January 10, 2013 – Open letter to our law makers regarding gun control

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Please read this letter, and if you believe in retaining your second amendment rights pertaining to gun control, please copy it, modify it, and send it to your state representatives

Girl with a gun
Training Children Early Goes a long way toward learning control and safety. Plastic air guns work well.

 

This letter was written, by a very close relative in the law enforcement profession to discuss and voice his opinion on Gun Control. When legislation comes about for bills like this, I find it disturbing. When I hear executive orders being used for legislative purposes, I am horrified. This country has three main branches of government that together are to make the laws, and fourth branch of government designed to advise on the constitutionality. Executive order was designed to be used in the event of national emergencies in the event of war where national security is at risk. Presidents George Bush, and Barrack Obama have seriously mis-used and abused this power. We have started down a slippery slope. President Obama, now is in the name of efficiency using executive order to circumvent congress. Gun Control will smash the second amendment of our bill of rights, and one man, the president of the United States is using his executive order powers to do so. Folks, we are talking about our bill rights here!  We need to not only stop gun control, but the executive order needs to be further restricted or eliminated to prevent it abuse.  If you believe in gun control or not, it should be easy to see that one man should not have the power to change the laws and modify the constitution.   Today, I joined the NRA as a way of letting our government know how I feel about their recent activity in the realm of gun control. I then took this letter, modified it a little bit, posted it for you, my friends, so that you to can take positive peaceful action against this knee jerk reaction to some terrible tragedies. Please take action now, the time is short! If your pro gun control, you may let this slide, but some day, executive order may step on one of your sacred cows.

Begin Gun Control Bill Letter

The issue here is not gun violence but mental problems that go un-checked. I did not email you about gun violence, I emailed you about the 2nd amendment. Millions of owners of guns did not do these terrible things but the idea that they all need to be punished is not the answer.

Look at the FBI stats, they are easily found on the FBI’s website. You are going after Assault rifles and the fact is that there are fewer deaths with rifles than there are with hammers. Are we to go after hammers next? The issue here is not safety, but to remove the arms from the American citizens. This is the wrong approach. You need to stand up to these people and make them look at the facts. Rifles and (standard) hi-capacity magazines don’t do the awful things, mentally ill and evil people do. Passing one more gun law won’t help. Instead you should be directing your influence to a better use, and demand, help for mentally ill. While demanding more money for better security in our schools and other public places.

Trained people to protect our children should be a priority. This is a no nonsense approach. The president sends his children to a school with 11 armed security persons plus the armed secret service agents. Don’t our children deserve the same protection? Armed security should be a no brainier and yet we are so adverse to it. Why? I have heard the argument “what if that armed person is the one who turns his gun on our children?” Well lets look at that: We arm police, when was the last time a police officer shot up a school or a shopping mall? Never. We arm prison corrections officers when they do certain kinds of duty. When was the last time a tower guard started shooting inmates in the prison yard for no good reason? I sure don’t remember a time when that happened. This argument does not hold water. Gun free zones are kill easy zones; because there is no armed resistance. Secure our schools!

Think about this before you cast a vote punishing the millions of firearms owners in America. Legislating the problem away with more restrictions on fire arms will not work, and has not worked in the past because the criminals will always brake the law. Taking the guns away from law abiding people will be the easy part, but you will never take them from the law breaker.

If you restrict the ability of us to defend our selves; we will be in fear all the time. The perception that I may be armed keeps us safe. Criminals do not know who has a gun or who does not. That is why Americas violent crime is considerably lower than England’s. The violent crime rates in high population cities with gun restrictions is higher because the bad guy knows the good guy does not have any means to defend himself.

High capacity magazines have a place and a use. If 2 or 3 or even 4 people are attacking me, braking into my house I do not want to be stuck with 5, 6 or only 10 rounds of ammunition. I want to be able to defend my self until the threat is gone. People do not die after just one bullet is fired. The threat has to be hit and it needs to hit in a vital area. Recently a man who broke into a lady’s home, left the house, went to the car, and drove away after she rightfully defended her self and her children. She shot that intruder 5 times missing him 1 time, now her gun was empty. If there had been another guy, her gun would have been empty, and she would have had no way to defend her self. Police carry more that 10 rounds because they know that they may have to use more than that to defend against a threat. The typical police officer carries 3 high capacity magazines, (46 rounds of .40 or 52 rounds of 9mm ). The police can not be everywhere; there are not enough of them. I do not hear anything about more dollars for law enforcement. Even so, the police normally get to tragic events after they are done. Law abiding gun owner may be on the scene, and ready to help, at the moment help is needed. The argument is that it will the be wild west; but that has not happened in any place where the citizens are armed.

A proven way to control violence

Look at Israel and Thailand In 1970 Israel lived through similar tragedies that the United States is experiencing today, but they did something positive mitigate the problem.

“A commentary in the conservative National Review Online argues that the armed school approach for preventing school attacks, while new in the US, has been used successfully for many years in Israel and Thailand.[52] Teachers and school officials in Israel are allowed and encouraged to carry firearms if they have former military experience in the IDF, which almost all do.” They trained their people to respect, and use weapons to ensure peace in the schools and it worked.

