I need Q & A suggestions for my meeting with Indiana Congressman

I finally got a meeting with Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. for Arpil 25. I would like any suggestions on the things to ask him or concerns to share with him. I only get 15 minutes with him, so I really need to get a game plan. I would primarily like to discuss 2A, but if there’s anyone on here that lives in Indiana, let me know if there’s other things I might want to bring up.
And thanks in advance


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Make sure you have all your facts in a row. Don’t fumble when talking. Have him explain his choices with facts, not feelings. Jump on talking points like military style weapon, or weapon or war with verifiable data. Remain calm and make sure if you ask a question, that question is answered, not side stepped.

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Glad you finally broke through the bureaucracy.

I’d stay on the 2A topic mostly and as it relates to our other rights, like due process and such. State how you think he’s doing on the issues.

Point out rights are not gifts from the government. They are protected in the Constitution specifically from the government. A Constitution he swore to uphold and defend, not undermine or compromise away.

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Ask what his position is on firearms, first, position on 2nd Amendment, many have lied before.

Now that should clear the air and you will know what to ask or know where the door is.

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Also how about the red flag laws and due process. Also how can a government agency declare something that was legally purchased (at the time) now illegal? Just an accessory not even a firearm. (Bump stocks)

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Make sure you update us on how this goes. Record the audio if possible. I’d love to hear his responses.

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Will do and thanks for everyone’s input. Let me know if you think of anything else before the 25th. Taking notes here.

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I second @Tactical_Reviews comment.

If you have the time and a politically engaged friend or two, then I would suggest a couple of sessions spent role-playing potential scenarios. You need to work out how to frame your position(s) clearly and concisely, and to ask your questions in the way(s) most likely to elicit the response(s) that you want (even if you don’t like the answers).

How you frame your questions will dictate how he is able to respond (obviously there are open and closed questions, but, beyond that, a good politician knows how to identify and answer portions of a question that avoid them answering the bit that you thought you were asking - if that makes sense?).

You also need to practice, and have in mind, follow-up questions as well as responses to any questions that he asks you (if you have 15 minutes, you need to be able to shut down and turn around any questions that he bats back at you). Listen carefully to what he says. He may be a Republican, which is probably good for you, but how many of his voters are swing-voters? Unless his constituency is overwhelmingly Republican, the likelihood is that he will be dependent upon swing-voters. How should he convince them that what you want is what they want?

Get inside his head. Research him, his record and try to find records of any other interviews and/or speeches that he has given concerning the issues that you are interested in.

If you are arguing a position, research and put together a dossier. Make it as professional as possible; it doesn’t have to be long - in fact you don’t want it to be too long - but it must look, feel and read like a business document. Facts, figures, bullet-points, charts and citations. Edit and re-edit it a couple of times to try and cut as much fat out of it as possible, and then get some others to read it through and criticise it and feed that back into your final copy. Print the finalised copies out and put them into some nice plastic folders.

Hand the congressman a copy in your meeting. You will need one for yourself - it can be a useful prop for you to refer to and get him to buy into ("If you look at this chart on page three… ", so that he has to open and study at it, for example), and possibly more for anyone with you. Also, you will probably have a chance to engage with his secretary on your way out - so leave a copy with her, too (“I appreciate how hard the congressman works and that he may not have time to read this today, but I/we have put a lot of effort into this report which will assist him by providing him with a detailed analysis of the issues we discussed briefly. If I leave a copy with you, will you be able to slip it into his briefcase on Friday, to give him the opportunity to read it and refresh his memory?”).

Also, be prepared to respond to him and any questions he may have if he does read it and gets back to you with questions.

Good luck.

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I’d like to see a law that basically says that no one killed or injured during the commission of a felony nor anyone else can file a civil suit for damages against the party causing the injury or death.

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There’s another concern I have.
My BF works in Indianapolis which is about an hour or more away. He works at the VA hospital. He has to park at a parking lot that is about a 15 minute bus ride from the hospital. (not allowed to park at hospital).
He is not allowed to have his gun in his car even in that parking lot because it’s considered federal property, nor is he allowed to have it in the hospital.
He has to stop and get gas and drive through the shittiest parts of the city to get there.
So basically, he is gone 11 hours a day and is not allowed to be armed the entire time. Longer if he stops at the grocery store or makes any other stops on the way home, which he usually does.

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When I lived in Chicago I fueled up a week in advance in the nicer parts of town.

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Yes, it only took me two years to convince him to get gas before he goes into the city. It was only my pestering that convinced him, not the shady characters that were hanging out at the gas station.

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