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Friday, 17 June 2016 10:47

Serody: Send a letter to Congress re: Guns

Written by  Bob Serody

Posted Sunday, June 12, 2016
Guns, Freedoms, Rights, Violence, Corruption… cont'd.
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Send a letter to your Congressmen
By Bob Serody

The letter below is meant to be insulting and explains how meek and stupid many of our Congressmen are. I personally don’t care if they take offense. The important thing is that you distribute this letter to your friends, and tell them to write their own cleaned up version, but it is important to ask our elected leaders to provide us with a safe environment, where we don’t have to feel terrified to walk outside our homes. If you know that these lawmakers always close ranks to prevent the passage of sane gun laws, don’t forget that you can also close ranks and vote them out of office.

Dear Congressman (or woman):

I’d like to present you with some information about guns.

According to FBI statistics, 46,313 Americans were murdered with firearms during the time period of 2007 to 2011. To put this death toll into perspective, this translates to an average of 9,263 murders per year, or 25 murders per day. When we look at this average death toll in relation to the Sandy Hook Shooting—a nationally shocking tragedy—we see that a Sandy Hook sized tragedy happens every day, yet nobody covers it.

Currently, there are 88 guns for every 100 people living in the United States (not even counting the illegal weapons which our government couldn’t account for). With so many weapons and so few controls on those who can own the weapons, there is simply no realistic way to keep these guns from falling into the hands of violent criminals and disturbed people.

If this doesn’t impress you, then let me try this.

I buy a bazooka. I climb into my tank and load a round prior to driving to the local supermarket. It’s OK. I’m protected by the Second Amendment. After all, I’m defending my freedom, and if anyone comes to my house without prior permission, I will consider him a potential threat. When he steps on the land mind in my front yard, it will serve his body parts right.

You think this sounds preposterous? These scenarios can happen as long that person knows that the NRA has his back. Even worse, a deranged killer also has the same rights. But wait, isn’t he a bad guy? If we arm all of our citizens above the age of 12 with a tank and a bazooka, then we need not worry about that unstable renegade.

Every sane person recognizes that this is absurd. But this is the solution that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA proposed after Sandy Hook. Just arm all the teachers. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

You already know that a lone gunman can kill loads of people if he wants to. The record for a mass murder is now 49 dead with over 50 wounded, some on life support. Grieving relatives and friends are surely asking the question, "by what right does our country permit such lax gun laws?"

Do you seriously think every sportsman and hunter in our country supports these so called rights and doesn’t think this is overkill?  Who sets policy for the NRA and lobbies you and your fellow congressmen like puppets on a string? The gun manufacturers, that’s who! “OK,” you say. “Maybe we can do something, but what about my reelection if the NRA doesn’t give me an A+ rating?”

Here is the answer you give to your friendly gun lobbyist. “Gun violence in the United States is out of control, and I have a conscience and a duty to protect my constituents. Outlawing weapons of mass destruction could have prevented the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub and many of the preceding mass murders that stain our history and shame our country. As a first step, we need to close the stupid gun loopholes, prevent the sale of semi-automatic weapons to people on the terror watch list, and maybe, we should even ban the sale of these types of weapons, period.”

If you are still hesitant to do this, the next time there is a gun show in your neighborhood, go there and see what weapons are available for sale, and then imagine why it is so easy for a demented individual to take down so many people. Then think of the grieving relatives and friends of the victims. Finally, ask yourself whether you might someday hear your child call you from his or her cell phone to say, goodbye Dad, or goodbye Mom. I love you.

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

*ED. NOTE: The views expressed here are solely those of the author. SCPA does not endorse candidates and welcomes commentary on a wide range of issues, including political campaigns, local,regional and national. If interested in contributing commentary, please contact SCPA.

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