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Patrick Leahy's mealy mouthed letter warning Vermonters of imminent betrayal.

Want to see how the head of the Judiciary committee really feels about the Bill of Rights? Enjoy the canned letter from a tyrant.

Dear name withheld:

Thank you for contacting me about preventing gun violence in the United States. Since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I have heard from parents, grandparents, veterans, doctors, teachers,hunters, children, and many others - all expressing their belief that our laws relating to gun violence need to be improved ,and urging Congress to act. I have also heard from Vermonters, like you, who are concerned that new legislation could interfere with our Second Amendment rights.

I grew up hunting in Vermont and am still an avid target shooter. I
value our Second Amendment rights, and the Supreme Court has
definitively affirmed an individual's right to bear arms. But like all of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution, that Second Amendment right is not absolute.

I agreed with Justice Scalia when he wrote in the Supreme Court's District of Columbia v. Heller decision that the Second Amendment does not prohibit reasonable regulations. The factors underlying the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, are complex, and involve a host of issues relating to mental health treatment,firearms policy, and school safety.

One thing that I am especially concerned about is the role that mental health records play in the purchasing of firearms. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is an FBI database that is intended to provide licensed sellers with a quick and easy way to determine if, among other things, a buyer has a history of mental illness. In 2007, I worked with a bipartisan group of senators and representatives to pass the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. I have supported strong funding for this law and will continue to do so and encourage state and local officials to play their important role in making the NICS database as complete as possible.

I believe there are other things that we can do to prevent gun
violence, as well. To this end, I chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on January 30th, titled "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?" We heard from experts on both sides of the issue, who expressed a wide variety of opinions. I invite you to watch a webcast of the hearing, and to read my statement on gun violence, by going to www.judiciary.senate.gov , clicking on "Hearings", and selecting the January 30th hearing.

I very much hope that the Senate will come together on this important
issue and pass legislation to combat gun violence, while still
preserving the Second Amendment rights that Vermonters cherish. Thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch.

United States Senator

What do you all think of that little gem? I stand in reticent anger at the arrogance of Leahy and the rest of the World Crashers in DC... Our time must be getting short to try and sell us this line. Be prepared this law is going to be placed in front of us in direct violation of the Constitution just to see what, if anything, we will do to stop them. I greatly fear words alone are soon to fail us in protecting our most basic freedom.