Senator Cantwell’s letter was in response to mine:
CA – Senator Diane Feinstein will move forward on a proposed senate bill that would greatly infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.
She request that the previous act be reinstated and given more teeth. She plans on doing this quickly in the month of January 2013.
As an American, I feel this to be an act of overreaching power by the federal government, and not the original intent of the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution of the United States of America.
The common sense approach must take the forefront of all discussions, and not over reaching emotions.
I have several weapons, all legally purchased, I also have a concealed weapons permit from two states. As a responsible American, and prior military service which includes a family history in this country since the 1620’s; we believe in defending all people that stand firm on the principles our freedoms were founded on.
It’s with this in mind I propose the following considerations:
1. Don’t call it gun control; but gun safety.
2. No sale of weapons where background checks are not conducted.
3. Allow concealed weapons carry in all states with same reasonable checks with nationwide standard.
4. Weapons education and training must be required for anyone who carries or purchases one.
5. Gun safes a must for all gun owners.
6. Magazines for all rifles/long guns need only be twenty rounds; for pistols 10 round capacity, greater than this should fall under the federal firearms license.
7. Do not call semi-autos assault weapons, only full automatic weapons should be placed in this category.
We will be prepared to take this matter to the Supreme Court of the United States. It will be proven that the original intent of the Founding Fathers was not just about hunting or sport shooting.
It must be said in these terms:
” Resistance to sudden violence for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I never surrendered to the public by the compact of society and which, perhaps I could not surrender if I would…” John Adams, U.S. President, Signer of the Declaration, and the Bill of Rights.
Also it is said that Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice stated the following.
”As I have traveled across the country, I have been astounded just how many of our fellow citizens feel strongly about their constitutional rights but have no idea what they are, or for that matter, what the Constitution says. I am not suggesting that they become Constitutional scholars–whatever that means. I am suggesting, however, that if one feels strongly about his or her rights, it does make sense to know generally what the Constitution says about them. It is at least as easy to understand as a cell phone contract–and vastly more important.”
In Closing, my deepest sympathy to all who have suffered loss, it is tragic for the loss of any life…
SFC Mikeal S. SouthWorth, USA, Ret.
Federal Way, WA 98003