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#1 sleepercaprice1

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:42 PM

Below is the email I sent today to my representative, Jim Durkin. If he responds, I will post his reply.

Dear Representative Durkin,

Iím writing to find out if you plan to support the current Family and Personal Protection Act, HB 5745. Iím aware that you were a ďNOĒ to similar legislation, HB 0148 last year. I wrote to you and expressed my feelings about your concerns with mentally unbalanced individuals obtaining and carrying firearms due to this legislation.

As we all know, criminals already are carrying firearms on a daily basis on Illinois streets. Fear of being charged with a firearm violation doesnít seem to deter those who are prepared to engage in much more serious crimes. To deny law abiding citizens the means to effectively protect themselves and their families is truly an injustice. To deny me my right to protect myself because someone else might misuse a weapon is no different than denying me a drivers license because someone else might be a drunk driver.

I urge you to do some soul-searching and decide if you can deny your constituents this basic human right with good conscience.

Thank you,

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:50 PM

Below is the email I sent today to my representative, Jim Durkin. If he responds, I will post his reply.

Dear Representative Durkin,

Iím writing to find out if you plan to support the current Family and Personal Protection Act, HB 5745. Iím aware that you were a ďNOĒ to similar legislation, HB 0148 last year. I wrote to you and expressed my feelings about your concerns with mentally unbalanced individuals obtaining and carrying firearms due to this legislation.

As we all know, criminals already are carrying firearms on a daily basis on Illinois streets. Fear of being charged with a firearm violation doesnít seem to deter those who are prepared to engage in much more serious crimes. To deny law abiding citizens the means to effectively protect themselves and their families is truly an injustice. To deny me my right to protect myself because someone else might misuse a weapon is no different than denying me a drivers license because someone else might be a drunk driver.

I urge you to do some soul-searching and decide if you can deny your constituents this basic human right with good conscience.

Thank you,

VERY WELL WRITTEN! I don't know if that will change Durkin's mind, but some of the fence-sitters might be swayed by that kind of logic.

Great Job!

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:14 PM

Nice. I wish more gun owners were active and engaged like you are Sleeper.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:39 PM

Nice. I wish more gun owners were active and engaged like you are Sleeper.



Thanks for the kind words. I wish I was half as articulate as you, GF. I'm surprised that more gun owners can't grasp the concept that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:08 PM


Nice. I wish more gun owners were active and engaged like you are Sleeper.



Thanks for the kind words. I wish I was half as articulate as you, GF. I'm surprised that more gun owners can't grasp the concept that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".


I agree! If just half the gun owners in Illinois would pull their head out and join the ISRA or write a few letters....

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

I don't write directly to my rep anymore I write his assistant and I say:

I'd like to ask for Mike's help in opposing HBnnnn, HBnnnn, and HBnnnn, and I'd like to ask him to support HBnnnn.

Thanks,


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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:25 PM

Sleeper, very nicely put. I hadn't thought about and especially liked the driver's license analogy. If you don't mind, I'd like to copy this into my archive of contents that I too periodically put in letters, emails, and use as talking points with key reps.

Thanks in advance...
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:09 AM

Below is the email I sent today to my representative, Jim Durkin. If he responds, I will post his reply.

Dear Representative Durkin,

Iím writing to find out if you plan to support the current Family and Personal Protection Act, HB 5745. Iím aware that you were a ďNOĒ to similar legislation, HB 0148 last year. I wrote to you and expressed my feelings about your concerns with mentally unbalanced individuals obtaining and carrying firearms due to this legislation.

As we all know, criminals already are carrying firearms on a daily basis on Illinois streets. Fear of being charged with a firearm violation doesnít seem to deter those who are prepared to engage in much more serious crimes. To deny law abiding citizens the means to effectively protect themselves and their families is truly an injustice. To deny me my right to protect myself because someone else might misuse a weapon is no different than denying me a drivers license because someone else might be a drunk driver.

I urge you to do some soul-searching and decide if you can deny your constituents this basic human right with good conscience.

Thank you,



Great Letter. Mind if I copy it for others to post as well?

