Columbine victim’s pointed letter to Obama: Don’t stand with thugs and criminals

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Although usually riddled with emotion, the most effective testimony often comes from crime victims.

It’s been almost 14 years since the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold methodically went from room to room and gunned down fellow students, injuring 21 and killing 15 (including themselves) in the process.

In the following letter to President Obama, one of Columbine’s injured offers his thoughts on gun control, according to Townhall:

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:

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…

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.

Respectfully,

Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd

The letter is a bit lengthy. But since Todd’s thoughts on gun legislation are in direct contradiction to the president’s, I hope you take the time to read what he had to say. You probably won’t see it posted in too many other places.

Read more at Townhall.

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  • KB Cook

    When you or a family member has been the victim of a violent crime, you are no longer a "casual observer." Big difference in perspective, don'cha think? Knee-jerk social engineers are just that: knee-jerks who socially engineer society. Stop electing them, people!!

  • starviego

    The big secret about Columbine is that there were more involved than just Harris and Klebold. Don’t believe me? Just ask the eyewitnesses:

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/columbi

  • Eyde

    I believe a lot more victims feel this way. More guns in good guys hand are better than bad guys hands and loss is loss the pain is the same weather it's a gun a drunk driver a doctor or even God a mom that losses a child feels the same no matter how she came to loose along with any human who suffers loss limbs need to get a grip and possibly a job to absorb some of their time and we the people's money needs to go for what we the people want

  • C L Hiatt II

    One thing to keep in mind when dealing with liberals is to remember the words of Adolf Hitler's propoganda minister: " A lie told the same way often enough will become accepted as the truth".

    If these people are so concerned with the death of children why are they not at the forefront of those trying to shut down the mass murder sites called " abortion clinics" that are the scene of death to tens of thousands of innocent unborn & partially born little babies??