I encourage all of you to write your politicians. Here is the letter i just sent out. I am writing you this letter to express my concern over recent events and how they will impact my freedoms. I grew up in a rural area in western Oregon. From the age of six, I was taught strict gun safety. I was not allowed to play with toy guns, or even pretend to shoot someone with my finger. I was taught that guns ended life, they were not a game. Throughout my childhood it was common for us to go shoot targets several times per week. It was what we did for fun. We did not hunt or kill animals, only paper targets. We would then come back home and reload our ammunition in preparation of the next target session. I am now a responsible adult, active in my community. I volunteer many hours per year between the Local Sheriff's office, and several other emergency response organizations. I have a Concealed handgun permit, and have a Trust set up that allows me, with the proper tax paid, to legally have firearm suppressors, true fully automatic firearms, Short Barreled Rifles etc. I am now thinking of having kids of my own. With the recent events, I worry that my children will not have the same opportunities that I had. I remember shooting a semi automatic rifle with a standard capacity (30 round) magazine for the first time. I remember how much fun it was to fill the paper full of holes and to try and keep all 30 of them in the very center. I realize that you likely did not come from the same background as I have. I had the freedom to be taught proper gun safety and to be able to target shoot semi automatic rifles, with 30 round (standard capacity) magazines. I feel that my children should have the same rights. The point here is not about 30 round magazines, or semi automatic rifles, its about having my personal freedoms as a responsible firearms owner stripped away due to the actions of several individuals. They could have caused the same amount of damage regardless of what legislation is or was on the books. Criminals do not follow the laws, so why make new laws that will only strip away our liberties as responsible citizens? I often try to put myself in others shoes when I have a disagreement. Most people become closed minded and fail to try to truly understand where the other side is coming from. Please keep your mind open. I always vote against anything that limits my individual freedoms. Even when I disagree with what can be done with those freedoms. Often I find myself voting for something that I don't think is right, I do this because I don't want any more of my liberties taken away. I want someone in disagreement with me to have the freedom to make their own choices. For the protection of our children, I would recommend the following. Set up a program that is similar in length and depth of a reserve police academy. Something along the lines of 6 months of evenings and weekend courses. Get volunteers to go through this academy, and complete a thorough background check, and firearms training. Use these volunteers to staff local schools in their community as volunteer armed civil security. I personally would volunteer for at least 24 hours a month. It might surprise you that I have voted democrat most of my life. I recently switched to the Libertarian Party, however I believe that you should vote for what you believe in, not what the rest of the people in your party believe . I tend to ignore what party a politician is in, and look at the beliefs and past actions have been. I have been known to vote for someone when I disagree with most of their views, yet feel they are the most honest. I will be watching the coming months, and will put my time, energy, money and my vote towards the politicians that protect my personal freedoms. The Second Amendment of the Constitution is the single most important law on the books, without it, the liberties of the American people are counterfeit. I love my country, my freedom, and my right to make decisions as a citizen of the United States Please support my personal freedoms in the coming months.