...but now my congressman is sending me e-mails asking for campaign contributions.
Sadly, the more money you give them the more likely they are to listen to you... that's just the way it is in D.C.
If 20 or 30 members here had a Senator or two and a Congressman or three in their pockets, something might get accomplished in this regards. Possibly.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington, January 8, 1790, First State of the Union Address