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Old 01-10-2013, 06:53   #1
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Show that you are contacting your Reps

So, I know that a lot of people say they are contacting their reps, but aren't. And a lot of people just need a little nudge to get there. A lot of people aren't sure what to wright, and I'd like to help all three of those groups get on board.

Governor Cuomo's outrageous recommendations is a trial balloon. Make no mistake, everyone is watching what the public reaction will be. If it is lukewarm, or they find that people are actually for that, you can bet the farm that Barry and Friends will make very similar federal rules, including all the end runs around congress they can imagine with executive orders.

So, I thought that this could be a place to share what you are sending to your reps, which will give you motivation to make a daily submission, and maybe serve as templates for others that aren't sure how they want to phrase their correspondence.

Here is my submission today:
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Governor Cuomo's recent comments show that he has led a sheltered life, free from the burdens of an education in history, real world experience, or knowledge of the laws of his own state.

First, having a 20 or 30 round magazine is not to hunt deer. New York already has a 5 round limit for deer hunting. He should have known that. I personally use a 20 round magazine to hunt wild hogs. I also carry a sidearm. I am frequently walking in the dark to deer stands in country that has packs of up to 30 wild hogs running together, reaching weights of up to 500 pounds each. They are omnivores, and they will hunt you back. There are also coyotes, bobcats and the occasional mountain lion. But all of that is irrelevant.

The reason for the second amendment was for personal protection. The federal government has left our Southern border so porous that Mexican cartels are taking up business on the streets of our cities. I live along I-35, a main North-South corridor, and frequently see large groups of illegal aliens stopping at local convenience stores. I am mentally stable, a combat veteran of two wars and a couple of other shooting trips, and I have a right to own what I own.

I am also a Physician Assistant. I filled prescriptions for 10 years before I started writing them, and that was 17 years ago. The common denominator in the recent mass shootings is mental illness. With the Obvious exception of Ft. Hood, which was Terrorism plain and simple. Mental illness should be the main focus. There are plenty of examples of mass murder and mayhem that involved edged weapons and clubs. Guns are not the common denominator. Getting rid of them will not stop future tragedies. Having a few more good guys around with one may.

I will never vote for anyone that votes to infringe upon my rights as a law abiding gun owner. I ask you to stand firm in your support of the 2nd Amendment and your constituents.
Please read the sig line, don't let that guy contact congress more often than you do.


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Old 01-10-2013, 06:58   #2
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Thank you for contacting me about our Second Amendment rights. It is good to hear from you.

I am a gun owner who believes in the right to bear arms in defense of self, family and property. During my 12 years serving in Congress, I received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association for defending our Constitutional Rights. I opposed the so-called "assault weapons ban" and opposed the Brady Bill. I supported repealing both the Clinton gun ban and the Washington, D.C. gun ban. I voted to protect the private information of gun owners; to protect state gun laws; and to protect firearm and ammunition manufacturers, dealers or importers from lawsuits and damages related to criminal misuse by a third party.

As a life-long hunter, I also believe the rights and freedoms of hunters must be guarded and I developed an executive order that the president signed to enhance hunting and fishing opportunities at wildlife refuges and national preserves. As your Senator, I will continue to protect our Constitutional freedoms and will be a strong advocate for preserving these rights and traditions for future generations.

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office. For more information, I encourage you to visit my website at www.portman.senate.gov. Please keep in touch.


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Dear Mr. Hall:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and loved ones grieving in the wake of this merciless and random act of violence. No words can describe our horror at the murder of these innocent children and their educators, just as words fail to express our gratitude for the heroism of those teachers and law enforcement officers who responded in the morning hours of December 14, 2012. The school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary demands that we engage in a serious national discussion about gun violence, not just in terms of weapons and bullets, but also including mental health access, public safety officers, and our responsibility both as individuals and a society. We can and must act to make such tragedies less likely in the future.

This is a complex issue and we must work together to uphold our Constitution while at the same time ensuring that our communities are safe. When our children and families are no longer safe at our schools, in our malls, and in our movie theaters, then we as a country must take action.

Many Ohioans have already written in with comments, suggestions, and concerns. I will continue to pay close attention to each of your letters, calls, and emails, and on behalf of all Ohioans, I offer my continued prayers and condolences to the Newtown community. Thank you again for writing.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:18   #4
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Sent this to my congressman and both senators yesterday:

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The socialist in the White House is making another assault on the constitution of this republic with his initiatives against the 2nd amendment. A step that is not unexpected as all tyrants eventually try to disarm the citizens so their ability to resist tyranny is diminished. All the data that I have seen about the last “Assault Weapon Ban” indicates that the ban accomplished nothing. This latest circus is about control and power over the citizens of this country pure and simple. Thomas Jefferson said it best when he said of the 2nd amendment: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”. I will not give up my arms!

