Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rockefeller's Response

I wrote our Senators months ago concerning gun control.  Rockefeller just answered today.

Knowing of your interest in issues related to the Second Amendment and gun safety, I wanted to be in touch to update you on recent action in the Senate.  
            
            Making sure our children, families, and communities are safe from harm has always been one of my top priorities.  The unspeakable crimes in places like Blacksburg, Newtown, Aurora, and Tucson have served to remind us of the terrible fact that American families lose loved ones every day as a result of gun violence.  
 
Over the last several months, parents, educators, police officers, hunters, and elected leaders have worked hard to find common ground and come up with new solutions to solve the very real problem of gun violence.  Too many lives have been taken from us too soon, and I believe strongly that we can do more to keep everyone safe while also protecting the important Second Amendment rights and traditions valued by West Virginians. 
 
I believe we should consider ideas that have worked in the past as well as new ideas.  I have been disappointed that some of my colleagues have not kept an open mind about solutions, but I'm hopeful that we still might be able to have honest conversations about next steps.  
 
We should tackle all important aspects of gun violence – expanding mental health services, studying the impact of violent media on children, aggressively going after gun traffickers, reinstating previous laws on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and closing the loopholes that exist today in the background check process.
 
Two of those issues that I have long supported are better mental health support services in our communities and a better understanding of the impact of violent images on our youth.  I have introduced bills on both of these issues this year.  
 
Another measure that I have supported in the past and think we should reinstate today, is the law that was in effect in from 1994 to 2004 that prohibited new purchases of a limited number of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.  It's important to note that when the prohibition was in place no one had to give up any of the guns they owned, no gun owners were placed on any government registries, and thousands of guns were exempted.  
 
Finally, the loopholes that exist in today's background checks are something I believe we need to work together to address.  Right now there are too many ways for violent criminals and the mentally ill to buy guns, especially at gun shows – and we have to fix that.  This wouldn't result in any type of registry.  It would simply mean that those who want to harm others couldn't avoid background checks by going to gun shows.  
 
Thank you for sharing your views with me on these critical issues.  I want you to know that I work hard every day to protect West Virginians' rights, safety, and well being.
 
I wish you the very best.   
 

With Warm Regards,

Jay Rockefeller

My response to this did not involve warm regards and started by quoting the part about assault weapons and high capacity magazines, followed by "Twaddle".  It ended by telling him how disgusting I find it when politicians use a tragedy to jump on a band wagon.  I didn't close with warm regards, because I have none. 

10 comments:

  1. This is, of course, the same Jay Rockefeller who owns an AR-15 and bragged about it as he voted to ban others from being able to buy one. He also admitted to keeping it in Washington DC until people pointed out that it was illegal for him to do so, at which point he "remembered" that it was actually in Virginia.

    http://blogs.dailymail.com/capitolnotebook/2013/01/21/sen-jay-rockefellers-ar-15/

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    1. I almost sent him a P.S. thanking him for making a friend's son-in-law, who is in the gun business, a very rich man.

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  2. Ah yes, another liberal elitist member of the intelligentsia ... smarter than you or me, because he says so.

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    1. I signed my reply "Your employer". And asked repeatedly how stupid he thought I was?

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  3. Good for you!!

    I like the way you signed it.

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    1. Thanks. My response was probably harsh but I'm very tired of politicians. In particular professional politicians.

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  4. Heh. I would have added a "P.S.: Thank you for solidifying exactly whom I will be voting for come next elections. Whoever they get to run against you sends their warmest thanks, as well."

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    1. He's retiring and many think it's because he can't win against the Republican opponent this time. I did, however, thank him for inspiring me to fight to defeat every big government liberal I could in future elections.

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  5. At least you GOT an answer... sigh... But good on ya for pointing out his failure and the way you ended it :-)

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    1. Yeah, no reply from Manchin, yet, though.

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