Call, Write, Show Up!

Seriously folks.  Now more than ever we need to ring the bell for freedom.

(Stolen from here)

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    • 120 specifically-named firearms
    • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
    • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
    • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
    • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

The full summary can be found here.

Now a couple observations, this is their current absolute wish list.  This thing is so over the top to “garner compromise”.  They shall receive none from me.  Write, call, and show up.  Seriously folks, you all can most certainly write.  If you’re unsure what to write, Robb has a wonderful starting point.

Don’t just do this yourselves, get EVERYONE else you can to do it too.  Do not just go quietly into the night, make your voice heard.  Make them realize the beast that they want to tangle with.  Make them understand that there will be no compromise from us on this subject.  Know someone who just bought a new AR in the panic, get them to write in!  I’ve heard many people lately bitch about it but not a one of them has bothered to write in and complain.

Do not just sit on the side lines and expect this to turn out for the best.  If you want to see the future, create it!  There is no doubt that the NRA stepped in it last week, but as Sebastian said:

We’re going to war, and this is the NRA we have, and more importantly, this is the NRA we can win with. But only if we hang together, because our alternative is to surely hang separately.

The NRA, like it or not, is the most effective and biggest legislative lobbyist we have on our side.  Honestly they are the only one’s that we can effectively use against our enemy.  If you doubt their ability, why do you think our opponents are so enthralled with attacking and attempting to discredit the NRA and its members?  The one thing that bugs me more than anything though are the people who bitch about the direction of the organization but they do not get active themselves.  As I have said already, “If you want to see the future, make it.”  That does not happen by sitting on your ass and complaining on your blog or to your friends.  It happens by going out and getting active, at least at the local level.  Do you think the NRA would ignore a large section of it’s membership if that section actually stood up and said something?  No, but that section has sat quite for so long they forget they’re there.

If you sit around and do not even bother to lift a finger in this fight and we loose, you have no one to blame but yourself.

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2 Responses to Call, Write, Show Up!

  1. MD says:

    I have already written:

    Your message was sent to:
    President Barack Obama (D)
    Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA 5th)

    This is what I sent:

    Due to the recent tragedies committed by deranged individuals, all law abiding citizens and permanent residents of the United States now face renewed challenges to their Constitutional rights. I truly understand how painful the loss must be for those at the heart of these recent tragedies, I have children of my own and would truly be at a loss if this happened to my family too, however blaming inanimate objects or their owners, and punishing the owners via additional statutes is not the answer to these challenges we face as a nation.

    We already have laws that were violated by certain individuals who were likely psychotic and or heavily medicated. The latest individual, Adam Lanza, was stopped by the mandatory background check from purchasing firearms. Adam, not an inanimate object but a person, then decided to murder his own mother and take her legally owned firearms to commit this tragedy. Though we may not agree on all issues, I believe we can all agree that criminals and the criminally ill or insane quite commonly disregard any laws that currently exist. They will more than likely disregard any new statutes put forth in the coming year.

    If your true goal is to protect our children, then enact legislation that will do that. Creating new statutes dealing with firearms that are rarely used in crime (less than 1% of the time) is not going to stop such tragedies, that was proven in 1999 when Columbine took place under the previous 1994 ban. Instead do something more meaningful, please. Make committing the insane easier. Put armed security guards in our schools. But do not strip us of our rights and property by passing additional statutes that have historically had no positive effect on crime in our nation or others.

    Thank you for the honor of your time.

    Only one reply:
    Dear Mr. Willington:

    Thank you for writing me regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It was good to hear from you.

    As a mother, grandmother, and former preschool teacher I was shocked by the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims whose loss is difficult to comprehend.

    Unfortunately, this horrific tragedy was another in a long line of gun violence episodes that have ranged from places like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Aurora to coffee shops in Lakewood to the corner of South Byron Street and McClintock Ave South in Seattle. These episodes have plagued our cities, our schools, and our shared sense of security. This cannot go on. As a society we need to come together to begin a real conversation on all the factors contributing to those horrific instances of gun violence, but we also need to take specific action to bolster our current gun safety laws.

    There is no question that we can and should limit access to the assault style weapons of war that are on our streets and that are too often being used to kill innocent people indiscriminately. I have repeatedly voted for an assault weapons ban and will do so again as soon as we can get a bill to the Senate floor.

    But preventing tragedies like the one in Newtown will take more than just common-sense gun policies and enforcement. It will also take a renewed commitment to understanding and dealing with the root causes that lead isolated individuals to carry out these atrocities. At this moment, everything needs to be on the table for scrutiny.

    Our nation is at a crossroads moment, and we must take the path that protects future generations from re-living these gun violence tragedies over and over again. It will take the courage of people with opposing views but a common purpose sitting down with one another and agreeing that the status quo is unacceptable.

    Please be assured I will keep your views in mind as I work with my colleagues and please feel free to share with me your ideas on how to address this crisis. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my updates at http://murrav.senate.gov/updates. Thank you for contacting me, and please do not hesitate to contact me again.

    Sincerely,
    Patty Murray
    United States Senator

    Interesting article, self avowed Leftist calls BS on bans

    http://kontradictions.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/why-not-renew-the-assault-weapons-ban-well-ill-tell-you/

    Summary
    If gun control advocates want to actually have meaningful discussion and debate about the “assault weapon” and “high capacity” ban, they MUST address these questions:
    - Why ban cosmetic features?
    - Why ban guns used in a mere 2% of crime?
    - Why base gun control legislation on rare and statistically insignificant mass shootings to begin with?
    - Why ban magazines that have been consistently sized since their invention?
    - How would banning these magazines have saved lives, given that all a shooter needs is multiple magazines and 3 seconds of time (i.e. Cho)?
    - How will a ban on either these weapons or magazines reduce crime, since there are many millions of them legal and available anyway, especially since production has ramped up after the ban’s expiration?

    And most importantly:

    After a decade of failure, why assume that the bans will reduce violent crime THIS time around?

  2. Old NFO says:

    Good point, and I’ve already sent letters to my Congresscritters… sigh…