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My Open Letter to our Political Leadership regarding the true core issues involved in gun violence. I do not want to see the citizens of our country lulled into a false sense of meaningful action and what I consider a dangerous sense of safety through a redux of legislation. While further reaching than its predecessor, the failed 10 year experiment coined the “assault weapon” ban has proven in the past to have little to no effect on reducing gun violence.
I am appalled at the events of Newtown, Connecticut and, as a responsible, law-abiding gun owner will apply my efforts toward programs and policies that address the core issues of mental illness, education, and socioeconomic pressures that lead to gun crime.
Both violent crime and gun crime is down significantly and I site the studies that support the facts of the matter. Despite great strides in the reduction of gun fatalities, I am more than willing to put my shoulder into reducing the number of mentally ill sociopaths that obtain firearms to commit unspeakable atrocities against our country’s innocents. There is nothing to support the idea that a reworked version of failed legislation will do anything to address this blight on our nation. Instead, I will work tirelessly to educate as many people as possible as to the daunting, less expedient, and harder work of addressing the core issues of, once again, mental health, education, and socioeconomic factors effecting gun crime.
I intentionally didn’t go into specifics of “enhancements” in the new bill. As with most legislation, I believe this bill will look very different if it has any chance of coming to a vote in either the house or senate. It is common to over reach initially so that when things get stripped out on the way to a final version everyone says, “Oh, that’s not nearly as bad.” I don’t want this bill in any form to be wasting the time of our leadership or the national psyche.
I am happy to be part of the solution and call on our nation’s leadership to avoid political expedience by wasting time, energy, and tax-payer dollars misleading the American public with “feel good”, “knee jerk”, legislation and instead tackle the much harder but effective root causes of this issue.
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