LGP’s gun owners may be interested in the following text. The following is the text of letters I will be sending tomorrow to all of my state and federal legislators. There are some individual changes; for example, the version that will go to Senator Casey acknowledges that he has already said that is willing to throw is NRA “A” rating out the window in order to vote for another assault-weapons ban. Also, not all of your legislators may have been approved by the Groups mentioned in paragraph 4. All of mine have been.
Casey's letter gets the alternate fourth paragraph that is also quoted below. You could also use some variant of that text for letters to ban-supporting folks.
If any of you want to use or adapt this text for your own letters or emails, please feel free to do so.
As one of your many constituents who is also a gun owner, I was as shocked and horrified as I am sure you were by the events of Friday, December 14. Many of us are still trying to come to terms with the magnitude of evil we saw on display. Our hearts go out to the people in Connecticut, and we hope their hearts and minds can heal from the losses inflicted by that madman.
But the politicization of this monstrous act and the accompanying scapegoating of lawful gun owners only makes this pain more difficult. Instead of grieving along with the nation, gun owners are being told we should surrender our rights. Pundits and politicians demonize us and say we should be ashamed of ourselves. They demand the return of laws that have already proven themselves to be ineffective at reducing crime. Some politicians are even demanding that we surrender our lawfully owned firearms. Right here in Pennsylvania, State Representative Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks Co.) has promised to introduce a bill that would not only ban the purchase of what he calls “assault weapons,” it would also ban possession. A law of that type can only be enforced through forced confiscation.
I am writing to you today to ask that you oppose any efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and in particular any implementation of a law similar to the so-called Assault Weapons Ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004. We’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what that law did and did not accomplish, and by all counts it was a complete failure. Crime did not significantly decrease following the implementation of that law, and crime did not significantly increase following its 2004 sunset. The so-called assault weapons that were the subject of the law were—and still are—only used in a small percentage of crimes involving firearms. Neither did the restrictions on magazine capacity have any significant effect on crime. And contrary to what President Obama suggested in his press conference of December 19, the guns affected by that law were not “military” rifles. Semiautomatic pistols and rifles come in all shapes and sizes and are extremely common in the United States. They have been used by law-abiding citizens for more than a century for hunting, target shooting, self-defense, and other lawful purposes. The very term “assault weapon” was coined as an intentional effort to create confusion between semi-automatic rifles and fully-automatic machine guns, which have been strictly regulated for decades.
I know I am asking a lot. The pressure to cave in and accept gun bans and restrictions will be extreme. The media and anti-gun proponents like the Brady Campaign are howling for new laws and restrictions. But I am asking you to stand up. I know you have been supported by and approved by entities such as the National Rifle Association (of which I am a Life Member), Gun Owners of America, and Firearms Owners Against Crime. Speaking on behalf of the Pennsylvania gun owners who are your constituents, neighbors, and friends, we have supported you, and it is time for you to return the favor and support us. There will never be a better time for you to demonstrate that you are worthy of the endorsements we gave you. We will neither forgive nor forget if you fail to do so.
Gun owners like myself are willing to talk about solutions, and we see no problems with having an honest conversation about America’s problems with violence. But we want to see solutions that have a prayer of working. Gun bans, magazine restrictions, gun-free zones, and similar efforts are premised on a lie: that criminals and murderers will follow the rules. But criminals don’t follow the law. That’s why they’re criminals. Banning “assault weapons” and restricting magazines has already been demonstrated to have essentially no impact on violent crime, and new laws enforcing those restrictions will only serve to place more burdens on law-abiding people. They are not the solution. I ask you to stand in opposition to those who are trying to exploit this horrible tragedy in order to advance an agenda that will do nothing more than further burden those who already follow the law.
Alternate text for Casey:
I am aware that you have already indicated your support for renewed bans and restrictions. I am reminding you that you were endorsed and supported by entities like the National Rifle Association (of which I am a Life Member) and Firearms Owners Against Crime. You have an “A” rating from the NRA. Speaking on behalf of the Pennsylvania gun owners who are your constituents, neighbors, and friends, we have supported you, and it is time for you to return the favor and support us. We will consider a vote for a new gun ban to be a betrayal of our trust. We will neither forgive nor forget if you do so. If you vote for another failed gun ban, I and many of your other constituents will make it our mission to make sure you are never again elected to office in Pennsylvania. I remind you that the passage of the last gun ban in 1994 is widely seen as one of the leading reasons your party was crushed in the 1994 elections and swept out of control of both houses of Congress.