This is somewhat of an interesting post. Not only is this post number 700 of this blog in its various incarnations, but it’s an email to both of my Senators from Michigan concerning gun rights.
As readers of this blog know, I fully support the 2nd Amendment without reservation. The 2nd Amendment provides for the ownership of firearms by the citizens of the United States for sport, hunting, personal defense, and as insurance against an oppressive & tyrannical government.
As such, I went to www.ruger.com to their page to sent a mass email to my representatives. My Senators and Representative responded, with my Senators stating (more or less) that they were in favor of gun control. My Representative, Mike Rogers, is a former FBI agent who fully supports the 2nd Amendment.
My email to the Senators is below:
Dear Senator Stabenow and Senator Levin,
I would like to thank you both for responding to an email concerning supporting Gun Rights, and this email is in response to the messages you sent. I would like to believe that you will personally read the following, and will not be read & simply filed away by your staffers.
I am currently not a representative of any political action committee, or a gun rights / control organization. I am an American Citizen writing to my Senators expressing my opinions concerning the rights of the citizens of the United States, and specifically on the issue of Gun Rights.
We all agree that the tragedies in Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Columbine, and other places are horrific and shocking. No sane person can be unmoved by the human toll that mentally unhinged people with weapons did in these places. However, Vice –President Biden stated just this past week,
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now.”
What also must be realized is that no matter what weapon was used, each of these tragedies has something in common. Each of these locations was a “gun-free zone,” where the possession of a weapon was banned, and the perpetrators had free reign to commit their crimes.
Senators, these “gun-free zones” denied a person of the right to defend themselves from an armed aggressor with a firearm of their own. In other words, their Second Amendment rights were denied to them. This is, in my opinion, the greater tragedy. Armed teachers and ordinary citizens at the scene might have made a difference in stopping or limiting the carnage.
The Second Amendment of the United States states in part,
“The Right of The People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed.”
The Michigan State Constitution, Article 1 Section 6, states,
“Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”
Senators, I will be blunt – Each of you took this oath:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
The Second Amendment to the Constitution did not limit the types or kinds of weapons that the citizens of the United States could possess, and is supported by the Michigan State Constitution, the State that you represent. The proposals that are being put forth by you and your colleagues to limit the types or kinds of firearms that a citizen may own are in direct violation of these Amendments, and thus in violation of your respective oaths.
The citizens of the United States and of the State of Michigan cannot be restricted by the type of weapon nor the amount of ammunition that a weapon may hold if the lives of their family and loved ones are at risk from a criminal or other danger. I believe that you will agree that nothing is more precious than one’s family, and that you would do anything to protect them with whatever means at your disposal.
It should also be noted that gun control is a failed policy. Indeed, the hometown of President Obama (Chicago, IL) has some of the strictest gun control laws, but one of the highest crime and murder rates. Connecticut has the same restrictions on so-called “assault weapons” as the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, but did nothing to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Senators, here is the bottom line of this message. Should you –
- Continue to support gun control and/or gun banning legislation;
- Support legislation requiring universal background checks that include the formation and maintenance of a database with registered gun owners and the weapons they legally own. (Understand that law-abiding citizens are not the criminals here, and should not be treated the same as murderers, robbers, and rapists who are in such databases.);
- Continue to support “gun-free zone” legislation;
- Support any legislation that will disarm citizens or otherwise limit their capabilities of defending themselves from threats;
I will support your opponents of any political party who will uphold the American citizen’s Second Amendment rights with time and/or funding the next time you come up for re-election. Should you decide support the American People by supporting the Second Amendment, I will support you in your re-election campaigns. I have never before supported a political candidate to this degree.
And by the way, Happy Groundhog Day!