Representative Judy Chu (D-CA 27th)
5th-term Democrat from California.
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To:
Rep. Judy Chu
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

January 30, 2013

Dear Congressman or Senator,
It has become apparent to me, and to many of our fellow Americans, that some members of Congress have lost their way and their understanding of what it means to be a representative of the people. Many have on numerous occasions proposed, promoted, and defended legislation that is not conducive to the will of the American people. They have instead attempted to impose their personal beliefs and agenda on the citizens of our Country. This conduct is in direct conflict with our Founding Fathers vision for our country in accordance with The Constitution for the United States of America.
Andrew Napolitano said, "When the Founders created the American republic, they did so by inducing constitutional conventions in each of the original 13 states to ratify the new Constitution. The idea they presented, and the thesis accepted by those ratifying conventions, was that the states are sovereign; they derive their powers from the people who live there. The purpose of the Constitution was to create a federal government of limited powers -- powers that had been delegated to it by the states."
The last sentence, "The purpose of the Constitution was to create a federal government of Limited Powers," is key. The unmitigated power grab of recent years is the complete opposite of what is outlined in the Constitution. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to prevent the government from trampling on natural inalienable rights such as free speech, worship, self defense, and privacy. The tenth amendment insures that the Constitution itself would affirm that the powers not delegated to the feds were retained by the states or the people. It was conceived and written in a way that is timeless and its intent was to protect personal freedom from those in government that have a lust for power to impose their will on the people who sent them there. In short, Our Constitution tells government what it cannot do to us, not what it can.
Unfortunately, many of our elected officials either cannot comprehend that, or they flat out ignore it. Thus in wake of the tragic mass shootings, our Second Amendment rights are under the most concentrated assault in my lifetime. The Second Amendment expressly prohibits the infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It also permits us to defend ourselves in the event that police cannot or will not, and bear in mind police are not required to do so, and it also gives us the right to maintain enough firepower to deflect any attempt to infringe on any of our natural inalienable rights, including a tyrannical government.
There is a lot of emotional debate going on about gun control and some in government are bound and determined to do something. However, many simply want to use these debates to further justify their agenda by invoking coercive power in order to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens due to the actions of a few crazies that are among us. Plus they offer the ultimate slap in the face of the American people with the most cowardly action possible, exempting themselves from the very laws they intend to hold us to. This is completely unacceptable.
Let me end by saying that the American People will not sit idly by while our most scared document to our country is shredded either due to inability to comprehend it, or by the blatant disregard for it. I urge all of our elected officials to re-evaluate their oath to defend the Constitution for the United State of America. And if they either cannot or will not uphold that oath, then at least be honorable enough to step down and let someone who will, serve.  

Monterey Park , CA