A Columbine Survivor Reaches Out To President Obama

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Let’s set the parameters, before you read this article. First and foremost, I am a firm believer in gun control. A good site picture, a steady hand, timed breathing, and a smooth trigger squeeze all contribute to gun control and a tight grouping on your target. Being unfamiliar with your weapon or deficient on any of these components will mean poor gun control and imprecise shooting, which is a waste of ammunition.

We all have different views on gun control. Most of the readers of Flopping Aces believe in the ability of the individual to defend himself against home intruders, strong arm thugs, and tyranny: the Left has a contrarian view of all these potential altercations. During home invasions and assault by thugs, the Left has demonstrated compassionate feelings for the welfare of perpetrators. Police are trained in subduing the malcontent; therefore they should be allowed to arrest the criminal and the victim should accept the role of victim with dignity and poise. In the case of tyranny, the only ones threatening us with the loss of liberty and the imposition of tyranny is the Left, so it is understandable that they take a dim view of resistance to the idea of totalitarian control.

In an ironic twist of logic, the Left uses a strategy of showcasing victims to plead their case against the Second Amendment. Usually, the victims are unfamiliar with weapons, their usage, and the concept of self-defense; so they stand before the country and play the role of drama queen with crocodile tears showing in their eyes, while they plead the Left’s case against the Second Amendment.

However, there is one victim who doesn’t fit the template of a vacuous headed drama queen and he won’t be programmed to tug at the heart strings of the overly emotional voter the Left is trying to sway with its media hype. Todd Evan is a survivor of Columbine who was wounded by one of the two homicidal maniacs back on April 20, 1999. He has written a poignant and open letter to our president in support of the Second Amendment and illustrating the fallacies of the Obama’s views on gun control.

He is an intelligent young man with a message. Here is his letter to our president:

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

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