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Pennsylvania's Casey shows his TRUE colors
Legislative Letter reply | 2/11/13 | Bob Casey

Posted on 02/11/2013 5:23:33 PM PST by Renegade

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about recent proposals related to guns. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope and brutality of this act. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

The motives that led to this senseless massacre will likely never fully be comprehended. However, I believe that all public officials have a responsibility to work to prevent such an event from occurring again. This incident reflects a complex problem that requires a comprehensive strategy, including funding for law enforcement officers and the mental health care system. Too many individuals with mental illness are not receiving the services they need and tragically, sometimes a small number of these individuals turn violent. I have supported access to affordable and accessible mental health services for all Americans and I will continue to review proposed solutions to improve our mental health system. As lawmakers consider an appropriate response to this challenging issue, we should consider all of the factors that could prevent such heinous acts.

As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Pennsylvania has a fine hunting and sporting tradition, and I will defend the right to bear arms as it is enshrined in our Constitution. I will continue to back the right to bear arms for purposes of self-defense, recreation, sporting and collection. However, I also believe that the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School highlights very serious dangers posed to public safety by the misuse of certain weapons and technology originally developed for warfare. According to reports, the shooter was able to kill many children and adults very quickly because he possessed a military-style semiautomatic weapon. He also allegedly used magazines containing up to 30 rounds of ammunition and carried hundreds of rounds more. After much reflection and careful study of the issue, I have decided to support a federal assault weapons ban as well as legislation restricting high capacity magazines. In light of what occurred at Sandy Hook, these are two measures that will lessen the chances that this will happen again. Before supporting such a law, I would first and foremost ensure that it did not unduly abridge the right to bear arms as established by the Second Amendment.

Our Nation has already begun a critical dialogue as we examine what steps must be taken to prevent this type of tragedy in the future. On January 17, 2012, President Obama unveiled a package of proposals to reduce gun violence, which included strengthening the system of background checks, reinstating the assault weapon and high-capacity magazines ban, improving school safety and expanding access to mental health services. I look forward to reviewing these proposals in detail and to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this complex issue.

On January 24, 2013, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation would explicitly permit the possession of affected firearms that were owned prior to the bill’s enactment; firearms that are manually operated; firearms used by military, law enforcement and retired law enforcement; and antique weapons. Further, this legislation lists 2,258 hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns that are entirely exempt from the ban.

This legislation would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of seven specified military features. S. 150 would further ban semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of certain listed military features, as well as ammunition magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds. The Assault Weapons Ban would also regulate the transfer and storage of permitted, grandfathered weapons and allow local law enforcement to use certain federal funds for voluntary gun buyback programs. The Assault Weapons Ban was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, of which I am not a member. Please be assured that should this legislation come before the full Senate for consideration, I will have your views in mind.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely, Bob Casey United States Senator


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: assaultban; banglist; bobcasey; casey; guncontrol; pennsylvania; secondamendment
Supports assault and Hi Cap magazine ban.Idiot!
1 posted on 02/11/2013 5:23:42 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Renegade; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

2 posted on 02/11/2013 5:28:44 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Renegade

>> Idiot!

The root cause idiots are the citizens of Pennsylvania.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 5:30:23 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Renegade
You already know how it will turn out as soon as any a--hole references "hunting and sporting." Dead giveaway that never fails.
4 posted on 02/11/2013 5:32:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Renegade

Bob Casey supports a ban on assault rifles & high cap magazines??? I’m SHOCKED.....

......said no one ever.


5 posted on 02/11/2013 5:32:50 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: Renegade

Just another political *sshole spewing horse sh*t out of both sides of his face at once.

Men of integrity who take up politics as a career these days are as scarce as hen’s teeth.

Clearly, this Bozo isn’t one of them.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 5:32:58 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Renegade

I believe that all public officials have a responsibility to work to prevent such an event from occurring again

Evil has always existed and is not going away. What do you think you can do to prevent evil from occurring?
Restrict guns?
Then what is next?
Tractor trailers?( Drive into a crowd)
Box trucks and fertilizer (Think Oklahoma City)
Poisons?
Gasoline and matches?
There are dozens of ways easily done to slaughter large numbers of people.
The problem is the mind that desires to do evil, not the hundreds of tools/items that evil mind can use.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 5:33:55 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Renegade
Of course he is right.

That is why the Constitution specified that the “militia” would be limited to spears and bows and arrows.

Obviously he never read George Mason.

8 posted on 02/11/2013 5:36:01 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: Renegade

Oh Holy Jumpin Jeehozaphat,

Bobby “The Empty Suite” Casey, SPEAKS! (Speak bobby, speak, I gotcher cookie right here)

His first term, we didn’t see hide nor hair of him for 5 and a half years!! You couldn’t find this douche with a search warrant.

And he WON his re-election! What a Holy Miracle!!

I guess Barry farted and breathed life back into this numbskull.

I know he only won the last election by fraud. He’s too stupid to have made it any other way. God bless those hacked electronic machines and NO voter ID. DemoKaRATZ got it all sewed up.

(Am I being a little too critical? NOT!)


9 posted on 02/11/2013 5:39:02 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Renegade

He’s a Democrat, of course he believes in more gun control. Even if he voted against these gun control bills it would only be because he felt too much political pressure to support them. There is no good Democrats anymore. There are no more Zell Miller types left. Supposed “pro-gun” Democrats will vote to curtail our 2nd amendment rights at every opportunity if they can get away with it. The instinct of a Democrat is the belief in government, and that through it mankind is perfectible.


10 posted on 02/11/2013 5:53:47 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Jack Hammer

His campaign slogan for 2018 can be: “Casey Again: He Has All the Integrity Pennsylvanians Demand.”


11 posted on 02/11/2013 5:56:48 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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12 posted on 02/11/2013 6:00:02 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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13 posted on 02/11/2013 6:17:14 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: Renegade
forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School

Did they ever release the details of how he did this? There seems to be a lack of details in that whole story.

14 posted on 02/11/2013 6:45:49 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Renegade
As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

That’s like some claiming to be patriotic – if you have to say it there’s a big question mark on that statement.

15 posted on 02/11/2013 6:59:04 PM PST by Voice of Reason88 ( Freedom is never lost all at once - Edmund Burke)
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To: Renegade

Like there was any doubt where Casey would stand.


16 posted on 02/11/2013 7:03:24 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: Renegade
Bob Casey

Before supporting such a law, I would first and foremost ensure that it did not unduly abridge the right to bear arms as established by the Second Amendment.

Bob Casey's take on the 2d Amendment:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. unduly abridged.

17 posted on 02/11/2013 7:14:10 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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Pennsylvania’s Casey shows his TRUE colors
Legislative Letter reply

https://twitter.com/TXchilinobeans/status/301179926244118528


18 posted on 02/11/2013 8:13:25 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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Pennsylvania’s Casey shows his TRUE colors
Legislative Letter reply

https://twitter.com/TXchilinobeans/status/301179926244118528


19 posted on 02/11/2013 8:13:26 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Renegade

Today’s politicians (from all parties) take marching orders rather than represent their districts/states.

We no longer have a representative republic.


20 posted on 02/11/2013 8:32:09 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Renegade

Gun control is just a small but important part of citizen control.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 6:07:29 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Nervous Tick
I did not vote for Casey!!!!
22 posted on 02/12/2013 9:52:13 AM PST by GregB (There is a whole lot of stupid out there. prisoner6!)
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