Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So I write politicians

Here's what I wrote our president elect over there at change.gov under civil rights:

You forgot a civil right, that is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Your track record both in the IL and US senate shows you will restrict the civil rights of gun owners any chance you get as does senator Bidens. You spoke of urban and rural civil rights with regards to guns as being different. I find that odd. Do you believe the 4th and 5th amendment rights of citizens are different based on where they live? How about their 1st amendment rights? What of their 14th and 15th amendment rights? Why does a person on the south side of Chicago have less of a right to self defense with a handgun than a family in Ellsworth, WI? If not why do you support the city of Chicago's handgun ban? Why did you support the D.C. gun ban? Do you support the 2nd amendments incorporation under the 14th amendment?
If you wish to put gun owners at ease remove talk of an "assault weapons ban" as it will do nothing to stop violent crime. FBI data show long arms such as rifles and shotguns are used in less than 2% of crime annually. You would do better banning knives or baseball bats statistically speaking. Leave the Tiahrt amendment alone as the data from the BATFE (who by the way seem to have a harder time than most gov. agencies keeping a hold of their guns) and FBI indicate trace data is useless as most guns used in crimes are purchased 7 to 10 years prior and have often changed hands at least once since the purchase. It's true that some people will commit crimes with firearms but the vast majority of those crimes are not committed by one of the 80 million citizens who legally own a gun, most of those who commit these murders, assault and rapes with a firearm are already felons who are barred from possessing guns, they are also people who if they cannot get a gun will use a knife or a brick or a rope or a rock. They are people for whom laws mean nothing.
I am tired of politicians relating the 2nd to "hunters and sportsmen", it isn't about hunting or sport, it is the way we protect our persons and the rest of our enumerated rights as exemplified by the Deacons for Defense in the civil rights movement. I will close with this quote by democrat Hubert Humphrey "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.... The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible."

It won't do any good but it's cathartic.

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