Senators, Congressmen, State Legislators, County Commissioners, City Councilmen:
Once again I would like to address the issue of gun control. There are many pieces of gun legislation on your table that need to be addressed. I would like to address them in total. We currently have thousands of gun laws (I have seen the figure 22,000) around the country that have been passed primarily for the purpose of reducing crime. To date few if any have made a credible dent toward that goal. Now, with the tragedy in Newtown, there is yet another knee-jerk reaction to enact more gun laws.
When you look at these laws it is constructive to consider who obeys these laws. It is, by definition, law abiding citizens. However, those who perpetrate the horrendous acts such as Newtown neither read nor follow the laws that you and your colleagues pass. This is one of two common characteristics that these mass murderers share. The other common characteristic they share is their use of drugs, either illegal or prescribed. While I have not checked all of the state laws, I am sure that we would find that it is illegal for anyone on or using these drugs to be in possession of or using a firearm. That would make them, by definition, non-law-abiding.
That brings us back to my main point. The only people who are affected by the laws that you pass are the law-abiding of this country. Passing more laws will only harm those of us who have never done anything like what you are trying to prevent.
Have you every stopped to think about where these drugged-up cowards strike? They strike at people and places that are unarmed. Where else could they be assured of unchallenged success? There are now numerous school districts in several states advocating arming teachers and administrators. What do you think is more effective, a sign that says “No Guns Allowed,” or “Staff and Teachers Responsibly Armed”? What is the likelihood of one of these cowards attacking a school with the latter sign?
Now, in addition to addressing our legislators, I would like to address our citizens. There is a concern, and I think a credible concern, that President Obama will try to use the mechanism of Executive Order to severely restrict citizens’ access to guns. Some (those infamous people who are always nameless) have even gone so far as to speculate that the One will try to institute a gun confiscation program using Executive Orders. I have also heard (unsubstantiated) that there is a growing concern among agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) about this possibility. They are concerned about their safety if they are ordered to execute (pun intended) these directives.
What is going to happen if they are told to go to someone’s house to confiscate their guns? I see three possibilities. First is the possibility that the law-abiding citizen will turn over their guns. I give this one about a 60% chance for the first couple of days, and then the odds go down drastically. The second is that the law-abiding citizen will see this as an illegal search and seizure and resist. Since the BATFE agent/s are there to collect guns, there is a strong possibility that they will be met at the door with the very gun they are there to collect. This puts the BATFE agent/s in a bit of a quandary. Do they try to arrest the constitution-abiding citizen, or to they become constitution-abiding themselves? The third possibility is becoming more likely in states like Wyoming. A number of states are contemplating legislation that would make it illegal for federal agents of any department to attempt to confiscate legally owned firearms and those agents who do so would be liable for criminal prosecution.
Nation states declare to the world where their “Red Line” lies. Any other country that crosses that line is opening itself up to retaliation. We are no different. We have to decide where our “Red Line” lies; we have to decide RIGHT NOW what our actions will be if that line is crossed. Remember, the Founders were not protecting our hunting rights when they penned the Second Amendment; they were protecting us from an oppressive government of the future. Well, the future is now. When are we going to stand up to the anti-constitutionalists and say enough is enough? We elected these people and whether they like it or not they work for and represent us. It is time to send them a joint message that they need to read the Constitution and live up to their oath of office. I took that oath to defend our Constitution over 40 years ago and it is in force today just as it was then.
As always, your comments and discussions are welcome.