Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I received an email response from Congressman DeFazio and thought I would share it and my reply with the Esteemed Readers.
"Dear Mr. Marsico:
Thank you for contacting me regarding right-to-carry legislation. I appreciate hearing from you.
I am once again a cosponsor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow an individual with a concealed carry permit to carry firearms across state lines. I voted for this bill in 2011. Unfortunately, the Senate did not act on the bill before Congress adjourned.
I have supported other right to carry legislation as well. For instance, in 2009 I voted for legislation to allow an individual to carry a concealed firearm in U.S. Parks and wildlife refuges in accordance with state law. That legislation is now law. I also cosponsored and supported passage of legislation to allow retired law enforcement officers to receive reciprocity to carry across state lines. That legislation became law in 2004.
Again, thanks for your message. You can be sure that I will continue to fight to protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens against further abridgement by the federal government.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE PETER DeFAZIO
Fourth Congressional District, Oregon"
And my response:
Dear Representative DeFazio,
While I appreciate the fact that you voted for the Reciprocity Act, it was after all, a Harry Reid controlled Senate that sat on it, was never brought to a vote, and never became law, along with over 300 other bills sent out of the House to the Senate, but let's not quibble.
There are too many infringements on our rights now, to extend the 'privilege' of reciprocity to retired law enforcement officers, which they already have in many states, is a slap in the face to each and every American who is forced to be licensed and registered with the government instead of exercising the right to keep and bear arms without any government infringement. All Americans have the right to carry openly or concealed firearms of any type.
I am quite knowledgeable of the methods employed by statutes and codes to make privileges seem like rights, so the very idea 'law-abiding' citizens require you to protect us from the government is absurd. What you really need to focus on is how to keep us 'law-abiding' citizens from coming after all the criminals in government who can't seem to follow the rule of law and obey the Constitution of the United States. Your purpose is to represent, serve, and protect the People, not to rule over them.
'Shall not be infringed' is by no means a suggestion Mr. DeFazio. I suggest you pass the word to the rest in Congress, that We the People are getting pretty fed up with government that does nothing but waste money and abolish rights, only to then give privileges to select People and those who come here breaking our laws. Our patience is waning.
All gun laws are unconstitutional!