I helped elect you and when you took your oath of office you swore to defend and protect the constitution of this republic. I would hope that you will do so when any vote is taken that further infringes on the rights of the citizens of this country. This run away government must be held in check and the rights of the citizens protected. Thomas Jefferson also said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”. He knew this day would come and he feared for the ability of the Republic to withstand the madness that power brings to some. I also fear for the future of the republic when I watch the insanity in government today--especially the runaway spending and debt, and the continued attacks on the constitution.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:22   #5
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I've written both senators and my representative, but this is the only response I have received so far.
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Dear *****,

Thanks very much and letting me know whatís on your mind regarding the right to bear arms.

Iím a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. Congress should not pass laws that take away these rights from law abiding citizens and leave criminals to terrorize the streets. Good citizens donít abuse guns Ė criminals do. I will continue to support legislative efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans, and oppose efforts to overturn the Second Amendment.

In two recent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly held that the Second Amendment protects the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms. In the 2008 case, D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that D.C.ís restrictive gun laws violated the constitutional rights of Americans. Two years later, in McDonald v. Chicago, the court struck down the city of Chicagoís handgun ban and held that, like the federal government, state and local governments must respect Second Amendment rights. I joined legal briefs in both cases in defense of this constitutional right and was pleased with the Supreme Courtís decisions.

I am grateful you took the time to let me know where you stand. Iíll be sure to keep your comments in mind as Second Amendment rights are discussed and debated in Washington and in Tennessee.

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I used the tool in your sig line again, doc. How awesome it that to be able to send one email to all of he reps at the same time.
I was sitting here every night going down the list of reps. It was very time consuming, and I missed some.

"*No more restrictions on guns. Gun restrictions are a violation of the second amendment.
Banning alcohol didn't work. Banning drugs hasn't worked. Banning guns won't work.
The worst school killing in U.S. history happened before we even had "assault weapons".

And I will vote against anybody who supports gun control laws."


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From Rep. Todd Young:


Dear *** ********:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School shooting. I appreciate hearing from you about this tragic event.

On December 14, 2012, our nation experienced an unspeakable tragedy in Newtown. 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 as to how we can prevent such events in the future in a manner consistent with our rights and values. Rest assured, I support law abiding American citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

In the wake of this tragedy, several pieces of legislation are expected to be introduced in the 113th Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her plans to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the 113th Congress which would ban the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault weapons, as defined in that bill, not retroactively, but prospectively. Her legislation would also ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets. Additionally, President Obama has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading up an effort to form administration polices to curb gun-related violence. The White Houseís emerging gun-control strategy includes support for an assault weapons ban.

In the coming weeks, I look forward to discussing with my colleagues these and other legislative options as we consider the current and future role of our federal government in preventing these atrocious tragedies. Be assured, I value your input and will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress debates these issues. Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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My reply:


Mr. Lxxxx xxxxxxxxx

100 xxxxx xxxxxx

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Dear Lxxxx:

Diana and I are heartbroken for all the people who were affected by the event in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and others who are grieving. This is especially hard because children were murdered. As parents and grandparents, it’s hard for us to imagine the grief these families must be feeling.

This is a very emotional time and people want immediate action to prevent such a heinous act from ever happening again. If a crisis causes a reaction, it’s usually an overreaction and often misses the mark entirely. There are those who will use this to push for more laws, but I urge caution. I’m afraid there are no easy answers or quick fixes. I’m convinced gun control laws would not prevent such evil. They instead may serve to restrict law-abiding citizens’ rights and security, and do nothing to actually prevent such crimes from occurring in the future.

I will continue to pray for the families affected by the tragedy in Connecticut and for all of us as we struggle with this. We pray that through faith and helping each other we can make it through this, and make it through with clear heads in order to find the best solution to protect all of our loved ones.

