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I got a form letter back from Rep. Johnson concerning gun rights that I'd like to share. I've sent him various e-mails from congress.org and scanned through my e-mails but am not sure what exactly he's responding to. Maybe HR 1022? Here's the letter:

Dear Mr. Pyromaster

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for gun rights. I welcome feedback from my constituents and appreciate your interest.

While I respect Americans' rights to defend themselves, to hunt, and to collect and enjoy firearms, I do not believe these rights are absolute. I believe that reasonable limits should be placed on the ability to purchase and use guns. I favor strict background checks for prospective gun owners and believe that assault rifles belong solely in the military and not on our streets and in our homes.

There is a reasonable middle ground on this issue. I hope we can find a compromise that will enable us to be tough on crime and keep our children sage without denying decent Americans the right to self-defense and recreation.

I am always eager to hear your concerns..etc. etc. etc.
I'll e-mail him back and try to point out the difference between semi auto EBRs and what the military has and why the AWB was a joke but I don't know how far it'll get. I must say I find this disappointing and figure I'd share.

-Jeff, who doesn't have 1k in the budget for an EBR in 07 and supposes he needs to buy one in '08 just in case.
 

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I would point out that if he keeps to his stance, he can count on not receiving your vote in the future. Since his district (which I'm also in) is a Democratic stronghold due to minority gerrymandering, threatening to vote for the Republicans in the next election won't mean anything to him. However, if you threaten to vote for *OTHER DEMOCRATs* running against him in the primary elections, he'd be more likely to listen. The reason he has his seat now is because he won against Cynthia McKinney in the primaries before facing down the Republican candidate.
 

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I think threatening to vote against him simply cuts off any further discussion in the future on related topics.

It will result in nothing positive, and may have negative results when you want to contact him to get his support on something on which he may be sitting on the fence.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
I think threatening to vote against him simply cuts off any further discussion in the future on related topics.

It will result in nothing positive, and may have negative results when you want to contact him to get his support on something on which he may be sitting on the fence.
Agreed - don't threaten him. Just rally against him and try and get someone better elected. That's the best message you could send him.
 

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wsweeks2 said:
Malum Prohibitum said:
I think threatening to vote against him simply cuts off any further discussion in the future on related topics.

It will result in nothing positive, and may have negative results when you want to contact him to get his support on something on which he may be sitting on the fence.
Agreed - don't threaten him. Just rally against him and try and get someone better elected. That's the best message you could send him.
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Malum Prohibitum said:
I think threatening to vote against him simply cuts off any further discussion in the future on related topics.

It will result in nothing positive, and may have negative results when you want to contact him to get his support on something on which he may be sitting on the fence.
+1

Personally, I'm not at all surprised. This district of DeKalb and probably all of DeKalb is just lost. A bastion of entitlements and improperly placed anger.
 

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Personally, I'm not at all surprised. This district of DeKalb and probably all of DeKalb is just lost. A bastion of entitlements and improperly placed anger.
Lots of poor folk in fear of gangs. Exactly the people that would benefit from having something other than a 30-year-old Winchester bolt action .22 for self defense.

Can someone describe to me the difference between "assault" and "scary"? :(
 

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I favor strict background checks for prospective gun owners and believe that assault rifles belong solely in the military and not on our streets and in our homes.
So, if they belong solely in the military, I guess the cops can't have them either?
 

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Rep Johnson supports HR 1022 :evil:

I got an e-mail from Rep Johnson agreeing with me (???) on HR1022 as well as saying he's a co-sponsor. However, on GovTrackhe isn't listed as one. I admit I've dropped the ball on writing him back but this sure has me motivated. I'll respond electronically and with a hand written letter. Actually, I'll wait until after this weekend when I learn
"How to Win Friends and Influence Legislation in the General Assembly" :D

Dear Mr. Pyromaster,

Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding H.R. 1022, the "Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007". I agree with you wholeheartedly and, as a result, I have co-sponsored this important legislation.

Introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, the bill would reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired on September 13, 2004. The legislation would place a ten year ban on assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. The legislation would also revise the definition of a semiautomatic assault weapon to include conversion kits, and directs the United States Attorney General to establish a record of the make, model and date of manufacture of these weapons.

The renewal of the assault weapons law is needed to protect our communities. Some particularly vicious shootings such as the sniper shooting spree in the Washington DC area involved a military-style weapon. Supported by virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency, this ban will increase public safety and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands.
I am always eager to hear your concerns and look forward to working with you in the future. For more information, please visit my office online at HankJohnson.House.gov. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Hank Johnson
 

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pro2am said:
The one good thing about Cynthia is that she was ineffective and nobody really cared what she said.
I think Bortz or someone similar said that they would love to see Cynthia reelected. Basically because whoever was elected instead of her would have to work hard to do as bad a job as she did.
 

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Gunstar1 said:
pro2am said:
The one good thing about Cynthia is that she was ineffective and nobody really cared what she said.
I think Bortz or someone similar said that they would love to see Cynthia reelected. Basically because whoever was elected instead of her would have to work hard to do as bad a job as she did.
Boortz is probably where I heard it then. The comment makes sense given her track record.
 
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