So I know this may not be directly related to firearms, but seeing as how Sonia Sotomayor is a huge gun-ban advocate I had to post this. Recently I sent an email to our state senators, and Mr. Jeff Merkley wrote me back an email this morning. I seem to have lost the original mail to him, but I basically urged to not to vote for Sotomayor's election into the Supreme Court. Dear Chris, Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. After careful evaluation, I have decided to support the nomination of Judge Sotomayor. The Supreme Court is called upon to decide cases which weigh competing public priorities and resolve conflicting democratic values. To handle such cases properly, justices not only must be intelligent, learned, and experienced, but should also be sensitive to the practical effects that their rulings have on average people. In speaking with Judge Sotomayor and again in her testimony before the Judiciary Committee, I was struck by her attention to detail, breadth of understanding, and respect for precedent. Through her long service on the bench, she has demonstrated a firm commitment to the Constitution and its abiding principles. For these reasons, I believe that she will be well-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts with me. While we may disagree about this nomination, Oregonians can always expect me to listen to their concerns and to be honest and straightforward with my answers. I hope you will continue to keep me informed about the issues that matter most to you. All my best, Jeff Merkley United States Senate Just thought I'd put this out there, we need folks to start writing and calling, flood his office with emails and letters.