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*As the rhetoric against guns steps up by using a horrible tragedy as a pretext for violating the God-given and Constitutionally confirmed rights of every law-abiding citizen to protect themselves and their country from evil, I'm appalled that leadership who must have studied historical accounts of governments who disarm their citizens would even consider going down a road that by their own words leads to registration and even confiscation. You as our elected representative must stand up and defend the Constitution of the United States from those who would use fear as a means to coerce the people into giving up the arms that protect their family and country from both the wolf in the field, and the wolf at the door. As you well know, the second amendment has never been about hunting. The founding fathers were not even considering hunting which was at the time a major means of feeding ones family and to consider banning or limiting it would have been considered a sign of insanity to even mention limiting hunting (somewhat like guaranteeing the right to eat). It is abundantly clear that they considered the freedom they enjoyed to pen a new Constitution a direct result of the people who kept arms to prevent a tyrant from taking those liberties. Neither I, nor anyone I know (most of whom own the very firearms that are being demonized), have ever committed a crime with one, nor would we be friendly to anyone who ever had. It is a historical fact, that the ONLY deterrence to an evil man with a gun, is a good man with a gun. It is also a matter of common sense that the police can seldom arrive on a scene in time to prevent a tragedy like this. What happened in Newtown and Aurora was tragic (a tragedy that I believe could have been lessened dramatically were there no such thing as the failed "gun-free-zone"), but a worse tragedy would be to end freedom for the sake of false-security. Don't sacrifice freedom on the alter of false-security.

God bless you, God bless Texas, and God bless the United States of America.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:19   #10
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Thank you for contacting my office regarding 2nd Amendment Rights. Your thoughts and opinions about this issue are very important to me, and I very much appreciate your input. I am a supporter of both common sense gun laws and the strict enforcement of existing gun laws. We need to develop a comprehensive and balanced approach, one that keeps our communities safe, protects our 2nd Amendment rights, and ensures that Americans continue to enjoy the right to bear arms. As the representative for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, I will continue to work with diligence and persistence to protect the legitimate rights of law-abiding American gun owners. Moving forward, I will continue to keep your thoughts and opinions in mind on this and other related issues. Once again, thank you for contacting my office regarding the right to bear arms. I look forward to hearing from you in the future on this and other issues of importance to our community, the state of Alabama, and our nation.

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I have written several officials and Terri is the only response so far. She is a Democrat so she is my main focus, I plan on writing another round of letters tonight.
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FWIW, Maryland's Senators and Representatives do NOT listen. (Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Steny Hoyer.)

Maryland's legislature is considering MORE restrictions on magazines and firearms. (I HATE that term. . . . "Assault Weapons"!)

Here is what I wrote to Maryland's State Senate President, Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr., last night.
(Mike Miller was a friend of my Dad's, and was my lawyer, many years ago.)

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Long time, no see, Mike!!!
The last time we spoke, was 1979/1980 session. (Too long ago!)
My Dad, Mr. byf43, Sr. (Brandywine, MD) passed away, this past May.
He always spoke kindly of you. You made a lasting impression on him and my Mom.

Now, about my concerns for Maryland, as a homeowner, husband, father and grandfather.
Maryland has become a joke. Taxes. Restrictions. Lack of fiscal responsibility.
A governor that is trying to make a name for himself in the national political scene.
(He needs to spend his time IN Maryland, working for Marylanders, on Maryland's problems!)

Mike, Maryland is already one of the most restrictive places to live and purchase a firearm.
Magazine restrictions are a fact of life, here. We don't need more restrictions. We have enough, already!
I can quote the law, but, I'll condense.
It's illegal to buy, offer to buy; sell, offer to sell; give, offer to give; trade, offer to trade; manufacture, offer to manufacture, any magazine capable of holding more than 20 rounds of ammunition, in Maryland.
"Assault Weapons." "Assault Weapons" are weapons that are (defined by federal law) is a weapon capable of fully automatic fire, with one pull of the trigger.
One trigger pull - multiple shots fired.
Mike, this has been regulated since the Federal Firearms Act of 1934.
Semi-automatic rifles are NOT 'evil', nor are they used in very many crimes of violence. This hysteria is created by the media and politicians that are trying to further their restrictive and socialist agenda. I do believe that these politicians are afraid of the citizens, and are trying to disarm them. A disarmed society is not a bunch of citizens. They are 'subjects'. Hell, we tossed those daggone British out, for their restrictive policies in the 1700s, in the name of Freedom!
These politicians forget that they work FOR the people, and that the people do NOT work for the politicians.
We Marylanders do NOT need further restrictions. We Marylanders need current laws upheld and need more harsh jail terms for violence committed with a firearm!
Law abiding citizens are the only ones hurt by more restrictive laws. Criminals don't care about laws. That's why they are criminals!!!!

Mike, I wish for you a great legislative session, and a very Happy New Year!

Take care of yourself.
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I gave him my contact info, including mailing address, e-mail address, home and cellphone numbers.

