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I want to write my representatives, where do I start?
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I am ready to contact my representatives and tell them I am against any new legislation that restricts our rights to own firearms. However I have never done this before and wonder if you guys could set me up with some contact information? Plus who are all the people I should be contacting (I live in Pike County)? What's a better method of contacting these people? E-Mail or snail mail? Finally I would welcome facts and talking points that should be included, I will take some ideas I have read here but I am overwhelmed with all the information on these forums. My goal is to keep the message to two paragraphs or less. Thanks. Smile
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http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

This will find your House member. Keep your argument calm, reasoned, and based in logic. No need for wild claims or hyperbole. Keep it short, to the point, and simple. Include your name and address so they take you seriously...and can see that you are a voter in their district.
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Much better option is to go to their local office and talk to him directly. I don't think such mail even reaches them directly anymore.

Btw, do you not know who you voted for just last month?
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Another option:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA
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Contact them every way you can--email, phone and snail mail for sure.

The senators have contact info on their websites and an easy way to send them an email message:

Bob Casey
http://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
"Firearms" is listed under Message topic


Pat Toomey
http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact
"Gun rights" is listed under Topic
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LifeInPa;58382 Wrote:I am ready to contact my representatives and tell them I am against any new legislation that restricts our rights to own firearms. However I have never done this before and wonder if you guys could set me up with some contact information? Plus who are all the people I should be contacting (I live in Pike County)? What's a better method of contacting these people? E-Mail or snail mail? Finally I would welcome facts and talking points that should be included, I will take some ideas I have read here but I am overwhelmed with all the information on these forums. My goal is to keep the message to two paragraphs or less. Thanks. Smile

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Dave;58384 Wrote:Much better option is to go to their local office and talk to him directly. I don't think such mail even reaches them directly anymore.

Btw, do you not know who you voted for just last month?

Seriously, all an email, or even snail mail, is going to generate is a form letter type response that was probably never read by the intended target.
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Paradigm;58383 Wrote:http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

This will find your House member. Keep your argument calm, reasoned, and based in logic. No need for wild claims or hyperbole. Keep it short, to the point, and simple. Include your name and address so they take you seriously...and can see that you are a voter in their district.

PA Rifleman;58391 Wrote:Another option:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA

Thanks guys now I have 3 E-Mails to send out. Smile
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Dave;58384 Wrote:Much better option is to go to their local office and talk to him directly. I don't think such mail even reaches them directly anymore.

Btw, do you not know who you voted for just last month?

I know who I voted for and that most of them didn't make it to office. I am asking this as I never contacted them before and I don't have the information needed. Finally I figured you guys might suggest contacting other people I haven't considered.

soberbyker;58492 Wrote:
LifeInPa;58382 Wrote:I am ready to contact my representatives and tell them I am against any new legislation that restricts our rights to own firearms. However I have never done this before and wonder if you guys could set me up with some contact information? Plus who are all the people I should be contacting (I live in Pike County)? What's a better method of contacting these people? E-Mail or snail mail? Finally I would welcome facts and talking points that should be included, I will take some ideas I have read here but I am overwhelmed with all the information on these forums. My goal is to keep the message to two paragraphs or less. Thanks. Smile

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Dave;58384 Wrote:Much better option is to go to their local office and talk to him directly. I don't think such mail even reaches them directly anymore.

Btw, do you not know who you voted for just last month?

Seriously, all an email, or even snail mail, is going to generate is a form letter type response that was probably never read by the intended target.

That's something I will consider too but I don't know how well I would do discussing these issues in person. When writing a letter or E-Mail I can make revisions and take my time with it, making my case in person is isn't so easy.
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Just an update, I procrastinated for a week because I couldn't come up with a meaningful letter to send off. So I just broke down and borrowed a letter from the man who runs the Military Arms Channel on YouTube (He gave permission). I ended up adding an additional two paragraphs of personal opinion afterwards. So here is what I wrote:

LifeInPa Wrote:Greetings,

Due to the recent events at Sandy Hook elementary school we now face renewed threats to our Constitutional rights. While I understand how painful the loss must be for those touched by this tragedy, blaming firearms or their owners and punishing them is not the answer to the challenges we face as a nation.

We already have laws that were violated by a man who was likely psychotic and heavily medicated. This man was stopped by the mandatory background check from purchasing firearms. He then decided to murder his mother and take her legally owned firearms to commit this tragedy.

If your true goal is to protect our children, then enact legislation that will do that. Banning 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 the Columbine shooting took place under the 1994 ban. Do something 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 anti-gun laws that have historically had no positive effect on crime in our nation or others.

On a personal note I would like to add that I became a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment later in life due to living in the New York City metro area (Brooklyn) and having my 2nd Amendment rights severely suppressed in that environment. Coming to Pennsylvania was an eye opening experience for me and living among fellow Pennsylvanian’s has taught me that private citizens can own a wide variety of small arms responsibly, yet we seem to have less violence and crime in general than my former home. I attribute this in part to the proliferation of modern, semi-automatic weapons among law abiding citizens in our area.

Reading history as of late surrounding the 2nd Amendment and why it was put into place by our Founding Fathers gave me pause. I realized after educating myself that the 2nd Amendment wasn’t about hunting, self-defense or target shooting. It was put into place to protect the American people and the rights we enjoy. I believe in these rights so strongly that I am contacting my Senators and Representatives for the first time in my 26 years of life to show that I and a great deal of Americans are against any new laws that stifle our 2nd Amendment rights.

Thank you,

So what do you think? I hope I didn't fumble that up too bad. I would just like to hear from you guys before sending out the E-Mails and Snail Mail's. I will be sending our the E-Mails Sunday and the Snail Mail's early next week.

If anyone is interested in reading the non-edited version of that message here it is:

Military Arms Channel Wrote:The shorter the letter the more likely it is to be read and processed by the representative. This is the letter I drafted. Please feel free to use mine as well. What's important is that we all do this.

Greetings,

Due to the recent events at Sandy Hook elementary school we now face renewed threats to our Constitutional rights. While I understand how painful the loss must be for those touched by this tragedy, blaming firearms or their owners and punishing them is not the answer to the challenges we face as a nation.

We already have laws that were violated by a man who was likely psychotic and heavily medicated. This man was stopped by the mandatory background check from purchasing firearms. He then decided to murder his mother and take her legally owned firearms to commit this tragedy.

If your true goal is to protect our children, then enact legislation that will do that. Banning 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 the Columbine shooting took place under the 1994 ban. Do something 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 anti-gun laws that have historically had no positive effect on crime in our nation or others.

Thank you,

SIGN YOUR NAME

It was found here, 3rd post from the bottom: http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB3/viewtop...3&t=189330
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