I'm not exactly sure if this would be the right place to have this topic, but it seemed like the best place from what I come see. if it is not, sorry
for putting it in the wrong place.
I sent an email to my two senator's (I'm from Missouri.) The senator's are Roy Blunt, and Claire McCaskill
I basically told both of them I am against any kind of ban on high count mags, or AR's, and as a congressman I'm sure you vowed to uphold the
constitution. And that the 2nd amendment is not there to hunt, or for sport, but to ensure a militia that is armed to make sure no tyranny in
government. I went on to say that stricter backround checks would be a better answer rather than outlawing it, when a very high portion of gun owners
do not commit gun crimes. (This obviously isn't exactly what I said, it's just a brief summary, I am unable to go back and look at what I wrote
exactly, since I sent it from their websites.)
This is what Sen. Claire McCaskill replied back with:
February 9, 2013
Dear Mr. Scheer,
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control policy and gun safety. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you know, the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees Americans the fundamental right to bear arms. I strongly support legal and safe gun
ownership by law-abiding citizens and have consistently voted to uphold this constitutional right. I welcomed and supported the recent Supreme Court
decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller case that made clear that the constitutional right to gun ownership is an individual one.
At the same time, we have to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of individuals who should not have them. We should have sensible,
constitutional controls on gun ownership that address safety in our communities, like preventing the mentally ill and criminals from possessing
Recent tragedies, such as the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, have made it clear that our
nation's current gun laws should be reconsidered. Efforts to close the gun show loophole, provide for universal background checks on all guns sales,
and to ensure that those with court-determined, dangerous mental health diagnoses do not get access to guns are being considered. While I want to
closely study any proposal before I vote on it, I welcome these initiatives, because they represent sensible steps to keep our communities safe while
respecting gun ownership rights. Importantly, legal experts believe each of these steps is consistent with the Second Amendment.
Knowing that those responsible for some of the most prominent mass shootings in recent history have suffered from mental illness, it is equally clear
that we must also consider mental health services available to our citizens. A more robust mental health care system may help identify and treat
individuals who need help before they resort to violence. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," will
substantially expand important mental health coverage when it is fully implemented in 2014. I am hopeful that efforts to repeal these vital
expansions in mental health care will come to an end, while new efforts will be undertaken to expand access to care.
Importantly, I firmly believe that an attempt to promote appropriate gun safety measures can be done without infringing upon law-abiding citizens'
right to own firearms or unduly burdening the hunting and sportsmanship culture of Missouri.
You may be interested to know that, in the past, my commitment to respecting the Second Amendment has led me to vote to permit residents of the
District of Columbia to own and purchase firearms and to prevent funding for any international organization, including the United Nations, that places
a tax on any firearm owned by a United States citizen.
While the debate over appropriate gun control measures is divisive, I believe there is middle ground here. This nation can come together to support
sensible laws that prevent the mass murder of innocent citizens -- especially innocent children -- while we continue to respect our constitution and
its Second Amendment rights. Please know that, as your United States Senator, I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers gun-related
legislation in the months ahead.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other
United States Senator
P.S. If you would like more information about resources that can help Missourians, or what I am doing in the Senate on your behalf, please sign up for
my email newsletter at mccaskill.senate.gov...
This is what Sen. Roy Blunt replied back with:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the rights of gun owners.
As you may know, I am a strong defender of our Second Amendment rights. The right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right
guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution and broadly interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Founders clearly understood that one of
the most basic rights of Americans is the ability to defend themselves and their families.
In light of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been calls for immediate action to address gun control.
I do believe it is important that we have a serious national discussion about preventing these senseless acts of violence and protecting our children
in their schools. Equally important, however, is an effort that more broadly addresses ways to spend federal dollars more wisely when it comes to
treating and identifying those who are mentally ill as well as intervening before they tragically impact their own lives and the lives of others.
There are no easy answers here. I continue to believe that a weapons ban does not fix the issue. Whatever we do, it must be consistent with the
I appreciate your thoughts and will continue to support legislation that safeguards our Second Amendment rights, encourages safe and responsible gun
ownership, and keeps our homes and families safe.
Agai n, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt ) and Twitter (
www.twitter.com/RoyBlunt ) about the important issues f acing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website ( blunt.senate.gov
) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e -newsletter .
United States Senator
I've been getting aggravated lately because gun owners are looking like their some sort of criminal if they own a "military style assault weapon."
MSM has been busy trying to turn people against them, when AR's aren't even the most used firearm's in crimes. And they like to say the 2nd
amendment is in place to hunt or for sport when this is not true. It's there to have security against an oppressive government. Obama had a photo of
him released shooting a shotgun to even try and convey the hunting element even more. Which seems like their starting to try to hard.
So I figured I'd mail my senator's. It may not do very much, but at least it's something, doing nothing wouldn't help. Hopefully some of you mail
your senators as well to make it clear we don't want heavy restrictions or bans.