Let's see if he replies.
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From Rep. Todd Young:


Dear *** ********:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School shooting. I appreciate hearing from you about this tragic event.

On December 14, 2012, our nation experienced an unspeakable tragedy in Newtown. 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 as to how we can prevent such events in the future in a manner consistent with our rights and values. Rest assured, I support law abiding American citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

In the wake of this tragedy, several pieces of legislation are expected to be introduced in the 113th Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein announced her plans to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the 113th Congress which would ban the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault weapons, as defined in that bill, not retroactively, but prospectively. Her legislation would also ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets. Additionally, President Obama has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading up an effort to form administration polices to curb gun-related violence. The White Houseís emerging gun-control strategy includes support for an assault weapons ban.

In the coming weeks, I look forward to discussing with my colleagues these and other legislative options as we consider the current and future role of our federal government in preventing these atrocious tragedies. Be assured, I value your input and will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress debates these issues. Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In Service,
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That doesn't sound too good.
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Write

WRITE your congress person.
keep it simple.
with no outlandish comments.
keep it within english common text.

example:
the less affluent are the ones who will be most impacted if feel good pretty firearm laws are passed.
Remember, that Australia now has more home invasions than before due to their gun restrictions.
We in America, do not want home invasions to increase due to imposed silly feel good gun restrictions.
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Sent to Joe Barton and Sen. Cornyn:

"After his hysterical tirade against guns, I would most certainly have worked tirelessly to get Gov. Cuomo tossed out. In Texas we would ride guys like him out of town on a rail.

In NY the 'gib-me-dats' rule politics, so I moved to Texas. They put people like him in based on his 'Santa Claus factor'.

Please vote to insure that people like him don't impose their will on the rest of us."

Anybody know if Ted Cruz has a working Senate email yet ?

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Thanks Doc for posting this. I've sent letters using the Congress.com site every week (minus the week of Christmas) since Sandy Hook. I've also been mailing my old High School to get them to consider hiring armed or volunteer security.

So far, not a single letter back. Sometimes I use form letters, sometimes I write something. Keep it up!
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I used the handy contact your state and federal representatives on the NRA ILA website and wrote all of my representatives. From President to my state representative and governor.

Subject: Support the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution

I am an active voter in ____________ and donate to causes and candidates I support. I write today to voice my strong opposition to any sort of gun control legislation in any form or fashion and would urge you to support my viewpoint.

If you choose to support any form of gun control legislation I will use my vote as well as my financial resources to support your next opponent and will encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

We are in for the 2nd Amendment fight of our lifetimes, we need another 1 million NRA members yesterday!
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Sent to Joe Barton and Sen. Cornyn:

"After his hysterical tirade against guns, I would most certainly have worked tirelessly to get Gov. Cuomo tossed out. In Texas we would ride guys like him out of town on a rail.

In NY the 'gib-me-dats' rule politics, so I moved to Texas. They put people like him in based on his 'Santa Claus factor'.

Please vote to insure that people like him don't impose their will on the rest of us."

Anybody know if Ted Cruz has a working Senate email yet ?

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Not yet.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/113th...s/Cruz_Ted.htm

This is his senate home page, no way to contact him. hairy reed is probably slow walking his IT work order.
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Anybody know if Ted Cruz has a working Senate email yet ?
No, let us know if you find it. Ted Cruz is the man right now! Cruz 2016!
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I posted the letter i wrote a couple weeks ago. Not a single one i sent it to replied. I will post it in here later tonight and also send it again with some others added.

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If you're posting your letters to congress.org "Letters to Leaders", try to find the letters you posted. I found one link to one Dem's page where the letters are listed, but the links are all broken (on purpose???). Anyway, you can see from the titles that even in her Massachusetts district that many of her letters oppose a gun ban. If anyone wants to spend time and find a way to search other congressmen's pages or even view the letters, that would be great!

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/...list/?id=61697
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Not yet.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/113th...s/Cruz_Ted.htm

This is his senate home page, no way to contact him. hairy reed is probably slow walking his IT work order.
LOL !

...& his parking spot is probably in Virgina .....

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I posted the letter i wrote a couple weeks ago. Not a single one i sent it to replied. I will post it in here later tonight and also send it again with some others added.

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I'm getting responses, mostly canned ones, but the messages are being counted.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:41   #25
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I'm getting responses, mostly canned ones, but the messages are being counted.
Same.
Glad Kay Bailey is gone ... didn't much like her bleeding heart responses ...

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