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Letter to Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (and perhaps others)
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I plan on sending this US mail and email today (01/02/2013) to his Washington DC and Pittsburgh offices. If anyone wishes to use this, please do.

Dear Senator Casey:

I am writing to urge you to oppose any effort to pass new restrictions to firearm configuration, procurement, ownership, usage and storage. You have been mostly supportive of firearm rights granted by the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions and as my elected senator, I encourage you to stand squarely behind these principles.

The recent killings of innocents in the Sandy Hook school, the deaths in the Clackamas Mall and the murders at the Aurora Colorado movie theater are repugnant to any rational person. A rational and freethinking person also knows that it is the criminal intent of the person and the person alone committing these horrific crimes that allows their occurrence. Placing blame onto an inanimate object (in this case firearms) and restricting or banning them does nothing to deter one that is intent on harming others. You see the criminal has already made the decision to ignore a law in the commission of his intended crime so the breaking of a firearm law provides no additional deterrent.

Many people are easily swayed by the emotional rhetoric of those that would deny the concept of personal responsibility and instead lay blame on objects such as firearms or point the finger at nebulous constructs such as society. You, Senator Casey must use your ability to see through the fog of irrational claims and false arguments used by pressure groups to violate the constitutional rights of law abiding American citizens, many of those whom you represent.

Sincerely,
Arkady

Senator Casey contact info:


393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
Fax: (202) 228-0604

Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2490
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 803-7370
Fax: (412) 803-7379

This forum boasts a large population of critical thinking people. Any comments are appreciated.
Arkady, proud to be a member of pa2.org since Sep 2012.

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#2
Well done sir! I have already sent 2 e mails maybe a third?
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
I have been sending out emails right and left. Making phone calls, printing letters to send snail mail. I know it can be a bit of a pain. Thanks for doing your part, rep incoming.
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#4
I applaud everybody's efforts, and I don't mean to be a negative Nancy, but I have a feeling Bob Casey doesn't give two shits about us. The only way you can change a person's mind is through black mail. I am NOT encouraging it, but I am simply stating a fact. That's how a lot of stuff in DC and elsewhere goes down. Anything short of that is probably not going to change his mind.
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Philadelphia Patriot;61764 Wrote:I applaud everybody's efforts, and I don't mean to be a negative Nancy, but I have a feeling Bob Casey doesn't give two shits about us. The only way you can change a person's mind is through black mail. I am NOT encouraging it, but I am simply stating a fact. That's how a lot of stuff in DC and elsewhere goes down. Anything short of that is probably not going to change his mind.

I believe much as you do on Senator Casey's future efforts for gun rights. Also, Washington DC surely has a high private investigator per capita ratio that allows much dirt to be dug. However those who without our input likely will not champion gun rights just may if we persistently state our case.
Arkady, proud to be a member of pa2.org since Sep 2012.

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Arkady;61781 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;61764 Wrote:I applaud everybody's efforts, and I don't mean to be a negative Nancy, but I have a feeling Bob Casey doesn't give two shits about us. The only way you can change a person's mind is through black mail. I am NOT encouraging it, but I am simply stating a fact. That's how a lot of stuff in DC and elsewhere goes down. Anything short of that is probably not going to change his mind.

I believe much as you do on Senator Casey's future efforts for gun rights. Also, Washington DC surely has a high private investigator per capita ratio that allows much dirt to be dug. However those who without our input likely will not champion gun rights just may if we persistently state our case.


I fully agree with you. Private investigators can be very expensive too (it also costs more for the best ones too because time is money and the best equipment is very pricy). However, you would hope the NRA is paying for PIs to be doing this type of work (contract type work), assuming the NRA doesn't have any that directly work for them.
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Arkady;61741 Wrote:.....
Any comments are appreciated.

It's a great letter.

I would also remind him that his pro-gun stance is what got him elected in this state, and that we expect nothing less from him than to defend our rights to the fullest. PA has one of the highest concentrations of NRA members, and we are well organized and active.
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#8
I was a bit angry when I sent my emails recently to our senators and reps.

Quote:Under no circumstances will I support any further erosion of our constitutional rights.

I will not comply with an unconstitutional ban on firearms or their accessories.

I will not be punished for the crimes of a madman.

I will not put the safety of my family and home in jeopardy because of foolish gut reactions to a horrible crime.

I will not comply with gun registration.

