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Email response from Senator Kennedy

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by THUNDERCHIEF, May 26, 2009.

  1. THUNDERCHIEF

    THUNDERCHIEF

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    I have sent plenty of emails to Senator Kennedy about gun control issues. This is the first time I have got anything back. Its a canned response that basically verifies what I already knew: my efforts were fruitless. Its been at least 2 weeks since I sent anything to him and I just got this email this morning. Here is the email from him:

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    Thank you for your letter on the nation's gun laws. There is no doubt that the easy availability of firearms, particularly handguns, contributes to the unacceptable toll of death and injury from gun violence.

    We must end the arms race in our cities, towns, and our neighborhoods. I support tough punishment for violent criminals, but I also believe that is not a sufficient answer to the problem. There are steps we can take to prevent violent crime before it occurs. It is time for Congress to act to place reasonable restrictions on access to dangerous weapons.

    Congress took an important first step by enacting the Brady Bill in 1993, which imposed a nation-wide five-day waiting period on the purchase of handguns. We need comprehensive legislation to strengthen the regulation of federal firearms dealers and limit the importation of foreign-made weapons. It is also time to limit the number of guns that may be purchased at one time.

    In the past, I have been a sponsor of legislation that follows the example of Massachusetts and requires handgun purchasers throughout the country to obtain a license proving they are qualified and responsible enough to own handguns. More recently, I have introduced the Children's Gun Violence Prevention Act, to protect children from gun violence.

    None of these measures will infringe on the legitimate rights of hunters and other sportspeople. The Second Amendment is not a constitutional obstacle to the regulation of firearms, since the amendment by its own terms deals with the rights of the state militia, not individuals. The framers of the Constitution surely did not intend to leave Congress powerless to protect the public from an epidemic of gun-related violence.

    I am committed to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, without undue burden to law-abiding citizens who choose to use firearms for legitimate sporting purposes. Reasonable gun control is an important part of the effort to protect the American people from violent crime. Again, thank you for writing to me on this important issue.

    Sincerely,
    Edward M. Kennedy
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    Hunters and sportspeople? What about non-sportsmen who just want to protect themselves?

    /John
     
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  2. Mike-Mike

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  3. Underwhere

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    It's that part right there.
    Didn't Heller establish that the 2nd amendment was an individual right?
     
  4. depicts

    depicts Army Veteran NES Member

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    Man I hate people who think like this. Ignore reality. Quote fictional history.

    I can see his hatred of guns, after losing two Brothers to assassination. Beyond that though is the simple fact he doesn't get, or care to get, the meaning of the Constitution and the 2d Amendment.

    ..."won't interfere with legitimate ... hunters and sportspeople..."

    That isn't it Ted. And the Supreme Court has said it is not the Militia, it is an individual right.

    I don't bother writing Kennedy, Kerry or Frank about my position any more. They routinely disregard the will of their constituents, as they try to build some "Utopian" paradise, where everyone is good, no one comes in last, and the successful carry the weight of the lazy and uneducated on their backs.

    Bah, what a system.
     
  5. livefreeorhere

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    That email response raised my bloodpressure to unacceptable levels. When this guy croaks, who's going to be the next bloodsucking anti-freedom assclown to fill his seat?
     
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    I still say we need to get Curt Schilling to run, just to break up the line of career politicians.
     
  7. Lucas McCain

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    What did you expect from him, he has a brain tumor, the old farts brain is malfunctioning. The only way we will get rid of him is when he dies.
     
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  8. Pete85

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    Guns didn't assassinate his brothers anymore than his car drove itself into the water...ti's no wonder he likes to pass the blame onto inanimate objects. Afterall, he can easily understand people who don't like to take responsibility for their own criminal actions.
     
  9. Cmaro21

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    Funny, I got the same response. It's posted over under "letters to elected officials".

    The dumb aide didn't even spell my name right.
     
  10. LT1MCSS

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    IIRC, someone got this exact same email from senator Kennedy's office months ago. This is pre-generated email that they send out on all gun-related issues.
     
  11. JRyan

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    Yes. Anyone who believes what he wrote is an idiot or is being intentionally dishonest.
     
  12. Squished

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    My suggestion is re-write the letter and asking them not to include the generic response. Attach this generic response to your letter. It would be awfully pathetic of them to reattach the same letter you already attached and you'd have a good case for news to inform people that senator's really aren't listening to the people.
     
  13. Lynne

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    As someone so appropriately put it...

    [puke]
     
  14. TomH

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    The "arms race"? The tumor is taking him back to the cold war!
     
  15. BaldAssCat

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    I got this same response from his office some time before Heller, then again just after. They haven’t read this much less updated it for at least a few years.
     
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    I suppose if I had 2 brothers shot and killed I wouldn't like guns either.

    But then there's that "will of his constituents" thing he's supposed to do too...
     
  17. BOBKATT

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    Then maybe the rest of us ought not to like cars and water.

    Suppose we all just use our brains for a second and decide that we don't like murderers, and give him the treatment that is just for the murderers of his brothers. Oh wait, he's a kennedy. Guess that won't be happening.
     
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    he can't drop dead too soon for me.
     
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    I'm sure his "answer" didn't answer a single thing you addressed, right?
     
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    I got the same email this morning. It matched exactly the last 2 responses he sent me months ago.
     
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    Normally I like to think of a descent, reasonable response. In this instance all I can think of is: What a douche..
     
  23. Zombieoutfitters

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    Two things

    First - He needs to be reminded that HE WORKS FOR US.

    Second - He must've been in the hospital when the Supreme Court interpreted the second ammendment AS APPLYING TO INDIVIDUALS last summer.

    Sometimes people need to realize when it's time to let someone else have a chance in office... [rolleyes]
     
  24. gene

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    The guys short term memory is failing.
    Especially around the time the supreme court made that decision!
    These days his biggest concern is not falling over as he walks around waddeling like a penguin!
     
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    Pathetic.

    Kennedy's legacy will always be in that 1967 Oldsmobile.
     
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    omg

    I thought the email was a personal one sent just to me. [wink]
     
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    He actually tells you specifically, "We must end the arms race in our cities, towns, and our neighborhoods." What do you think having arms for defense is in his mind other than an arms race?
     
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    NES Barbecue the day he croaks!
     
  29. guywithglasses

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    Congrats on getting a response.

    I called both senators and my rep once about an issue.

    Kennedy's staffer, once he found out it was a pro 2A call, shunted me into voice mail Siberia without listening to my feedback.

    At least Kerry's office (seemingly) wrote my information and complaint down.

    John Olver's office was the only one who responded. (With a letter explaining why my point of view was wrong)

    I knew I wasn't going to get a positive response from any of these guys, but the experience with Kennedy's office was instructive. It takes a special kind of arrogance to blow off a constituent like that.
     
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    Dear drunken murderer,

    you obviously have no respect for your consitiuants, as you didn't take the time to read my letter....
     

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