Saturday, September 10, 2016

Courtney Distorts Heller, Seeks to Destroy 2nd Amendment

This letter was recently sent to a friend of mine out Norwich way.  This is just one excellent example of why we must unseat him and every Democrat in Congress.  They take an oath to uphold the Constitution, yet they break that oath.  They even go so far as disregard the findings of the Supreme Court and to distort and pervert the words of some of our finest jurists, in this case, Antonin Scalia.

Every effort must be made to elect Daria Novak and other candidates who will not break their oaths, but will fulfill them with the utmost diligence and fervor.  Vote Novak for Congress.



Dear Ms. Xxxxxx,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns with the debate over gun safety legislation in Congress. I know that this issue is important to you, and I appreciate the chance to share my views with you. 


Over the last few years, we have seen innocent Americans killed in schools, churches, movie theaters, dance clubs, and even military installations. Many states, including Connecticut, have been hit hard by these tragedies. While every incident is different, they often expose many areas of needed common sense reform – such as improving mental health services in our communities, tightening up our background check systems, and closing the gaping loopholes that allow powerful weapons to get into the hands of those who many Americans agree should not have them.
I appreciate your concern about protecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. I agree, and believe that Congress can address this debate in a measured and bipartisan way if given the opportunity to find common ground. While we cannot prevent every tragedy from occurring, I firmly believe that it is our responsibility to act in a responsible way when these events expose shortcomings in our laws. It is the lack of action that I, many of my colleagues in Congress, and a growing portion of the American public are increasing frustrated with – particularly given the many areas of bipartisan agreement that could be acted on today.
It is important to note that even in upholding the constitutional rights of responsible gun owners, the United States Supreme Court has also upheld the ability of our government to place restrictions on the use and sale of firearms. For example, in his majority opinion in the District of Columbia v. Heller case, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia emphasized the following:
     "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited [...] nothing in our opinion should be      taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws      forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing      conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."
I agree with Justice Scalia's opinion, and believe that there are a number of constructive and balanced ways to protect our communities and the rights of law-abiding gun owners. While we may not agree on every proposal moving forward, please know that I will keep your strong views in mind as Congress continues to debate this issue in the future.
  
Sincerely,


JOE COURTNEY
Member of Congress

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