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Merkley's response

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by BAMCIS, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I sent each one of my congressional representatives my thoughts regarding the inevitable upcoming legislation concerning guns. I sent them both via the internet and the old fashioned snail-mail. My thinking using snail-mail is/was that it would more likely be noticed. Probably wrong thinking but I had to take the chance.

    Anyway from reading some responses from Merkley posted by some of the members here it may seem his stance has softened a bit to our side. But like all politicians watch what they do, not what they say.

    Here is his e-mailed response I received tonight:

     
  2. PMKN_PI

    PMKN_PI Milwaukie, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Well, its better than the vomit inducing responses from cantwell or murray. This one only makes me nauseous.
     
  3. Kota

    Kota Clackamas County New Member

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    This Douche had a different response to previous emailers so maybe we are making a difference.
     
  4. ARKLITE881South

    ARKLITE881South USA Well-Known Member

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    Hay Jeff!! If you monitor this site, how about coming to the Rally the 8th of Feb, after all it's in salem. And, it would be nice to see some one like you that is a ''supporter of the 2nd amendment".
     
  5. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    I got two responses from Merkley after sending the Ruger thing out the other day.

     
  6. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    His letters have definately changed tone. Could be that he genuinely wants to hear from the citizens he represents.
     
  7. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    Yeah, I think he is realizing it could cost him votes.
     
  8. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I received the same canned reply for the ruger letter that Norm0931 did. He hasn't responded to the first letter I sent, and neither has any of the other dirtbag politicians that I've emailed so far.
     
  9. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    In addition to Merkley, I've heard back from Kurt Schrader and Jackie Winters.
     
  10. ARKLITE881South

    ARKLITE881South USA Well-Known Member

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    My wife and i both received responses from sen murkley , so, i took the opportunity to use his response to me, to respond to him again, explaining some things about no more gun laws, we have enough of them , enforce the ones we have, go after the REAL bad guys and their illegal guns. How i totally disagree with the 10 rd mag idea, and some other points. As well as asking him for a "yes'' or ''No'' answer on feinsteins proposals. And, once again i invited him to the FEB 8th rally in Salem.
     
  11. cueball1214

    cueball1214 Beaverton Active Member

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    I think there are many Senators and congressmen that are back tracking a bit. It's what happened the last time they tried to do this on a national scale. A lot of them were voted out after the AWB in the 90's. I hear more and more that they are backing away form more legislation, but we still need to make sure we are writing. I right every week. I have yet to receive a letter back form Bothilotchie or how ever else you spell her name. IF anyone has her response and could post it somewhere or PM it to me i would greatly appreciate it since she is the rep form my district.
     
  12. boarder4life81

    boarder4life81 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    I finally got a response from Merkely. I used the Ruger site several weeks ago and never got a response using just my name in the signature block. Used the Ruger site again on the 25th, this time I followed my name with rate and service info (HM3 USN Veteran). Got a response back in less then 72 hours. Here's what he sent me:

    Dear xxxxx,

    Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about any proposed legislation that would affect gun ownership by signing the Ruger Firearms petition. I appreciate hearing from you.

    In the wake of the tragic mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and right at home in Clackamas Town Center, I have heard a wide range of views from many Oregonians on gun policies and gun violence. Indeed, I am deeply saddened by these senseless shootings and the loss of innocent lives.

    As I consider proposed policies regarding guns, I will have two perspectives. As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I will ask if the proposals meet the constitutional test. Second, I will ask if the proposals will make a difference in the tragic situations we have witnessed. In short, I will be digging into the facts and research about each of the proposals on the table with these perspectives in mind.

    It is appropriate in light of the recent tragedies that this is a national discussion, and I'm glad you are sharing your thoughts with me. As specific proposals are put before Congress, please continue to give me your feedback.

    All my best,

    Jeffrey A. Merkley
    United States Senator

    I also got a response back from Val Hoyle the same day as Merkleys. Her response was fairly similar.
     
  13. dlurvey

    dlurvey Aloha, Oregon Member

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    I posted this last week, but here again is the response I got back from Suzanne Bonamici.

    January 23, 2013


    Dear Mr. Lurvey,


    Thank you for contacting me about guns and how we can prevent gun violence. I appreciate hearing from you.

    The tragic shootings in a Connecticut elementary school, the Clackamas Town Center, and a theater in Colorado are the latest in a long list of senseless mass shootings that occur too often in our country. These examples, and others like them, show that we must do more to prevent gun violence.

    Our priority should be to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of people who use them to kill or injure innocent victims. One of the first steps we should take is to pass federal legislation to require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows, a law that Oregon already has on the books. Cracking down on gun trafficking and illegal sales would keep more guns out of the wrong hands. I also support a ban on large capacity magazines like those used in the Colorado theater shooting.

    Importantly, we must also address the mental health aspects of violent crime. Critical components of reducing violence include identifying and treating people with mental illness and offering education and resources to their families, teachers, and communities. We need a community effort to destigmatize those who seek treatment for mental illness, and policymakers must work to break down barriers to access these services.

    I support the Second Amendment rights of individuals to own firearms for recreation and protection, but with every right comes a corresponding responsibility not to abuse or exploit that freedom to the detriment of others.

    Thank you again for writing to me, and please know that I will keep your input in mind as Congress considers proposals to prevent gun violence.
    If you would like to know more about my work in Congress, please sign up for my newsletter at Welcome to Representative Suzanne Bonamici | Representative Suzanne Bonamici or visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanBonamici.






    Sincerely,

    Suzanne Bonamici
    Member of Congress
     
  14. cueball1214

    cueball1214 Beaverton Active Member

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    Thank you dlurvey
     
  15. Stoller

    Stoller Oregon New Member

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    I just recieved a similiar response from Merkley yesterday after the Ruger survey. I also recieved a letter from congressmen Walden last week on the same topic.


    Dear



    Thanks for contacting me with your thoughts on gun control laws in light of the recent shootings.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families affected by these horrible tragedies in Clackamas and Newtown. As a father, I believe that we as a nation must work together to prevent these horrific acts of violence and address the underlying issues that cause them.



    Every two years, I raise my hand as your Representative and swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. That's an oath I take seriously. The Second Amendment to the Constitution establishes a citizen's right to keep and bear arms, and I have always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.



    The shooters in Oregon and Connecticut committed their crimes with stolen guns. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a majority of guns used by criminals are stolen, bought on the black market, or obtained in other illegal ways. Another law is unlikely to deter these types of attacks which violate multiple laws to begin with.



    I do think we can do more on the side of helping people with mental illness and those contemplating suicide. I'm working with leaders in these communities to see what they think would be most effective.



    Thank you again for writing me about these issues. It's an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.






    Best regards,

    Greg Walden
    Member of Congress