From: “Senator Robert Menendez” <Senator_Menendez@menendez.senate.gov>
Date: November 5, 2008 11:48:47 AM EST
Subject: Re: From Senator Menendez’s Website
Dear Mr. Reinke:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the National Capital Security and Safety Act (H.R. 6842). I appreciate the opportunity to hear your views on this important issue.
As you may know, the National Capital Security and Safety Act will make significant negative changes to the District of Columbia’s existing firearms law. For example, this legislation would repeal the District of Columbia’s current ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, as well as it’s prohibition on individuals carrying guns in public. It would eliminate the District of Columbia’s firearm registration system and do away with criminal background checks for secondhand gun purchases. In a nutshell, it will require the District to remove all restrictions on gun ownership that go beyond the minimum federal requirements and would prohibit the District from adopting gun regulations from other cities and states. I find this legislation to be unacceptable.
Like many issues that come before the United States Congress, the issue of gun control has two sides, each of which is strongly and passionately defended by its supporters. As your Senator, I firmly believe in the right of all citizens to use firearms responsibly to protect one’s home and family. I also support safe recreational use of guns, as long as participants act responsibly. I do not, however, support gun use by all people in all situations, and I am committed to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and those that will use them to do harm. I believe the National Capital Security and Safety Act could have a considerable negative impact on safety and security in the nation’s capital. Therefore, I cannot support it. Although this bill passed through the House of Representatives with the support of the National Rifle Association by a vote of 266-152, I will continue to work to improve the bill on the Senate side so that a safe and reasonable gun control law can be enacted.
Again, thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of concern. I invite you to visit my website (http://menendez.senate.gov) to learn of other important issues to New Jersey.
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What part of “shall not be infringed” does Senator Menedez NOT understand?
If the pen is mightier than the sword, then Menedez would seek “reasonable printer control”?
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