Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sample Letter Opposing Senate Gun Control Bills

One of the problems in keeping up the pressure weekly on Senators and Representatives is coming up with new ways to say "no more gun control". Below is a letter that I sent today to both of my senators. I took the approach that magazine restrictions and bans on AR-15s are anti-woman and anti-family which it is. How many Senators want to be seen as being anti-woman and anti-family?

Both the Complementary Spouse and I have North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permits. I used that in the intro to illustrate that we were the "good guys". If you have a CCW, say so. If not, leave that part out.

I sent my letters by fax to both their Washington office and one of their in-state offices. I used fax rather than the mail or email for a couple of reasons. First, due to the anthrax scare after 9-11, it takes regular mail a week at least to be delivered to an office. Second, a fax is instantaneous. Finally, I think a signed fax, since it takes a little more effort, gets more attention than an email.

The letter below can be cut and pasted into your own word processing program. I have put parantheses around the areas which can be filled in or left out. If you are a woman, I'd make sure to say so.
Senator (fill in blank)
US Senate
By fax

Dear Senator (fill in blank),

I am a responsible gun owner. (I have a North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit which means that I’ve received training, been fingerprinted, and have had a complete background check. I’m one of the good folks out there.

This week Sen. Frank Lautenberg has introduced his bill to ban magazines with greater than 10 round capacity and Sen. Dianne Feinstein has or will introduce her bill to effectively outlaw semi-automatic firearms with ugly features.>

I vehemently oppose both of these bills.

Home invasions with multiple invaders have been rising nationwide. Placing a limitation on magazine size puts my family at risk. While someone using a firearm for offensive purposes has plenty of time to change magazines, that is not true of self-defense situations especially in the case of multiple invaders.

The AR-15 is an ideal firearm for home defense. (As a woman,) I find it is lightweight, easy to operate, and has low recoil. The .223/5.56x45 round that most use has been shown in numerous studies to be the least likely bullet to pass through a house wall and injure someone outside of it. The round falls apart when it hits the dry wall or gypsum.

I view both of these bills as anti-family and anti-woman. Passage of either or both will put more families, more women, and more children at risk from criminals, thugs, and rapists.

I urge you to oppose both of these bills. As President Obama recently said, “If it saves the live of only one child, it is worth it.” He’s right but he just had the wrong context in mind.


(Your name and address)
Here are a couple of links where you can find the names and addresses of your state's US Senators. First, by state, from the US Senate's webpage. Click on the senator's name to be linked to their home page. From there you can find their fax numbers. Second, the NRA-ILA has a "write your reps" address locator. It can be found here. Either way, write them, call them, AND fax them. Moreover, do it like voting in Chicago - early and often.


  1. Thank you, I used your letter to contact my Senator.

    1. @Atsila: That's great and thanks. I'll have more letters up that have been sent to me over the next few days.

  2. Thanks, John. This was very helpful and a perfect framework to jump from.

  3. So to be one of the "good folks," you must bow to the power of the state and get a piece of paper from the? There are one hundred million gun owners across the nation. A very small fraction of gun owners bend over for a state issued piece of paper. A huge fraction of gun owners are just as much "good folks" as those who bend to the power of the state.

  4. Thank you. I have ideas in my head but its hard to get them on paper. I used some of your ideas!

  5. bunch of paranoid jackasses.

  6. You don't need a sledge hammer to kill a fly or a semi-automatic gun to stop "multiple intruders" who are probably too poor or too stupid to own the very gun you'd kill them with. If you fear you'd need such a gun to protect yourself from our government, then you're in the wrong country - try Afghanistan. If you fear your neighbor might rise up against you, then you're in the wrong town - try a town in Rwanda or Syria. If you just freaking love the feeling of holding a gun capable of mass destruction, then join the military. If you like your life as it is, like the kids in Connecticut did, then get semi-automatic weapons out of the hands of civilians.

  7. Liberals and Democrats need to learn that it is not up to them to change the foundations of this country.

    "Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

    George Washington
    First President of the United States

    People should not try to interpret the meaning of the Second Amendment to suit their biased views. This quote illustrates quite well the reasoning behind the amendment.

    "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."

    George Mason
    Co-author of the Second Amendment
    during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

  8. Hey May 1... to say the AR15 is the "sledge hammer" of weaponry, shows just how ignorant you are of firearms.

  9. A question every law abiding citizen should be asking...

    "Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"

    Patrick Henry
    American Patriot

  10. If you doubt the liberal agenda...

    "Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed."

    Sara Brady
    Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum
    The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

    Sounds very familiar actually...

    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

    Adolph Hitler
    Chancellor, Germany, 1933