Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: It's time we declare war on AB 1934

  1. #1
    Anti-Saldana Freedom Fighter bigtoe416's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,748

    Post imported post

    Since we've lost a couple of battles thus far in the war to prevent AB 1934 from going into effect, I propose that we initiate an all-out war to win the hearts and minds of the people of this great state. If we each can write one good letter discussing the ridiculousness that is AB 1934, we can send our letters to every newspaper in this state to be printed as a letter to the editor. Thus far, the media has been quite interested in open carry, so we have little reason to believe that they will reject a letter from a person who open carries who feels passionately about our rights and freedoms.

    If you live in the area where one of the below newspapers is distributed, consider sitting down for an hour and writing up a passionate, well-written letter to send in. Feel free to post any drafts here prior to sending it in for any spelling/grammar/argument improvements.

    Please always include your name, address, and phone number when submitting a letter to the editor as most newspapers will want to contact you prior to publication. Here is a brief article on what newspapers look for in a letter: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl.../diaznotes.dtl

    Email/web addresses have been verified. Fax numbers and physical addresses have not.

    Antelope Valley Press
    44939 10th Street, West
    Lancaster, CA 93537
    Fax: 661-947-4870
    letters@avpress.com

    Bakersfield Californian
    PO Box 440
    Bakersfield, CA 93302
    Fax: 661-395-7380
    opinion@bakersfield.com

    Chico Enterprise Record
    PO Box 9
    Chico, CA 95927
    Fax: 530-342-3617
    letters@chicoer.com
    (fewer than 250 words)
    http://www.chicoer.com/letters

    Contra Costa Times
    PO Box 5088
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Fax: 925-933-0239
    ccnletters@bayareanewsgroup.com
    (fewer than 200 words)
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/letters

    Desert Sun
    PO Box 2734
    Palm Springs, CA 92263
    Fax: 760-778-4654
    (fewer than 200 words, online form only)
    http://www.mydesert.com/letters

    Fresno Bee
    1626 E Street
    Fresno, CA 93786
    Fax: 559-441-6499
    (fewer than 200 words, online form only)
    http://www.fresnobee.com/email/

    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    PO Box 4000
    Ontario, CA 91761
    Fax: 909-948-9038
    letters@inlandnewspapers.com
    http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinions

    La Opinion
    700 S. Flower St., Suite 3100
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Fax: 213-896-2171
    (this is a Spanish newspaper, so your letter should be in Spanish)
    editorial@impremedia.com

    Long Beach Press Telegram
    PO Box 230
    Long Beach, CA 90844
    Fax: 562-499-1277
    speakout@presstelegram.com
    https://secure.http://www.presstelegram.com/letters

    Los Angeles Daily News
    PO Box 4200
    Woodland Hills, CA 91365
    Fax: 818-713-3723
    dnforum@dailynews.com
    http://www.dailynews.com/opinions#letter_form

    Los Angeles Times
    202 W. 1st St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Fax: 213-237-7968
    letters@latimes.com
    OC edition: ocletters@latimes.com
    http://www.latimes.com/services/site...2859.htmlstory

    Marin Independent Journal
    PO Box 6150
    Novato, CA 94948
    Fax: 415-883-5458
    opinion@marinij.com
    http://www.marinij.com/letters

    Merced Sun Star
    3033 G Street
    Merced, CA
    Fax: 209-385-2460
    (online form only)
    http://www.mercedsunstar.com/284

    Modesto Bee
    PO Box 5256
    Modesto, CA 95352
    Fax: 209-578-2207
    (online form only)
    http://www.modbee.com/2007/02/12/135...he-editor.html

    Monterey County Herald
    PO Box 271
    Monterey, CA 93942
    Fax: 831-372-8401
    mheditor@montereyherald.com
    http://www.montereyherald.com/contact (halfway down)

    Napa Valley Register
    PO Box 150
    Napa, CA 94555
    Fax: 707-224-3963
    (800 word limit)
    http://www.napavalleyregister.com/app/pages/vn/opinion/

    North County Times
    207 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
    Escondido, CA 92025 Fax:
    760-745-3769
    letters@nctimes.com
    http://www.nctimes.com/app/forms/letters/

    Oakland Tribune
    PO Box 28884
    Oakland, CA 94604
    Fax: 510-208-6477
    (online form only)
    http://www.insidebayarea.com/feedback/tribune

    Orange County Register
    PO Box 11626
    Santa Ana, CA 92711
    Fax: 714-796-3657
    (200 word limit)
    letters@ocregister.com
    http://www.ocregister.com/sections/opinion/ (halfway down)

    Redding Record Searchlight
    PO Box 492397
    Redding, CA 96049
    Fax: 530-225-8212
    (online form only)
    http://web.redding.com/forms/editorial/letters.html

    Riverside Press Enterprise
    PO Box 792
    Riverside, CA 92502
    Fax: 909-368-9024
    letters@pe.com
    http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/letters_form.html

