Thank you letters sent to Elected Official Responders below:
Michigan Elected Officials: Senator Debbie Stabenow(D), Senator Gary Peters(D), Representative Justin Amash(R), Rep. Mike Nofs(R), Rep. Julie Calley(R)
Thank you for responding to my letter re: gun safety. I am so disappointed to hear that you do not support a ban on assault weapons. Military arms do not belong in civilian hands. I assume you do receive funding from the NRA as I do remember you stating at a town hall once that you ' will accept money from anyone who wants to donate to you'. This explains your stand on a ban on assault weapons.
Original and Third sending Letter sent:
The MceZ Core Principle for February is Community!
February 27, 2018
Subject: Gun Control
I am writing today to urge you to take a courageous moral stand and support a ban on assault weapons.
As you know, according to Vox reporter German Lopez, since 2012 there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings killing more than 1,800 people and wounding more than 6,400 in the US. According to CNN the US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population but holds 31% of global mass shooters. The US also has by far the highest number of privately owned guns in the world with a 2007 estimate of 88.8 guns per 100 civilians or more than one per adult.
Keeping assault weapons in the hands of civilians is crazy. Civilians are not able to purchase land mines, hand grenades, tanks, mortars, bombs etc. so why are military assault weapons sold to civilians in the US? These fire arms are clearly not for hunting, target shooting or defense. They are designed to kill many people in a very short time. It is only common sense that assault weapons be banned.
I understand that even though the NRA makes up only 7% of US gun owners and that polls show a clear majority of Americans support a ban on assault weapons legislators continue to vote the way the NRA asks them to – if they want to continue to receive funding.
I have two questions for you:
1. How much funding do you receive from the NRA?
2. Do you support a ban on assault weapons to help reduce mass shootings?
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon and will contact you again if I do not hear from you in the next week. Thank you for your service.
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