I got this email today from Senator Rubio
Dear Mr. Allen,
Thank you for writing to me regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I share your concern for the victims of this tragedy.
My heart breaks for the victims and families impacted by this senseless act of violence. In a world that can at times be defined by its darkness, children are a reminder of what is good, cheerful and beautiful about life. An act of violence against these defenseless young people, as well as the faculty and staff who dedicate themselves daily to educating and caring for them, is a deed of unconscionable evil. I pray that God holds Newtown close as the community continues to heal from this tragedy.
In the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy, like millions of Americans, I am looking for public policy changes that might prevent such a horrible event from happening again. I continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to safely and responsibly bear arms. At the same time, I have always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. In light of this horrible tragedy, I am open to new ideas to prevent mass tragedies like this from happening again.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your United States Senator. I appreciate your concern regarding this situation. If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
United States Senator
Emphasis mine on the phrases that worry me.
One, Republicans are not an automatic friend to gun owners. Never forget that.
Two, while Mr. Rubio does not say he’d support gun control, he doesn’t say he won’t, and “In light of” sounds an awful lot like “HOWEVER!” which means there are things that he would consider that you and I might not appreciate.
So, it’s off to write another email asking him to clarify what is and isn’t on the table for him. I have no problems with policies to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and the criminal, but I prefer policies that keep people who are known to be a danger to society away from society rather than trying to ban objects said dangerous people might use.
If you haven’t written Senator Rubio, now is as good of a time as any.