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Old January 30, 2013, 10:01 PM   #24
915A
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Join Date: September 28, 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 426
I submitted mine with Ruger, not to long ago. Would love a free pistol, lol! But seriously I have gotten some form of response from all my States representatives in so form. Most were pre generated responses, well all were. But the last one I received today, while not directly written just for me was a very good response;

January 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Martin,

Thank you for contacting me about proposed gun regulations. I appreciate
hearing from you.

First and foremost, no words can adequately describe the tragedy that
occurred in Connecticut. *With the loss of so many innocent lives,
especially the young children, our prayers should continue to go out to the
families and the community around them. *While a political discussion of
what we in Congress can do to prevent future tragedies is inevitable, I hope
these discussions will not overshadow the memory of those who lost their
life that day.

As a Member of Congress I will honor my oath to "support and defend the
Constitution of the United States." *Since being ratified on December 15,
1791, the Bill of Rights has been one of the core pillars of our
Constitution. The rights enshrined to the people there have been a beacon to
the world. The 2nd Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being
necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep
and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." In 2008 the historic Supreme Court
case of D.C. vs Heller reaffirmed this amendment as a protection for
individuals of *the right to bear arms. There is no clause in the Second
Amendment qualifying or limiting this right.

As the 113th Congress begins there will be extensive discussion in the
months ahead concerning what, if any, changes to our gun laws or other laws
are needed following the tragic events in Connecticut. I take seriously the
need to safeguard the Constitutional right to bear arms. I believe that
responsible gun owners should not be punished for the actions of one
deranged person. I am concerned that in a rush to do something, there may be
an overreaction. *I think we need to take a thoughtful approach and look at
all of the facts in order to avoid any unintended consequences.

As we review the facts and study this issue I hope we also review the
effectiveness of current efforts to control gun use. The shooter in
Connecticut, a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the
nation, stole the guns from his mother after brutally murdering her. *He
illegally carried the guns into a "gun-free" zone because he knew there
would be no one to stop him. *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. Most, if not all, of the laws being
proposed by gun control advocates would not have made any difference in
Connecticut.

Lastly, President Obama and Vice President Biden have both indicted they
will be using executive orders to pursue gun control. Unfortunately too
often this administration has used this tactic to go around Congress to
achieve its agenda. This flies in the face of the design of our Founding
Fathers when they established the Constitution with three co-equal branches
with checks and balances. Although the President can direct various
executive agencies how to do their business, the Constitution does not allow
the President to make law through executive order. If President Obama wants
changes to our gun laws he must bring these changes to Congress so we can
have an open, honest, and transparent debate. Anything other than this is
totally unacceptable.

As we as a nation continue to heal from this tragedy I hope we *also look
within our families, churches, and cultural institutions--for answers.
Thank you once again for providing me with your concerns. For more
information about my efforts on behalf of Colorado and to receive periodic
congressional updates, please visit my website at Lamborn.house.gov/.


* * * * *Sincerely,

Doug Lamborn
Member of Congress
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"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it."
Clint Eastwood
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