Sent the following to the Honorable Senator Kaye Bailey Hutchison. I suggest others in DC would benefit from the same letter or one like it, as they appear to be poised to make a huge mistake.
Obviously in the wake of recent tragedy we are about to face attempts to restrict the availability of firearms and/or ammunition and possibly other restrictions on the ability of citizens to exercise rights guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights. Said legislation will make anti-gun types feel better while in all likelihood doing nothing to cure the problem, and possibly even exacerbating it.
I believe the biggest fantasy ever foisted on the public was that installing a sign creates a “gun free zone”. As recent shootings prove, it does not. Passing that law made people feel good, but a false sense of security is useless. In fact gun free zones only enable those with intent to do harm to operate in a safer environment without fear of interferance. The presence of one or more individuals with a firearm to counter the threat would have saved lives.
All that said, please inform your colleagues in DC that I and thousands like me are watching, and anyone (I repeat… ANYONE… Regardless of party affiliation) who votes to encroach on our right to keep and bear arms in any way need know this will be a career defining act. It WILL be their last term. There are enough committed gun owners to ensure that outcome.
Our freedoms are not subject to abandonment to create useless feel-good legislation, and anyone that compromises that freedom will discover the meaning of “outta here” at the very next time they attempt to run for office. They will be over politically.
And lest anyone suggest we are selfishly putting our wants and desires ahead of the safety of children, tell them they need to learn from the past. The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. And yes, I have defended other’s rights with a firearm before. The people who benefit most from gun control are the criminal element. For them it is workplace safety legislation. I am not in the least interested in keeping criminals safer.
Thank you for your time and service.