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  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    As the President has asked us to do, and because I live in Mississippi where the Republican governor has appeared on TV saying he will NOT follow any Federal Law that imposes any additional gun restrictions on gun owners, I composed and sent a letter to our governor today. I would suggest to all readers that since no harm can come from doing this, it is a good thing to do in trying to help the President get his proposals passed in Congress. If your governor or other state official has made similar statements, feel free to use my words to show them that you disagree. If not, feel free to use any part of my letter to make your point, but please at least send something. Here is what I sent:

    Dear Governor Bryant:

    In recent television commercials, you have appeared as a spokesperson for what you believe is a violation of Constitutional Law and improper interpretation of our Constitution itself by our President. I am writing this letter, as urged to do so by our President, to advise you that this great country of ours has been, and is, under the assault of the N.R.A. and some of its members. If you think I am wrong, or speaking in error, just show me where in the constitution there is even one word expressing the right of citizens to own weaponry of equal or more fire-power than that possessed by the police or the army, or where it expresses the right of citizens to the ammunition for that same weaponry, even ammunition that can be fired automatically, and by using prolific ammunition clips.

    No sportsman needs this many shots before reloading. I can see where maybe a shooting range owner could inventory several of these types of weapons and their ammunition, if there are people who want to become proficient in the operation of these types of guns, BUT there is no place for them amongst our citizenry. Does anyone actually believe that the United States is in danger of being attacked by soldiers or gunmen running around the neighborhoods of America, looking to shoot and eliminate the average citizen, and that our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines together could not stop them?

    Wayne LaPierre is living in a fantasy world. The N.R.A. pays him right at $1million/year and I am afraid it has gone to his head. Maybe he passed college courses, but that was before his mind became enslaved by the world of firearms.

    Governor Bryant, your message saying that you will not follow Federal Laws that would impose any additional restrictions on gun owners is undoubtedly almost criminal in itself. That would be like a citizen of Mississippi giving a TV interview, where he/she says I will not follow Mississippi law if there is a higher tax on "anything" because I feel I am taxed enough. If you witnessed such a performance, and believed it to be honest and true, what would you do as governor, especially if a higher gas or sales tax was on the horizon?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels" sure FL is in the same situation a Repub. Governor. Personally I think they will only listen to those who "sent" little presents, unless you put a couple of 100 thousands in with your letter, that is how it works. Or even better sent him a "gold" plated AK-47 with a huge "gold" plated banana clip then you have his attention.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I wouldn't waste the postage to send one red cent to the Ms. governor. He just "aint worth it." And I know it won't get his attention, but I merely thought I would follow through on what President Obama asked Americans to do. In fact, I sent a copy of what I wrote to the White House as well. And you and I both know the response that will generate!
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    States avoiding Federal Government law is coming more and more common. We know Federal law trumps state law, but still we have states that allow pot to be legal. If a state can ignore Federal law with pot why not guns? I am not saying I agree with either, but I can understand where Bryant is coming from. I know Sandy Hook is a great sadness, but the fact is, most people are killed with guns that will not be banned. For sure something has to be done to stop the majority of killings too, I know that increasing the penalty for criminals with guns would save lives, but making more laws is making more gun freaks with more guns. Something has to be done fast, you can't get any faster than enforcing the present gun laws and increasing prison sentences for criminals with guns. If the prisons let the pot smokers go, there would be plenty of room for the real criminals who violate the present gun laws.
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Michaels--

    Thank you for writing the letter. One voice multiplied many times over can have an effect. President Obama cannot govern in isolation. He needs the voices of millions of Americans calling their Senators, Representative, and Governors expressing views and concerns like you have done. I will join you and contact Doug Lambourn, my Congressman who likes to brag that he is rated the "Most Conservative" member of the House of Representatives based on his voting record. He will hear from me and many more like me. We will keep the pressure on. I'll also make sure our Colorado Democratic Senators don't bend to the NRA pressure tactics and lies.

