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Senators not listening to constituents on gun vote

Posted: May 7, 2013 - 8:48am

I believe both of our senators voted against the firearm background legislation because they were listening to the wrong constituency — the very vocal fringe element of our society. I also believe, that like the rest of America, the vast majority of Alaskans are in favor of not only background checks for everyone buying a weapon, but also a ban on weapons of war (assault weapons) and a limit on the size of ammunition clips. Unfortunately, they don’t make their opinions known to our elected officials.

I called both Senators Begich and Murkowski to express the opinions of my husband (a gun owner) and me. I felt the written responses I received were not only insensitive but condescending. They touted their commitment to protecting second amendment rights. The legislation had absolutely nothing to do with the second amendment. Individuals buying guns at stores and from other licensed dealers already have to submit to the checks. It is only reasonable that those buying at gun shows and on the Internet should also.

It has taken the horrible tragedy at an elementary school to shake the conscience of the country. As parents, the vote must have been very difficult for our senators. Sadly, thinking only of the continuation of their political careers, they voted the wrong way.

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bluffbunny 05/07/13 - 11:41 am
Senators not listening

No politician stays in office by "listening to the wrong constituency".

The decision of even the DEMOCRATIC Senator to not support more gun laws, is evidence that more VOTERS do not want more useless gun laws, than those who do want more.

I just can't get my brain around the thinking behind this woman's letter. With more than 20,000 'gun laws' on the books already, what could POSSIBLY be added that would stop crazy people from misusing guns?

Since these crazy people have already broken the most stringent laws against MURDER, what additional laws could have stopped them?

The writer mentions the tragedy at the school. THINK! The shooter shot and killed the legal owner, who conformed to ALL the current laws, to get the gun! How would ANY more gun laws have prevented that?

EVERY gun law is contrary to the Constitution and once we allow our rights to be eroded by more useless laws, our Freedom is at risk. The passage of such laws is just part of the problem. Allowing non-elected pencil-pushers who write the regulations and enforce them, are the ones to watch and fear. They can manipulate what is passed as 'law' into far different ends. And they will.

akal 05/07/13 - 08:44 pm
self defense

people who want gun laws are denying you the right to self defense. you are the only person that can take steps to protect your life . the police will never get there in time.

BigRedDog 05/14/13 - 06:40 am
Who is killing, who is dying

Have you read the piece of work the politicians are calling a mere change in the background checks? It was such a legislative overreach that it violated every oath of office I've ever heard. To function this law would ultimately require total registration of every gun owners weapons cache. You see most even very patriotic Americans have a problem with that. Registration at the level requested bye this legislation would result in another complete layer of government and already has $100,000,000 a year price tag added. It's just $100 M not even billions! But the higher hidden cost is this would be ineffective and have little or NO results at stopping the killing!
Just who is killing who? Juan Williams Fox News Reporter says it is a racial problem, that 54% of the people dying are black. It seems they are victims of Black on Black crime, and 54% of the dying is done bye these victims of Black on Black crime. Black citizens represent only 13% of the national population yet they are being killed at a 4 to 1 ratio in this. So Mr. Williams, a black man himself said this is clearly a racial issue. Throwing in a white maniac every now and then does not change focus of the fact that blacks are killing blacks at 4 times the average of other victims.
These criminals are killing other folks with Guns, do you really think someone that is a murderer would even blush at the thought having an unregistered gun? These representatives that say they are only trying to close the Gun Show loophole have lied to the American public. No kidding they LIED when they said this is all they were trying to do with this bill. If that was all they wanted they should have just written it that way! But they lied, they lied and cried and tried to hide it in a must pass political event.
It is getting harder and harder to surprise me, so leaving that old gun grab snake laying under the log of public opinion is no real surprise. What has saddened me lately about the current crop of politicians surfaced just lately. When a young American patriot is killed in combat defending these great freedoms we all hold So dear their family gets a folded flag after the funeral and a letter of condolences from the Gov. But let some Professional Basketball player come out of the closet and admit his gay lifestyle and the President gives him a tweet and call about how brave he is for making this stand. Go Figure!

kenai-king 05/14/13 - 08:57 am
Charlene Huhndorf

Charlene you should really look into what you are saying. They are called AR's but they are not weapons of war that AR is totally different. And in no way are you going to buy a gun through the internet and have it sent to you, it has to be sent to a gun dealer and in no way is that dealer just going to hand over a gun to just anybody. Your knowledge of guns makes me wonder if you should be able to own one. And for them to vote for this would be political suicide.

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