Dear Senator Murphy,
First I wish to thank you for answering my letter and can appreciate you’re quite busy with your office and responsibilities.
In reading, studying and investigating history I found out a great deal about gun laws and legislation both in states and on the federal level.
Many of the arguments I have heard from pro gun legislators are incorrect.
First, there is no legal way for anyone to own a fully automatic weapon in this country, the automatic weapons act of 1934 specifically outlaw all military style and all fully automatic weapons. Fully automatic weapons are those that dispense more that one round per squeeze of the trigger. So, for all those who claim it’s possible to obtain a fully automatic weapon legally, they are spreading inaccurate propaganda.
Likewise, there have been gun control acts in 1920, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34 (mentioned above), 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 68, 70, 74, 86, 90 and 2011. I believe that if one were to study this information that is based on factual and federally written Gun Control legislation they would find precious little to create new legislation for.
Next, the argument that taking legal Guns will prevent violence is absurd. You yourself said that during the Dallas incident, there were armed citizens along with the heavily armed police and nobody could prevent the shooting and carnage from happening and the armed citizens were NOT breaking the law. This is a key point, an honest citizen with a legal weapon will not have a first thought to shoot at anybody. Clearly, this indicates another fact, no matter which incident is discussed, the taking of legal weapons from honest citizens will NOT prevent violence as nobody can know what is in a persons heart or mind.
You want stop violence, deal with the mentally ill in this country. Democratic Senator Creigh Deeds was attacked and stabbed by his mentally ill son Gus because there was no available hospital for 24-year-old Gus to go to. So, this mentally ill young man attacked and very nearly killed his father whom was described to be his most loved person in the world. Would outlawing a knife have prevented the attack? Certainly not!
Likewise, the issue at Sandy Point elementary, a case of a mentally deranged young man who was supplied guns by his mother who became the first victim of her mistake. Adam Lanza would have successfully caused carnage no matter what his target was or what weapon he chose and this proved out in this tragedy.
I think that it is interesting that off all of your pet projects one of the most important to your constituents save the economy is term limits on all public servants and I haven’t once heard you on this issue.
Certainly, the founding father never meant for Public Service to be a full time job or lifetime career.
Unfortunately, because of lifetime politicians, we have more corruption and more misuse of federal power and more and more reductions in our liberty.
I truly hope that we get somebody of courage and conviction that is honest enough to bring forth laws pertaining to term limits, eight years for life for any position from the president down.
Washington was coaxed to stay for a second tern and he stated clearly that he wanted to be home with his wife and family on his farm and that he abhorred the idea of becoming a ruler of multiple term.
“There need be new blood in office constantly to check the possibility of corruption and bring new ideas to the offices that the serve in”.
Our elected public servants have become career politicians and have abused the trust of the people they serve for far too long.
I would applaud your getting involved in the endeavor and cease trying to abridge our civil liberties with trickle down legislation.
You would be remembered as having a career of conviction and honesty that is sorely lacking in current Politicians and Politics these days.
Rance V. Carli