Leave The Assault Weapons In The Hands Of The Military - And Response (2)

Saturday, December 14, 2013
I am a concerned citizen who feels we have to keep this issue alive to stop violence by guns. Children are the innocent victims of gun violence in too many cases. Since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, more than 32,000 children and teens have been killed by guns. The Sandy Hook Elementary mass killing just 12 months ago took 20 young children’s lives. 

Tennessee ranks 38th in the U.S. in child deaths from firearms. The average rate in the U.S. is 3.6 child and teen deaths per 100,000 people per year, while in Tennessee the rate is 4.
3. This includes homicides, accidents and suicides.

Complete prevention of gun violence may be a nearly impossible task, but we should not give up. Our children are too precious. Accidents can be prevented with proper education and safety features such as trigger locks and and gun safes. The costs are little in comparison to the tragic loss of even one child’s lifes Elected officials have the same polling results we do, and they know that strong support for universal background checks is there among all political party affiliations, even among National Rifle Association members. All dealer and private gun purchases should be subject to background checks.

Congress, we have had enough. Please leave the assault weapons in the hands of the military and law enforcement, and limit the available size of magazines to what is practical for sporting and self-defense.

Congress, we have had enough. Please leave the assault weapons in the hands of the military and law enforcement, and limit the available size of magazines to what is practical for sporting and self-defense.

Jerome Thompson

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Jerome, governments killed over 170 million people in the 21st Century, WW1, WW2. Korea, Vietnam. War always kills more unarmed citizens than soldiers. The first thing Hitler did was disarm the Germans. What would have happened if 6 million Jews had been armed? Have you forgotten about the Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee, Kent State and Waco?

There were more people killed by hands and feet in 2012 than by any kind of rifle. Handguns were used in 99 percent of gun deaths in 2012 including Sandy Hook, not assault weapons. In most cases the criminal could have used a single shotgun. You didn’t mention how may lives that were saved by guns.

  I will give up my arms when the government gives up theirs. Do you trust a federal government with a 10 percent approval rating? Ask the Cambodians, Russians, Chinese and Rwandans about an unarmed citizenry? An armed citizenry keeps the government under control. The 2nd amendment is not about hunting or self defense, it is gives the states the right to have a militia (national guard) and the people the right to be armed to defend their rights. The federal government is promoting the assault weapon ban because they are afraid of us and know they are not using the Constitution.

The federal government needs to stop giving foreign aid to every entity in the world and spend our money here at home on education and jobs. Appeal NAFTA and bring back manufacturing jobs and get our young people off the streets and off drugs. Gun crimes will decrease with good paying manufacturing jobs.

“ Of all the atrocities committed by the British on the Indian People the blackest was to disarm them.”  Ghandi

Obviously, criminals don’t obey laws. Marijuana has been illegal for decades and the use is at an all time high.  You want to disarm honest, law-abiding ,taxpaying citizens, not criminals.  The British marched on Concord, to disarm the colonists, the reason the founders put the right in the Constitution.

Chuck Davis 

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Like Mr. Thompson, I am also a concerned citizen. However, I am a concerned citizen as a direct result of citizens like Mr. Thompson, who continue to call for restrictions to our Constitutional rights, all based on some absurd premise that would-be murderers will decide not to carry out their murder because their magazine can no longer hold 30 rounds, or because a type of gun that he was never going to use in the first place is now banned (thanks to that new law Jerome wants).  

It truly amazes me that people continue to call for bans on assault weapons, despite their complete and undeniable absence from all the shootings that people like Jerome Thompson like to reference. That's like calling for a ban on monster trucks after a spate of drunk driving fatalities involving pickup trucks.  

The media has done a bangup job in brainwashing you (and countless others) into seeing a problem that isn't there, while ignoring the many that are. 

Dallas Cole


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