Response from my Congressional Rep
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
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.
Member of Congress