Thanks

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:50 AM


Nice. I wish more gun owners were active and engaged like you are Sleeper.



Thanks for the kind words. I wish I was half as articulate as you, GF. I'm surprised that more gun owners can't grasp the concept that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".


Articulate? I was thinking of sending the link below to Ms. Madigan ...


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

I posted this on Rahm's Facebook page:


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:28 AM

Howdy,

Sleeper-just sent 2 emails to Representative Riley( Voted No on HB148), 1 from me & the Mrs. Valinda said to include the wives to make the statement more positive.

I'll be on days next Tuesday, Stop in the WCR for coffee, next week, if you're in Chicago.

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Edited by jkrzos, 16 March 2012 - 06:29 AM.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

Good email. We have to keep up incessant pressure on the antis. Maybe one day they will realize what the 2a means. And Durkin doesnít even have the excuse that heís just doing Madiganís bidding (like the Chicago Dems who bow and scrape to his every whim).
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:04 AM

Great letter and good analagy. I'm thankful that I have a rep and senator who I don't have to write to because they argue for the 2A better than I do Posted Image
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:41 AM

Nice job!
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:11 AM



Nice. I wish more gun owners were active and engaged like you are Sleeper.



Thanks for the kind words. I wish I was half as articulate as you, GF. I'm surprised that more gun owners can't grasp the concept that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".


Articulate? I was thinking of sending the link below to Ms. Madigan ...



I think Kentucky is having an effect. LOL

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:49 PM

I'm also waiting to hear back from Durkin (again). Hopefully the fact that he is picking up more of Will County will cause him to reconsider his stance on concealed carry. His secretary up here in the suburbs, Mary, has always been really pleasant to talk to, but it's tough to gauge from her if he is reconsidering his position. I try to call every few weeks and hope that it helps.

I thought your letter was great.
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ó Jeff Cooper (Art Of The Rifle)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:12 PM

I received a reply from Rep. Durkin today as follows:

Bill- I will give this bill further consideration and I have agreed to meet with the ISRA to talk this through.

Jim Durkin

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:18 PM

I received a reply from Rep. Durkin today as follows:

Bill- I will give this bill further consideration and I have agreed to meet with the ISRA to talk this through.

Jim Durkin


I guess that is better than no reply or even worse, the typical anti reply. Maybe he is seeing the writing on the wall?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:54 PM

Don't forget Laura Reigle is running against him and is pretty solidly pro Right to Carry.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:05 PM

I think Kentucky is having an effect. LOL


Oh yes ... in fact, I've been making friends in the Appalachian region. This guy's story makes me a believer in Bigfoot!



No response is necessary ... I should not hijack this really good thread anymore than I've already done.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:05 PM

I received a reply from Rep. Durkin today as follows:

Bill- I will give this bill further consideration and I have agreed to meet with the ISRA to talk this through.

Jim Durkin

It sounds like maybe the pressure is getting home to him, but really, I read his response as

"Bill- I will give my decision to continue to deny you your rights as guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution some further consideration".

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:03 PM

I agree that the response was about as non-commital as it could possibly be short of saying he is opposed to concealed carry. I did thank him for being open minded and asked again that he consider the fact that criminals are carrying deadly weapons every day while his law abiding constituents remain defenseless.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:15 AM


I received a reply from Rep. Durkin today as follows:

Bill- I will give this bill further consideration and I have agreed to meet with the ISRA to talk this through.

Jim Durkin

It sounds like maybe the pressure is getting home to him, but really, I read his response as

"Bill- I will give my decision to continue to deny you your rights as guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution some further consideration".


Nail, meet hammer.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:45 AM



I received a reply from Rep. Durkin today as follows:

Bill- I will give this bill further consideration and I have agreed to meet with the ISRA to talk this through.

Jim Durkin

It sounds like maybe the pressure is getting home to him, but really, I read his response as

"Bill- I will give my decision to continue to deny you your rights as guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution some further consideration".


Nail, meet hammer.

Never know the ISRA might be it into him :(