This is a letter from my brother & me to Rep. Linda Finn (D-Portsmouth, Middletown). It explains the futility of her bill and all the other knee-jerk ones being passed around the country. How sad we deny the rights of the law-abiding citizens in order to allow the criminal elements more freedom to kill law-abiding citizens and innocent children.
Dear Rep. Finn,
The best way to make it work is to NOT pass any more gun control legislation. All gun control legislation hampers the abilities of law abiding citizens to acquire guns to protect themselves and their families.
A recent article in the Projo last Saturday stated that Rhode Island already has the 8th strictest gun laws in the country. Chicago and Washington, DC, have the strictest gun laws in the country and they are both also owners of the highest murder rates in the county. Ever wonder why? Because the bad guys not only don't obey gun laws, they feel safe, knowing that the law abiding citizens cannot shoot back. Just because they're criminals doesn't mean they are idiots.
It is a fact of life that not one of those gun laws has ever stopped a crime. The reason is that criminals do not obey laws like law abiding citizens do. Gun laws only make all of us less safe.
The problem is not guns, but evil people who use them to facilitate their crimes. You cannot make criminals obey laws no matter how hard you try and everyone knows it.
I grew up in Idaho. I too remember crawling under my school desk in the fifties to protect us from a nuclear attack. We all know that was foolish and it is just as foolish for teachers to herd kids into a closet when there is an attack. The only thing that has proven that it will help is if someone with a gun can shoot and stop the attacker. In grade school some of the older boys (10 to 12) even brought their 22 rifles to school so they could shoot after school. They were stacked in the back corner of the room until the school day ended.
Why were there no attacks in the school I attended? Because the culture was far different than what we have today. Back then Hollywood and the TV stations were responsible with what they aired on their stations and in their movies. They cultivated a society that respected law and order, obedience to parents and respect for others. That does not exist today.
One of the worst gun laws ever enacted does exactly the opposite of its intent.
"Gun Free Zones" create targets of safety and opportunity for killers by making a safe place for them to murder unarmed people. The massacre at Virginia Tech occurred in a "gun free zone". I've read that three of the students murdered owned guns and carry permits, but because they were law abiding citizens they did not bring their guns into the "gun free zone". They should have been permitted to defend themselves. I wonder why the murderer did not obey the "gun free zone"?
Since 1970, every mass murder has occurred in a "gun free zone" except one and in that case the murderer wound up being stopped by an off-duty policewoman before he could kill more people than the two that he did.
Since we have failed to stop the destruction of family values and principles that made our country great with the anything goes mentality the violence will increase and for that reason more gun laws will only make us less safe. That is just the way it is. If you want to help make us and our children safer you need to promote gun ownership and training of law abiding citizens who desire to protect themselves and their families. That is the only thing regarding guns that makes any sense. Tough sentencing of criminals that commit crimes with guns will deter some crime, but early parole of this type of offenders needs to stop.
Finally, the Second Amendment was written to protect the law abiding citizens from anything that they needed to protect themselves from, but mainly from the encroachments of a tyrannical government like the one they had just overthrown to gain their independence. The final four words in the Second Amendment were very carefully chosen, just read the debates on the amendment to see why they became "shall not be infringed". Anything that hampers the freemans ability to own a firearm is a violation of this amendment and the Constitution. The first gun law was written in 1927 and it is as unconstitutional then as it is today as well as all other gun laws written since. We did just fine for 150+ years without any
The founders knew that criminals do not obey laws and that there might also be a day in the future when government would not obey the clear language of the Constitution. The amendment was written to keep power in the hands of you and me, in "we the people" and not the government. Many have died in the defense of the Constitution and our rule of law and not rule of dictator and we need to honor their sacrifice. I have sworn an oath to protect and defend our Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic and that oath still stands, I keep my word. I am a United States Marine Corps and combat veteran of the Vietnam war. Both on my parents and grandparents are also veterans as well as two brothers, one of which was killed in 1968 while serving in the Navy.
Please just drop this gun legislation proposal, it'll only hurt the law abiding citizens and further enable the criminal element in our midst. Make it easier for the law abiding to acquire and get safety training and we all win except the criminal. I am a member of The Newport Rifle Club and we have talented people that can help with training and instruction for anyone that wants it.
Jim and Jack Baillargeron