and patients, like we do for physicals,
for completing yearly mental health screenings. We must educate individuals, their families,
and the general population about the clear warning signs of trauma and social disengagement.

As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science,
and Related Agencies and Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education;the former Chair
of the Committee on Public Safety in the California Assembly; a former County Supervisor
in Santa Clara County; and an educator of 30 years, I have been on the front line of
these issues for decades. I believe we owe it to the victims of these heart wrenching
tragedies and their families to make real and lasting progress on the issue of gun
violence, by taking a holistic approach, now.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important
issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.

Sincerely,
Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress

Sputnik
01-27-2013, 10:42 PM
Three weeks and no response from Barbara Lee. I think she has me on the 'ignore' list...

KRT
02-04-2013, 6:07 AM
Jeff Denham finally weighed in:

February 4, 2013

Dear LP,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. As a father of two, I share your disbelief over this terrible crime.* My wife Sonia and I send our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the Newtown community during this horrific time and our hearts truly go out to the families of those tragically lost.


I agree with President Obama, who said "There's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society." But what we can do to better curb gun violence is remove criminals from the street before they have a chance to commit a violent crime with a gun.* This would be more effective than denying a responsible citizen's right to own a firearm. We also have more to gain from firearms safety education than we do from gun bans. Educational courses such as hunter's safety will protect more lives, reduce injuries, and prevent more deaths than any legislation restricting firearms.*

I support each American's right to keep and bear arms as outlined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. This position will not waiver as I consider legislation in the House of Representatives. With this right, however, comes a grave responsibility. Those responsibilities include the safe use of firearms, and familiarity and adherence to laws governing their use. These issues are central in taking personal responsibility for the safe use and care of firearms. Again, I don't believe taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizen's will stop criminals, who are intent on violence, from committing these atrocities.*


Once again, thank you for contacting me. I encourage you to stay up to date with my activity in Washington and in the 10th District on my website,*www.denham.house.gov, and on my social media sites:*@RepJeffDenham on Twitter and*Representative Jeff Denham on*Facebook.*
Sincerely,


JEFF DENHAM
United States Representative

ZNinerFan
02-04-2013, 6:25 AM
Got my response from Jeff Denham this morning too. Same response as the poster above.

foomxyooj
02-04-2013, 2:51 PM
I received the same response from Jeff Denham.

diginit
02-07-2013, 7:12 PM
This is his reply... :mad:
The bolded print is the real let down...so scroll down unless you want to read a bunch of BS....
Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate hearing the views of my constituents, and I am glad you took the time to correspond with me about this important matter.
As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I recognize that the United States Constitution guarantees our citizens the right to keep and bear arms. At the same time that we can all acknowledge this basic right, I believe that we should also be able to come together to develop reasonable laws designed to ensure that the right to bear arms is exercised safely and responsibly. Just as we all celebrate and defend the First Amendment but also understand that practical limits must be in place, such as not shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater, so too should we be able to respect the Second Amendment while simultaneously supporting commonsense regulations.
The heartbreaking elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and 7 adults dead is a stark reminder of the continued culture of violence that prevails in this country. The shocking nature of this tragedy brought an end to our country's detachment from the disturbing trend of gun violence and replaced it with a resolute call for change. President Obama, in response, established a working group on gun violence tasked with presenting real reforms. I believe we must take a three-pronged approach to solve this terrible problem.
First, we must recognize that this is a problem greater than just gun control. It has to do with our nation and its socioeconomic policies. We must gain a holistic understanding of the various factors causing violence and, in turn, provide a comprehensive solution. The 2012 Peace Index, a yearly study done by the Institute for Economics and Peace on the cost of violence across the world, found that the least violent states in America have some of the highest rates of health insurance coverage, high school graduation, educational opportunity, and perceived access to basic services, as well as among the lowest rates of income inequality, poverty, teen pregnancy and infant mortality.
These findings are especially relevant in light of Congress' current budget, deficit and debt negotiations. At a time when many are struggling to find economic opportunity, many in the Republican Party want to cut basic social services that keep many people afloat -- and safe. We must promote policies that strengthen communities from the ground up if we are to prevent tragedies that shock them through their cores.

