Here's my first draft. It weighs in at 262 words.
Freedom lovers, a bill currently in the state assembly, AB 1934, is threatening to castrate the “bear” portion of the second amendment for all Californians. As useful as a firearm is at home, we should not idly stand by and allow our civil rights to erode any further. This is a final impassioned act of desperation, a final plea to prevent further injury to the people of California, a plea I hope you hear.
Our state's constitution places tremendous importance on its people's rights and freedoms, so much so, that the very first section deals exclusively with our rights. Section one of this section speaks of defending life as well as defending property. Surely the constructors of our constitution didn't envision that victims would be defending their life and limb with their bare fists all while a criminal wields a firearm! Our ability to defend life and protect property are inalienable, so we must reasonably conclude that we have a right to properly defend and protect. The Attorney General's report on homicide in 2008 states that firearms were used in over 70 percent of homicides. Another report on crime in California in 2008 showed that over 31 percent of robberies were performed with a firearm. The conclusions here are readily obvious, despite the California Constitution not explicitly mentioning the right to keep and bear arms, the ability to arm oneself
with a firearm is required to defend life and protect personal property.
Please spread the word regarding this issue and tell your representatives in Sacramento that they should vote against AB 1934.