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Jul 29, 2004
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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson:

Thank you for contacting me regarding possible firearms legislation in Congress.

I share your concerns because I am a gun owner and, like tens of thousands of Tennesseans, have a carry permit. Like you, I know many law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day for our protection. And we all have families whom we love dearly and whom we want to keep safe from violence.

It is too early to say what gun legislation will move through Congress. The President is pushing Congress to act, as you probably heard him say in his State of the Union Address, saying that each of several different ways to reduce gun violence deserves a vote. He mentioned more background checks, stopping straw purchases of guns for criminals, and keeping our police officers from being outgunned. He said that "Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress." He did not try to tell anyone how to vote.

I think the President is generally on the right track with this approach. More background checks are particularly interesting because the National Rifle Association has supported them in the past, a poll indicates that 74% of current NRA members support them, and the Republican Leader in the House, Rep. Eric Cantor, recently said that background checks need to be stronger. We don't know exactly how many gun sales today involve no background check, but estimates have ranged as high as 40%. Whatever the percentage, allowing gun sales without a background check is like allowing people on airplanes without going through security. Because Republicans schedule all the votes in the House, Cantor's comment could be significant.

The Feinstein bill to ban the future manufacture of certain types of "assault weapons" has received most of the media's attention, but Senator Feinstein has expressed doubts about whether her bill could pass the Senate. House passage would be even more difficult, according to most observers. No one is seriously proposing banning or confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens.

I will do my best to study any pending legislation and to vote in accordance with the U.S. Constitution that I am sworn to uphold, including, of course, the Second Amendment. My guess is that no votes will occur until this summer.

Let's stay in touch as the issue advances. Thanks again for taking the time to share your views with me.


Jim Cooper
Member of Congress


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May 3, 2001
334 people have looked at this post 13 have posted that thay sent the letter. I sincerely hope more have signed and just did not post that they did.
everybody wants to B__T__h and Moan but nobody wants to do anything about it.

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