Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:28 PM
To: 'Rep. Brian Kelsey - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Chad Faulkner - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Dennis Roach'; 'Rep. Eddie Bass - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Eric Watson - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Gary Odom'; 'Rep. Harry Tindell'; 'Rep. Henry Fincher - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Janis Sontany - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Joe Armstrong'; 'Rep. Johnny Shaw'; 'Rep. Jon Lundberg - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Judd Matheny'; 'Rep. Karen Camper - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Kent Coleman - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Lois DeBerry'; 'Rep. Michael Harrison'; 'Rep. Mike Stewart - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Rep. Steve McDaniel'; 'Rep. Vance Dennis - House Judiciary Committee'; 'Sen. Bo Watson'; 'Sen. Dewayne Bunch'; 'Sen. Doug Overbey'; 'Sen. Mike Faulk'; 'Senator Beverly Marrero'; 'Senator Charlotte Burks'; 'Senator Diane Black'; 'Senator Doug Jackson'; 'Senator Jamie Woodson'; 'Senator Jim Kyle'; 'Senator Mae Beavers'; 'Senator Mark Norris'; 'Senator Paul Stanley'
Cc: Phil Bredesen - Governor of the State of Tennessee
Subject: Bredesen and "Guns in Parks" bill
Dear Tennessee Senators, Representatives, and Staff:
I am writing to inform you, again, that I expect you to take action to see to it that the Guns in Parks bill passes with language that recognizes my Second Amendment right to carry, lawfully, my personal defense weapon WHEREVER I may go.
To do otherwise, i.e., not pass this bill or pass it with any restricting amendments, is a clear indicator that you are not a supporter of our Constitution or Bill of Rights, which by the way does not grant anything, but instead recognizes a pre-existing right. The Second Amendment is not an authorization of citizens’ rights but is, instead, a restriction on government’s ability to abridge those rights.
Placing restrictions on this bill indicates that you are pre-judging, pre-convicting me and others of a crime we have not committed.
I will ensure I compare the voting records for this and the “Guns in Restaurants” bill, and I will not only vote accordingly, I will actively lobby against those who presume to restrict, abridge, or impede my rights. There are many other service members who might be considering Tennessee as a future home.
Please vote for this bill, and do not allow Bredesen to manipulate you.
Who chose Tennessee as a residence ……..
--PERTINENT QUOTES ---
1. I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house with me, I said I did. She said 'Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!' To which I said, "Of course it's loaded; it can't work without bullets!" She then asked 'Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house [ presence ]?' My reply was, 'No not at all. I am not afraid of my house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around and they are all loaded too.' To which I'll add, having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank. [ And as police reports document all too well, there have been occurrences where someone entered a restaurant and started shooting, and all the disarmed victims suffered the consequences of obeying a mis-guided government edict. ]
Anonymous [ and modified by CarlS ]
2. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good man is a danger only to the bad man.
Still supporting and defending the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, as required by
TITLE 5 PART III Subpart B CHAPTER 33 SUBCHAPTER II Â§ 3331 and TITLE 10 Subtitle A PART II CHAPTER 31 Â§ 502