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This is something I feel is very important - and you should to! – so please read it and write at least a couple of your representatives if you feel that our Bill of Rights are an important part of our heritage to protect. If you spend 5 minutes per year target shooting, hunting, thinking about the safety of yourself or your family, and want to continue doing so, take the 5 minutes necessary to write some letters to defend those rights.

In case you aren’t aware of it, the useless ban on so-called “assault weapons” is due to sunset in September of 2004. Now is our opportunity to let it sunset without getting renewed since this law just harms law-abiding citizens, does not prevent criminal activity, and is another part of our liberties taken from us by unfair federal legislation

The 1994 ban on so-called “assault weapons” does not even cover true assault weapons. True assault weapons are fully automatic and/or select-fire weapons, which are already heavily regulated and require a special license to own. The firearms banned by this act are mechanically identical to many popular hunting rifles and shotguns – none of which are fully automatic – based solely on external cosmetic factors that have been used by the media in the US to scare citizens that have been intentionally kept ignorant concerning these laws. This ban, as it stands, is just one small step away from removing all of your rights to own semi-automatic rifles and shotguns for hunting, sporting, and self-defense reasons.

You should write to the President and each of the committee members listed below no matter what party you belong to and/or what state you live in. These are the ones that should be concerned with our national issues on gun legislation. You should also write to your Senators and Representatives (which WILL depend on what state - and what part of that state - you live in). Don’t know them? Find out by entering your zip code into the form on the top of this page and then click “Go”:

If you don’t write or email ANYONE else, at least spend the time (and just 3 stamps!) to write your Senators and House Representative! That’s the least you could do to protect your rights. Email me ([email protected]) if you have any problems finding your representatives – I will do my best to help! Download a sample letter of what you might want to write here: Remember that a letter (or FAX) means a lot more than just an email. I plan to email AND send a letter via the USPS so that they know I take these concerns seriously. Anonymous letters are just about useless, so make sure to use your name and address so they can contact you with a reply!

With that said, there are also two online petitions that have been brought to my attention: and . Why don't you check them out and sign them along with writing a letter to your congressmen and President Bush? That's what I've done. This is an important first step, but make sure to WRITE your representatives, too. (You can also do that at this URL:

Feel free to forward this post and/or page link ( to everyone you know! (Want more example letters? Go here: )

KJ Lodrigue, Jr.

Email: [email protected]
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, US 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461

Committee Members (Both Parties) – write to some or all of these if you can, but your representatives and the President should be first on your list):
Terry McAuliffe
Chairman of the Democratic National National Committee
Email Form:
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-863-8000

Robert Matsui
Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Email Form:
Permanent Mailing Address:
430 South Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
phone: 202.863.1500
Temporary Physical Address (Packages, Deliveries):
499 South Capitol St. SW
Suites 100, 104
Washington, DC 20003

Jon Corzine
Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
[email protected]
120 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

George Allen
Chairman of the Republican National Senatorial Committee
Ronald Reagan Republican Center
425 2nd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
[email protected]

Tom Reynolds
Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee
Email Form:
Mailing Address
National Republican Congressional Committee
320 First Street, S.E
Washington, D.C. 20003
Phone Numbers
NRCC Main Number, (202) 479-7000
News Media Inquiries, (202) 479-7070
Campaign Assistance, (202) 479-7050
Information on Contributing, (202) 479-7030
Legal Compliance Questions, (202) 479-7069

Mark Racicot
National Republican Committee Chairperson
310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202.863.8500
Fax: 202.863.8820
E-mail: [email protected]

Ann Wagner
National Republican Committee Chairperson
310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202.863.8500
Fax: 202.863.8820
E-mail: [email protected]
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