Second, we must understand the role that gun laws play in gun violence. As a gun owner myself, I respect the rights of gun owners and the Second Amendment. These rights, however, are subject to restrictions to ensure the safety of all citizens. Our nation already has a framework, though certainly not perfect, for proper background checking and licensing. Under Republican leadership, however, Congress has severely underfunded the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – resulting in an incomplete background database that hasn't expanded to all fifty states. The severe lack of resources also prevents the Bureau from conducting yearly inspections, as mandated by federal law, of all federally licensed gun dealers. Congress has also undermined the efforts of law enforcement personnel by restricting them from fully tracking gun purchases, uses, and sales through a series of measures known as the Tiahrt Amendments.

This is unacceptable. I strongly believe in the need to not only provide the resources and authority to enforce gun laws that are already on the books, but also to re-enact the federal assault weapons ban, with even tighter restrictions that remove some of the loopholes of the original ban. When the original 1994 to 2004 ban was in effect, gun violence and mass shootings fell dramatically. A ban should be a ban across the board.
Third, we need to improve the state of mental health care in our nation. There is no reason that it should be easier to purchase a lethal weapon in our country than it is get a mental health screening. This is why I have advocated for the concept of mental health parity throughout my career in Congress. We must ensure that we consider mental ailments on the same level as physical ailments. We must promote yearly screenings for mental health, like we do for physical health, and push for full coverage of these screenings by health insurance companies. This can be done by providing incentives to insurers and patients, like we do for physicals, for completing yearly mental health screenings. We must educate individuals, their families, and the general population about the clear warning signs of trauma and social disengagement.

As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education;the former Chair of the Committee on Public Safety in the California Assembly; a former County Supervisor in Santa Clara County; and an educator of 30 years, I have been on the front line of these issues for decades. I believe we owe it to the victims of these heart wrenching tragedies and their families to make real and lasting progress on the issue of gun violence, by taking a holistic approach, now.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.


Sincerely,
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/wlmailhtml:{CCE85701-4114-4B8D-A576-AD74DF387F49}mid://00000046/!x-usc:http://www.honda.house.gov/images/signature_full.jpg
Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress

geocoll
02-07-2013, 7:16 PM
I just emailed peters as well. Is there any hope that the NRA could sue and win like they did with the laws in Illinois?

diginit
02-07-2013, 7:24 PM
hey grass stains! Just noticed that you got the same letter! I doubt if any of our letters are even being read. The form letter is sent automatically and our letters are trashed the second the robot sees the word "oppose"... Our government at work... for the people, by the people, That are ruling the people.

geocoll
02-07-2013, 7:44 PM
Well I got my auto reply from Peters saying he has a volume of emails and will back to me ASAP. He did give me his DC and San Diego office numbers. Guess i will be calling both tomorrow.

denubilo
02-11-2013, 12:40 AM
Does any one have the source and statistics that show a decline in gun violence during the Federal assault ban?

9M62
02-11-2013, 1:04 AM
Does any one have the source and statistics that show a decline in gun violence during the Federal assault ban?

No, because it didn't happen.

eam
02-11-2013, 1:22 AM
Honda wants us all to get yearly mental health screenings from our government controlled health-care system? That's terrifying.

Maybe I've given our current rulers less credit than they deserve. Maybe they are excellent students of history: plenty of 20th century dictators found a government-run mental health system an excellent way to discredit or simply lock away anyone who dared to oppose them.

Who needs to defeat the 2nd Amendment when all you need is a board of tame doctors willing to declare that the desire to own a gun is a sign of dangerous paranoia?

CessnaDriver
02-11-2013, 9:19 AM
Dear XXXXXXXX,

Thank you for writing to share your thoughts on gun ownership. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response. Each week, I receive over 2,000 pieces of mail, and it often takes me longer to respond than I would like.

