Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson has joined Sturm, Ruger & Co. in making it easy for citizens to contact the political class and remind them to stand up for the 2nd Amendment.
S&W has set up a Web page so that anyone can choose to either click on a link to send a prepared message to each of his representatives (the President, Vice President, U.S. Senators and Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Senator and Representative) or select another link to find how to contact each one individually in order to send an original message.
The prepared message reads:
As a law-abiding citizen and a responsible gun owner, I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedies and I support efforts to curb violence in all forms. However, I do not support the efforts of Congress, the White House or any lawmaker who seeks to restrict my rights under the Second Amendment, or to impose new restrictions on me and other law-abiding firearm owners.
Rather, I support a comprehensive approach to preventing violence in our communities through a thorough evaluation of the challenges we face. That review must include the enforcement of existing laws, the need for heightened security approaches, and greater consideration on how to better manage the acutely mentally ill.
As a law-abiding citizen and a constituent, I ask that you represent me in these matters.
(Your Contact Information)
Ruger prepared a similar page and message in January, as we reported here.
While momentum for a full gun ban along the lines of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban is waning, the impetus for registration, background checks and a host of other gun control measures remains. While it might seem redundant to send a second message (if you followed through on Ruger’s site or have contacted your representatives yourself), now is not the time to relax. The political class needs to understand that gun owners are serious about preserving their gun rights.