Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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Virginia Strough of Colonial Heights, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt to voice her objections to the Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City in Washington, DC, and to opposition to proposed federal gun control legistation in the wake of Robert…

A telegram from a constituent with a response from Abbitt in which the congressman said that he believed that national leaders and the Supreme Court had begun advocating for strict gun control in order to trick the American people into believing that…

Correspondence between Abbitt and Howard Clark, secretary of the Powhatan Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. in which both parties expressed their concern over the issue of gun control. Abbitt in his letter said that he would not feel safe at home without…

In this letter, managing editor of The Suffolk News-Herald, Robert R. Hardy, sent Abbitt a clipping which included Abbitt's statement on gun control which Hardy reports has had a very favorable response.

A telegram to Abbitt from a constituent which called on Abbitt to oppose gun control legislation and which he saw as the first step in confiscating guns and towards a communist or socialist police state.

A letter to Abbitt from a constituent regarding gun control legislation and equating registration laws to dictatorship.

Letter from Abbitt to a constituent meant to reassure his voters that he is opposed to gun control legislation and that blamed law enforcement and the Supreme Court for violence in U.S. cities in 1968.

Letter to Abbitt from a constituent fearing gun control legislation during a time of rioting following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Chiles wrote, "I'm sick at heart at the riots, raping, looting, burning, sniping, and so on. I do not…

A press release of Abbitt's prepared speech before the Cosmopolitan Club of Petersburg, Virginia. Declaring the nation to be "well on the road to socialism," Abbitt criticized the expansion of the federal government as a danger to the nation's…

These remarks, given by Abbitt, indicate that Abbitt was against the government providing welfare aid to "certain groups." Abbitt believed that a spirit of paternalism would lead to an increase in the popularity of socialism and less control of free…
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