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Got this email from the National Association of Railroad Passengers(NARP) today. Personally, I think they should stick to their choo choo trains.

Action Alert: Call your Senators and tell the to oppose the Wicker Amendment :: Sample Message

I urge Senator X to vote against the Wicker amendment to the Fiscal 2010 budget resolution. I understand that the issue of firearms transportation is controversial, but I oppose any effort to micromanage Amtrak through Congressional legislation or mandates.
To NARP Members, April 2, 2009--

First of all, I would like to say up front that I understand that NARP has a diverse membership that has a wide range of opinions on issues not related to trains, such as firearms. The issue of firearms transportation is controversial and many of our members likely oppose Amtrak's policy of not transporting firearms in checked baggage. However, we as an Association always oppose Congressional micromanagement of Amtrak, and that's what this is. Thank you in advance for taking action on this issue.

Today, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) will offer an amendment to the Fiscal 2010 Budget Resolution that would force Amtrak to restore the transportation of firearms in checked baggage. Amtrak used to transport firearms in checked baggage, but ended this practice as ended after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Please contact your Senators immediately and urge them to oppose the Wicker amendment. This is likely to be voted on today, starting sometime around noon Eastern Daylight Time. As such, phone calls are needed, or e-mails only if you have established a relationship with a Senate staff member.

You can call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121, or go to the Senate's website and choose your state from the drop-down menu at the top right to get the direct number to your Senators' offices. A sample message is provided in the left column of this e-mail.

Thank you for taking action on this issue.

David Johnson
Vice President
 

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I'm not happy that Amtrak stopped allowing weapons in checked luggage. I will be contacting my Senator to support the amendment.

Have you ever flown? I got my $100 cigar lighter taken away once because it had a cigar cutter. This stuff is nuts, it's not the good honest people that are dangerous, and the people that would hijack a train with a gun certainly are not going to check the gun in their checked luggage!!!

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you always have to wonder about emails from associations that urge you to send a letter in support or denouncing something. What is really at play here? What is the true motivation behind this letter? Who cares?
 

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Ok guys, don't get excited. This is the 'Public Forum' after all. I thought this woud be of interest. I for one do not support the NARP position and I think they should stick to being passenger train advocates. But, you can post whatever you want, I am not going to get too worked up no matter what you post.
 

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Who cares?

More then you might realize. Of course to most if it is an issue that does not directly effect them, they don't care until it is to late. Thanks for the post John.
 
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