Thank you for contacting me regarding Senator Feinstein's assault weapons ban proposal. I appreciate hearing from you.
The numerous tragedies that our nation has had to face over the past year have been staggering. My own family, like all Americans, has been repeatedly shocked and deeply saddened by the violence we have witnessed, and my heart continues to be with the victims and their families. As Coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core and in the aftermath of these abhorrent acts our priority should be on supporting the survivors and families, and healing our communities.
We must have a real discussion in this country about finding ways to stop these senseless shootings. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for the battlefield, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can protect our communities and particularly, our children. In Colorado, we support the right to bear arms and the ability of people to recreate, hunt, and protect their homes, and we want to keep the wrong weapons out the hands of the wrong people. I believe our state can come together to have a civil discussion that addresses these issues and as the President's taskforce releases its recommendations to prevent and reduce gun violence, we will ensure that Colorado's voices are heard.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California plans to introduce a bill in the 113th Congress that will prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. The ban will include 120 specifically-named firearms and will apply to large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. The bill will also require grandfathered weapons to be registered under the National Firearms Act and will include a background check of the owner and any future transferees. Although Senator Feinstein has not introduced the bill, she has indicated that she will do so at the start of the legislative session.
I look forward to reviewing Senator Feinstein's proposal, along with others brought before Senate. Let us all continue to keep the communities affected by these tragic acts in our thoughts and prayers.
I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.
For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at http://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.
Michael F. Bennet
United States Senator
United States Senator
Ummmmmmm this deserved a personal response from me.
Dear Senator Bennet,
Recently I sent you a form letter on gun control. This letter is in response to your reply.
I as one of your constituents completely disagree with your stand on this issue. So far I am not seeing any “conversation” on this issue. I am seeing politicians having a knee jerk reaction to tragedies.
I am not normally a person to become involved in politics other than casting my vote for the person that I think will represent me best and in this instance I feel I made a mistake by voting for you. I don’t normally write letters to my representatives nor voice my opinion often. I guess you could say I’m part of the problem. On this issue I AM voicing my opinion. Our elected officials seem to have forgotten that they work for US. You and Senator Dianne Feinstein want to punish millions of law abiding citizens for the actions of a very few mentally disturbed individuals.
Nothing in Senator Feinstein’s proposed bill will stop another tragedy like Sandy Hook. It will not stop another mentally deficient individual from committing a determined act of horror. All her bill will do is curtail my rights as a law abiding citizen.
I promise you this. If you vote for more gun control I WILL become involved in politics. I WILL work with everything I have to make sure that you and anyone who votes to limit any more of my rights will never hold office again.
I sent this to the email that I had from him..... I got this back when I sent my reply
Your message was sent to a non-monitored mailbox and has not been reviewed. If you would like to contact Senator Michael Bennet please visit his website at http://bennet.senate.gov/
contact and fill out the webform for a prompt response. Thank you.
Me thinks they are trying to avoid me. But I am stubborn at times so I filled out their form and we will see what he has to say if anything.