Several weeks ago I emailed my senator with my thoughts on current gun control and this was her response. She still doesnt get the point that resticting and limiting sales to responsible gun owners will not stop criminals from doing harm.
How would you respond to this email??
Myself I think she is trying to blow smoke up me arse.
I bolded a couple things that really stood out to me
April 26, 2013
Dear Mr. White,
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control policy and gun safety. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you know, the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees Americans the fundamental right to bear arms. I strongly support legal and safe gun ownership by law-abiding citizens, and I welcomed and supported the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller that made clear that the constitutional right to gun ownership is an individual one. I have also consistently voted to uphold this constitutional right, including permitting residents of the District of Columbia to own and purchase firearms and to prevent funding for any international organization, including the United Nations, that places a tax on any firearm owned by a United States citizen.
At the same time, we have to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of individuals who should not have them, like criminals and individuals with mental illnesses. Recent events, such as the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, have made it clear that we should have sensible, constitutional controls on gun ownership that address safety in our communities.
In the wake of these tragedies, I have heard from many Missouri gun owners, including veterans and hunters, who agree that commonsense protections, such as background checks or limiting access to high capacity ammunition magazines and weapons designed for use by soldiers in combat, are sensible measures we could implement to improve the safety of Americans that do not infringe on our Second Amendment rights.
Proposals like these were considered when the Senate debated S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act. During consideration of this bill, I was proud to vote for several gun safety measures, including bipartisan proposals to expand background checks to purchases made at gun shows and on the internet, and to increase penalties for "straw purchases" when individuals buy guns for those who are barred from purchasing the guns themselves, such as those with past felony convictions or severe mental illness. I also voted to limit access to military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. I believe sensible regulation of firearms, such as that proposed in these measures, would keep our children and our law enforcement officers safe from the mass-casualty crimes in which these weapons are often used. I was disappointed that these safety measures, which are overwhelmingly supported by the American public, failed to achieve the necessary votes to overcome opponents' filibusters. Senate leaders have now set aside S. 649 while negotiations continue.
Knowing that those responsible for some of the most recent mass shootings have suffered from mental illness, it is clear that we must also consider mental health services available to our citizens. A more robust mental health care system may help identify and treat individuals who need help before they resort to violence. I am strongly committed to expanding access to mental health services, which is why I voted for an amendment to S. 649 to reauthorize and improve programs related to the use of intervention and support services in schools, suicide prevention, helping children recover from traumatic events, and integrating behavioral and primary care. I also supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," which will expand important mental health coverage when it is fully implemented in 2014.
You may be interested to know that during consideration of S. 649 I also voted in support of a measure that would penalize state and local governments who wrongfully release information about gun owners to the public. I also voted in support of our nation's veterans when I supported an amendment that would ensure veterans receive due process before a Veterans Administration determination can remove a veteran's right to own a gun.
While the debate over appropriate gun safety measures is divisive, it is far from over. I firmly believe that this nation can unite in support of sensible laws that prevent the mass murder of innocent citizens--especially innocent children--while we continue to respect the Constitution. Please know that I will continue to keep your thoughts in mind when Congress again considers gun-related legislation.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.
United States Senator
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