"Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the horrific slaughter of twenty six people, including twenty children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I appreciate hearing from you.
The unspeakable tragedy in Newtown was a transformational moment in the national conversation on gun violence. There should be no conflict between protecting innocent children from slaughter and preserving the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. It is time for America to reach a long overdue consensus on practical steps to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
Common sense gun legislation should be part of the solution. I intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips. We must also find a better way to prevent mentally unstable individuals from obtaining a gun. We should ensure that federal agencies, as well as state and local law enforcement authorities, are sharing relevant information to improve the effectiveness of background checks. We should find ways to address the gruesome violence on display to our children every day through television, movies and video games. And we must, even in an era fiscal restraint, improve mental health services at the local level.
In Vermont, we are fortunate not to have experienced gun violence on the scale of Newtown. And we have a long tradition of responsible gun use. Parents teach their children proper use of firearms. Families hunt together. And children learn about wildlife and the environment as they walk in the woods appreciating the wonder of Vermont's natural terrain. We can preserve this tradition while also taking meaningful steps to ensure that tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine are not repeated.
I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers this issue.
Member of Congress"
I am a very pro gun person, from a pro gun family. My family owns for the moment several weapons that will be banned and regulated if President Obama has his way.
There are some things that I can partially agree about that Congressman Welch emailed me, and I will quote them so this is easier to follow.
"There should be no conflict between protecting innocent children from slaughter and preserving the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens." I couldn't agree more. Protect our children by keeping our rights intact as our founding fathers intended.
"I intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips." I don't think there should be any more restrictions on "assault weapons" than any other sporting rifle. The so called assault rifles standard magazine size is 30 rounds, depending on manufacturer of the firearm and states they are sold currently. 30 rounds is the standard magazine that came with the AR-15 that I currently own, and purchased in Vermont. Also the AR-15, AK47 and other similar rifles are not in fact assault rifles. Assault Rifles are defined by the US Military as having the ability to fire fully automatic or burst fire. The AR-15 is a semi automatic Sporting Rifle which requires a pull of the trigger for every bullet intended to be fired. See my post Gun Magazines are not Clips to see the error in what Congressman Welch wrote me.
"We should find ways to address the gruesome violence on display to our children every day through television, movies and video games." I think this has everything to do with parents not restricting what children see, and do. I can admit it I was allowed to play violent video games as a child. Everything from Resident Evil on the PlayStation, to Medal of Honor. I still play these types of games as a adult and find them enjoyable, and I like to think that I have sound judgement when it comes to what is right and what is wrong. I will also admit that on occasion I have let my own Nephew play very violent games with me, and I have to do better to restrict that when he is around.
" And we must, even in an era fiscal restraint, improve mental health services at the local level." I see nothing wrong with that, there are a lot of people out there that need these services to function in society.
These are my personal thoughts on the shootings that happen. I think some people are good, some people are bad. No matter what good people do, if there is no one to stop them then they will do bad things...seems basic to me. Stopping good people from being able to protect them selves with firearms will allow bad people to have a free for all and do what they wish. All we see in the media is the bad things that happen the murders, car crashes, and bombings. We rarely get to see the bad things that were prevented by good people. Luckily the people over at Guns and Ammo have put together a list of some of the tragedies that were prevented by good people in there article 10 Best Personal Defense Headlines of 2012 .
I am also providing some videos to watch that very clearly spell out the second amendment and what i means. Also one that explains what a actual assault rifle is.