    Sacramento Bee
    PO Box 15779
    Sacramento, CA 95852
    Fax: 916-321-1996
    oped@sacbee.com
    http://www.sacbee.com/2006/09/07/196...he-editor.html

    San Bernardino County Sun
    2239 Gannett Pkwy.
    San Bernardino, CA 92401
    Fax: 909-885-8159
    voice@inlandnewspapers.com
    http://www.sbsun.com/opinions

    San Diego Union Tribune
    PO Box 120191
    San Diego, CA 92112
    Fax: 619-293-5081
    letters@uniontrib.com
    http://obituaries.signonsandiego.com...ers/index.html

    San Francisco Chronicle
    901 Mission St.
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Fax: 415-543-7708
    (online form only)
    http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/submissions/#1

    San Francisco Examiner
    450 Mission St., Fifth Floor San
    Francisco, CA 94105 Fax:
    415-359-2766
    (fewer than 150 words preferred)
    letters@sfexaminer.com

    San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    PO Box 1259
    Covina, CA 91722
    Fax: 626-856-2758
    (100 word limit, online form only)
    http://www.sgvtribune.com/writealetter

    San Jose Mercury News
    750 Ridder Park Drive San
    Jose, CA 95190
    Fax: 408-271-3792
    letters@mercurynews.com
    (fewer than 150 words)
    http://www.mercurynews.com/letters (bottom of page)

    San Luis Obispo Tribune
    PO Box 112
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
    Fax: 805-781-7870
    letters@thetribunenews.com
    (fewer than 200 words)
    http://www.sanluisobispo.com/182/index.html

    San Mateo County Times
    PO Box 5400
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    Fax: 650-348-4446
    (fewer than 250 words)
    http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-contact-us

    Santa Cruz County Sentinel
    PO Box 638
    Santa Cruz, CA 95061
    Fax: 831-429-9620
    (fewer than 150 words)
    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/submitletters

    Santa Maria Times
    PO Box 400
    Santa Maria, CA 93456
    Fax: 805-928-5657
    (fewer than 250 words)
    http://www.santamariatimes.com/app/submit-letter/

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
    PO Box 910
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402
    Fax: 707-521-5305
    letters@pressdemocrat.com
    (fewer than 200 words)
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/section/opinion02

    Stockton Record
    PO Box 900 Stockton,
    CA 95201
    Fax: 209-547-8186
    editor@recordnet.com
    (fewer than 250 words)
    http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.d...ry=A_OPINION05

    Torrance Daily Breeze
    PO Box 2982
    Torrance, CA 90509 Fax:
    310-540-6272
    letters@dailybreeze.com
    (fewer than 300 words)
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/letters

    Ventura County Star
    Po Box 6711
    Ventura, CA 93006
    Fax: 805-650-2950
    letters@vcstar.com
    (fewer than 300 words)
    http://www.vcstar.com/contact/ (a quarter of the way down)

  2. #2
    Anti-Saldana Freedom Fighter bigtoe416's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,748

    Post imported post

    Here's my first draft. It weighs in at 262 words.

    Freedom lovers, a bill currently in the state assembly, AB 1934, is threatening to castrate the “bear” portion of the second amendment for all Californians. As useful as a firearm is at home, we should not idly stand by and allow our civil rights to erode any further. This is a final impassioned act of desperation, a final plea to prevent further injury to the people of California, a plea I hope you hear.

    Our state's constitution places tremendous importance on its people's rights and freedoms, so much so, that the very first section deals exclusively with our rights. Section one of this section speaks of defending life as well as defending property. Surely the constructors of our constitution didn't envision that victims would be defending their life and limb with their bare fists all while a criminal wields a firearm! Our ability to defend life and protect property are inalienable, so we must reasonably conclude that we have a right to properly defend and protect. The Attorney General's report on homicide in 2008 states that firearms were used in over 70 percent of homicides. Another report on crime in California in 2008 showed that over 31 percent of robberies were performed with a firearm. The conclusions here are readily obvious, despite the California Constitution not explicitly mentioning the right to keep and bear arms, the ability to arm oneself
    with a firearm is required to defend life and protect personal property.

    Please spread the word regarding this issue and tell your representatives in Sacramento that they should vote against AB 1934.


  3. #3
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    52

    Post imported post

    bigtoe416 wrote:
    Here's my first draft. It weighs in at 262 words.

    Freedom lovers, a bill currently in the state assembly, AB 1934, is threatening to castrate the “bear” portion of the second amendment for all Californians. As useful as a firearm is at home, we should not idly stand by and allow our civil rights to erode any further. This is a final impassioned act of desperation, a final plea to prevent further injury to the people of California, a plea I hope you hear.

