29 January 2013
The Honorable XXXXX
Washington, DC XXXXX
Dear Representative XXXXX,
I am a constituent of your district in XXXXX and a lawful gun owner, as well as holding a XXXXX Concealed Weapon Permit and a Class 03 Federal Firearms License as a collector. Like many I am saddened and outraged about the senseless killings at Sandy Hook Elementary as well as Aurora CO and others which have happened in recent memory. These horrific events have created a national debate on the subject of guns and their place in our society.
Currently Congress is considering bills which would limit access to and/or ownership of certain classes of firearms in an effort to curb the kind of violence we've seen. It cannot be more misguided than to think that outlawing any type of firearm would have prevented these tragedies, and that creating registries, limiting magazine capacity or resurrecting any part of the failed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban would do anything to honor the memories of the children or make our streets safer. Criminals by definition would never submit to any of these laws, and only law-abiding citizens would suffer as a result, becoming disarmed in relation to the armed criminal element.
There are a number of reasons I could cite to oppose any ban which may be proposed, most importantly is that existing laws already would have prevented the perpetrators from having access to the weapons they used if it had been followed. We have adequate laws if they are enforced.
I urge you to support strengthening existing enforcement of law, and oppose any further effort to undermine the fundamental right of free, lawful citizens to defend themselves as is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution.