It has seemed like a long time since we started this series of posts with the response from our own Representative Ed Pastor at the end of 2012. Subsequently our readers were kind enough to take the time to send in their the responses they received from across the nation.
Our Senator, John McCain must be a busy man as it took some time for his office to develop a response to our repeated inquiries concerning his stance on any gun control legislation brought before congress. However, he has finally responded which is more than you can say for a lot of other Representatives and Senators out there. We have provided his message below.
Dear Mr. Smith:
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control. I appreciate your concerns regarding this matter.
Congress, like the American people, continues to be divided on the issue of controlling firearms as a means of addressing the appalling level of violence which besets our nation. I do not believe, however, that the answers to these problems lie with gun control. We cannot resort to abridging law-abiding citizens' Constitutional rights in order to solve the tough problems that face our nation.
Criminals, by definition, have a patent disregard for the law. It would be dangerously naive to assume that they would abide by gun restrictions. Washington, DC, is an excellent case-in-point. The District has among the strictest gun control laws in the nation, and yet also holds one of the highest violent crime rates.
I will continue working to stop violent crime and those individuals who have or would abuse their Second Amendment rights. While addressing these important concerns, rest assured that I will ensure that the rights of honest, law abiding citizens are not abridged.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so regarding this or any other matter of concern.
United States Senator
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- Congressman Ed Pastor Arizona 7th Congressional District Responds