    Our state's constitution places tremendous importance on its people's rights and freedoms, so much so, that the very first section deals exclusively with our rights. Section one of this section speaks of defending life as well as defending property. Surely the constructors of our constitution didn't envision that victims would be defending their life and limb with their bare fists all while a criminal wields a firearm! Our ability to defend life and protect property are inalienable, so we must reasonably conclude that we have a right to properly defend and protect. The Attorney General's report on homicide in 2008 states that firearms were used in over 70 percent of homicides. Another report on crime in California in 2008 showed that over 31 percent of robberies were performed with a firearm. The conclusions here are readily obvious, despite the California Constitution not explicitly mentioning the right to keep and bear arms, the ability to arm oneself
    with a firearm is required to defend life and protect personal property.

    Please spread the word regarding this issue and tell your representatives in Sacramento that they should vote against AB 1934.
    This great to see and really encouraging! The whole "final desperate act" thing, weakens your position, a little, maybe.
    I think the first paragraph hits more square without the last sentence, to be honest.

    Other than that,
    this is really cool,
    in my cool opinion
    Great idea!

    Joe Cool

  4. #4
    Anti-Saldana Freedom Fighter bigtoe416's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,748

    Post imported post

    Submitted this letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, weighs in at 199 words. A shorter haiku version would read,

    Bad Ammiano,
    AB Nineteen thirty-four
    My rights, I implore!

    Anyway, here's the letter.

    ----

    San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano has coauthored AB 1934, which seeks to further limit civil rights of all Californians -- the right to bear arms.

    California’s constitution places tremendous importance on its people's rights and freedoms, so much so that the first article deals exclusively with our rights. Section one of this article speaks of defending life and defending property. Surely the constructors of our constitution didn't envision that victims would be defending their life and limb with their bare fists all while a criminal wields a firearm! Our ability to defend life and protect property are inalienable, so we must reasonably conclude that we have a right to properly defend and protect.

    The Attorney General's report on homicide in 2008 states that firearms were used in over 70 percent of homicides. Another report on crime in California in 2008 showed that over 31 percent of robberies were performed with a firearm. The conclusions here are readily obvious, despite the California Constitution not explicitly mentioning the right to keep and bear arms, the ability to arm oneself with a firearm is required to defend life and protect personal property.

    Please tell all your state representatives to vote against AB 1934.

  5. #5
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    2

    Post imported post

    This is a continuing battle for all of us. I received a letter from the NRA about this very topic along with AB1810 (requirement to register long guns) and AB2223 (banning the use of lead shot for hunting). If you are not a member of the NRA, I say "shame on you" because you should be. If you are a member you should have received a letter as well. I went online and drafted up a very pleasant emailto Assembly Member Paul Cook about how asinine the whole idea is and what a monumental waste of time and money these laws will be. Please, do the same. I will send a letter to the editor of my local newspaper here in Temecula addressing the same concerns. Keep up the good fight!

  6. #6
    Anti-Saldana Freedom Fighter bigtoe416's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,748

    Post imported post

    Just to update this thread, I was contacted today by the SF Chronicle. The guy asked me where my facts came from and if I indeed did write the letter. I don't know if that means it will be published, but that's my impression.

    What does this tell us?

    What I suggested above ACTUALLY can work. We individually can actually reach audiences without significant effort if we provide newspapers with an intelligent, different viewpoint. If you read the link above which discusses what newspapers look for in a letter to the editor isn't something that parrots what others have heard before. They aren't looking for polite, uninteresting conversation. They're looking for something that slightly challenges people to think about new ideas and perspectives.

  7. #7
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    2

    Post imported post

    This is what I got drafted up so far for my letter to the editor. Please let me know what you think everyone! I anxiously await your critisism and/or suggestions. Thanks.



    A little while back, several Californians figured out that we can lawfully carry an unloaded weapon in plain sight (Unloaded Open Carry or UOC); and started exercising this fantastic right! Who’da thunk? Way to go pushers of the proverbial envelope. Of course, all this open-carry hullabaloo tends to frighten the meek and uninitiated, and it also causes the liberal crowdto roll up a copy of the 2nd Amendment and begin to flog themselves about the head and shoulders with itout ofanguish and frustration. So what is their knee-jerk and predictable response? We exercise our rights, and they introduce AB1934 of course, which would effectively make it illegal to UOC. Remember, this is an unloaded firearm, essentially a paperweight until you put the little projectiles in there.

    I have yet to hear of a law-abiding citizen who was legally UOCing commit a crime with his gun. Hey wait! If I were a criminal with malicious intent, I think maybe it would be a grand idea to carry my firearm in plain sight too. Ludicrous! Wake up people; it’s time for your morning cup of reality. All of us gun owners without criminal records who would like to carry our guns with us are not out to get you, contrary to your popular illusionary belief. Those of us in the military call this mysterious and wonderful phenomenon a “show of force”, and guess what California? It works as a great deterrent! It’s all about prevention, not cure.

    And don’t even get me started on AB1810, which would require us to register all of our long guns. Isn’t there enough bureaucracy and tax money misappropriation going on already? We definitely don’t need this jackassery to deal with too.

    How about it California? Let’s get onboard the Common Sense Express.

  8. #8
    Anti-Saldana Freedom Fighter bigtoe416's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,748

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •