Make your voice heard concerning the possibility of a new assault weapons ban and voice your opinion directly to the White House.
People, some serious Federal gun legislation is coming our way, and I'm afraid we are not going to stop it. We had better get on the ball before its to late!
Here's a simple form letter you can use.
The tragedy and heartbreak of the event that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary goes without saying, along with the immeasurable losses suffered by the families and loved ones of these victims. You will be asked to consider legislative proposals that might curtail or minimized future tragedies like the one that just took place at Newtown, Conn.
Of all the proposals, firearms and their control will be in the forefront and as you know a very hot and divided topic that concerns our Second Amendment, as well as all law abiding gun owners, so here is what I am asking, that you use common sense when considering proposed gun legislation and to take a look on what has NOT worked in the past.
Assault Weapons Ban: Assault Weapons Ban in '94. It was on the books for 10 years. Columbine occurred right in the middle of it. It didn't make any difference.
Non gun: May 18, 1927: In the deadliest mass school murder in United States history, former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.
It has been said, that you cannot legislate morality. People bent on evil, will find any means at their disposal to implement atrocities, like the case in point. (Dec 14, 2012 – Chinese state media say a man stabbed 22 children. An adult and eight children were killed with a knife at a school.) People bent on evil, have no regard for the law period and will acquire whatever firearms they desire for their purpose, banned or not.
We have some 20,000 gun laws (state and federal) on the books now, do you honestly believe adding anymore will stop violence or mass murder? Further banning is not the answer. More education and acknowledging the responsibility of each and every gun owner to ensure that his/her firearms are secure and inaccessible, and that consequences for irresponsibility be met with a punishment proportionate to the crime committed as a result of that irresponsibility.
We have to face facts that we live in a violent society. At any time your house could be subject to a home invasion resulting in unspeakable atrocities. So is it justifiable to deprive law abiding citizens of their right to be equally armed, defending themselves against an intruder with a semiautomatic or even automatic, whether he has an Assault rifle or pistol, or say for the sake of argument several intruders? Many Governors in the U.S. have armed bodyguards who carry assault weapons in case of multiple hostiles and the convenience of not having to reload. Faced with a likewise scenario would you deprive a law abiding citizens of their right to be as equally armed?
Further gun bans are not the answer. Punishment for those who use firearms in the commission of a crime should result in steeper penalties and they should be enforced to the max.
Please note that since the Assault Weapons Ban expired, violent crime has dropped according to F.B.I. statistics.
In 2011, an estimated 1,203,564 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 3.8 percent from the 2010 estimate.
When considering 5- and 10-year trends, the 2011 estimated violent crime total was 15.4 percent below the 2007 level and 15.5 percent below the 2002 level.
Laws have very little effect on stopping crime, because criminals don't care. The biggest crime against society would be to impair the law abiding citizen to defend his family with equal force.
I can only ask that you use common sense when considering the possibility of further gun legislation.