I have always respected the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Americans who observe the law should be allowed to own firearms legally and without harassment. At the same time, I'm haunted by the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. Those twenty-six lives were taken from us too early. And not too long ago, a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado took the lives of six people, injuring 58 others. As I watch my friend and former colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, recover from her injuries sustained just over two years ago in a shooting in Tucson, I must ask myself: what are we doing to prevent these tragedies from happening again?

I believe we can honor the Second Amendment while keeping the deadliest weapons out of our neighborhoods. As a former mental health social worker, I think it's imperative that we make it easier to get treatment for mental illnesses. We need to review our current background check process to ensure that guns are kept out of the wrong hands. I understand your concerns but I do believe that we seriously need to revisit the expiration of the assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans. Rest assured, I will continue to advocate for responsible measures that will reduce and hopefully one day prevent senseless acts of violence, while upholding Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. As your representative, I both need and value your perspective. Please sign up for my E-Newsletter at my website http://house.gov/susandavis/ if you would like to receive regular updates about what is happening in Congress.


With warm regards,

SUSAN A. DAVIS




There is that meaningless term again "assault weapon".

Well, how hard is it to get a face to face with a house rep???
Looks like an opportunity to attempt to bring some facts in on the matter.
Of course she got an "F" rating once from the NRA.
But her district now includes what used to be Duncan Hunter's so I am a new voice she is supposed to represent!

emptybottle151
02-12-2013, 11:34 AM
Dear emptybottle151,

Thank you for writing with your thoughts about gun control. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response. Each week, I receive over 2,000 pieces of mail, and it often takes me longer to respond than I would like.

First, I would like to thank you for your courageous service to your country. As a Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, I have been a consistent advocate for our brave men and women in uniform.I would also like to assure you that I have always respected the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Americans who observe the law should be allowed to own firearms legally and without harassment.At the same time, I'm haunted by the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, and I believe that a national effort is necessary to ensure that tragedies like this do not happen again.

I believe we can honor the Second Amendment while keeping the deadliest weapons out of our neighborhoods. As a former mental health social worker, I think it's imperative that we make it easier to get treatment for mental illnesses. We need to review our current background check process to ensure that guns are kept out of the wrong hands. I understand your concerns, but I do believe that we seriously need to revisit the expiration of the assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans. Rest assured, I will continue to advocate for responsible measures that will reduce and hopefully one day prevent senseless acts of violence, while upholding Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. As your representative, I both need and value your perspective. Please sign up for my E-Newsletter at my website http://house.gov/susandavis/ if you would like to receive regular updates about what is happening in Congress.


With warm regards,

SUSAN A. DAVIS
Member of Congress

rsacks
02-12-2013, 2:15 PM
Just wrote Feinstein, Boxer, and Eshoo.

Dear_________

I would like to take a few minutes of your time to address the recent push in Washington and Sacramento toward even more restrictive gun laws than we already have.

Many in congress have said that the framers of our democracy had never contemplated the need for weapons in the hands of the civilian population in the 21st century and that the second amendment needs to be revisited or even changed or abolished. I think the premise is dead wrong. I believe from everything I have read (including the federalist papers, Madison, Monroe, Jeffereson, Washington, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution) that they knew exactly how important civilian access to arms was, and continues to be. Not only as a deterrent to a tyrannical government, but mostly as a means of protecting our families, property, and rights.

You can argue against certain types of weapons (for instance I have no issue with the 1934 NFA, and certainly we should not have anti-aircraft weapons or bazookas, or anything like that) but the AR/AK platform of civilian rifles that are semi automatic only are within what passes for a reasonable self defense weapon and should not be banned or controlled more than they already are.

If you want to use Newtown as an example, in California that rifle can not be legally possessed because of it's detachable magazine and is already controlled. Furthermore, that particular rifle was stolen from an owner who did not properly store it even though she knew she was living with an emotially unstable and potentially dangerous son. She paid the ultimate price for that foolishness.

