• Columbine Survivor Pens Bold Open Letter to Obama Rejecting Gun Control

    Mr. President,

    As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

    Universal Background Checks

    First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

    Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

    Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

    It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

    Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

    The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

    Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

    10-Round Limit for Magazines

    Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
    Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

    Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

    Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.

    Selling to Criminals

    Mr. President, these are your words: “And finally, Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

    Why don’t we start with Eric Holder and thoroughly investigate the Fast and Furious program?

    Furthermore, the vast majority of these mass murderers bought their weapons legally and jumped through all the hoops — because they were determined to murder. Adding more hoops and red tape will not stop these types of people. It doesn’t now — so what makes you think it will in the future? Criminals who cannot buy guns legally just resort to the black market.

    Criminals and murderers will always find a way.

    Critical Examination

    Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy — but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.

    Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?

    You said, “If we can save just one person it is worth it.” Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:

    First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.

    Second, press Congress to repeal the “Gun Free Zone Act.” Don’t allow America’s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.

    This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.

    Mr. President, do the right thing, restore freedom, and save lives. Show the American people that you stand with them and not with thugs and criminals.


    Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd

    Comments 25 Comments
    1. enbloc's Avatar
      enbloc -
      Suck that Government!
    1. SpaceCritter's Avatar
      SpaceCritter -
      ...and the MSM?

    1. KBCraig's Avatar
      KBCraig -
      (From the dupe thread, before it got locked):

      Quote Originally Posted by In God We Trust View Post
      These letters are such a stupid waste of time. Obama does not care about his rational and well written pro gun letter....
      It wasn't written to persuade Obama. He's well aware that Obama will never see it.

      It's written for the benefit of the general public.
    1. rizzojr's Avatar
      rizzojr -
      This is just amazing!
      Right on Evan Todd
    1. stone007's Avatar
      stone007 -
      This is so good. I can't believe it is real, but the Blaze must have vetted it. Prediction: within 24 hours the main stream media will try to discredit Mr. Todd.
    1. Fattman's Avatar
      Fattman -
      Well Said Evan, I pray its heard...
    1. Apathesis's Avatar
      Apathesis -
    1. joshh's Avatar
      joshh -
      Havent seen this guy on the news...
    1. chaser001's Avatar
      chaser001 -
    1. CaptDan3's Avatar
      CaptDan3 -
      One of the best written letters I have ever read.

      Dan Long
    1. Bob J's Avatar
      Bob J -
      Very well said!
    1. Rem29's Avatar
      Rem29 -
      Excellent letter. The best approach is a respectful one.
    1. Rem29's Avatar
      Rem29 -
      Well written, respectful letter.
    1. Robracer50's Avatar
      Robracer50 -
      Something tells me this guy's invitation to the Inauguration/ State of the Union Address got lost in the mail. Honestly though his letter is well penned and thought out, Kudos!
    1. Sniper977's Avatar
      Sniper977 -
      Wow. Evan M Todd for president in...2028????
    1. Business's Avatar
      Business -
      awesome letter i hope Barry actually reads it
    1. cmcgraw2's Avatar
      cmcgraw2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshh View Post
      Havent seen this guy on the news...
      he was on Fox News this afternoon, here's a link to the vid

    1. Kaldone's Avatar
      Kaldone -
      Doubt he will read it though. Or respond if he does.
    1. smeds's Avatar
      smeds -
      A friend of mine currently works as an intern in the White House correspondence office; they do in fact read every piece of mail that is sent to the president, prepare a brief summarizing the concerns, and bring him a random group of 10 letters every evening for him to read personally. With something like this making the news circuit there is every certainty Obama will read it. That said, any possible response is up in the air (seems unlikely though). I hope this will have some impact on the general public, however, and persuade folks to reject the knee-jerk ban mindset that's been going around.
    1. joshh's Avatar
      joshh -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmcgraw2 View Post
      he was on Fox News this afternoon, here's a link to the vid

      Columbine survivor opposes Obama's gun control plans | Watch the video - Yahoo! News
      CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS affiliates i'm sure will headline this too!
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