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Posted: 6/18/2007 1:40:08 PM EDT
I am a Maine resident, and a couple months ago I had written to Rep. Allen (D) about my concerns over HR1022.

Here is his (canned) response.

Thank you for contacting me about the shootings at
Virginia Tech and related gun legislation. I appreciate hearing
from you.

The tragic events at Virginia Tech have left us all stunned
and saddened. My sympathy and prayers are with the families and
friends of the victims. Like others, I am awaiting the results of the
investigation into how this crime unfolded and the motivations
behind it.

As in every case of extreme and seemingly random
violence, the shootings at Virginia Tech raise serious questions. I
believe the root of the problem often lies in young people's
inadequate exposure to and influence from adults who can instill
positive values and provide moral guidance. I believe parental
involvement in the lives of their children and the engagement of
other adults offer the best hope for preventing future tragedies like

The Virginia Tech episode also raises questions about
access to firearms. I believe that law-abiding citizens in this
country have a constitutional right to own guns. In Maine, hunting
is a tradition that is important to Maine people and our economy. I
support the right to bear arms, and I believe in a state's sovereign
right to establish its own gun laws. However, I do support federal
restrictions on the ownership, possession, or use of firearms by
convicted felons, persons arrested for domestic violence, and the
mentally ill.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to do
so on issues important to you.


Tom Allen
Member of Congress
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 1:48:31 PM EDT
I think he missed the part about HR 1022 in your email
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