Charlton Heston's words will ring true... "From my cold dead hands." if this bullshit legislation passes.

I have been a law abiding man my entire life. I am as good-hearted and gentle a man as you will ever find.

But... I will not comply with state mandated disarmament of US citizens.

Queue the black SUVs and helicopters.... Angry
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#9
Following is the response letter from Senator Casey: Disappointing but no surprises here. Personally, I believe that he never reads our letters but rather in the case of internet contact, a form letter is returned based solely on the issue choice entered while on his website. When a letter is sent via U.S. Mail, I believe the subject is determined after the first few sentences are read by an aide, and the closest applicable response form letter is sent. I received three of these (identical) emailed letters in a single day, each corresponding to one of my three letters (one email - one letter to the Washington, D.C. office and one to the Pittsburgh office). My comments are in red.



Dear Mr. Arkady:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (My letter was actually about my concern that you may be swayed to cast votes against the 2nd Amendment.) I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. (The silly and unintuitive “Gun Free Zone” concept imposed by those that mostly will not place themselves in left these souls essentially defenseless.) Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope and brutality of this act. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

The motives that led to this senseless massacre will likely never fully be comprehended. (If you believe the last sentence then why later in this letter only specify action against one component of the tragedy and one component only? Never mind that your proposed solution will have no deterrent effect.) However, I believe that all public officials have a responsibility to work to prevent such an event from occurring again. This incident reflects a complex problem that requires a comprehensive strategy, including funding for law enforcement officers and the mental health care system. Too many individuals with mental illness are not receiving the services they need and tragically, sometimes a small number of these individuals turn violent. (A large part of the reason those that are troubled often do not seek help is the due to the consequences that result from any mental health care or treatment on future endeavors such as employment, gun rights or later health care due to the Affordable Care Act.) I have supported access to affordable and accessible mental health services for all Americans and I will continue to review proposed solutions to improve our mental health system.

As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Pennsylvania has a fine hunting and sporting tradition, and I will defend the right to bear arms as it is enshrined in our Constitution. (The Second Amendment is not intended to protect hunting and sporting.) However, I also believe that the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School highlights very serious dangers posed to public safety by the misuse of certain weapons and technology originally developed for warfare. According to reports, the shooter was able to kill many children and adults very quickly because he possessed a military-style semiautomatic weapon. He also allegedly used magazines containing up to 30 rounds of ammunition and carried hundreds of rounds more. After much reflection and careful study of the issue, I have decided to support a federal assault weapons ban as well as legislation restricting high capacity clips. In light of what occurred at Sandy Hook, these are two measures that will lessen the chances that this will happen again soon. (The "technology" argument falls apart when the Second Amendment's intent is understood as a defense against a tyrannical government. The First Amendment at the time of its writing could not have envisioned the modern printing press, word processors or the internet - Yada, Yada.)

Our Nation has already begun a critical dialogue as we examine what steps must be taken to prevent this type of tragedy in the future. On December 19, 2012, President Obama announced the formation of an inter-agency task initiative, led by Vice President Biden, to study these issues and recommend possible actions. (Anti Second Amendment legislation has been written long before the formation of this inter-agency task initiative and has only waited for an emotionally charged opportunity for its unveiling - this by Senator Dianne Feinstein's own admission.) I look forward to reviewing these proposals, as well to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this complex issue.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,
Bob Casey
United States Senator

P.S. If you would like to respond to this message, please use the contact form on my website: http://casey.senate.gov/contact/
Arkady, proud to be a member of pa2.org since Sep 2012.

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#10
My reply back to the most boring senator in the known universe after his auto-reply to me;


Dear Mr. Casey,

Thank you for the acknowledgement of our communications with your auto-reply, but I think we have a problem here - and I know that you don’t want to be a problem to your constituency here in Pennsylvania.

First off to your opening points, Yes – we are ALL horrified and repulsed by the events in Newtown.

But… What was being hidden behind a smokescreen of anti-gun rhetoric is the fact that a vidiot-gaming nutcase took his mother’s LEGAL guns - purchased and owned LEGALLY under onerous Connecticut laws – and then ILLEGALLY used them to ILLEGALLY kill his own mother before ILLEGALLY killing the Sandy Hook children.

What part of ILLEGAL action is not understood here?

The mother’s body hadn’t even officially been discovered yet before Biden’s anti-gun ghouls were already in the cameras relishing the Sandy Hook blood to push their agenda against LEGAL guns.

