New Legislation to Prevent Disarmament Terrorism
"Name of Specific Office Holder", In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the Buffalo, NY Massacre and Robb Elementary, it is obvious that the one thing all mass shootings have in common is the cry to alter or abolish the 2nd Amendment. The one thing that has not been tried is the removal of the object of these mass shootings, which is disarmament of the American people in violation of the immutable 2nd Amendment recognizing the God given right of every individual to defend themselves successfully against tyranny or the exercise of power without authority. This bill if passed would make it a crime to use mass shootings as a pretext to alter the law of the land, which is terrorism by presently established definition. Please consider authoring and sponsoring legislation developed along the lines of this BILL TO PREVENT DISARMAMENT TERRORISM found at this link: http://LawfulGovernment.com/stop-disarmament-terrorism-bill.pdf
Reply from State House Rep John Kuempel:
Dear Mr, Avery,
Thank you for contacting Rep. Kuempel with your thoughts on gun reform. Following last month's horrific tragedy at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Speaker of the House Dade Phelan appointed Rep. Kuempel to serve on the Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety. The Select Committee will meet jointly with the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety during the interim to study and discuss efforts to prevent mass violence and increase community safety; specifically, school safety, mental health, social media, police training and firearm safety. The Committees will deliberate charges and issue recommendations on appropriate legislative action to the full House prior to the legislature convening in January 2023.
Rep. Kuempel is eager to get to work as soon as possible to examine strategies that will help prevent all acts of mass violence across our state, not just those limited to our schools, and provide a safer environment for our local communities. In the meantime, if he may be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Chief of Staff
Representative John Kuempel
Reply from Texas US Senator John Cornyn:
Thank you for contacting me regarding federal firearms policy. I appreciate the benefit of your comments on this important matter.
On May 24, 2022, a gunman maliciously took the lives of 21 innocent people, including 19 children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who lost their lives as they grieve such a cruel tragedy. This is an incredibly difficult time for the Uvalde community, Texas, and our Nation. My office is coordinating with federal, state, and local officials to assist the people of Uvalde as they navigate the aftermath of this senseless act of violence.
Like every Texan, I want to prevent violent crime, and this begins with enforcing existing gun laws. The federal government has not adequately enforced the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act (P. L. 110-180), which amended the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This law is supported by organizations ranging from the National Rifle Association to the Brady Campaign and was passed unanimously by Congress in 2008. P.L. 110-180 requires states to submit criminal history and mental health records of individuals who are adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others in order to prevent them from legally purchasing firearms. This includes felons, domestic violence perpetrators, and those who suffer from serious mental illness.
To prevent high-risk individuals from illegally purchasing firearms, federally licensed firearms sellers are required to run an FBI background check through NICS on all individuals who attempt to purchase a firearm. This system relies on the sharing of records by federal agencies and state governments to ensure individuals who are prohibited from possessing a firearm are not able to obtain them. Unfortunately, federal agencies and state governments often fail to upload relevant information to NICS, thereby allowing dangerous individuals and violent criminals to purchase firearms. This failure to share information had tragic consequences in multiple mass-violence events, including Blacksburg, Virginia (2007); Charleston, South Carolina (2015); and Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017). In each of these cases, a dangerous individual who was legally prohibited from purchasing firearms was able to pass a NICS Background Check, because criminal or mental health records were not uploaded to the system.
I introduced the bipartisan Fix NICS Act (S. 2135; 115th Congress), which was signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (P. L. 115-141). This legislation helps prevent future tragedies and ensure the integrity of our criminal background check system. P.L. 115-141 requires federal agencies and states to produce NICS implementation plans to upload all information to the background check system showing that a person is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms under current law. Federal agencies are held accountable if they fail to upload relevant records to the background check system through public reporting and prohibiting bonus pay for political appointees. P.L. 115-141 rewards states who comply with NICS implementation plans through federal grant preferences and incentives. Since the Fix NICS Act was signed into law in 2018, more than eleven million new records have been added to the NICS databases. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to build upon the continued success of this law to ensure missing records don't put more innocent lives at risk.
We can also reduce violent crime and mass shootings by taking steps to strengthen our broken mental health system. On August 5, 2015, I introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002; 114th Congress), which was later signed into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-255). This law enhances the ability of local communities to identify and treat potentially dangerous, mentally ill individuals. The law includes reforms to increase the use of treatment-based alternatives for mentally ill offenders, and improve crisis response and prevention by state and local law enforcement officials. The bill was endorsed by a diverse group of organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Association of Police Organizations.
On October 23, 2019, I introduced the RESPONSE Act (S. 2690; 116th Congress), which included a number of provisions to prevent mass attacks and make our communities safer. This legislation would create nationwide task forces to investigate and prosecute those who are illegally selling firearms, and those attempting to buy firearms who provide false statements as part of a background check. In addition, this bill would improve the quality and availability of mental health care by expanding assisted outpatient treatment and increasing access to crisis intervention teams. Furthermore, the RESPONSE Act would increase safety for students and teachers by promoting best practices and internet safety policies to help schools better identify and assess students whose behavior indicates a threat of violence. Finally, this legislation encourages online platforms to share information with law enforcement concerning acts of mass violence, hate crimes, or domestic terrorism. While this bill was unfortunately not enacted during the 116th Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues to prevent violent crime during the 117th Congress.
