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#1 Smittyp83

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:43 PM

Here's an email I just sent off to Rep Keith Farnham (Elgin area)....

Dear Congressman,

I recently suffered a back injury which, for the time being, has dramatically limited my mobility and my ability to walk at a normal pace. At times, I have to use a cane for support when standing.

Until this injury, I felt reasonably comfortable that I would not be looked at as a "soft target" by those who would be inclined to rob or attack someone. I was confident that, if needed, I could at least put up a good fight.

However, now things are different. With my slow gait, cane in hand and deliberate movements, I am obviously a target for would-be thugs or thieves.

Since you voted "No" on HB-0148, the Family and Personal Protection Act, I would like you to please explain to me how I can defend myself, my wife or my daughters in my current condition.

Or, is it your position that I simply submit to those attackers and hope that a police officer happens to be driving by at the exact moment I am being beaten or my wife or daughters are being raped and can thwart such an attack?

I would truley like to hear your response.


If I get a response, I will post it here (after I get over my shock, of course!)
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:06 PM

I'm looking forward to the response [if any]. well written email :headbang1:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:25 PM

I was at the town hall where Farnham was speaking last year. He gave me the impression that he felt carrying a gun is unnecessary because he himself never felt the need to carry one.

Some folks at the meeting were supposed to follow up with him, but I'm not sure you can convince him to change his mind. That's the warm fuzzy feeling I got from him.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

If I get a response, I will post it here (after I get over my shock, of course!)


Great email. Let us know if he responds. But most likely, you'll just go on his "ignore" list, because he cannot come up with any rational response to that email, other than saying "I've changed my mind. :D You're right!". (As I continue to wait for heck to freeze over.)
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:28 PM

You won't get a response. Antis are incapable of answering such straight forward and unself serving questions.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

Why not go to his office and meet him face to face?
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

Mr. Sand,

Sorry I did not get a chance to meet with you. Had you made an appointment, we would have had a chance to talk. My challenges with conceal and carry are not typical and those that lobby on your behalf have yet to answer my questions. Also, let me correct you. I do not have a security detail. Thank you for your email.

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here is the response I got from Will Davis after 12 emails. One a day.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:48 AM

Mr. Sand,

Sorry I did not get a chance to meet with you. Had you made an appointment, we would have had a chance to talk. My challenges with conceal and carry are not typical and those that lobby on your behalf have yet to answer my questions. Also, let me correct you. I do not have a security detail. Thank you for your email.

Will Davis

here is the response I got from Will Davis after 12 emails. One a day.

So when is your appointment?
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:53 AM

What "challenges"??? 49 states have concealed carry, what could possibly be an unanswered challenge or question at this point?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:54 AM

It was last Wednesday when I was in Springfield, but he was in "committee meetings" He never responded when I called or emailed to schedule a meeting. So in the last email, I asked for an appointment when he is in Harvey.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:55 AM

It was last Wednesday when I was in Springfield, but he was in "committee meetings" He never responded when I called or emailed to schedule a meeting. So in the last email, I asked for an appointment when he is in Harvey.

Ask him to meet you at your nearest range.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:06 AM

Great idea. I will ask him to meet me at Chuck's off Indiana and 144th. He hasn't responded to my last email. I am still waiting to here what these "challenges" are.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:20 AM

I just sent him an email asking if he can meet Saturday at Chuck's at 9am. I will let you know if I hear anything back.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:07 AM

Lol take him shooting, either it will sell him or he will want to ban everything!

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:31 AM

Lol take him shooting, either it will sell him or he will want to ban everything!

I've always had good results taking someone who never shot before.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:48 PM

Why not go to his office and meet him face to face?



Up until about two weeks ago, our offices were in the same building, one floor apart. I've gone in there many times and have even cornered him in the elevator to talk about it. It never seems to make a difference.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:55 PM

So I got a response from Rep Farnham's office - it started off with "Thank you for contacting me regarding HB-0148...."

I'll bet you can guess where it went from there. Standard canned response letter. In fact, I think I got the same letter when I contacted him about supporting 148 last year.

Of course, he didn't answer my question (since it was a form letter) but he did say that he supported keeping FOID info private.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:13 PM

So I got a response from Rep Farnham's office - it started off with "Thank you for contacting me regarding HB-0148...."

I'll bet you can guess where it went from there. Standard canned response letter. In fact, I think I got the same letter when I contacted him about supporting 148 last year.

Of course, he didn't answer my question (since it was a form letter) but he did say that he supported keeping FOID info private.


Here is the audio of an interview that WD had on 03/02/12 on WGN radio. Listen to it and hear his rationale for the registration bill is all about. I will reserve comment until later.

http://www.wgnradio....5917064.mp3file

Edited by Thanks2macdonald, 15 March 2012 - 03:14 PM.