In Heller v District of Columbia, and also McDonald v. Chicago the supreme court has held that the second amendment is an individual right which is not to be infringed. It did not say that if a large number of people are uncomfortable with guns in general then it is ok to infringe the right. it did not say if there are x number of murders it is ok to infringe the right. In fact, as I read both decisions, there is no allowable reason to infringe the right. This is no accident.

Many California senators and representatives say that the second amendment must be carefully balanced in regard to all American's right to live in a safe society. First and foremost, this "right to live in a safe society" is not a right at all, but a goal. A goal does not trump inalienable rights that are granted not by government, but by our creator. If you were to decide that free speech deprives Americans of the right to live in a safe society because it may incite some to violence, would you promote limits on the first amendment? Certainly not. It is impossible to guarantee the safety of all citizens at all times. We have police and fire departments to help with security, but they will be the first to tell you there is only so much they can do and that often we are on our own. Government can not possibly ensure that all Americans live in a safe society.

The sheer number of criminals who prey on our society and will show absolutely no regard for any new gun control laws is reason enough to not infringe on our right to protect ourselves. By being a law abiding American with no criminal record I am able to exercise my second amendment rights and own a gun legally. If, God forbid, someone were to break into my home or accost myself and my family with intent to harm I am able to protect us. Government has no right to try to take that right away from me. Every study done has shown that gun control does not work. How could it? The criminals don't care, and they are the only ones committing the crimes.

The California Sheriff's Association has stated that they do not support the gun control measures being discussed in Sacramento or Washington right now, because they believe as I do and many millions around the nation that self defense is a God given right. If you truly want to make Americans safer, you must address the mental health issues and start working to fund that area to actually do some good. I would hate to see these Draconian measures passed only to cost the taxpayers of California untold millions of dollars in losing court battles. Make no mistake, these laws will never stand up in federal court.

Please, do not try to appease the fears of Californians by punishing perfectly responsible and law abiding gun owners in the state. Let's work on funding mental health facilities, improving education, providing meaningful job opportunities for college and high school grads, and working to enforce the laws we currently have on the books. They are some of the strictest in the nation already. Let's go after the criminals and gangs, not the people who continue to make this state a great place.

Respectfully,

dunndeal
02-12-2013, 4:02 PM
My Congresswoman is Barbara Lee, it would be waste of time requesting she vote against any unconstitutional gun legislation.

Mr Grass Stains
02-12-2013, 5:04 PM
I've been emailing Mike Honda over and over again so I would get him or one of his "peeps" to email me back with something that isn't automated but no such luck. They just send the same email over and over again. My little brother and I and a few other relatives got frustrated so we sent hand-written letters (well more liked typed and printed) yesterday to every California Senator since we can't email all of them. I want to see which one takes the time to write back.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
No, because it didn't happen.

This is the Federal summary report on the Assault weapons ban of 1994 http://www.mediafire.com/view/?9fz0vg8nm4qn1t2.

The author clearly states the ban was neither a hindrance or assistance towards gun violence. In plain English, it was a meaningless law that did more harm than good.

I swear between this "assault weapons" ban and my C&R license becoming useless to me on Jan. 2014, I really may have to move to another state.

emptybottle151
02-12-2013, 9:20 PM
^ Bury them in paper!

CessnaDriver
02-12-2013, 9:37 PM
Dear emptybottle151,

Thank you for writing with your thoughts about gun control. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response. Each week, I receive over 2,000 pieces of mail, and it often takes me longer to respond than I would like.

First, I would like to thank you for your courageous service to your country. As a Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, I have been a consistent advocate for our brave men and women in uniform.I would also like to assure you that I have always respected the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Americans who observe the law should be allowed to own firearms legally and without harassment.At the same time, I'm haunted by the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, and I believe that a national effort is necessary to ensure that tragedies like this do not happen again.