    I know Arizona writes his representatives. I send the odd canned note from a website, but it's even better to write an original personal letter.

    "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" Yes you are right and "michaels" he is a good writer; I'm kind of "chicken" because of my style of writing and "being a Blue Dot" this FL "Scott guy" will be at my door with an AK-47 in no time. Just kidding. However I applaud you guys for doing so.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Thanks so much for your accolades Dutch, you are the first one to comment on my writing style and technique on here. I was a very experienced technical writer during my working times, composed numerous technical manuals and quality control methodologies for the adhesive and silicone coating industries....manufacturing steps for making band-aids, diapers, surgical drapes, solar screens, interstate highway signs, etc.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels" yes indeed it shows; you are used to "write" the American way; mine is more Dutch like, because English is not my first language. Also some of the spelling, I still struggle with once in a while. When I did do contract work for aircraft, I wrote what the deal was and then my lawyer would screen it and ad the legal stuff. Also I'm totally ignorant of State Government procedures and structure; I only see what is on this site and the news. For sure "schmidt" is very keen and on the "ball" as well as a great researcher.
  • Libertarian
    Sierra Vista, AZ
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    michaels39301 Wrote: As the President has asked us to do, and because I live in Mississippi where the Republican governor has appeared on TV saying he will NOT follow any Federal Law that imposes any additional gun restrictions on gun owners, I composed and sent a letter to our governor today. I would suggest to all readers that since no harm can come from doing this, it is a good thing to do in trying to help the President get his proposals passed in Congress. If your governor or other state official has made similar statements, feel free to use my words to show them that you disagree. If not, feel free to use any part of my letter to make your point, but please at least send something. Here is what I sent:

    Dear Governor Bryant:

    In recent television commercials, you have appeared as a spokesperson for what you believe is a violation of Constitutional Law and improper interpretation of our Constitution itself by our President. I am writing this letter, as urged to do so by our President, to advise you that this great country of ours has been, and is, under the assault of the N.R.A. and some of its members. If you think I am wrong, or speaking in error, just show me where in the constitution there is even one word expressing the right of citizens to own weaponry of equal or more fire-power than that possessed by the police or the army, or where it expresses the right of citizens to the ammunition for that same weaponry, even ammunition that can be fired automatically, and by using prolific ammunition clips.

    No sportsman needs this many shots before reloading. I can see where maybe a shooting range owner could inventory several of these types of weapons and their ammunition, if there are people who want to become proficient in the operation of these types of guns, BUT there is no place for them amongst our citizenry. Does anyone actually believe that the United States is in danger of being attacked by soldiers or gunmen running around the neighborhoods of America, looking to shoot and eliminate the average citizen, and that our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines together could not stop them?

    Wayne LaPierre is living in a fantasy world. The N.R.A. pays him right at $1million/year and I am afraid it has gone to his head. Maybe he passed college courses, but that was before his mind became enslaved by the world of firearms.

    Governor Bryant, your message saying that you will not follow Federal Laws that would impose any additional restrictions on gun owners is undoubtedly almost criminal in itself. That would be like a citizen of Mississippi giving a TV interview, where he/she says I will not follow Mississippi law if there is a higher tax on "anything" because I feel I am taxed enough. If you witnessed such a performance, and believed it to be honest and true, what would you do as governor, especially if a higher gas or sales tax was on the horizon?
  • Libertarian
    Sierra Vista, AZ
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    The 2nd amendment refers to the ability of the people to overthrow a tyranical government, not hunting. The founding fathers had recent experience with the tyrany of a monarchy and his troops using assault weapons of the day. The amendment guarantees the citizen the right to own weapons sufficient enough to repel such tyranny. With the termination of many rights including "habeas corpus" and search and seizure without a warrant and the termination of "passe comitatus" (patriot act), the citizen needs the ability to protect himself from all government agencies that might trounce on God given, Constitutional rights. I fear anarchy will ensue just like in Russia and France before when such things occurred.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "1776USA" Yes indeed I think you still live in 1776; sorry this whole "amendment" has to be scrapped and replaced by someting which makes sense in 2013. It is time the US follows other countries who have sound gun control and sound laws about it, not a piece of paper which only applies to muskets with flintlocks. Wake up this is an "amendment" which can also be amended, if people here would use their brains for change. Regardless of a ban on assault weapons, the murder in this country will continue full force, because of more than 300 million guns around, where most of them never had even a background check, let alone a mental screening. Right now there are more gun death than from car accident death; is'nt it time to get a gun seatbelt? Forget a "revolution" because of "civilized" gun laws; if so then it is because of other issues, not gun ownership.
  • Democrat
    Philly, PA
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    michaels39301 Wrote:If not, feel free to use any part of my letter to make your point,
    Well, I'm certain your letter was the source of some good laughs whenever it was read.

