Letter to the Hill
So I just wrote this up and sent it to my congrassman and senators. I went directly to their pages becasue I felt it would be better to write a more personal letter than a generic one although I have sent those too. Let me know what you think.
I am a concerned citizen. Recent events have led to the issue of gun control on the national level.
I have served this nation in both Iraq and Afghanistan and fought for my country's liberties in an attempt to impart said liberties on people who have spent the majority of their lives under tyranny. I am proud to call myself an American and believe the Constitution I swore allegiance to was established to guarantee our liberties and basic inalienable human rights.
I was very saddened to hear about the tragic events which transpired December 14th, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I was also saddened to hear several of our country’s representatives used this tragedy to begin a campaign to rob law abiding citizens of their rights.
As you know, living in a free country comes with inherent risks. With freedom comes responsibility. The immoral acts of a very small minority of Americans should not have an effect on the freedoms of the vast majority of Americans. Using this tragedy as grounds to strip law-abiding Americans of their human rights is sickening and shows lack of character and leadership. The display of insensitivity by those who would use such a tragedy to advance an agenda leaves Americans wondering how our rights, given to us by a higher authority and put in writing by the framers of this nation, play a role the moral decision making we entrust our elected representatives to carry out.
Stripping the human right to self defense is counter to what this nation was established to be and counter to what me and my brothers and sisters-in-arms strived to promote abroad.
As a law-abiding American I see this as a shameful response to the tragic loss of life not only in Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the tragic loss of life of anybody at the hands of truly evil men.
Our 2nd Amendment was established to keep tyranny in our own borders at bay. The common misconception of our right to bear arms as only existing to protect hunters shows a complete lack of understanding by fellow Americans who’s oath of office was not much different than my own.
Please do not support those who have forgotten the oath they took to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Please represent me in the face of your colleagues who do not feel bound by the limitations set forth by the Bill of Rights and would strip my rights and the rights of my fellow Americans by the implementation of any Assault Weapon Ban or ban on standard capacity magazines.
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" -Thomas Jefferson-
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"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)