Dear <Congressman/Senator> <Last Name>,
The introduction of a new "Assault Weapon" ban will do little to curb the commission of mass murders, and will impose draconian hardships on otherwise legal owners of certain styles of firearms and ammunition magazines. There is no way that Congress can legislate away evil, and it is evil that caused the horrendous deaths that a new "Assault Weapon" ban seeks to control.
If anything, the nation's mental health treatment system is the bulwark which has the possibility of protecting us from yet another mass murder. That system, unfortunately, is woefully inadequate to provide the kind of outreach and service needed to identify and treat the mentally deranged who are most likely to commit mass murders. Family, friends, and even casual aquaintences of all of the recent mass murders knew there was "something wrong" but did not know what to do about of for the individual. A few had tried to engage the mental health system but found it lacking the resources needed to provide any meaningful intervention and service. This problem must be fixed.
The proposed new "Assault Weapons" ban, as well as the 1994 ban, addressed cosmetic features that made certain firearms "scary" yet did almost nothing to lower the crime rate or reduce the number of deaths or woundings from firearms. Both the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control have reported that the impact of the 1994 "Assault Weapons" ban was statistically insignificant in that regard.
I urge you to reject the notion that Congress can legislate evil away, and ask that you vote against any "Assault Weapons" ban or other bill which would create another form of gun control. There are approximately 2,000 Federal and 20,000+ State/Local firearm laws already on the books. These laws need to be enforced, instead of thinking that "just one more" will magically fix the problems behind the evil that is at the heart of these tragic mass murders.
I will be closely watching your response to any attempt to create further restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.