To the Editor:
[Editor's Note: Fillmore citizen Stan Mason wrote a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding pending firearms ratifications with the United Nations. Below is Senator Feinstein’s respond and Mr. Mason’s response]
[Senator Feinstein's Response to Mr. Mason's original letter]
DIANNE FEINSTEIN SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE-CHAIRMAN
CALIFORNIA COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
United states senate WASHINGTON, DC 2051 0-0504
July 23, 2012
Mr. Stan Mason
P0 Box 148
Fillmore, California 93016
Dear Mr. Mason:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns about possible ratification of an international treaty aimed at stemming the proliferation of small arms and light weapons worldwide. I appreciate hearing your views on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond.
I understand you have serious concerns about this proposed treaty. The purpose of the ongoing negotiations is to draft a legally binding treaty on the export, import, and international transfer on conventional weapons. It will not address the personal ownership of guns or gun owners’ rights. The actual drafting of the treaty will take place in 2012.
Please know that I strongly support this process. According to Amnesty International, more than 500,000 people per year are killed with conventional arms, and almost 60% of documented human rights violations have involved the use of small arms and light weapons. Further, the Small Arms Survey estimates that there are more than 875 million firearms in the world today, roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. These numbers help to underscore the fact that a majority of the deaths in conflicts worldwide are small arms-related.
While we do not necessarily agree on this particular issue, please know that your views are important to me, and I will keep them in mind should the Senate discuss ratification of such a treaty.
Again, thank you for writing. I hope that you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Should you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
United States Senator
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[Mr. Mason's response]
17 August 2012
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
I would find it a great pleasure to tell you I appreciated your response to my communication about my serious reservations regarding the pending firearms ratification with the United Nations. I might, if you were only able to convince me by standing with those who are challenging Eric Holder about his part in the proliferation of more dangerous weapons across the border to known criminals and drug traffickers. You would have to promise me you would prosecute all involved who had the slightest knowledge of or part in this travesty. We both know that will not happen.
Your foolish attempt to convince me that this treaty is necessary failed when you used the term conventional weapons. We both know conventional weapons are hand held non-automatic rifles, hand guns, and/or shotguns. This is a blatant attempt to give foreign nations control over the people of a sovereign nation. There is little doubt that you strongly support these actions. You also supported and stood shoulder to shoulder with other brain dead deceivers of the people’s trust when, you voted, by the admonition of Nancy Pelosi, to accept a bill and then find out what was in it.
Along with millions of other Americans, I find this type of foolishness a travesty and a serious dereliction of responsibility to the nation and the pledge you made to our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Stars and Stripes. For you to wear the name of Chairman for the Committee on Intelligence speaks volumes about how far America has fallen from having true patriots in our Congress, our Courts of Law and the Administration as a whole.
You speak at length about how many small arms are in the hands of the populace. Extremely few of the deaths you attribute to small arms were caused by the weapons without a person deliberately pulling the trigger. I am not an illiterate, an illegal resident or a brain washed member of a union that tells me how to vote and think. You are unable to offer me undeserved entitlements to bring me into agreement with your flawed reasoning. The LORD is my Shepherd and I shall not be in need. This includes WISDOM.
It is entirely evident that some in this world are bent on removing the ability of people to defend themselves against the tyranny of Socialism and the end of a free Republic. Many so called leaders around the world are too ignorant to see how this philosophy is failing in all the nations that have adopted this policy. It is also evident that the Department of Homeland Security is that in name only. They have not made our borders more secure. They failed to keep large quantities of ammo out of the possession of James Holmes which was reportedly shipped by public transportation. Whether this was overlooked, ignored or facilitated by Homeland Security to reinforce your position on abandoning the 2nd Amendment will probably never be unveiled. It has become apparent to a great many legal resident Americans that this police force is being built up to protect not our nation but put down any uprising by a nation that desires to maintain it’s sovereignty.
Most sincerely, in the name of our Lord Jesus