View Full Version : A Letter To Dianne Feinstein. 2013 AWB

12-29-2012, 9:58 AM
Cross posted with permission from the author. Preaching to the choir here, I know. I thought it might inspire others to become active as it did for me. Thank you Scott.

Senator Feinstein,

Given the fact that you and I fundamentally disagree on practically every political topic which could be raised, I am nonetheless staggered at your overt misrepresentation of facts as you "politic" your upcoming gun ban bill. You state, "In a Department of Justice study (pdf), Jeffrey Roth and Christopher Koper find that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders, holding all other factors equal. They write: “Assault weapons are disproportionately involved in murders with multiple victims, multiple wounds per victim, and police officers as victims.”

In fact, Roth and Koper DID NOT find that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was "responsible" for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders. Here is the ACTUAL text of their finding, "AT BEST, the assault weapons ban can have only a LIMITED EFFECT on total gun murders, because the banned weapons and magazines were NEVER INVOLVED IN MORE THAN A MODEST FRACTION OF ALL GUN MURDERS. Our best estimate is that the ban CONTRIBUTED to a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders between 1994 and 1995. . . . HOWEVER, with only ONE YEAR of post-ban data, WE CANNOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THIS DECREASE REFLECTS A CHANCE YEAR-TO-YEAR VARIATION RATHER THAN A TRUE EFFECT OF THE BAN. NOR can we rule out effects of other features of the 1994 Crime Act or a host of state and local initiatives that took place simultaneously.”

While you seek to claim the former ban as a success upon which to build, the facts indicate otherwise. During the period the ban was in effect, the number of AR-15s produced ROSE substantially, while the national murder rate DROPPED by 48%, the lowest in 48 years! More guns, but fewer murders. That doesn't seem to fit the picture you paint as you promote your upcoming legislation.

Aside from the obvious defect in the logic that stricter regulations will better control criminal behavior, I suppose the thing that disturbs me most about your latest assault on private gun ownership is that it is being waged by those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution of these great United States.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, reminding myself of the history of this country, of what was hazarded in its formation, and the reasons for positions our founding fathers took as they laid the foundations of this nation you now help to run and to guide. Are you aware that George Washington said,

"FIREARMS STAND NEXT IN IMPORTANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — THEY DESERVE A PLACE OF HONOR WITH ALL THAT IS GOOD," and "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT"? Or that Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government," and, "The greatest danger to American freedom is A GOVERNMENT THAT IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION"?

How striking then, that this most recent push for tighter restrictions upon constitutionally guaranteed freedoms is being energized by the very people who have sworn to uphold our Constitution! It reminds me of another statement I have happened across, this one from your pal Sarah Brady, "Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE. It doesn't matter if you have to DISTORT THE FACTS OR EVEN LIE. Our task of creating a SOCIALIST America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." How well "lies" and "socialism" go together!

I am not so naive as to believe that my letter will sway your opinions. But I cannot stand idly by and watch silently as those elected BY THE PEOPLE to REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, systematically dismantle the liberties for which so many have given their lives, and which were so costly to those who won them for us. Our founding fathers knew first-hand the hazards of being at the mercy of tyrants. It appears that the American people have grown soft through ease and security, and no longer believe that it is possible that we be touched by tyranny. And yet we watch helplessly as those we elected, who SWORE AN OATH to uphold the constitution, go about dismantling it.

Some say, "Ban the guns, it won't affect me." And I say they are fools and short-sighted. It absolutely does affect EVERY American citizen because he has forfeited a freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. It doesn't matter if he ever must take full advantage of that liberty, he ALWAYS enjoys the benefits of it, "the blessings of liberty." Further, if the Second Amendment can be deemed disposable, or can be so twisted as to construe some other meaning than the founding fathers intended, which is well documented in their own writings, then the Freedom of Speech is also at risk, as is the Freedom of Religion, as is the right to peaceable assembly, and every other constitutionally guaranteed freedom we Americans enjoy. When those rights are withdrawn by people who propose to have "justification" to do so, then we will have ceased to be a free people.

