February 12, 2013
Dear Mr. -———,
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about calls for increased federal gun control in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate the time you took to write to me, and while we may not agree completely on this issue, I welcome your thoughts on it.
Like you, I respect the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of our great democracy. The Framers supported the right of colonists to defend themselves against the British Empire, and at the time of the Second Amendment’s drafting, they were concerned that the absence of a “well-regulated militia” could jeopardize the entire American democratic experiment.
Our founding fathers never contemplated, however, whether the open availability of modern military hardware would be necessary to ensure individual liberty in the 21st century. High-capacity ammunition magazines, high-powered assault rifles, and even semi-automatic weapons had yet to be invented, so it now falls upon us to determine the place of modern, highly lethal weapons of war in civil society.
The right of responsible citizens to keep and bear arms must be carefully weighed against the right of all Americans to live in a safe societyand as such, responsible steps can and must be taken to protect the latter without infringing upon the former. Closing the “gun show” loophole, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, and improving the system of background checks for gun purchasers will do nothing to infringe upon the right of citizens to keep and use firearms for recreational, subsistence, or even self-defense purposes.
Please know that while we may not agree on the effectiveness of particular gun control policies, I profoundly respect your views and will keep them in mind as Congress considers these matters.
If you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me, and I always need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.
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Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress
Interesting interpretation of the 2nd. (completely wrong)
I feel your pain. When I lived in California, Tom “Hit ‘n Run” Lantos was my Congresscritter. I wrote a letter to him back in ‘89 or ‘90 when the first “assault weapon” propaganda push started, and received a similar form letter basically telling me that he didn’t care about the 2nd Amendment.
Anna is typical of the walking talking a$$hole POS that passes for a Congresswoman here in CA! She, like her RAT “compatriots” isl a disgrace to this once great state! BTW Anna was born in New Britain, CT. another liberal “transplant” who came here to crap in our nest! Just like Pelosi and many others.
Is there a modern military that is limited to using semi-auto only rifles? There are restrictions on owning “modern military hardware”, both in cost and legal approvals.
In 1787, freedom of speech was shouting at a town meeting or publishing your thoughts on paper or parchment using quill or printing press. The Framers never imagined television and cell phones, let alone texting, Facebook, and Twitter. So you just go ahead and write down your stupidity on dried sheep stomach using mashed berries and a turkey feather and then we will continue this discussion, okay?
That is because the founding fathers never contemplated the reality in the 21st century that we have a government tyranny and The People willingly let their government infringe on their rights to pursue individual liberty.
“Modern military hardware” and “high capacity assault magazines” are just there for distractions.
Time to ECHEW Eshoo, among many others.
Time to ESCHEW Eshoo, among many others.
They never contemplated a government as huge and as oppressive as the one we have now, either. They expected us to fight for our freedoms the day first day the politicians tried to rule over us. If they had envisioned the government we have today, the Constitution would have demanded every citizen be fully armed, and those arms would have to be more powerful than those controlled by the officials who are, right mow, trying to deny us our God given rights.
From my Representative, Mario-Diaz Balart:
“I want to assure you that I will be vigilant in monitoring bills that may be harmful to the interests of law-abiding gun owners. I am a staunch proponent of the Second Amendment, which clearly protects our individual right to keep and bear arms. I believe gun control policies fail to recognize that criminals, not guns, are the root cause of crime and violence in America.”
Still waiting to hear from four Senators representing states where I own property and have many relatives. At least this response gives me some hope that facts, not emotion, may rule the day.
So, she’d be OK with restricting freedom of speech and the press because the internet, radio, and TV weren’t even thought of at the time of the Framers?