Like you, I am outraged by mass shootings and the senseless destruction of lives. As your Senator, I am committed to focusing on the root causes of mass violence, fully enforcing current law, and addressing improvements to mental health care in America. I will continue to push for effective solutions that protect communities while preserving our constitutional rights.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. I recognize we have differing opinions on this important matter, but I hope you will continue to share your views with me regarding issues of importance to you. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
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Reply From Senator Ted Cruz:
Dear Mr. Avery,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the school shooting in Uvalde. Input from fellow Texans significantly informs my decision-making and empowers me to better represent the state.
May 24, 2022, was a dark day in our nation’s history. The act of absolute evil which took place at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, shocked every American. The depraved shooter senselessly murdered 19 innocent children and 2 of their teachers on that dark day. We have seen far too many of these shootings; no parent should have to bear the pain of burying their child.
In the Senate, I have led on a number of legislative issues to keep schools safe from violence and also to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Earlier this Congress, I reintroduced the School Security Enhancement Act (S. 45), which would allow local school districts to use Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) federal block grant funding to enhance school safety infrastructure, install security technology, and hire school resource officers. This legislation would give local school districts more flexibility in how they use SSAE funds in ways that best fit each school’s unique circumstances.
I have also proposed and supported several measures that would help prevent gun violence without punishing law-abiding citizens. For example, Senator Charles Grassley and I first proposed the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act in 2013 as an amendment to another bill. We have since proposed this legislation in several Congresses, including the 117th Congress (S. 1775). Grassley-Cruz, as this measure is commonly called, strengthens penalties for gun crimes, improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and provides additional funding for school-safety measures. When the Senate voted on Grassley-Cruz in 2013, it received the support of a bipartisan majority in the Senate but Democrats successfully blocked it from passing by insisting on a 60-vote passage requirement. I also cosponsored the STOP School Violence Act (S. 2495), which was enacted as part of the FY 2018 appropriations bill (P.L. 115-141). This legislation provided crucial grant funding to schools across the country for important safety equipment and training
A number of Texans have written about the law enforcement response in Uvalde. I understand that both the Texas Department of Safety (DPS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are currently conducting investigations into what happened and the police response. The public, especially those who lost loved ones, deserve to know what transpired. It is vitally important that all of the facts are brought to light in order to prevent another tragedy like this from ever happening again
Preventing gun violence, particularly against innocent children, is a matter of critical concern, and I believe it is fully possible to do it in a way that does not violate our Constitution or take away the rights of law-abiding citizens. I look forward to working to preserve Americans' Second Amendment rights and keep Americans safe, and I will continue to advocate for legislation in the Senate that does the same
Thank you again for sharing your views with me. Please feel free to contact me in the future about any issue important to you or your family. It is an honor to serve you and the people of Texas.
United States Senator
Reply From President Joe Biden:
Dear Mr. Avery,
Thank you for writing to me about gun violence in America—an epidemic that has plagued our Nation for far too long.
We have seen mass murders in places where we live, learn, work, and pray. We have seen far too many lives lost to community violence and suicide by firearm. Gun violence is a stain on our character as a Nation, and we must do everything we can to save lives.
My first priority is to protect the American people, and I will use every resource at my disposal—consistent with our Nation’s laws and the Second Amendment—to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe from gun violence. That is why I have taken action to rein in the proliferation of homemade and modified guns, collect more data about firearms trafficking, and help states keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. I am also implementing a zero-tolerance policy for rogue firearms dealers who willfully violate federal laws, and I am pushing for more investment to help address and prevent gun violence in local communities.
My Administration is taking action, but we need Congress to act, too. Common-sense bills that require background checks and close loopholes have already passed the House of Representatives, and I am urging the Senate to send those bills to my desk. I have also called on Congress to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines and to repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.
This isn’t a partisan issue. Most responsible gun owners will tell you that they support reasonable reforms, and that they—along with the vast majority of the American people—believe that anyone who tries to purchase a gun should have to go through a background check.
Our country has lost too many lives to the gun violence epidemic, and it is in our power to stop it. I will not stop fighting until we do.
It is obvious that "representatives" at all levels do not understand the problem nor the reason for the increased mass shootings and they use the language of Disarmament Terrorists.
Or they are the problem. Disarmament is the Object and Motive of all mass shootings that have no other clear motive.
It is obvious that "representatives" at all levels do not understand the problem nor the reason for the increased mass shootings and they use the language of Disarmament Terrorists. Or they are the problem. Disarmament is the Object and Motive of all mass shootings that have no other clear motive.