I’ve been calling weekly at minimum, and daily when opportunity allows, to ensure my elected servants understand that I do not want any further infringement upon the second amendment.
Living in Arizona, one might think that I wouldn’t have a hard time finding my representatives to be firmly in my camp. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure based on the two responses I’ve received in writing. I have spoken with a number of Jeff Flake’s aides who have confirmed that Senator Flake will not vote for any new gun control legislation.
I’ve not been able to speak with anyone when contacting Senator McCain, and my representative in the House – Ann Kirkpatrick – was unsure of her position when I initially began calling. I was originally told that she wanted to see VP Biden’s suggestions from his “task force” and would be meeting with constituents and community leaders in her CD (AZ CD 1).
Here is the response from McCain:
Mr. and Mrs. [SKAS].*, AZDear Mr. and Mrs. [SKAS]:Thank you for contacting my office regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and its impact on federal gun legislation. I appreciate your taking the time to share your views with me.As you know, on December 14, 2012, a mentally unstable gunman committed a senseless atrocity by murdering twenty students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. While many Americans continue to try to rationalize this tragedy it remains clear that the inhumane and depraved actions of this individual gunman appear to be motivated solely by his extremely disturbed mental state.On January 16, 2013, President Obama and his administration introduced a twenty-three point plan which lays out both executive and legislative proposals that would attempt to prevent future violence. As the details of the President’s proposals become more clear, I look forward to reviewing them, and working with my colleagues to find sensible solutions that respect the Second Amendment but also help us prevent these type of horrific events from ever happening again.While I am an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment, please know that I will seriously consider all reasonable public safety legislation that comes before the Senate.Thank you once again for contacting my office. Please do not hesitate to do so on this or any other issue of concern.Sincerely,John McCainUnited States SenatorJM/JT
January 25, 2013
Dear Mr. [SKAS]:
Thank you for contacting my office. I want to hear from you on the issues you care about, including the Second Amendment and gun violence. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to contact me and share your thoughts.
The Second Amendment and gun violence are complicated issues and are personal to me. Our district includes communities near the site of the Tucson tragedy and it includes many rural communities with responsible gun owners who are strong supporters, just as I am, of the Second Amendment. It is my job to represent all of these folks and work with both sides of the aisle to find consensus around this important issue.
When it comes to protecting our schools, children and communities, we need to take action. There are several proposals I hope we can all agree on. For example, tougher penalties for those who engage in gun trafficking. Strengthening background checks. Improving our mental-health system. Some of these proposals are just common sense.
If Congress is serious about addressing this issue, it will need to take a bipartisan approach. That’s the only way to get something done. Over the coming weeks, I will seek input from law-enforcement officials, mayors and constituents as my colleagues and I work toward protecting our kids and communities and protecting citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment.
I am honored to be able to serve Arizona in this critical moment in our history. By working together, we can find solutions to the many challenges we face. In the true independent spirit of Arizona, let’s work with people from every corner of our great congressional district, regardless of party or region. Together, we can change Washington.
Again, thank you for contacting me, and please continue to share your thoughts on matters that are important to you. If my office can assist you in resolving a matter with the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
Member of Congress
Now, I don’t know about you dear reader, but neither of these responses instills any confidence in me. I’m going to increase the frequency with which I contact these Congresscritters and ramp up the pressure. If you live in AZ, please reach out to McCain and don’t let him sell us out. If you’re in AZ CD1, please contact Ann Kirkpatrick and ask her to continue to be strong on the second amendment (she has always [to the best of my knowledge] been against the AWB – even signed a pledge in 09 against it) and oppose universal background checks.
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