In the wake of the recent tragedies in Newtown, CT and here at home in the Denver area this past summer, our country faces a growing threat of the repeal of our 2nd Amendment rights. While painful, heartbreaking, and disturbing, what has happened in recent months (and the years dating back to the Columbine shooting) has no bearing on my, or my fellow American's right to keep and bear arms. I am writing to you today to implore you to reject any new or proposed legislation that would significantly have a negative impact on our 2nd Amendment.
Sir, I must ask, what do you think will come of a new law that severely limits the manufacture and sale of not just "assault weapons," but of all firearms and ammunition? And by what definition do my elected officials refer to as an "assault weapon?" Keep in mind that the 2nd Amendment does not discriminate against, nor describe, any firearm. Furthermore, it also clearly states that the right to keep and bear arms "shall not be infringed." Wouldn't you agree that the 2nd Amendment has been infringed upon enough with the passing of the Brady Bill, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and similar others?
I gave seven of the proudest years of my life to support and defend the Constitution of this great nation during a time when our country had faced the greatest terrorist attack we've ever seen. I did it not for the money or for the pride of family and friends, but because I believe that we all have the right to live and be free. During that time, we took down Saddam Hussein and freed a nation from tyrannical oppression. Oppression that I believe could happen here. And although I left the service beforehand, I can say I played a role in the search for Bin Laden and the eradication of Al Qaida and the Taliban in the Middle East. Organizations that wish to destroy our Nation. To pass a bill in the Senate or The House would mean that all my brothers and sisters who died for those same causes would all be in vain.
It is not the gun that kills, Mr. Senator, it's the person behind it. A law banning the use of a car because of the rate of drunk-driving deaths wouldn't pass, would it?
I am also writing to your partner Senator in the hopes that the two of you will come together and reject what truly is a knee-jerk reaction. Instead, why not a bill that would greatly increase the amount of mental health care for an individual the likes of James Holmes, Adam Lanza, and the killers behind Jonesboro Middle School and Columbine? Those who need help but aren't able to get it?
In closing, Mr. Senator, I'll leave you with this. I voted Democrat in this past election because I believe in nearly all of the ideals that The Left holds dear. Sir, this is not one of those ideals that I agree with. If this new proposed legislation were to pass, where does it end? I believe that all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I thought all Democrats did as well.
Thank you very much for your time in reading my message. I look forward to your response.
Very Respectfully Yours,