As a final thought, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." I suppose he was right. And, sadly, I believe that there are many vocal advocates of exactly the forfeiture Mr. Franklin addressed, and in so doing, are demonstrating their own unworthiness of both security and liberty. Assaults upon the Constitution are tantamount to treason and demonstrate therefore the assailant's unworthiness to call himself an American citizen. It has been said that the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. May God help the good people of this great nation not to "do nothing" to preserve our birthright of Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms!

12-29-2012, 10:12 AM

12-29-2012, 10:16 AM
10mmoutdoors for President?

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12-29-2012, 10:34 AM
One small overlooked detail, the constitution doesn't guarantee us our rights. The constitution recognizes our natural rights given to us by a creator in an effort to preserve and protect them from an oppressive government that would seek to subjugate and in-slave the people with in its borders.

Otherwise I think we should all send this fine letter to Miss Feinstein.

12-29-2012, 10:50 AM
As much as I like this letter, I can say from experience that writing a pro-gun letter to Dianne Feinstein is a waste of time and postage. First, she won't read it. A staffer will put a check in the "pro-gun" box on the computer which will, in turn, generate a form letter telling you to frack off. "We'll have to agree to disagree."

Second, she doesn't care what we think, and she doesn't need to. She knows we will never vote for her, and that she still will be re-elected by landslides as long as she wants to run.


12-29-2012, 10:50 AM
I think I now know the reason for all the duplicate posts.

12-29-2012, 10:55 AM
I like, tagged.

12-29-2012, 10:56 AM
OP - Can't read, eh?

Sticky at top of forum says "Di Fi AWB"... goes to Off Topic.

12-29-2012, 10:58 AM
Sadly, I agree, exercise in futility. She is an old crone with a God complex, no letter is going to change that.

Better to take your time to write to the Congressman who are going to actually vote on this pile of stupidity, there are some heart and minds that could be swayed that can actually do something about it there.

12-29-2012, 10:58 AM

To bad one of her intern lackies will only get two lines into it then hit delete without the queen hag ever knowing about it.

12-29-2012, 11:00 AM
I know for a fact that whatever you write to her doesn't matter. So for my letter, all I did was send something from Ben Franklin, and used his address that he now resides at (a cematery in PA) with the quote "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety".

I checked on the box wanting a response by letter, I wonder if they'll actually send a form letter to Ben....

12-29-2012, 11:24 AM
DiFi is wasted effort, sending to each CA senator that is 2A+

http://www.gunownersca.com/images/PDF/Scorecard/2012_California_General_Election_Senate_Candidate_ Ratings.pdf

12-29-2012, 12:29 PM
it's been thoroughly and repeatedly documented that no evidence exists that washington ever uttered the "liberty teeth" quote.

12-29-2012, 12:48 PM
OP - Can't read, eh?

Sticky at top of forum says "Di Fi AWB"... goes to Off Topic.

I read fine, thank you. Just missed that. Please merge to appropriate thread. Thank You.

Edit: Oops, seems I'm not the only one to miss the sticky.

12-29-2012, 12:50 PM
It matters not that DF will not read this, google will find it and thus others may.

12-29-2012, 1:22 PM

To bad one of her intern lackies will only get two lines into it then hit delete without the queen hag ever knowing about it.

No doubt. I believe the letter's intent is to vent as well as incite some to action.

12-29-2012, 1:29 PM
I just sent a letter saying that if she goes through with said bill I will be taking my business and tax dollars to Texas. I am tired of taxation without representation. California does not meet my needs as a citizen or business owner. You can kiss my 250k goodbye.

12-29-2012, 1:33 PM
I too, wrote to both Feinstein and Boxer to register my disagreement with the proposed legislation and receive a reply from Boxer, thanking me for joining her. :confused:

So don't kid yourself, they are not reading these letters or emails.