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Saturday, January 21, 2012

How Not To Win Friends & Influence Legislators

So you know, there's a delegate to the West Virginia House who has introduced legislation that would limit the number of handguns lawful citizens could purchase from a licensed dealer to two in any given month.  Need I mention the fact that the lawmaker - one John Doyle - is a Democrat?  And out of sheer meanness, should I post his photo?

Uh.  Yeah.

Anyway, this Democrat apparently hasn't anything better to do than push for another gun rationing law.  (The fact that the unemployment rate in his state jumped dramatically last month - anything worth your attention there, Johnny?)

Well, a disgruntled constituent wants everyone to know he's upset enough that he wrote Mr. Doyle.  And wants everyone else to do the same.

What he wrote, though, is just a tad ... intense?

Here's his letter (or email) (I cleaned it up so as not to offend the sensibilities of the pure of thought out there):
Dear Mr. Doyle,

In response to your House Bill 2229, I think the bill is ridiculous in the most common sense and pathetic. Your attempt to limit handgun purchases to 2 per month is a disgrace to West Virginia. As a gun collector, at certain times I may buy up to 4-5 handguns per month for my collection. Why would you want to limit handgun purchases to 2 per month?

You are a disgrace to WV and the NRA for even attempting to get this bill passed. You will NOT have my support in any way, shape or form should you choose to persue this bill.

This is f...ing stupid and pathetic. Two handgun purchases per month? Mother f...!
Uh, dude? Are you trying to influence Delegate Doyle or prompt him to defy his own proposed legislation and arm himself to the teeth?

Impassioned argument is one thing. Scaring the crap out of - or angering - your addressee is another.

How about you bring it down a notch?