I won’t lie to you – at 3AM last night, my daughter woke me up because she was cold. I grabbed her an extra blanket, tucked her back in, and then tried to get back to sleep.
We are in for the fight of our lives in the near future. There is an emotional wave right now that our opponents are using to push for gun control laws (none of which have ever stopped a single shooting) and emotion is a powerful, powerful tool. If we, as law abiding gun owners, do not contact our representatives immediately and start reminding them that the estimated 80,000,000 gun owners are not the problem, we will be fully responsible for whatever laws come down.
I wrote my representatives already with the following letter, feel free to modify it to better represent yourself if you like, but for God’s sake, start writing them today. Then, call their offices to follow up. If you can, show up for a face to face meeting.
The recent shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school was a horrific event of evil performed by a deranged individual. It is an emotional event for the entire country and there seems to be a cry for someone to 'do something'. As a father of two young girls in elementary school, this has been especially painful for me. I'm a former Marine and while I gladly would have given my life for this country, I would give it a thousand times over for my children, as I expect the vast majority of parents would.
However, the actions of this individual belong to him and him alone. The calls for "gun control" or a new "assault weapons ban" are an emotional response that ends up placing the blame for this event on the estimated 80,000,000 gun owners in the US. Connecticut already has the 5th most restrictive gun laws in the states as well as an AWB in place and yet this did not prevent anything. Columbine happened during the original AWB as well. This clearly indicates that bans on cosmetic features has no effect on those who wish to harm others. Punishing the innocent did nothing to stop these monsters, punishing us harder will have the same effect – none;
Any new gun control restrictions will only turn millions upon millions of law abiding citizens into overnight felons and yet events like these will not be stopped. Criminals who do not care about the death of others will not be dissuaded by a fear of a felony charge by having a magazine of inappropriate size or a folding stock.
There is nothing wrong with calling for a conversation on the violence in our nation. Gun owners such as myself tend to be some of the most law abiding citizens in the States and we’re always discussing what can be done to lower the frequency of such tragedies. However, blaming the tool used is not an appropriate response and I ask that you protect the rights of every American citizen by refraining from calling for further gun control which has been proven time and time again to be ineffective in stopping crime and in fact only increase crime by creating more and more criminals.
As a registered independent voter, I care more about a politician’s voting record than their party. Your response is greatly appreciated.
If you need help determining your representatives, go to Congress.org and look them up. They have tools for sending all representatives emails or contact information for each individual.
Please, do this now or as soon as humanly possible. We do not have the luxury of time.