AzCDL Makes It Easy To Write Congress About Gun Control

The Arizona Citizens Defense League has set up a letter generator that makes it easy to send a letter opposing new Federal gun control measures to both your senators and to your congressional representative. The beauty of their letter generator is that it works no matter where you live in the United States.

From AzCDL:

A madman opened fire on a crowded Las Vegas concert. Politicians are blaming you and the guns you own for his actions. It’s far past time to stop giving up ground.

Senator Feinstein has filed a bill to ban “bump fire stocks” simply because the shooter installed them on some of his firearms. Don’t fall for this misdirection.

Complete the information below and click the “Submit” button to be taken to the pre-written letter to your Senators and Representative telling them to stand up for your Second Amendment rights. You may send it as is or edit as you see fit. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference. Don’t wait, contact them right away! Those that want to disarm you are not hesitating.

It takes time to compose a letter – or at least it does for me. It is much easier to edit a pre-written letter than to write one yourself. The key thing here is volume. Congress needs to be inundated with letters, faxes, and emails from our side. If you don’t think the gun prohibitionists aren’t doing it, then it is time for you to emerge from under that rock.

Here is the link:  AzCDL Letter Generator

I don’t care if you’ve already sent letters or called your Senator’s office. I’ve done that and I’ve also used the AzCDL letter generator. Now just do it.

A Good Letter To Send Now

Just because S. 649 was beaten back last month doesn’t mean we can let up. If anything, we need to keep the pressure up to make sure such ill-conceived measures stay buried.

Krinkfreak on The AK Forum has been very good at providing pro-gun letters to members on that forum. The latest deals with the erroneous perception that “gun violence” (sic) is on the rise when in fact it has decreased. The letter notes that gun-related crimes are down, asks that lawmakers support the Second Amendment, and requests that they focus on mental health issues along with enforcement of existing laws. The letter is below and you can just cut and paste it. You can use the NRA-ILA’s tool to send it which is found here.

Dear Elected Official,

Since the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, I have written numerous letters to you to express my concerns with this Administration’s efforts to demonize law-abiding gun-owners, and eliminate the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

A recent Gallup Poll revealed only “4% of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country.” The top five concerns among Americans polled by Gallup are:

  • The Economy in General

  • Unemployment and Jobs

  • Dissatisfaction with Government

  • Federal Budget Deficit and Federal Debt

  • Healthcare

I read an interesting article the other day in the Los Angeles Times. It was reporting on the Bureau of Justice report that was released this week showing that gun violence has plummeted in America since the mid-90s. Since 1993, gun killings have dropped 39%, and non-fatal gun attacks are down 69%. All this happened while the population in this country increased by over 20%.

The interesting note in the article, though, was that a majority of Americans actually believe gun violence is on the rise in America. A Pew Research survey showed that only 10% of Americans recognize that gun-related crimes have gone down at all!

This proves what we have known all along: the mainstream “biased” media wants us to believe that gun-owning Americans are wreaking havoc in this country. They do not want us to exercise our Second Amendment rights to protect ourselves and our families, and they will go to great lengths to create an environment that allows the politicians in Washington to enact unconstitutional laws.

This is why I am counting on you, my elected official, to fight to protect the Second Amendment, stand up to the “biased” media, and ensure that our children and grandchildren will inherit the same freedoms we currently enjoy.

If President Obama’s Administration is serious about reducing gun violence in our society, then they will focus on mental health issues, enforcement of existing gun laws, and encourage our public schools to have armed and trained security guards to protect our children from any threat…including domestic and foreign terrorism.

In closing, if you cannot support me as a constituent of this state, then I cannot and will not support you in future elections.


Another Good Letter From The AK Forum

The administrators at The AK Forum have really stepped up in providing good letters for communicating with Congress. Their 7th letter reminds elected officials that the police are not required to provide protection as established by the Court’s decision in Castle Rock v. Gonzales.

Dear (Elected Official),

I am writing to express my concerns with the recent efforts by the House and Senate to infringe upon my rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, I want you to understand that I am legally responsible for my own defense.

We, as a society, expect someone else to defend and protect us. Isn’t it the job of the police officers to protect us? That which we fail to accept is that it is not. In fact, it is impossible for them to do so. On June 27, 2005, after hearing the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individuals have no right to police protection under the federal Constitution, thus upholding what is known as public-duty doctrine. The police do not exist to protect individuals directly; they exist only to perform the general duties of deterring crime by general patrol and also to investigate after a crime has been committed to detect the perpetrator. They do not have the resources to provide individual protection to those threatened with criminal attack.

What this means is that I am the one legally responsible to defend and protect myself and my family. With the efforts of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to strip Americans of defensive firearms, how will I be able to defend and protect myself and family? With brooms, mops, and feather dusters? I prefer the firearms that I have today that will give me the advantage required for me to meet my legal responsibility.

In summary, as a law-abiding American citizen I am deeply concerned and fearful of what our elected officials are trying to legislate in Congress. I recommend that all elected officials read and refresh their memory on the content of the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. I encourage you to focus your legislative efforts on addressing the problems plaguing the mental health system, not the Second Amendment.

As my elected official, as a law-abiding citizen, I expect your support in protecting my Second Amendment rights. If you cannot support me, then I cannot support you in future elections and will seek another candidate that will fight for my rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.



Here are a few links where you can find the names and addresses of your state’s US Senators and Representatives. First, by state, from the US Senate’s webpage.
Click on the senator’s name to be linked to their home page. From there
you can find their fax and phone numbers. Second, from the House’s webpage, you can find your Congressman by your ZIP Code. Likewise, you can get their fax and phone numbers from their home page. Finally, the NRA-ILA has a “write your
reps” address locator. It can be found here. Whichever way, write them, call them, AND fax them in both DC and one of their local offices.

A Short And To The Point Letter To Send To Congress

I have been asking people to share letters that they have used to tell Congress no new gun control. The following letter was sent to me by Brent. It is short, sweet, and to the point. I think this one would be suitable for email, faxes, or letter sent in the mail. I would send this letter to both my congressman and both senators.

California Senator Feinstein is once again pushing for a ban on so called “Assault Weapons”.

This is a thinly veiled attack on all private gun ownership. Her own publications make it clear that her proposal is not about the features of the firearms, but instead is about removing as many firearms as possible from private ownership, despite the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Please help support the law abiding gun owners of (insert your state) and the United States by just saying “NO!” to all gun and magazine ban or registration proposals.

The NRA-ILA has a “write your reps” address locator. It can be found here. Either way, write them, call them, AND fax them. Moreover, do it like voting in Chicago – early and often. 

Some Good Advice On Writing To Politicians

Grant Cunningham, revolversmith, trainer, and blogger, had an excellent post yesterday on writing to those in Congress. As he notes with regard to Feinstein’s anticipated assault weapons (sic) ban, “If we, the shooting community, don’t act immediately her little scheme might just work.”

This is one fight that we can’t leave to the NRA, GOA, NSSF, or SAF. They do work but can only do so much. We have to get in there and do some heavy lifting.

Grant lists a series of things he’s learned about communicating with Congress. Many of them aren’t new but do bear repeating. I’m just going to list the high points and urge you to read his full blog post.

  • Unless they know you personally, the Senator or Representative will never see your letter themselves. It will be read and tabulated by staffers.
  • Aides are young and idealistic. Be nice to them.
  • Don’t use paper – fax, e-mail, or call. This is due to the anthrax scare of a few years ago.
  • Don’t write a book. Be concise and to the point.
  • If you aren’t a constituent of that particular Representative or Senator, it will be ignored.
  • Make sure your name and address are in the letter.
  • Make sure your e-mail has a subject.
  • Form letters are nearly useless. Don’t use them.
  • Any response you get will be a form letter. It is just the way it is.

I’m starting to collect letters that we can use as a basis for writing both state and national representatives. I will be posting the better ones for you to use and would urge you to modify them to suit you. There is no need for you or me to reinvent the wheel. We are all in this together and need to work smarter, not harder.

If you have a good letter, send to me by e-mail at jpr9954 AT gmail DOT com.