An open letter to Congressman Keating

Falmouth resident urges Keating to act on anti-automatic weapons bill

Congressman:

I supported you during your campaign in 2010 and have been generally pleased by your actions in office.  You’ve been a solid and responsible Congressman for the past two years.  But it seems to me that you’ve been pretty quiet.  I may have missed it, but I haven’t seen you take on any difficult issues or champion any momentous causes.  In short, I have yet to see you fight the good fight for fundamental reform.

Events of this past week have provided you with an opportunity to change that.  I’m writing to encourage you to sponsor a bill in the House that will eliminate the manufacture and sale of automatic weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.

I presume that the fact that you’re a freshman Congressman facing his first reelection campaign argues against leading such a high profile effort.  In your position, it’s probably natural to play things conservatively;  to leave the risky efforts like the one I’m suggesting until you’ve established a little seniority in the House.

But you shouldn’t wait!  Opportunities to achieve desperately needed reform don’t come around very often.  And I can’t believe that your constituents would view an anti-automatic weapons bill as anything but positive and courageous.  This would help you in your fall campaign!

This is a perfect opportunity to move from the back benches toward the front to do something of immense importance.  Go for it Congressman!

Dave Kent
Falmouth, MA

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