My Letter to My GOP Congressman

by: Mets102

Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 21:27:35 PM EST

This is the letter I sent to my congressman, Michael Grimm, a Republican.  It's a bit of an unfortunate reminder that for the first time in my life I'm represented in Congress by a Republican thanks to redistricting.  Before this, I was represented by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a good liberal Democrat.

Dear Congressman Grimm,

I write to urge you to support the common sense proposals put forth today by President Obama. They are measures designed to curb gun violence without infringing upon the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. Each and every one of us has the right to safe streets, safe schools, safe workplaces and safe public areas.

The weapons that President Obama seeks to have banned are in no way related to self-defense or hunting or any other legal and legitimate purpose. Such military-style assault weapons are designed solely for the purpose of killing and injuring other human beings. There is no reason such weapons should be legal. Similarly, high-capacity magazines are designed to fuel those weapons and make it easier to kill people. As with the weapons, there is no reason such magazines should be legal.

As for universal background checks and registration, I cannot imagine any logical reasons to oppose them. We require a similar system, including licensing, when it comes to automobiles to demonstrate proficiency and safety. Why should guns be any different?

I ask you to put the safety of your constituents, along with those of all Americans, first. That is more important than receiving a high rating from the NRA and other organizations in the gun lobby. Enough people have died over the years because their extreme points of view have too long held sway over too many of our elected officials despite the majority of Americans support common sense gun laws. Please let them know that enough is enough.

Ryan Mets102

Mets102 :: My Letter to My GOP Congressman
While I doubt the entirety of President Obama's plan will get to the House floor given the current composition of the body, I nonetheless felt obligated to write to my congressman and make it clear that I support the President and that I believe he should too.  I have yet to write to either Sen. Schumer or Sen. Gillibrand, although I might still.  That's because I know that they support these common sense proposals to reduce gun violence and keep murderer's tools off the street.

We need to make clear that we are not coming for every last gun.  We are not even coming for most guns.  President Obama has made that clear and we need to reiterate that.  These aren't proposals to seize weapons or even the beginnings of that.  These are just proposals to make sure that guns stay out of the wrong hands, that those weapons designed solely for the purpose of killing and injuring human beings stay off our streets and that it's harder to fuel those weapons with high-capacity clips.

The NRA has already called this the fight of the century.  My reply, if you'll pardon me, is to quote George W. Bush:

Bring it on

The White House plan can be found here.  Besides reading the plan, you can also sign on with your support there.

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Civil discussion of this issue is what's sorely lacking... (2.00 / 17)
I'm sick of the absolutists on both sides.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

I'm in full agreement (2.00 / 13)
I prefer civility too. It's hard as there is a lot of passion surrounding the topic, but I think it can be done.  

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Cooler heads, like those of President Obama and Vice President Biden... (2.00 / 11)
are the ones that need to prevail and not the NRA types that think this is just a ruse to get all the guns out of the hands of ordinary citizens and set up FEMA camps nor those that think we do need to go take every last gun.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

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We definitely need cooler heads (2.00 / 10)
Hyperbole sells though. The media loves it and fans the flames. The discussion needs to start now though I doubt much will be accomplished. I can hope.

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Just saw on facebook (2.00 / 10)
The White house received 80,000 calls since President Obama's conference this morning. Great!!!

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

That reminds me I should link to the White House plan... (2.00 / 11)
so people can read it and sign on to show their support.

I'm a Democrat.  Yellow.  New.  Progressive.  Blue.  Liberal.  Centrist.  We need them all in our big tent.

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Well said. (2.00 / 9)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Southern Brooklyn? (1.50 / 2)
Williamsburg here. I went from Nydia Velazquez to Carolyn Maloney. Like I'm freakin' complaining?  


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