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Friday, September 10, 2010

Senator Warner's Non-Response Response to S.941 Co-Sponsor Request.

In yesterday's E-Bullet, VSSA asked gun owners to contact Senators Warner and Webb to co-sponsor S.941, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009.  This is the response I received to my email:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009 (S. 941).


On April 30, 2009, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 941, which would amend the federal criminal code to revise the civil penalties for violations of firearms law and the procedures for assessing these penalties. S. 941 has since been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am not a member. Please be assured that should S. 941 come before the full Senate for a vote, I will certainly keep your views in mind.

Regarding Second Amendment rights generally, I realize that there are very strong opinions on both sides of the debate. I support public policies that ensure the responsible and appropriate use of guns, as well as efforts to reduce gun-related crimes through increased enforcement and background checks. I recently supported full funding of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the only national database that flags individuals who are precluded under current law from purchasing or possessing firearms. I do not, however, support laws or regulations that infringe on the Second Amendment Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

Again, thanks for writing. As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.
You will note that nowhere in the response does the Senator's office (low-level staffer responds to these requests) address the subject of the email to the Senator - signing on as a co-sponsor to the legislation.

You would think that if they are going to use boiler-plate response to constituent contact that they would at least use boiler-plate language that at least makes a reference to the subject of the email or letter.

And they wonder why Americans are ready to throw all the bums out.

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