Monday, July 12, 2004

More Gun Banning

Here is a letter that I received from my senator Maria Cantwell, or Cant do well, in response to my request that she NOT support the continued ban on assault weapons.

Dear Mr. X:

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on the assault weapons ban. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this important issue, and I appreciate hearing from you.
(When you read on you will see, she could not care less about my opinion or my vote)

On March 2, 2004, the United States Senate voted 52-47 on a bipartisan basis to reauthorize the assault weapons ban for an additional ten years. (I think that bipartisan means that some stupid wishy washy namby pamby republicans, in name only, voted with her) I was proud to support this extension, a policy for which both Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush have also expressed support. (I know she is telling the truth here a little bit) The law bans certain models of semiautomatic assault weapons and ammunition magazines of high-capacity (that hold more than ten rounds).(what this means is that when I go out I carry 20 rounds) A recent study by the Department of Justice shows that the use of banned guns in crime has fallen by more than 60 percent between 1995 and 2002. (is she saying that legally run gun shops were selling assault type weapons to criminals?) I supported the original Assault Weapons Ban as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and I believe the law has worked.

Unfortunately, the amendment will not become law, as the bill to which the amendment was offered was subsequently defeated. (someone got a clue!) I am committed to efforts to extend the law this year.(again I asked her not to in my letter, but she really does not care) While President Bush has stated his support for reauthorizing the ban, House Majority Leader Tom Delay has announced that he does not intend to bring the extension up for a vote.(which is good for him) I look forward to working with President Bush to honor his commitment to maintain this common-sense gun law. (if you believe that he really wants this on his desk then ether you are very wrong, or he does not want to get re-elected.)

While I support extending the assault weapons ban, I am also committed to protecting Second Amendment rights,(well not she really isn't) and I know that recreational use and collection of guns for hunting, sport, and other activities is extremely important to you and many other law- abiding Washingtonians.(just as long as we don't want them for self defense or well just because we would like to use our freedom and “want” them) That is why I also cosponsored an amendment to expand the ability of law enforcement officers across the country to carry concealed weapons as they already have the right to do in our state. (wow this sounds like a good idea on the surface)

As your Senator, you can be assured that I will work to protect the legitimate rights of law-abiding American gun-owners, while continuing to support responsible legislation to reduce crime and make our communities safer.(yep she supports laws that restrict law biding citizens) I believe both of these goals are important and can be simultaneously accomplished. I value the input of responsible gun buyers and sellers in forming common sense gun policy.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on this or any other issue.
Maria Cantwell

United States Senator

This is got to be a “where do I start” one! First she says it is bipartisan. What that means is that some idiots that call themselves republicans voted with her. Then she said that Bush supports this. Well there is one of two ways to read this. Ether Bush really does support it, meaning that if it comes to his desk he will have to ether: A. find a reason to veto it (not likely, as he has never vetoed anything!) Or B. is going to sign it and does not really WANT to be reelected to office, because he would loose a LOT of voters if he signed this piece of crap. Or he says that he supports it and believes that it will never see his desk. That way he has the best of both worlds. He supports gun banning (control), but never signed any ban into law. I think it is the latter option myself. Then she says that crime from using banned guns has dropped 60%? I will have to look that up, but does that mean that there were gun shops that were actively selling guns to criminals? Maybe we should be looking into that? I also love how she says that she is committed to protecting the 2 nd amendment. That is a laugh! She states what she thinks that the 2 nd amendment means. It means that we can hunt, target shoot, but that's really about it in her opinion. I guess that she has ether never read the 2 nd amendment, or like most liberals believes that she knows what is best for us. Never mind that the law does not protect anyone. I would even bet if you asked her what guns it banned and how a gun is defined as an assault weapon she could not tell you. I would love to know how limiting my HK USP .45 to only 10 rounds in the magazine makes it any safer then if it could carry the 12 it is suppose to have? Like I said I carry 2 mags now, 20 rounds, so maybe I am a little safer! Look I am not asking for a full auto weapon to be available to anyone that wants one, although I think that people should be able to buy them after a extensive background check, but really banning a weapon because of a bayonet lug and a pistol grip is just stupid! When are people going to realize that there are enough gun laws and that these “control” laws only affect citizens that observe the law, criminals don't care what laws we pass hence the term criminal. These laws only serve to restrict our freedom, and don't protect us from anyone; they just serve protecting the criminals.


Heartless Libertarian said...

Hey wait...I got the same letter from her! Form letter alert! And guess what? It's almost identical to the form letter I got from Patty Murray! Not that it's a surprise. They both get F's from GOA.

So vote for Nethercutt in November!

Robert said...
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Robert said...

Count me as one more to receive the same letter.

Lat time I called her office during the AWB vote, I asked the aide what happens to all the comments they received. She told me that for larger issues, they take a simple tally and give Cantwell the results. She only ends up seeing specific letters when they request specific help, or are about uncommon subjects.

Robert Douglas

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