I have written many letters to my senator Frank Lautenberg many times about gun issues and I always get the same canned response. What a liberal puke.
The responses are never timely either.
January 31, 2006
Thank you for contacting me about the “Second Amendment Protection
Act of 2005” (S. 1488). I appreciate hearing from you.
Small arms and light weapons are easily concealed, easily
smuggled, and difficult to monitor. Illicit trafficking in small arms and
light weapons threatens not only developing nations experiencing civil
unrest, but American troops engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well. I
take this threat very seriously. Daily, U.S. troops serving in these
countries are targeted by light weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades
(RPGs). RPGs, though incredibly deadly, are easily obtained by
U.S. policy has consistently supported curbing black-market access
to small arms for terrorists and criminal organizations, and raising
other nations’ arms export standards to meet those of the United States.
Accordingly, the U.S. participated in the 2001 United Nations
Conference on the “Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its
Aspects,” which encouraged nations to ensure manufacturers use markings on
their products to enable easier monitoring of illicit transfers. The
program of action agreed to at this conference is not binding on any
Recently I, along with other Senators, sent a letter to Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice asking that she advocate adding strong arms
export criteria to the United Nations Program of Action on the illicit
trade of small arms and light weapons, which will be discussed at the
U.N. in January and July 2006. Despite some progress in combating the
illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons, I believe more
must be done to prevent such transfers that supply terrorist
organizations, fuel deadly conflicts and human rights violations, and inhibit
economic development. While the inclusion of strong, specific arms exports
criteria in a revised United Nations Program of Action is not a panacea,
these criteria would be an important tool to pressure governments to
refrain from exporting arms to deadly conflict zones and U.S.-designated
foreign terrorist organizations.
The “Second Amendment Protection Act,” introduced by Senator David
Vitter (R-LA) in reaction to the U.N. Conference, prohibits payment of
U.S. dues to the U.N. for one fiscal year, unless the President
certifies that the U.N. has not acted to restrict, infringe upon, or tax the
right of Americans to own firearms. In light of the threat caused by
illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons, as well as my deep
concern for the safety of U.S. troops fighting terrorists abroad, I
cannot support measures such as this, which unnecessarily frustrate
international efforts to control and reduce these threats.
While I regret that we disagree on this issue, I am grateful for
your views. Thank you again for your letter.