U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., sat down Wednesday and responded to Wyoming constituent questions and comments about gun control and his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. The topics were selected from comments Enzi received on Facebook and Twitter, through phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and through email and written letters.
"We need your help. When someone says that we need to give up our rights, I hope you'll stand up and say something. Unless you make your voice heard, people are only going to hear one side of the story. These are your rights, protect them. It's a constitutional right. In Wyoming, guns are part of our lives. They're part of growing up, they're part of a rite of passage.
"One of the things we've got to do as a nation and as parents is to make sure our kids understand that they aren't supposed to kill other people or themselves.
"The urban situation is different than the rural situation and we in Wyoming are rural. We understand guns. We understand there is a responsibility that comes with owning them. We know that it's our right. It's our right to defend ourselves. It's our right to shoot for sport. It's our right to hunt. But mostly it's our constitutional right to defend ourselves. I know how strongly people in Wyoming feel about that and I will do everything I can to protect our constitutional rights. There are millions of responsible gun owners and we shouldn't punish all of them because of the actions of a few criminals."
Some Wyoming residents have expressed concerns that Enzi is the lead sponsor on the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect or not collect already owed sales tax on all purchases.
"This is not a tax on the internet. It's not a new tax. No one should tax the internet. I oppose government policies that favor some businesses over another and that's what we're doing right now. This is a states' rights bill and it would require the states to act before anything could happen. It also exempts businesses until they have $1 million in online sales.
"Sales tax is the main source of revenue for cities, towns and counties and even the state. It provides the money for roads, police, fire protection. If we don't collect that revenue, they'll have to find a new source."
Senator Enzi records "Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington" videos every other week when the Senate is in session. He encourages Wyoming residents to continue sharing their thoughts, ideas, and questions and he will try to address as many of the topics as possible. For individual responses, constituents should email him through his web page-- enzi.senate.gov.