Michael Bishop: New Gun Bill Violates States Rights

My good friend, respected teacher, and award-winning  author of a number of books,  Michael Bishop, who lost his son Jamie to the mass murderer who took 32 lives at Virginia Tech in 2007,  is urging us to contact our U.S. senators and urge them to vote against an amendment that will allow people to carry concealed weapons from one state into another.

Michael and Jeri Bishop at their son Jamie's memorial stone, Virginia Tech, Virginia

Michael and Jeri Bishop at their son Jamie's memorial stone, Virginia Tech, Virginia

He said proponents claim this is a states rights measure, when it is just the opposite.  It would mean that a federal law would override state laws on concealed weapons.

“The gun lobby is attempting to force our communities to permit untrained and dangerous individuals from other states to carry loaded, hidden handguns in public,” Michael writes.   

He also says, “Legislation has now been introduced as Amendment No. 1618 to the defense authorization bill (S. 1390) by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and the Senate will vote on it on Monday evening, July 20.”

He says the Senate will vote on it Monday so you need to call your Senator now.  It doesn’t matter that it is the weekend; you can leave a message on his or her answering machine. It’s numbers that count.

“If you are a Georgian, please call both Senator Saxby Chambliss (202-224-3521) and Senator Johnny Isakson (202-224-3643) and urge them to stand up to the gun lobby on this issue, at least, and to prove that they are not entirely in its pocket. Let them do something to promote the safety of all this nation’s citizens and not simply to appease that portion of the gun crowd that thinks carrying in bars and volatile athletic venues, among other places, is just hunky-dory. If you live in another state, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your own senators.”

I called my senators.

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