Editor’s note: This Morristown resident asked to share her letter to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) The opinions are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication.
February 8, 2017
The Hon. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen,
Congressman, 11th District
30 Schuyler Place, 2nd floor
Morristown, NJ 07960
Dear Mr. Frelinghuysen:
I object to your vote on H.J. Resolution 40 to repeal the requirement that the Social Security Administration report information about those receiving disability payments for mental disorders. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System provides for the well-being of our citizenry regardless of their mental state.
USA Today reported that about 75,000 people would be affected, including those with schizophrenia. You don’t live in downtown Morristown so you don’t see the schizophrenics who make up the fabric of our everyday life.
I can tell you that one woman is armed with scissors and had threatened one of my friends. I can’t imagine what life would be like if she were armed with a firearm. Yes, she receives social security.
The National Rifle Association’s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, said the rule “would have stripped law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process.”
Have you forgotten about the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in which 20 elementary school students were gunned down? They were law-abiding Americans who were stripped of their right to life.
“Many representatives who voted to make it easier for guns to fall into dangerous hands are the same ones who muster no more than hypocritical tweets of ‘thoughts and prayers’ in the wake of headline-grabbing violence,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which supports gun control measures.
Gun rights groups such as the NRA spent $5.8 million on the 2016 elections, 98 percent in support of Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. Well, I don’t have that kind of money but you can listen to me anyway.
The congress used the Congressional Review Act to disapprove and reverse five regulations saying the “multiple burdensome regulations” would “harm American small businesses and law-abiding citizens. I am a law-abiding citizen and I feel harmed by your decision.
I remain sincerely yours,
Linda Langstaff Carrington