This is growing quite wearisome.
Here is the full text of the letter I sent to the President. I’m sure it will do no good.
Dear Mr. President,
I am contacting you in light of all of the gun issues recently in the news. I ask that you do not sign or support any new gun regulations/bans. Additional gun laws – in addition to those already on the books – would not affect anyone but law-abiding gun owners and future gun owners. Instead of passing laws that won’t change the behavior of criminals, there are other laws/policies that could (e.g., prosecuting criminals that break current gun laws). Moreover, I keep hearing about passing “common sense gun laws,” but we already have those (many regulations on fullly-automatic firearms, background checks, felons cannot possess firearms, etc.). Finally, this issue involves a constitutionally-protected right, and therefore, is much more sensivitve to a lot of people, including myself and a lot of my friends and family.
An “assault weapon” ban or magazine capacity restriction would not prevent people from killing. Already, the FBI statistics show that in the most recently reported year that the number of homicides committed in the United States only 2.82% were committed by rifles of any kind, including anything considered “assault rifles.” This is less than half (5.75%) of the number of homicides committed with “Hands, fists, feet, etc.”
All these laws do is prevent the law-abiding from possessing the now banned weapons. People intent on crimes, by the fact itself, don’t abide by the laws. Countries that are serving as models for a ban of any sort, the UK and Australia for instance, have actually had an increase in violent crime since their respective bans were instituted. While correlation does not imply causation, the notion that a weapon ban will produce the desired result has been shown time and again to not be a credible argument.
I urge you to look at the whole problem, and not to just pass laws to merely look like you are doing something. The current proposals that simply limit our citizens’ rights and will not move the needle on violence should not be considered. Especially if those proposals and actions do nothing but curtail the rights of innocent and law-abiding citizens of this great nation and not have a real effect on the problems themselves.
Again, please do not support or sign any legislation that constitutes additional restrictions/bans on firearms. I am worried and saddened about how cavalierly people talk about rescinding rights that have been guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the United States of America.
Thank you for your consideration,
Yes, I voted for him enthusiastically the first time. With a bit of hesitation the second time.
Now, I’m actually quite mad.
The same letter was sent to everyone else down the chain of command — sans the salutation of course.
Banning “assault rifles” will do no good. They are used in very few crimes compared to anything else — including bare hands. The only thing they are is “scary black guns” that make people uncomfortable.
The same lack of comfort can be said about many things — or even people. People like gays, for instance, have quite a few laws made just for them. Not because they did anything to you, but because they make someone — someone who writes laws or preaches — uncomfortable.
This is growing quite old and I’m getting quite pissed.
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New rule: I’m going to vote for the candidate that is least likely to screw with the Constitution of the United States of America. I’m going to vote for the candidate that is likely to grant the most rights to the most people.