Monday, December 31, 2012

Congressman Ed Pastor Arizona 7th Congressional District Responds

You can take it for what it is. To be clear, we did not request an increased gun control, quite the contrary. We will give the benefit of the doubt and assume this is a boilerplate and not the congressman's individual response to our message. If you are in the same district, please contact Congressman Pastor and let him know how you feel. If not, contact your own Congressman. If you have any responses from a different congressman, feel free to contact us. You can find the contact information for your congressman at: 

From Congressman Ed Pastor (House of Representatives: Arizona 7th Congressional District):

Dear ...:

Thank you for expressing your thoughts on increased gun control measures. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter. 

As I have stated publicly through the years, I feel it is vital to use all available means to reduce the violence that plagues our nation. I have consistently supported reasonable gun limitations such as a ban on assault weapons, a waiting period before purchase, and background checks on all purchasers. In essence, I support limited, effective controls, while supporting the rights of those responsible, law-abiding citizens who wish to own and purchase firearms. 

Unfortunately, the mass tragedies involving gun violence in Arizona, Colorado, and Wisconsin, as well as the most recent horrific act that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, have returned this discussion to the forefront of our nation's consciousness. It is imperative that all Americans work together to effectively address the shortcomings in our social, judicial, and healthcare systems that would limit future gun violence. The status quo is not acceptable, and neither is taking a piecemeal approach that addresses one aspect of gun violence but leaves another intact. 

Within that context, I look forward to the recommendations of Vice President Biden's inter-agency gun violence task force and to any proposals to be issued in the 113th Congress that make a real, responsible, balanced effort to reduce gun violence throughout America.

It was good to hear from you on this matter.

Ed Pastor

Member of Congress