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Old January 29th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Does he really think he represents the people of Michigan with views like this? All I see is straight party politics and big brother mentality. A bunch of bad data too.

"Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate you sharing your views with me.

I support sensible gun safety laws and strict enforcement of those laws to help prevent crimes, suicides and violence committed with firearms. I support the steps President Obama outlined recently to curb the gun violence that plagues our nation, and I believe Congress can and should work to enact legislation to prevent gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

I was an original cosponsor of the Brady Law (P.L.103-159). This law requires prospective handgun purchasers to undergo criminal background checks before purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The background check system is able to make 92 percent of background check determinations on the spot, and since 1994, has prevented more than 1.5 million firearm purchases. Additionally, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics, since the Brady Law went into effect, the number of gun deaths in the United States dropped 22 percent, from 39,595 in 1993 to 30,769 in 2007. The number of gun homicides dropped by more than 29 percent, from 17,024 in 1993 to 12,129 in 2007.

While the Brady Law has been successful in reducing gun violence, I believe more has to be done. For example, only 60 percent of all gun sales in the United States take place at licensed federal dealers, where background checks are mandatory. The remaining 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by unlicensed individual sellers, often at gun shows, and a background check is not required. This means that across our nation, any dangerous individual can go to a gun show and purchase a deadly weapon without any form of background check. To close this ‘gun show loophole,’ I am a cosponsor of the Gun Show Background Check Act. This bill would enact the common sense principle that anyone who wants to purchase a firearm at a gun show should be able to pass a simple background check. Ten national police organizations support closing this loophole.

Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill that seeks to reduce gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of terrorists and criminals. Although hard to believe, nothing in current law prohibits individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms, unless they fall into another disqualifying category. This “terror gap” in federal law must be closed, and this bill would do just that. This legislation would deny the transfer of a firearm when a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check reveals that the prospective purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the purchaser may use the firearm in connection with terrorism. Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is just common sense.

I also have always supported the rights of sportsmen and hunters. Hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans and plays an integral role in modern wildlife management. But military style assault weapons have no sporting purpose. Because of these weapons, our nation’s citizens are in greater danger and police officers across the country are encountering criminals armed with highly lethal military style weapons.

To support our law enforcement community and to save lives, I am a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation would prevent the future possession, manufacture, sale and importation of assault-type weapons while grandfathering weapons lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment. It would ban firearms with detachable magazines and military style features, such as grenade launchers, protruding pistol grips, and barrel shrouds. It would support law enforcement officers across our nation, who should not be forced to confront lawbreakers toting military arms. And it would protect the rights of hunters by specifically naming thousands of firearms with legitimate sporting, sentimental or other value that would remain legal to possess.

This bill also would ban high capacity ammunition magazines. Studies have shown that high capacity ammunition magazines are used in 31 to 41 percent of fatal police shootings in cities across our nation. They also have been used by the perpetrators of numerous mass shootings, including at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, the Tucson shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown shooting alone left twenty six people dead, twenty of them children.

We must not wait until more places are added to this heartbreaking list. We can and should act swiftly to protect our families and loved ones from mass shootings. These measures have the overwhelming support of law enforcement communities around our nation, who have implored us to make changes to stop the flood of these types of weapons into the hands of those who would use them for harm. I will continue to work for common-sense gun safety measures.

Thank you again for contacting me."
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Old January 29th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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i can't wait for that danny devito looking asshole to die.

edit: I received that email about an hour ago asswell.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Got the same one today. The other day I got replies from stabnow, Snyder, blah, blah, blah.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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Ahahaha. You beat me to it. I just got the exact email from that asswipe and was going to do a search before I posted it. I was shocked that he responded, but not surprised by the mule shit he wrote. I sure hope he hangs it up or is replaced in the next election.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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Same letter here! Not that any of it is a surprise. Has this idiot ever opposed a Democrat with a proposal?
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Old January 29th, 2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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Here's the response from mine (got the same "levin" response from stabacow)

"Thank you for contacting me regarding the right of all Americans to self defense. It is good to hear from you on this important issue.

Please let me take this opportunity to share my beliefs with you on Second Amendment rights. First, as a former FBI Special Agent and member of the law enforcement community, I believe we should be looking to enforce existing gun laws and then punish criminal offenders to the full legal extent of those laws.

Second, while we must provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to combat criminals, we must ensure the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon. The ability of law-abiding sportsmen, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety to own a gun, whether for sport or protection, should never be compromised. I have strong concerns with the creation of a federal gun registry or a ban on certain firearms solely based on their appearance.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this issue. Please let me know if I can be of any additional assistance.

Sincerely,

Mike Rogers
Member of Congress"

Atleast there's one of the good guys
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Old January 29th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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I recieved the same letter and here was my response to him:

Seeing as how you do not care about my concerns as you are only interested in doing what you think I want, I cannot wait to vote you out of office. It is clear to me you didn't even read my email, asshole.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 07:09 PM   #8
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we really need to vote some for the people types into our government and get rid of all these worthless sell outs what a joke
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Old January 29th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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Same from levin and Stab...........Who's voting these people in ????
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Old January 29th, 2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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Got all the same canned responses from them also. All we can do is hope people smarten up and vote these clowns out of office. Apparently they do not understand the fact that the 2nd amendment is not there to protect hunting.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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My response. I'm sure it puts me on another list somewhere. We have to let these politicians know they will be ousted if the stay their course.

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Old January 29th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #12
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This is going to be an interesting year.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #13
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I received the same and tried to respond back, and my e-mail would not go through.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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So will be the following (2014) when elections come around.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #15
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I received the same and tried to respond back, and my e-mail would not go through.
I to had this issue . I tried sending him my thoughts and letting him know how full of S*** he is but it would not go through even after several attempts.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #16
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Old January 30th, 2013, 07:23 AM   #17
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Two interesting statistics when it comes to voting people out of office.

15% of people approve of the Senate/Congress.

Over 80% vote for the incumbent around voting time.

I don't understand this at all.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 08:52 AM   #18
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Unfortunately the problem is, and Michigan proved it last election, that we are a blue state and a lot of people will continue to vote for these same people. I couldn't believe Stabenow or Levin got voted back in during the last election.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 08:55 AM   #19
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I should have also said I got the same craptacular letters.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:10 AM   #20
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Dear Senator,

Your response to my letter clearly shows three things: 1. You did not actually read my letter 2. You are severely out of touch not only with the actual facts surrounding gun violence but also with how those of us who elected you feel on these issues, and 3. You have no interest in fairly representing the masses by fighting to protect and uphold the inalienable rights guaranteed to us by the constitution of the United States. Senator Levin the rights outlined in the Constitution are absolute and should under no circumstances be degraded by those seeking to push forward an agenda based on personal beliefs. This sir, is exactly what you and your liberal colleagues are attempting to do. I will carry the sentiment of your letter, as well as similar letters sent to me by some of your fellow representatives to the polls with me and vote accordingly....i will not support a representative who fails to uphold the most sacred foundation these United States have....our Constitution.

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