    Let's pull out some overly offensive parts of your letter . . .

    michaels39301 Wrote:If you think I am wrong, or speaking in error, just show me where in the constitution there is even one word expressing the right of citizens to own weaponry of equal or more fire-power than that possessed by the police or the army, or where it expresses the right of citizens to the ammunition for that same weaponry, even ammunition that can be fired automatically, and by using prolific ammunition clips.
    You are wrong and quite in error. The citizens don't look to government to tell them what they are allowed to do or own. The state and federal constitutions tell the governments what they are allowed to do; rights are not created by specific mentions by government explaining them.

    Rights exist because of the "where in the constitution" silence you note . . . So, yes, "where in the constitution" is any power granted to government to have any interest in the personal arms of the private citizen? THAT vacuum of power is the right to arms . . .

    michaels39301 Wrote:Governor Bryant, your message saying that you will not follow Federal Laws that would impose any additional restrictions on gun owners is undoubtedly almost criminal in itself.
    Why? Your Governor took an oath to support the Constitution of the USA and the constitution of Mississippi. Laws enacted without constitutional support are, surprise, unconstitutional. They are void on their face and no demand is made upon any other branch of government to enforce that non-law. Your Governor is only faithfully discharging the duties of his office and honoring his oath.

    Allow me to remind you what your state constitution excepts out of state government powers: "The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, . . . , shall not be called in question, . . . "