Please read this article, it is a great explanation about how we sadly live in a violent world and how disarming the populace will not make it less violent, but more so. This compares the United States as a developing nation, and Israel and discussing why Israel in their war torn world, does not experience mass school shootings today. https://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/74743/why-no-mass-school-shootings-in-israel/

 

Gun control fails to control violence

England

“We aren’t alone in facing this problem. Great Britain and Australia, for example, suffered mass shootings in the 1980s and 1990s. Both countries had very stringent gun laws when they occurred. Nevertheless, both decided that even stricter control of guns was the answer. Their experiences can be instructive.

Since 1920, anyone in Britain wanting a handgun had to obtain a certificate from his local police stating he was fit to own a weapon and had good reason to have one. Over the years, the definition of “good reason” gradually narrowed. By 1969, self-defense was never a good reason for a permit. Later, the British government banned semiautomatic rifles and brought shotguns—the last type of firearm that could be purchased with a simple show of fitness—under controls similar to those in place for pistols and rifles. Magazines were limited to two shells with a third in the chamber.

A media frenzy coupled with an emotional campaign by parents of Dunblane (A tragic school shooting) resulted in the Firearms Act of 1998, which instituted a nearly complete ban on handguns. Owners of pistols were required to turn them in. The penalty for illegal possession of a pistol is up to 10 years in prison.

The results have not been what proponents of the act wanted. Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself.

Australia

At the time, Australia’s guns laws were stricter than the United Kingdom’s. In lieu of the requirement in Britain that an applicant for permission to purchase a gun have a “good reason,” Australia required a “genuine reason.” Hunting and protecting crops from feral animals were genuine reasons—personal protection wasn’t.

With new Prime Minister John Howard in the lead, Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement, banning all semiautomatic rifles and semiautomatic and pump-action shotguns and imposing a more restrictive licensing system on other firearms. The government also launched a forced buyback scheme to remove thousands of firearms from private hands. Between Oct. 1, 1996, and Sept. 30, 1997, the government purchased and destroyed more than 631,000 of the banned guns at a cost of $500 million.

In 2008, the Australian Institute of Criminology reported a decrease of 9% in homicides and a one-third decrease in armed robbery since the 1990s, but an increase of over 40% in assaults and 20% in sexual assaults.

What to conclude? Strict gun laws in Great Britain and Australia haven’t made their people noticeably safer, nor have they prevented massacres. The two major countries held up as models for the U.S. don’t provide much evidence that strict gun laws will solve our problems.” – This was brief paraphrase from an article by  JOYCE LEE MALCOLM Wall street Journal online  December 26, 2010.

Assault Rifles are not for hunting!

It is said,  people don’t hunt with these rifles. That is untrue. These rifles are used all the time to kill deer, wild pigs, and small game. They are a versatile weapon platform that can do many tasks. REAL HUNTERS USE THESE GUNS. I hunt deer with my AR-15. I have a scope on it and it is a great hunting gun. I have seen others use AK variants for hunting.  Just because a gun looks mean, does not make it any more powerful or dangerous than grandpas wooden stock dear rifle. These weapons the same gun, just different window dressing.

These guns are used in shooting sports. The AR15 is used by most competitive rifle shooters. There are many legitimate sporting reasons to own an AR15 type rifle.

Some say these these guns were designed by the military for killing people. Lets look at what else has its origins in the military. GPS was a military only application. The internet was a military application, Freeze drying food, Epipen syringes, cargo pants, duct tape, gas cans, computers, microwaves, digital cameras, antibiotics, canned food, ambulance services, the jeep. All of these items were from military use and brought into service by the general public. The deranged or mentally ill person may find other ways to kill people and use some of the military items listed above to do it. Should we remove these items from the law abiding citizens hands? No it does not.

Don’t advocate to restrict my, or anyone else’s rights! Making laws such as these do not address the real problem.

Please look at the facts on the FBI web site. Don’t let social myth and bias, cloud your judgement, look at the information carefully  Please stop bending the statistics to a certain point of view. “Assault weapons” are not listed in the FBI stats, they are lumped in with Rifles. If you are looking for a dangerous weapon; Hammers and blunt tools are used by bad guys too. The stats being used in favor of gun control include justified homicide by police and citizens in the raw numbers. Homicides committed by the hammer do not make great news, but  facts show hammers are often the tool of choice, criminal homicide does not require a firearm. Firearms however are used in more than 60% of all killings which include lawful police and civilian self defense shootings; in which someone is shot dead. The other stat to look at is that lawful gun owners commit fewer crimes than unlawful owners. Concealed Weapons permit holders are responsible for less than .05% of gun or violent crime.  Please place your well earned and appreciated political influence toward solving problems rather than passing feel good legislation that does nothing to keep good people alive.

Thank for taking the time to read this letter from concerned U.S. Citizens who value their country, and the civil liberties afforded to them by their country.

Please modify this article, and send it on to your state representatives: https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx

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Well, as usual, good evening and good night…

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