With the remaining people up for president i've decieded to start writing to our elected officals asking them to support or 2A rights and keep any Assault Weapons bans from making it to the president. I just got a nice letter back from Orrin Hatch and thought i'd share.
Thank you for expressing your opposition to the so-called "assualt weapons ban."
I certainly understand your concern regarding this issue. Please know that I have long been a supporter of the Sencond Ammendment and that the Constitution clearly gaurantees the right of Americans to own firearms. Our freedom depends on the limits of legislative action that are set out in the Bill of Rights. Those who commit crimes with guns are not likely to allow gun control laws to stand in their way. Rather, I belive that those who abuse the right of gun owenership should face stiffer penalties and that law enforcement agencies and prosecutors should make prosecition of gun crimes a priority.
I hope you will be reassured to learn that I oppesed the assault weapons ban when the legislation was initially introduged, and I opposed efforts to reinstate it in 2004. Other than their appearance, "assault weapons" are no different from millons of other legitimate fireamrs. I belive that an extension of the ban would further erode the right to keep and bear arms while doing little to deter the commission of crimes with guns.
I am glad to know of your support in the effort to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Thank you, once again, for your letter.