Honorable Sen. Max Baucus;
My name is Mark A Funk. I am from Wolf Creek. You, as a child, shopped for candy in my grandparents’ – Robert and Gertrude Funk – general store, The Dugout in Wolf Creek. I, before joining the Navy, worked as a Riding Page in the U.S. Senate. I did some volunteer work for your mailroom back in the late ‘70s. My siblings have actively worked for you. My family has supported your whole political career. I have hunted on your family’s ranch Sieben between Wolf Creek and Helena. I honorably retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer and live in Helena. I have and still support the Second Amendment as originally written and intended.
Now to the point. If you do not support the President’s effort to make this country’s insane need to have free access to assault weapons, multi-chambered bullet delivery systems and ammunition meant only to make mass destruction (not hunting ammo): I will not support you in any further manner and I will actively work to unseat you.
Yes, this may seem to be a single issue and I have never have thought of not supporting someone based on a single issue of disagreement before. But this insanity must stop now!
I grew up in the hunting rifle culture of Montana. I full support and will continue that support. But the founding fathers never saw or imagined assault weapons that simply serve to be massively destructive. And as for an organized militia, I also support that. But even in my serves in the military, when we had no further reason to hang onto our weapons, the weapons were safely locked away in the armory – not laying about for some angry crazies to cause more destruction.
And as for the argument that we need more help for the mentally ill, you are damn right this country does.
But the crazies plus easy access to assault weapons equals mass deaths of the innocent.
Support the President’s efforts to bring sanity to this country or you will receive one less vote in the future and active support to unseat all who even are just being “cautious” on this issue.
Fully and active support sanity or feel a groundswell against you from your own childhood hunting grounds.
Mark A. Funk,