Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA 38th)
8th-term Democrat from California.
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Rep. Linda Sanchez
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

February 22, 2013

Mr. President,
Members of Congress,

Hitting out at lawful gun manufacturers and law abiding gun owners/citizens is not a sound way of solving a problem.

The real problem lies with criminals who do not respond to your impositions, as well as the countless weapons and gun accessories that are out there in the underground network.

Your first real problem is eliminating the criminal element, or at least diminishing the threat to today's society. You can't or won't even effectively deal with an illegal immigration problem, let alone a criminal one that threatens our nation's already weakened infrastructure. Yet you want to confiscate all legally owned weapons that are registered with the Department of Justice, and that can be easily traced back to the owners. This is typical of big corporation that needs to appease the "board of directors" by imposing immediate, massive layoffs in order to justify making a profit, instead of sitting down and identifying meaningful ways of increasing productivity and cutting waste, in order to make a real profit. Forget about the hundreds or even thousands of worker bees who won't be able to fend for themselves and their families with the unemployment that they might receive. It's just too difficult and too complex; much like what you do, applying quick fix-its that don't have any real lasting solutions.

Your second problem is fixing the Justice system. The system is so convoluted and so weak, criminals are not really worried about being caught. Within a few years of serving a sentence in jail, a criminal is assured of a parole or probation release, which really allows him/her to commit similar major crimes again. Of course none of this affects you or your families because of round-the-clock protection you get at the expense of tax payers.

The question is, how difficult would it be for this released criminal to obtain a weapon? Specifically, an "assault" type weapon, with high capacity magazines? Again, this will go undetected until it's used at a school, mall, park, theater, home invasion, or wherever. How are you going to explain all this to the dead people that could have had the legal right to carry concealed weapons and could have done something about the shooting incident? I guess it really doesn't concern you because only a few lives were destroyed. And what about the criminal element? What are you going to do about it? Write more laws to ban criminals from owning or obtaining "assault" type weapons and high capacity magazines?

Mr. President, Members of Congress, solving this or any serious problem should not be taken lightly. You are by no means experts in this field, yet you choose not to work with those of us that are. Instead, you remain distant and separated from us, telling us what we can and cannot do. We elected you to represent us, yet you don't represent us. I could go on writing, but any more is probably going to fall on deaf ears.

In concluding, I ask you to please reconsider your votes for all assault weapon bans and high capacity magazine bans. Honor and uphold the 2nd. Amendment, and allow law abiding citizens to keep their weapons and defend themselves and their families and communities. Thank you.

Lakewood , CA