Response from Merkley to a Poignant email I sent.

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  1. Doctnt

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    While I suspect Merkley's office wrote this and not the Senator himself, I am hopeful that since Sen. Merkley is the one who pinned me with my Silver Star for actions in OEF, that he might actually have read my attempt to point out simple facts without any rhetoric to him and the perspective of a constituent.
    We shall see how much of a supporter he actually is? All I can do is continue to write him and other elected officials and hope they see the light of reason.


    "Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about legislation and actions being considered to address gun violence. 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. I will keep your views in mind and hope you will keep me informed about the issues that concern you."


    All my best,

    Jeffrey A. Merkley
    United States Senator
     
  2. duane black

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    Wow ! Thank you for your service !:drink:

    Your letter is better than the one I got back from United States Senator Patty Murray !
     
  3. Just Me

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    Another form letter that can be sent to anyone regardless of their take on gun control. Too bad. Have you considered calling and asking to speak directly with him? Some of our reps have staff assigned to veterans issues, so maybe the SS will get you heard.
     
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  4. TapRackNGo

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    Wow, mine was exactly the same.
     
  5. speeddemon94

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    So was mine... Still waiting on Wyden.
     
  6. pokerace

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    So was mine.
     
  7. SOrez

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    I received the same one today.
     
  8. Guilty

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    Surprise, surprise, mine was the same form letter too.
     
  9. chemist

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    I got the same letter today. It still makes sense to keep writing, because they tally the opinions they receive and may change positions accordingly.

    Form letter or no, it still represents his views. It's the best we could hope for: would a mag limit have changed anything? Of course not. Did outright bans make any difference? Of course not. He's going to challenge the Feinstein bill with hard questions.
     
  10. Just Me

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    I wish I shared your optimism in Merkley. I sincerely do.
     
  11. nilknarf

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    Don't hold your breath for a reply from Wyden... My letters are always courteous and respectful, yet I get absolutely no response (all both of them!)

    BTW, thank you for your service doctnt!
     
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  12. sneakboxer

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    Same letter here too. Calling or writing a paper letter sounds like the next step.
     
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  13. Doctnt

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    Thank you all for your responses. I am just an old soldier who was in the wrong place at the right time and did nothing more than any of my brothers in arms would have done. I take pride in my actions not because of a shiny medal but because it was the right thing to do.
    Regarding Sen. Merkley, I appreciate hearing that many of you received the same letter. I believe a phone call to DC and potentially even a hand written letter will be next?

    I asked him the very same questions you point out Chemist. How will any of that make a difference if they are unwilling to acknowledge the underlying issue behind most, if not all, mass tragedies. Guns are not the cause, they are the tool. A numbness of the soul or lack of empathy for their fellow human are at the root of current society. The reasons behind perpetration of evil are not found in more or less government regulations but in the hearts and convictions of every person and their willingness to accept it rather than act against it.
    /off my soapbox..
    Cheers to all my Brothers.
    Doc
     
  14. Just Me

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    I suggest calling his local office and asking if there is a veterans coordinator or someone who can help a veteran. Tell them that you were decorated by merkley and would like to meet with him the next time he is home. They will likely be all over it, if nothing else, just for a photo op.

    When I was discharged I almost went to work for peter defazio as his veterans outreach coordinator. Then I got smart and decided to work at Texaco pumping gas :laugh: while working my way through college.
     
  15. Stomper

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    Silver Star... AWESOME!

    BTW- Lastnight I sent off an email to Merkely, Wyden, and Schrader, stating that if they vote for ANY further gun restrictions that I would donate my time and financial donations to defeat them in the next primary elections, and should they still win, then I would donate said time and finances towards their defeat in the general elections after that. That I didn't want their platitudes about them being "heart broken" over the recent mass-shooting events, and to honor their oath... Then signed it, "DON'T TREAD ON ME!"

    Merkley sent me the EXACT SAME letter today. It appears more "concilliatory" than what his office was putting out earlier, so he may be caving into the pressure from his constituents.... KEEP IT UP, and if you get tired, pop some viagra and keep at it!
     
  16. DoubleTapDrew

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    The answers to his third paragraph is NO on both questions, but who knows how he will see it.
    Thank you for your service
     
  17. simpleguy

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    What a nice FORM LETTER stating how he's going to vote AGAINST our Rights while trying to keep us all calm and hoping we'll soon forget.........

    Mr. Merkley, we will not forget and will donate our time and money to make you EX-Senator Merkley.
     
  18. U201494

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    A little off topic but significant none the less:
    The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces for valor in the face of the enemy.
    Past recipients include:
    Audie Murphy
    Chuck Yeager
    Douglas McArthur
    John J. Pershing
    George S. Patton
    Jimmy Doolittle

    My personal thank you.

    R.D.
     
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  19. ZigZagZeke

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    I got the same response today to my letter, in which I explained that the proposed legislation would be ineffective because it outlaws only cosmetics, not any functional difference. I also pointed out that had we had a working public mental health system in place the Sandy Hook shooter may have been in custody for observation after the altercation at the school the previous day, instead of free to seek revenge.
     
  20. ZigZagZeke

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    I sent this today to my Congressional delegation:

     
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