I am not going to get into the Second Amendment/Founding Fathers yadda yadda – as I know that YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND exactly what “shall not be infringed” means. And we intend to hold you to it.

If it appears you did not understand “shall not be infringed”, we – as your employers here in PA - will arrange during the next election to give you ample time away from work to learn about the Second Amendment.

To be sure; YOU do not have the political capital to survive going against US voters here in Pennsylvania - your EMPLOYERS - the ones who ELECTED YOU.
As for the others;

• Crazy Uncle Joe Biden has NOTHING to lose with his dimwitted double-barrel blathering – he’ll fade into the sunset to go play pinochle with wacky Howard Dean.
• Obama has NOTHING to lose; he will dethrone Klinton as the official orator of the left.
• Chuck Schumer will remain “in like Flynt” unless proven to be an agent for Hamas.
• Sens Feinswine and Boxer, and Nancy Pelosi are entrenched forever; ditsy Commiefornians will gladly re-elect their three Macbethian witches even with video proof of a boiling cauldron of dead gay babies.

But for you; we will be watching YOUR vote, and we too, will vote. So unless YOU intend for your privileged Senate career to end with a run for election as a dogcatcher – you need to stand tall and VOTE AGAINST ANY new gun control laws of any kind introduced in the Senate.

Understand that this isn’t like the pointless “ban laws” of the past – we have the Internet now for fast, mass communications. I intend to make sure my message to YOU is posted to every message board I know of so that fellow gun owners know of this.

We are and will be watching – and voting.

Sincerely,




Dear Mr. xxxxxxxx:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about recent proposals related to guns. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope and brutality of this act. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

The motives that led to this senseless massacre will likely never fully be comprehended. However, I believe that all public officials have a responsibility to work to prevent such an event from occurring again. This incident reflects a complex problem that requires a comprehensive strategy, including funding for law enforcement officers and the mental health care system. Too many individuals with mental illness are not receiving the services they need and tragically, sometimes a small number of these individuals turn violent. I have supported access to affordable and accessible mental health services for all Americans and I will continue to review proposed solutions to improve our mental health system. As lawmakers consider an appropriate response to this challenging issue, we should consider all of the factors that could prevent such heinous acts.

As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Pennsylvania has a fine hunting and sporting tradition, and I will defend the right to bear arms as it is enshrined in our Constitution. I will continue to back the right to bear arms for purposes of self-defense, recreation, sporting and collection. However, I also believe that the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School highlights very serious dangers posed to public safety by the misuse of certain weapons and technology originally developed for warfare. According to reports, the shooter was able to kill many children and adults very quickly because he possessed a military-style semiautomatic weapon. He also allegedly used magazines containing up to 30 rounds of ammunition and carried hundreds of rounds more. After much reflection and careful study of the issue, I have decided to support a federal assault weapons ban as well as legislation restricting high capacity magazines. In light of what occurred at Sandy Hook, these are two measures that will lessen the chances that this will happen again. Before supporting such a law, I would first and foremost ensure that it did not unduly abridge the right to bear arms as established by the Second Amendment.

Our Nation has already begun a critical dialogue as we examine what steps must be taken to prevent this type of tragedy in the future. On January 17, 2012, President Obama unveiled a package of proposals to reduce gun violence, which included strengthening the system of background checks, reinstating the assault weapon and high-capacity magazines ban, improving school safety and expanding access to mental health services. I look forward to reviewing these proposals in detail and to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this complex issue.

On January 24, 2013, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation would explicitly permit the possession of affected firearms that were owned prior to the bill’s enactment; firearms that are manually operated; firearms used by military, law enforcement and retired law enforcement; and antique weapons. Further, this legislation lists 2,258 hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns that are entirely exempt from the ban.

This legislation would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of seven specified military features. S. 150 would further ban semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of certain listed military features, as well as ammunition magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds. The Assault Weapons Ban would also regulate the transfer and storage of permitted, grandfathered weapons and allow local law enforcement to use certain federal funds for voluntary gun buyback programs. The Assault Weapons Ban was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, of which I am not a member. Please be assured that should this legislation come before the full Senate for consideration, I will have your views in mind.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,
Bob Casey
United States Senator

P.S. If you would like to respond to this message, please use the contact form on my website: http://casey.senate.gov/contact/
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