Our latest response is from Joe Wilson. Perhaps you recognize him even if you don't live in South Carolina or the 2nd Congressional District for that matter. Keep contacting your Congressmen!
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding potential proposals to ban assault weapons in the 113th Congress. I appreciate your taking the time to contact me.
I understand your concerns and welcome your interest in this matter. The right to bear arms has been a founding principle of our country since its inception over two centuries ago and the Supreme Court ruled as recently as 2008 that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right.
During my time in Congress, I have been a fervent supporter of the Second Amendment and have consistently fought to ensure that the rights afforded to law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms are upheld. Despite recent tragedies, I do not believe that weapons bans, confiscation, or heavy restrictions placed on responsible, legal gun owners is the answer. Such policies are not only an infringement on the Constitutional rights of peaceful, law-abiding citizens, but they do nothing to prevent ill-intentioned individuals from committing crimes.
Heinous criminal offenses point to a much deeper and complex issue within our society that requires a concrete and carefully considered solution to prevent future tragedies. For example, as the former President of the Midlands Mental Health Association in South Carolina, I remain concerned about the services available to individuals who may pose a risk to others or themselves and feel that greater focus should be placed on those who may require attention.
I will continue fight to protect Second Amendment rights, and I look forward to working with my House colleagues in the 113th Congress to identify reasonable and effective methods to prevent gun-related tragedies in the future without punishing responsible gun owners. Please be assured that I have taken note of your concerns and will keep them in mind should legislation pertaining to this issue come before me on the House floor during the 113th Congress.
It is an honor to represent the people of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, and I value your input.
If I may be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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