Representative Michael E. Capuano (D-MA 7th)
10th-term Democrat from Massachusetts.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Rep. Michael Capuano

February 16, 2013


I am a law abiding citizen and responsible gun owner and i vote.I am writing this to inform you that I absolutely oppose any and all restrictive gun/ magazine proposed bans and or additional regulation. The proposed regulations are almost guaranteed to be completely ineffective, similar to the Clinton 1994 AWB. Which by the way has shown a significant decrease in overall violent crime since the expiration in 2004 according to the FBI violent crime statistics for the past 7 years. These proposals are also positively beneficial to criminals, which by definition break the law regardless.

Not only are any additional regulations, laws, or bans severely overstepping the boundaries of my second amendment right to protect myself from tyrannical government. They pert-rude my god given right to defend my self and others, as the true first responder to any incident that may call for deadly force to incapacitate assailants. And I say fist responder to any incident because, police response time if any response at all is never suffice in a dynamic critical incident, when seconds are crucial and can dictate the difference between life and death. This is not about the ability to hunt with semi-automatic weapons. It is about defending ourselves with the most effective way possible. In fact my argument has very little to do with hunting. It is my right, along with millions of other responsible gun owners to own standard capacity magazines to even the odds against multiple assailants , of if the need arises for more than the proposed limit.

I do not expect everyone to agree with my views on gun control, and I respect that. But I do expect everyone to respect my views and acknowledge the facts that gun control is not always the answer. In the coming months I hope we can come to focus on enforcing the more than 20,000 pre existing gun laws already on the books , and possibly look into mental health issues.

Randolph , MA