I believe we can honor the Second Amendment while keeping the deadliest weapons out of our neighborhoods. As a former mental health social worker, I think it's imperative that we make it easier to get treatment for mental illnesses. We need to review our current background check process to ensure that guns are kept out of the wrong hands. I understand your concerns, but I do believe that we seriously need to revisit the expiration of the assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans. Rest assured, I will continue to advocate for responsible measures that will reduce and hopefully one day prevent senseless acts of violence, while upholding Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. As your representative, I both need and value your perspective. Please sign up for my E-Newsletter at my website http://house.gov/susandavis/ if you would like to receive regular updates about what is happening in Congress.


With warm regards,

SUSAN A. DAVIS
Member of Congress

Basically same as mine other then the veteran part where she toots her own horn.

Mr Grass Stains
02-12-2013, 9:38 PM
^ Bury them in paper!

I wish! Cost me ~ $300 to accommodate everyone. We went to my uncle's ranch, a little bit near Manteca

$20 - for paper and stamps
$100 - for food
$80 - for gas
$100 - for the EXTRA rounds for the guns I didn't think my idiot cousin would bring but the **** was like "You pay for ammo and we'll shoot", so I just had to haha.

acwbart
02-13-2013, 12:04 AM
Emailed my reps and senators as well as State Senators and Assemblymembers,
Only reply to date, CA State Assemblymember Donald P. Wagner who actually took the time, he wrote:
Dear Mr....

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your thoughts on the current gun-control debate that the country is presently engaged in. While there may be calls from some of my colleagues in the California Legislature to restrict access to firearms in the coming year, I have always been a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and will continue to vote in defense of Californians' right to bear arms.


I will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind should any firearm related bills come before me in the future. If I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Sincerely,


Donald P. Wagner
Assemblymember, 68th District

emptybottle151
02-15-2013, 9:19 PM
Dear emptybottle151,
Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.
If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov. From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

emptybottle151
02-15-2013, 9:20 PM
Dear emptybottle151:

Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to assault weapons legislation. I respect your opinion on this important issue and welcome the opportunity to provide my point of view.

Mass shootings are a serious problem in our country, and I have watched this problem get worse and worse over the 40 years I have been in public life. From the 1966 shooting rampage at the University of Texas that killed 14 people and wounded 32 others, to the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children and 6 school teachers and faculty, I have seen more and more of these killings. I have had families tell me that they no longer feel safe in a mall, in a movie theater, in their business, and in other public places, because these deadly weapons are so readily available. These assault weapons too often fall into the hands of grievance killers, juveniles, gangs, and the deranged.

I recognize that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to bear arms, but I do not believe that right is unlimited or that it precludes taking action to prevent mass shootings. Indeed, in the same Supreme Court decision that recognized the individual right to bear arms , District of Columbia v. Heller , the Court also held that this right, like other constitutional rights, is not unlimited. That is why assault weapons bans have consistently been upheld in the courts, both before and after the Heller decision. I believe regulation of these weapons is appropriate.


Once again, thank you for your letter. Although we may disagree, I appreciate hearing from you and will be mindful of your thoughts as the debate on this issue continues. If you have any additional comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.


Sincerely yours,


Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Mr Grass Stains
02-20-2013, 12:51 AM
Dear emptybottle151:

Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to assault weapons legislation. I respect your opinion on this important issue and welcome the opportunity to provide my point of view.

Mass shootings are a serious problem in our country, and I have watched this problem get worse and worse over the 40 years I have been in public life. From the 1966 shooting rampage at the University of Texas that killed 14 people and wounded 32 others, to the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children and 6 school teachers and faculty, I have seen more and more of these killings. I have had families tell me that they no longer feel safe in a mall, in a movie theater, in their business, and in other public places, because these deadly weapons are so readily available. These assault weapons too often fall into the hands of grievance killers, juveniles, gangs, and the deranged.

