A LETTER TO AMERICAN LAWMAKERS DEMANDING ACTION ON GUNS

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DEAR LAWMAKER:

THIS LETTER IS NEITHER A THREAT NOR AN ATTEMPT TO HARM YOU PHYSICALLY IN ANY WAY.

What it IS though, is an opportunity for you to stand on the right side of history, maybe for the first time in your career.

Imagine if someone came to YOUR office, to YOUR workplace, to YOUR child’s or grandchild’s school and began killing innocent people without pause or concern with an ASSAULT WEAPON that has NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO KILL PEOPLE. In the aftermath of losing people YOU love would THOUGHTS and PRAYERS be enough to soothe your aching heart? Would evasive responses or claims of your insincerity  about what happened be enough to salve your bitter knowledge that NONE OF IT HAD TO HAPPEN? Would so-called responsible people saying that YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND how things work be enough to make you feel better at the end of the day?

Be honest. Maybe for the first time. Be honest about what is really going on here.

Don’t continue to hide behind excuses that don’t hold water from any rational point of view. Now, finally, you must make a stand and decide what is more important to you and to our country: unfettered access with few restraints at all for nearly anyone to weapons of mass killing OR the lives of peaceful Americans, especially our children. No hiding behind the 2nd Amendment and your opinion of what the Founders meant when they wrote it. No squirming about how taking money from the NRA doesn’t mean you’re beholden to their agenda. No pretending that you care about safety when you just care about the money and the power that money provides you through won elections. No more of any of this.

It is clear that this IS NOT JUST a mental health problem (because if it were you wouldn’t push to slash mental health care funding or get laws on the books allowing mentally ill people to buy assault weapons or any weapons at all.) Every country in the world has mental health issues but they don’t have the kind of mass killings America has.

It is clear that this IS NOT about securing the rights of people to own a gun (because hunters, target shooters, and collectors have no need for any weapon this powerful and effective at slaying large numbers of people.) Other countries in the world allow gun ownership for those reasons too but they don’t have the kind of mass killings America has.

It is clear that this IS NOT about protecting the general population from a tyrannical government (as fierce twisters of the 2nd Amendment like to pretend it is in this day and age) because when it comes to refusal to protect American citizens this government is already acting like a tyrannical toddler, bent on ignoring the will of the people in favor of the will of the bank accounts of the donor class.)

And it is clear that this IS NOT just a political issue being pushed by evil liberals who hate guns (because if it were you wouldn’t have LARGE MAJORITIES of American’s telling you that they want more regulations on guns- including people of all political beliefs.) Millions of those same liberals responsible hunt or target shoot and don’t want to give that up.

LET US BE CLEAR- IF YOU INSIST ON CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE SAME IRRESPONSIBLE, LAISSEZ-FAIRE, HANDS OFF GUN LOBBY AGENDA ANY LONGER, YOU WILL SOON BE OUT OF A JOB, OUT OF POWER, AND REMEMBERED AS AMONG THE WORST DO-NOTHINGS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY.

We are long past the time where rational people are accepting your tired and transparent arguments about how hard it is to change gun laws. What we do see is your cowardice, your intransigence, your stubborn selfishness and your willingness to sacrifice the lives of American voters in order to maintain your own 1% lifestyle. This is not leadership. This is not sage stewardship. This is cold, calculating whoremongering, plain and simple.

Especially when the solutions to preventing future tragedies are so clear and so simple. Here are some places to start.

  • Outlaw private citizen ownership of all automatic, semi-automatic, large magazine guns of any shape or size. (Just like we do with other military style weapons.)
  • Require mandatory training, licensing, background screening, waiting periods, and annual relicensing for all gun ownership of any kind. (Just like we do with driving privileges.)
  • Require all state gun laws to be consistent across the nation. (Just like we do with other federal issues like the Uniform Commercial Code.)
  • Require all gun owners to register their guns with the state government and/or be a member of a state organized militia.
  • Require a minimum standard age for gun ownership. (Just like we do for voting, alcohol purchases, driving, and military service, among other things.)
  • Require all gun manufacturers, dealers, and retailers to be licensed and outlaw private gun sales or transfers that do not involve a licensed dealer. (Just like we do with medicine or insurance.)
  • Require smart technology to be developed and implemented on all firearms that restrict unauthorized firing by someone not the registered and/or trained owner. (Just like we do with drunk drivers who get back their license to drive.)
  • Limit the size of clips, magazines, barrels to 9 shots or less. (Just like we mandate safety features on cars.)
  • Establish and enforce a “give back/buy back” program to remove all banned firearms from the general public. (Provide tax cuts and/or credits to the manufacturers of these weapons for a set period of time to fund the program.)
  • Create and enforce very strict penalties for those who own/use/sell firearms outside of the laws developed. (Just like you do with every other behavior you want to regulate.)

And do it in one sweeping piece of legislation. Hell, insist on a constitutional amendment to refine the 2nd Amendment to be in step with modern society. That too has been done many times in our nation’s history.

Because here’s the deal. You can step up and do this BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO or you can be replaced by people who will. Because frankly we are tired of inaction. We are tired of excuses. We are tired of DEAD CHILDREN whose only crime was going to school that day.

Consider yourself on notice. We have an election coming and we have a large number of people who are not happy. And we will advocate for any opponent who will stand up to do what is right.

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THIS LETTER IS NEITHER A THREAT NOR AN ATTEMPT TO HARM YOU PHYSICALLY IN ANY WAY. IT IS A WAKE UP CALL. AMERICA IS SERIOUS ABOUT SAVING OUR CHILDREN. THE TIME TO JOIN IS NOW.

 

Sincerely-

America’s Voters and Our Children

 (Please feel free to copy/paste and/or send directly to your elected officials and others who have the power to change laws.)

 

 

 

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