A good republic is one that has active sovereigns involved in the day to day processes of its government. In these troubled times it is more important than ever to keep abreast of what our representatives are working on, and to contact them about issues we care about. It is my hope that we all strive to be better men and women by staying informed and in contact with our legislators.
You can find out who you representatives are at: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
At http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml you can find out all kinds of information about senators, congressmen, and executive branch officials. You can also find out how to contact them there as well.
You can use this website to find your state representatives for issues concerning your state. http://www.votesmart.org/official_state.php
Remember that when you are contacting an elected official, no matter how angry or displeased you are with them, you must address them with some level of civility, or you will not be as effective. It is important that you have fully researched the topic you are writing to them about so that you can keep it short and to the point, and present a more effective argument for your case. In short don’t be an ass. I will write my congressman as an example if wish to see one.
Dear Representative/ Senator (name)
As a military veteran and concerned citizen I take my role as a citizen defender very seriously. I hope and pray that it never comes down to the nation needing to call on the ranks of our citizens to defend the nation, but there are many willing and able.
Over the last few decades, we the people, have seen many of our second amendments infringed upon arbitrarily from time to time. The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 has for too long created a road block for many who wish to obtain ordinary firearms and equipment. Countries that have more restrictive firearms laws even allow sound suppression devices to protect our hearing. Short barreled rifles and shotguns are also clearly not firearms that pose any more of a threat than a normal firearm.
I would also like to address the dire situation that the Hughes amendment, to the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA), has created. This amendment coupled with NFA regulation has created a limited market for machine guns. By creating less of a supply, and a larger demand by increased population, we have effectively priced the common man out of the ability to own one of these firearms. This is a de-facto ban on machne guns, and not only does this threaten our ability to be properly prepared to be citizen defenders, it is clearly a violation of our human right to defend ourselves.
I respect you very much by your record of defending veterans and hope that you would give these issues your attention as, we the people, are sick and tired of finding ourselves with less jobs, less money, and less rights.
This is an example of one that I have submitted. You can use it and change the information around to fit you or write one yourself!