Dear Senator Warner (and Kaine),
I respectfully ask that you decline to sign the letter currently being circulated by your fellow Senator Dianne Feinstein urging President Obama to use his Executive Authority to ban import of certain classes of firearms in common usage. Senator Feinstein attempts to portray these firearms as not suited for a sporting purpose. I disagree. These firearms are commonly used in many sporting events throughout the country, such as 3 Gun Competition. Also, as has been shown time and time again, banning a firearm based on its cosmetic features accomplishes nothing. Senator Feinstein seems to believe that these imports are fueling the drug violence in Mexico through smuggling. I struggle to understand how an international crime syndicate, who is capable of acquiring hand grenades, rocket launchers, and military grade weaponry from arms dealers around the world, or capable of acquiring the weapons needed from government armories or corrupt soldiers, needs civilian firearms to supplement their arsenal in any meaningful way.
Senator Feinstein's arguments do not withstand careful scrutiny, and far more real evidence is needed before making an end-run around the Congress's authority to legislate and using Executive Action to go against the will of the United States People as expressed through their elected representatives such as yourself.
About the Author
Woody is a 10 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US.