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A Letter to My Congressmen

US Congress

This morning I wrote several letters concerning the upcoming gun control legislation to the congressmen who represent my congressional district and my state:  Representative Ed Perlmutter, Senator Michael Bennet, and Senator Mark Udall.  Unfortunately, all three are affiliated with the Democratic party, making any discussion about the personal liberty of guns an uphill battle.  Regardless, I decided to plow ahead and send them a respectful, reasonable, and logical letter on the topic.

The following letter was sent to all three congressmen with minor changes for each; i.e., the letter to the Senators did not mention the House Bill and the letter to the Representative made little mention of the Senate Bill.

Feel free to use the following format to write your own congressmen and/or congresswomen.  You can use the Senators of the 113th Congress directory to find your senators and the U.S. House of Representatives site to find your representatives.

The Honorable Ed Perlmutter
1410 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Perlmutter,

My name is Josh Phillips and I reside at [redacted] in the 7th congressional district in Colorado.  I am writing to you today in regard to the national discussion centered on guns and gun control in the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy.

As I understand it, you were selected as vice chair on the House Gun Prevention Task Force and will have an opportunity to vote on H.R. 138, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act.  As a staunch libertarian who values the freedoms and liberties granted to citizens in the U.S. Constitution, I implore you to vote against any legislation that would reduce citizens’ capabilities to defend themselves from either a lethal home invasion or, in the future, a tyrannical government.

Unfortunately, all legislation currently presented is incapable of preventing any further tragedies since they only target law-abiding citizens.  Reducing the amount of ammunition a citizen’s weapon carries will prevent them from defending against multiple attackers who have utterly disregarded such laws; similarly, any legislation targeting “assault weapons” is ill-defined and can be used to target weapons whose sole definition is that they “look scary”.  As I’m sure you are aware, it is incredibly difficult and expensive for citizens to purchase fully automatic weapons, the true “assault weapons”.  Please vote “no” on any legislation that seeks to restrict ownership of weapons that are semi-automatic, regardless of their appearance.

I believe Colorado is a state filled with reasonable people, and that with your help we can find effective solutions without the aid of the federal government.

Thank you for your time, Mr. Perlmutter.  Please stand with us in our struggle to ensure our liberties are not revoked due to the actions of a minority of deranged killers.

Sincerely,

Josh Phillips

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