I recognize that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to bear arms, but I do not believe that right is unlimited or that it precludes taking action to prevent mass shootings. Indeed, in the same Supreme Court decision that recognized the individual right to bear arms , District of Columbia v. Heller , the Court also held that this right, like other constitutional rights, is not unlimited. That is why assault weapons bans have consistently been upheld in the courts, both before and after the Heller decision. I believe regulation of these weapons is appropriate.


Once again, thank you for your letter. Although we may disagree, I appreciate hearing from you and will be mindful of your thoughts as the debate on this issue continues. If you have any additional comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.


Sincerely yours,


Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

I got the same message as you did emptybottle. It seems like another automated message from another useless Senator.

On another note, I was talking to my local police officer (won't say who since he might get in trouble) and he's saying that a lot of the police are on our side since the laws are becoming ridiculous. Problem is, police chiefs' get their jobs by being appointed by city officials so they don't dare speak up or lose their jobs (gotta get paid right?). Also, most likely what happened in Colorado will probably happen to us. Laws being passed that slowly dwindle away our rights, he pointed out that the new long gun law in 2014 is one such thing. Anyways, told me that to stick it to Feinstein, he bought a Colt AR in 2004 and a Windham Weaponry built one a month ago. A good officer he is, haha.

Drivedabizness
02-20-2013, 11:08 AM
Many resident's of Bera's district got the same response I did...basically saying "I haven't been around long enough to be able to address the issues you raised".

Funny though, he did a local appearance here in Folsom and said the public "doesn't require 30-round magazines".

We gotta let this Richard know that he will be a one-term wonder if he doesn't change his tune - then (because he won't) we need to make that happen.

kln5
02-21-2013, 8:31 AM
my response from congressman Jim Costa


Dear XXX,

Dear


Thank you for contacting me regarding preventing gun violence in the United States. I understand your concerns, and I appreciate hearing from you.

As a gun owner myself, I support the right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to our Constitution. I know that the vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens who are proud of our county’s tradition of responsible gun ownership. As such, I oppose efforts to abridge the right of law abiding citizens to protect oneself, one's property and one's family as well as the use of firearms for recreational purposes.

Our nation has suffered greatly as a result of dangerous individuals using guns to commit unthinkable acts of violence in our schools, shopping malls, and places of worship. From Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, to Taft High School in Bakersfield, California, gun violence has hurt far too many Americans. While no set of laws will ever deter a madman from using guns to inflict harm, I believe that we must take steps to protect our communities and our children from gun violence.

While we work to protect our Second Amendment right, we must also work to protect our citizens from gun violence by preventing firearms from slipping into the hands of criminals. First, we must prevent those who would commit acts of violence from getting access to guns by strengthening the background check system and eliminating dangerous loopholes. Second, it is critical that we ensure our local law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to keep cops on the beat in our communities and schools. Third, because too many of those responsible for these tragedies suffer from mental illness, we must ensure every American has access to adequate and appropriate mental health services.

It will not be easy to solve the problem of gun violence in our country. While we may not agree on every aspect of this issue, I hope we all can agree that if there is even one step we can take to prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook, we should.

I will carefully consider your thoughts on all legislation that comes before me for a vote in the House of Representatives. At the end of the day it must be bi-partisan and common sense legislation that law enforcement can support.

Again, thank you for taking the time to express your views. I appreciate your input. Additionally, I encourage you to visit my website at www.costa.house.govto get up-to-date information about the work I am doing on behalf of our Valley.

Sincerely,



Jim Costa
Member of Congress

Mr Grass Stains
03-01-2013, 5:25 PM
Just wanted to give an update to everybody. So far, I have gotten exactly ZERO replies from anybody from the paper letters that I sent a few weeks ago. However, Barbara Boxer FINALLY replied back to me with an email although it's more of a thank you for your thoughts email than anything else.


Dear Mr. Grass Stains:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.

If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, http://boxer.senate.gov. From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit http://thomas.loc.gov to track current and past federal legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.


Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator