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RedRunnerGTS 01-12-2013 09:31

Congressman wrote me back! AZ-Rep
Dear Mr. RedRunnerGTS

Thank you for writing to me and expressing your views on the Second Amendment and the role of gun laws and their enforcement by agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

The Second Amendment is one of the most important rights set forth by the Bill of Rights and one that is uniquely American. The Constitution states, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I strongly support this right and have diligently fought to ensure infringement does not occur.

It may come as a surprise to many people, but the federal government has at times violated the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. For example, for years, the federal government--through agencies such as the BLM, the Park Service, and Fish & Wildlife—have banned citizens from carrying sidearms for self-defense on public lands. These lands are used for hiking, camping, other purposes. As you may know, the 111th Congress remedied that and passed a law that repealed those bans and authorized possession of firearms for self-defense on National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System lands. However, when Congress changed the law to include park and refuge lands, the bill language omitted land owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

During the appropriations process in the 112th Congress, I took action to ensure our Second Amendment right would not be infringed by introducing my own amendment to the "Energy and Water Appropriations Bill" to remedy this. My amendment, called the Gosar Gun Amendment, sought to defund a federal regulation (36 CFR Sec. 327.13(a)) by which the Army Corps enforces, creates, and authorizes its ban on self-defense firearms. My amendment passed, and I was pleased to see the Gosar Amendment included in a House passed "Energy and Water Appropriations Bill" earlier this year. I will work hard in order to see this clarification passed into law.

While the rights to both own a weapon and to defend oneself and one's property are clear and unambiguous, we must remain vigilant to ensure that government agencies, both state and federal, do not overstep the bounds set forth by the Constitution. For example, under the guise of monitoring and regulating illegal weaponry, the BATFE sometimes exceeds its scope of authority and its efforts then compromise the lawful exercise of the constitutional right to own a gun. As gun owners, however, we must ensure that those who own guns learn how to use them safely and understand the circumstances when they can be used.

Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in the principle that it was up to the citizens to both defend themselves when necessary and defend their country when called upon to do so. The prominence of the Second Amendment reflects that. As a lifelong hunter and avid outdoorsman, I have been a life-long supporter of responsible gun ownership. Rest assured, I will continue fighting for our Second Amendment right during my tenure in Congress.

Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns. It is a pleasure to serve Arizona as part of its Congressional Delegation. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter by visiting my website at


Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress

ThinkMud 01-12-2013 09:40

That was great! Can't wait to see what mine in VA have to say....

meleors 01-12-2013 13:34

Love his signature line - "Member of Congress", shows great humility.
Wish more members of Congress were like him.
I hope you voted for him!

RedRunnerGTS 01-12-2013 14:07


Originally Posted by meleors (Post 19853887)
Love his signature line - "Member of Congress", shows great humility.
Wish more members of Congress were like him.
I hope you voted for him!

Definitely voted for him. I wish there were a lot more of people like him. We need people like him in our fight

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JAS104 01-12-2013 14:12

Haven't gotten any responses from my PA reps yet. But your congressman rocks

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TSAX 01-12-2013 14:13

Was this a general reply he sent to many or was this specifically at you, either we do need more like him.


RedRunnerGTS 01-12-2013 14:17


Originally Posted by TSA (Post 19854040)
Was this a general reply he sent to many or was this specifically at you, either we do need more like him.


I emailed him shortly after the CT shooting, I assume it is a forum letter for those who contacted him about the issue. Either way it is good to know where he stands. He is also an A-Rated NRA backed congressmen

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frank4570 01-12-2013 14:21

He's pretty awesome.

okie 01-12-2013 14:23

Awesome letter my friend:patriot:

wayne 01-12-2013 14:25

I have received two responses out of the three emails I sent and go figure it's the Democratic Senator I have not heard back from. She is anti-gun so I kind of expected no response.

ViennaGambit 01-12-2013 14:30

Nice work brother reaching out and its great to see support from an elected leader of ours...

AZ rules!!!

ClydeG19 01-12-2013 16:43

I used to be in Gosar's district, but with the redistricting, he chose to run in a heavily R district and left me with Ann Kirkpatrick again. I emailed her a while back, so we'll see what she says.

Luminary 01-13-2013 00:01


Originally Posted by ThinkMud (Post 19852923)
That was great! Can't wait to see what mine in VA have to say....

Dear Mr. ,

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut and your views on gun control.

On December 14, 2012, 20 innocent children and six adults lost their lives in one of the worst, most tragic shootings to ever occur in the United States. As a parent of three daughters, this was the ultimate nightmare. Like the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings, t his tragedy unfolded in what was once regarded as a safe haven free of crime and violence: a school.

I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms . I own firearms and I have an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. However, I also recognize that, like with many of our constitutional rights, our Second Amendment rights are not without limits. It is unfortunate that a tragedy of this magnitude is what is needed to prompt action, but we need to have a serious discussion on how to best avoid these kinds of mass shootings in the future. The status quo is not acceptable.

I believe our discus sion should cover many issues. We can start by improving the existing cr iminal background check system. Currently, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is woefully incomplete, with many states failing to submit available records on persons who may be disqualified from purchasing or possessing firearms. With a more complete background check system, we can keep firearms out of the hands of those who have been deemed unfit to possess them.

In addition, we can take common sense measures such as passing the CAMPUS Safety Act (S. 3682), which I introduced last year. That bill would establish a national center for campus public safety within the Department of Justice to serve as a resource center and assist schools and universities in developing campus safety plans and threat assessment tools. We also need to look at changes to our mental health system so we can provide help to those with dangerous mental illnesses before it is too late. There will not be a single solution, but all of these issues and others need to be part of the conversation and I urge you to continue to express your views as we move forward.

Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at .

United States Senator

This is the message I recieved from our senator.

ClydeG19 01-25-2013 17:08

January 25, 2013

ClydeG19 compound, AZ

Dear ClydeG19:

Thank you for contacting my office. I want to hear from you on the issues you care about, including the Second Amendment and gun violence. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to contact me and share your thoughts.

The Second Amendment and gun violence are complicated issues and are personal to me. Our district includes communities near the site of the Tucson tragedy and it includes many rural communities with responsible gun owners who are strong supporters, just as I am, of the Second Amendment. It is my job to represent all of these folks and work with both sides of the aisle to find consensus around this important issue.

When it comes to protecting our schools, children and communities, we need to take action. There are several proposals I hope we can all agree on. For example, tougher penalties for those who engage in gun trafficking. Strengthening background checks. Improving our mental-health system. Some of these proposals are just common sense.

If Congress is serious about addressing this issue, it will need to take a bipartisan approach. That’s the only way to get something done. Over the coming weeks, I will seek input from law-enforcement officials, mayors and constituents as my colleagues and I work toward protecting our kids and communities and protecting citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment.

I am honored to be able to serve Arizona in this critical moment in our history. By working together, we can find solutions to the many challenges we face. In the true independent spirit of Arizona, let’s work with people from every corner of our great congressional district, regardless of party or region. Together, we can change Washington.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and please continue to share your thoughts on matters that are important to you. If my office can assist you in resolving a matter with the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Member of Congress


Really says nothing.

RedRunnerGTS 01-25-2013 19:30

That was a very open ended response

kensb2 01-25-2013 19:31


Originally Posted by RedRunnerGTS (Post 19911535)
That was a very open ended response

It was, but other people have posted responses from their D reps, and the response was FAR worse.

RedRunnerGTS 01-25-2013 19:51


Originally Posted by kensb2 (Post 19911544)
It was, but other people have posted responses from their D reps, and the response was FAR worse.

This is very true.

eb07 01-25-2013 20:01

Ann Kirkpatrick is no friend of the 2A. She just knew what to say to get elected in AZ.

RedRunnerGTS 02-13-2013 23:26

Dear Mr. RedRunnergts:

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and its impact on federal gun legislation. I appreciate your taking the time to share your views with me.

As you know, on December 14, 2012, a mentally unstable gunman committed a senseless atrocity by murdering twenty students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. While many Americans continue to try to rationalize this tragedy it remains clear that the inhumane and depraved actions of this individual gunman appear to be motivated solely by his extremely disturbed mental state.

On January 16, 2013, President Obama and his administration introduced a twenty-three point plan which lays out both executive and legislative proposals that would attempt to prevent future violence. As the details of the President’s proposals become more clear, I look forward to reviewing them, and working with my colleagues to find sensible solutions that respect the Second Amendment but also help us prevent these type of horrific events from ever happening again.

While I am an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment, please know that I will seriously consider all reasonable public safety legislation that comes before the Senate.
Thank you once again for contacting my office. Please do not hesitate to do so on this or any other issue of concern.

John McCain
United States Senator

silentpoet 02-14-2013 00:08

McCain aint an unwavering supporter of the second amendment.

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