    Are you arguing your Governor should permit the federal government to come in and question the rights of Mississippi citizens?
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    michaels39301 Wrote: As the President has asked us to do, and because I live in Mississippi where the Republican governor has appeared on TV saying he will NOT follow any Federal Law that imposes any additional gun restrictions on gun owners, I composed and sent a letter to our governor today. I would suggest to all readers that since no harm can come from doing this, it is a good thing to do in trying to help the President get his proposals passed in Congress. If your governor or other state official has made similar statements, feel free to use my words to show them that you disagree. If not, feel free to use any part of my letter to make your point, but please at least send something. Here is what I sent:<br /> <br /> Dear Governor Bryant:<br /> <br /> In recent television commercials, you have appeared as a spokesperson for what you believe is a violation of Constitutional Law and improper interpretation of our Constitution itself by our President. I am writing this letter, as urged to do so by our President, to advise you that this great country of ours has been, and is, under the assault of the N.R.A. and some of its members. If you think I am wrong, or speaking in error, just show me where in the constitution there is even one word expressing the right of citizens to own weaponry of equal or more fire-power than that possessed by the police or the army, or where it expresses the right of citizens to the ammunition for that same weaponry, even ammunition that can be fired automatically, and by using prolific ammunition clips. <br /> <br /> No sportsman needs this many shots before reloading. I can see where maybe a shooting range owner could inventory several of these types of weapons and their ammunition, if there are people who want to become proficient in the operation of these types of guns, BUT there is no place for them amongst our citizenry. Does anyone actually believe that the United States is in danger of being attacked by soldiers or gunmen running around the neighborhoods of America, looking to shoot and eliminate the average citizen, and that our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines together could not stop them? <br /> <br /> Wayne LaPierre is living in a fantasy world. The N.R.A. pays him right at $1million/year and I am afraid it has gone to his head. Maybe he passed college courses, but that was before his mind became enslaved by the world of firearms.<br /> <br /> Governor Bryant, your message saying that you will not follow Federal Laws that would impose any additional restrictions on gun owners is undoubtedly almost criminal in itself. That would be like a citizen of Mississippi giving a TV interview, where he/she says I will not follow Mississippi law if there is a higher tax on "anything" because I feel I am taxed enough. If you witnessed such a performance, and believed it to be honest and true, what would you do as governor, especially if a higher gas or sales tax was on the horizon?
    I fail to see what law the author of this post is calling for. Almost all the weaponry discussed in the post is and has been banned for many years. I'm sure those that may have received this letter got a good laugh from this statement "even ammunition that can be fired automatically". I can only assume their knowledge upon this subject is extremely limited.
    " Does anyone actually believe that the United States is in danger of being attacked by soldiers or gunmen running around the neighborhoods of America?" I'm unsure what the author is stating, I do wonder what they believe. I'm sure by now that most Americans are fully aware that we have "gunmen running around the neighborhoods of America".
    "Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines together could not stop them?" Statement shows another lack of knowledge of the laws. Only if invaded by a foreign source. Our military is not to be used against our self.
    If I were for more stringent gun control I would not use this letter in any part or way. I would much prefer that my letter be more knowledgeable, based upon facts and stated remedy that I propose.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    Dutch Wrote: <i>"1776USA"</i> Yes indeed I think you still live in 1776; sorry this <i>whole "amendment"</i> has to be scrapped and replaced by someting which makes sense in 2013. It is time the US follows other countries who have sound gun control and sound laws about it, not a piece of paper which only applies to muskets with flintlocks. Wake up this is an "<i>amendment"</i> which can also <i>be amended</i>, if people here would use their brains for change. Regardless of a ban on assault weapons, the murder in this country will continue full force, because of more than 300 million guns around, where most of them never had even a background check,<i> let alone a mental screening</i>. Right now there are more gun death than from car accident death; is&#39;nt it time to get a gun seatbelt? Forget a "<i>revolution"</i> because of "<i>civilized"</i> gun laws; if so then it is because of other issues, <i>not gun ownership.</i>
    (wikipedia)
    The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946

    Polls for the county election opened August 1, 1946. About 200 armed deputies turned out to patrol the precincts—the normal complement of 15 deputies significantly augmented by reinforcements from other counties. A number of conflicts arose before the polls closed, the most serious of which was when a black man, Tom Gillespie, was assaulted by officers after casting his vote. Deputy C.M. Wise shot and wounded him in the back while he was trying escape from the officers. C.M. Wise was later sentenced to 1-3 years in prision, being the only person to face charges from the events of August 1-2, 1946.[7]

    As the polls closed, deputies seized ballot boxes and took them to the jail. Opposition veterans responded by arming themselves and marching there. Some of them had raided the National Guard Armory, obtaining arms and ammunition.[9] Estimates of the number of veterans besieging the jail vary from several hundred[9] to as high as 2,000.[7]

    When the men reached the jail, it was barricaded and manned by 55 deputies. The veterans demanded the ballot boxes but were refused. They then opened fire on the jail, initiating a battle that lasted several hours by some accounts,[7][9] considerably less by others.[10] In the end, the door of the jail was dynamited and breached. The barricaded deputies—some with injuries—surrendered, and the ballot boxes were recovered.

    That's why we have the 2nd Amend, and will have after we are all dead and gone.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Reading further into the story of the Battle of Athens, we find out that the returning Vets had very little firearms withwhich to enforce their Voting Rights, so they stormed the Towns armory and retrieved better weaponery to begin their assault, after the assault they reurned the weapons only after fully cleaning them,just a side note.