January 14, 2013
United States Congress
Dear Congressman Welch,
We are pleased that you intend to work with the President and Congress to support legislation that would place restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition clips. We ask that you take an active role in the efforts to achieve sensible gun safety legislation. We ask you, as a respected leader in the House of Representatives, to assume a leadership role on this important issue.
In a recent letter, you said, “In Vermont, we are fortunate not to have experienced gun violence on the scale of Newtown. And we have a long tradition of responsible gun use.” While that may be true, it is no longer enough.
In the week following the shootings in Newtown, the sale of assault weapons in one gun shop in Windsor, Vermont rose from the usual five per week to thirty in one week. There is no rational reason for any private citizen(s) to have assault weapons in his/her home. Relying on good fortune to protect anyone, especially young children, from gun violence is not a “common sense solution” to the need for common sense gun legislation.
We urge the ban on assault weapons be renewed and made permanent. High capacity ammunition magazines, belts, drums, feed strips should be limited to 10 rounds of ammunition. Please support strong funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and encourage state and local officials to improve the inclusion of mental health records in this database.
As our representative, please join the efforts of Gabriel Giffords and support Americans for Responsible Solutions. Stand up to the National Rifle Association, refuse to be intimidated into inaction and we will stand with you and support you.