6208 Shadowcreek Drive

                                                                                    Carmichael, CA 95608

                                                                                    November 20, 2005

 

Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein

Hart Senate Office Bldg Ste 331

Washington DC 20510

 

 

Dear Senator Feinstein:

 

I recently came into possession of your letter to Mr. La Porte (attached) and

feel compelled to comment.

 

Your reason for owning a hand gun, for what ever purpose, is a matter of

personal choice and, therefore, not subject to the scrutiny of others. Unfortunately,

the notion of reciprocity, with the possible exception of only a few, is not shared

by anyone in Congress and also not by millions of  Americans as well.

 

For me, foreign born, it was always clear, most poignantly clear, what the

true purpose and the real essence of the Second Amendment were designed to

be. I know that neither Charlton Heston nor NRA's hierarchy as well as its entire

membership know what the true purpose and the real essence of the Second were

designed to assert.

 

I have no illusion that my words to you here will fall on understanding ears,

but nonetheless I must speak. For miracles do happen, sometimes when least expected.

Perhaps you will find discovering the true reason for the Second Amendment intriguing,

maybe even scintillating.

 

The key to understanding the true purpose and real essence of the Second

Amendment comes from a reply George Washington made, when asked whether

he would accept the kingship. "No, no," he had said, "we are all going to be

kings." In referring to the Declaration of Independence that all men are created

equal, abolitionists before the War Between the States sought to prove slavery to

be unconstitutional. "Therefore," they continued, "the black man has a right

 to keep and bear arms, and since the keeping and bearing of arms is palpably

 inconsistent with slavery, slavery is shown to be unconstitutional."

 

You see then that the underlying implication of the right to keep and bear

arms, unmolested by the will of anyone, especially government, is shown to define

the concept of sovereignty. The God-given, not a man-given, right to keep and bear

arms was intended to declare, to affirm, and to impose personal sovereignty upon

the American citizen, the only citizen ever to have so been defined. Hunting, target

shooting, and self-defense, even against a predatory government, although most

clearly inclusive to the Second Amendment, were never the primary reason for

inserting that euphoric codicil into our Constitution.

 

It might be of some historical interest to you to learn that Colonists preferred

the word   liege, not the word sovereign. "We are liege," they most assertively

proclaimed, "we are liege, in vassalage to one thing only, in vassalage to justice."

Justice had been that one and only feudal overlord to whom they sworn fealty and

obeisance. It had made the American Republic, the Great Republic, truly

one-of-a-kind, the only true republic to ever have existed.

 

The ancient Israeli Theocracy is the only other one-of-a-kind form of

government that ever adorned the pages of history. The Second Amendment then,

Senator, if its primary reason had always remained in focus, would have kept the

Great Republic alive, the American citizen sovereign, and, therefore, his government

to remain his duly appointed servant.

 

Please give these things some thought, because I fear for this country. I hear

the war dogs are barking and some strange spark might light the fires of discontent

and engulf the Nation in terror. From personal observations I can truthfully say that

those who spawned the fires of discontent, without exceptions, are usually the first

to pay the price of having been incautious.

 

We all understand that guns, like all weapons, can be and are used during

criminal activity. But terror like this can be resolved only with the gallows, not by

disenfranchising law-abiding citizens of their Constitutional right. I am certain you

understand that the invocation not to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms is

directed at government and enjoins it not to molest the Militia's and the peoples' right

to own firearms.

 

So then, Senator, if you can understand that slaves do not own firearms, that

only free men do and do so because of an inherent, an inalienable, right, then you

should understand the spirit patriots follow in an effort to enjoy the very blessings

the Founding Fathers had sought to secure here not only for themselves, but also

for them that would follow.

 

You said you own a firearm. The reason for owning one, as I already said,

is your affair and does not depend on anyone's approval other than your own. I too

own a firearm and wish to have the same right reserved for me. If you have only

a faint remnant of that old American spirit left within you, if you consider yourself

to still be an American, then you will do whatever lies within your power to arrest

the madness now plunging the Nation into the abyss.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Dieter H. Dahmen

ddahmen4@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. La Porte:

 

Thank you for writing to me about my permit to carry a concealed weapon.  

I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

 

I possessed a concealed weapon permit for a short time beginning in 1976.  

In the mid-1970s, a terrorist organization -- the New World Liberation carried

out two attacks against me and my family.  In the first, a bomb was placed outside

the window of my  daughter's bedroom.  It detonated but did not explode.  We were

lucky: the weather was particularly (and unusually) cold, and the explosive they used

didn't explode in below-freezing temperatures.  In the second, they shot out the windows

of our beach home.  My husband was terminally ill with cancer at the time. Later,

some of the members of the New World Liberation Front were arrested, and the

threat abated.

 

At that point, I had the gun -- and several other weapons that were turned

into the police-melted into a cross, which I presented to Pope John Paul II when

I visited Rome in 1982.

 

Currently, I do not possess a gun, nor do I have a permit to carry a concealed

weapon. I hope this addresses what you may have heard on the subject.  If I can be

of additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call my Washington, D.C. staff

at (202) 224-3841.

 

 

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator