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Dear NRA

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 93042
Des Moines, IA 50393


July 17, 2008


National Rifle Association of America
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dear NRA,

A little over 8 years ago Charlton Heston was quoted as saying “From my cold, dead hands!” when referring to gun rights laws. I know he’s dead now and all, so I was wondering has anyone done this yet? It would seem to me to be a great oversight if no one bothered to take him up on this declaration! After all, if we can’t give due respect to the dead, who can we respect?

Also, recently you have been taking Barack Hussein Obama to task for wanting gun bans. You do realize he is a black man running for President? You might not know this, but there are a lot of idiots with guns out there that don’t like black men or Presidents! I’m just lucky I am a white guy and not running for the Oval Office or I too would want a gun ban!

I’d really like to know your stance is on these issues.


Sincerely,


Christopher L. Jorgensen

 

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National Rifle Association of America
Institute for Legislative Action
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030


August 7, 2008


Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 93042
Des Moines, IA 50393


Dear Mr. Jorgensen,

Thank you for your recent letter.  We are always happy to respond to members, firearm enthusiasts, and any other interested parties.

The right to keep and bear arms is derived from and inseparably linked to the right of self-defense. Thus, by nature it is an individually possessed right, as are all rights protected in our Constitution.


[Manifesto redacted. Read the scans if you care.]


The National Guard, established in 1903, is not the militia referred to in the Second Amendment.  For more than 400 years, the term “well regulated militia” has meant the people, with privately owned weapons, led by officers chosen by themselves.  Tench Coxe said that the militia “are in fact the effective part of the people at large.” Richard Henry Lee said that the militia “are in fact the people themselves.”  George Mason said that the militia consist “of the whole people.”

Thank you again for your letter.  Feel free to contact us at the above address, or at (800) 392-8683 if you have any more questions or comments.

Cordially,

[signed]

Angus McClellan
NRA-ILA Grassroots

 

NRA website: nra.org

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Commentary:

Me reading the letter I sent:

I didn’t want to post this one before the election. Heck, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to post it at all, since I hate giving a soapbox to idiots, but then it dawned on me that this is what this site is all about. If I was going to stop giving stupidity a platform I’d have to quit writing stupids (and quit writing, since most my letters are idiotic).

This said, sorry so much is redacted. While I have principles, I refuse to impose those principles on my typist/editor/girlfriend.

Why do I have a fear this will be my most viewed/commented on post yet?

[Update: twitter user @TimBirch Has informed me that the correct pronunciation of Waples is “Way-pull.” We at jackassletters.com regret the error.]

By Christopher L. Jorgensen

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