Columbine Victim Speaks Out About Gun Control Efforts

February 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I first read this on The Blaze and it deserves to go viral.  The sooner, the better because there are too many on the Left who believe that the idea that our government wants to confiscate our guns is laughable.  The truth of the matter is that all the gun control in the world will not keep criminals from obtaining guns.  In fact, I don’t believe a full confiscation of guns would keep criminals from obtaining guns, no more than Prohibition kept anyone who really wanted it from obtaining alcohol.  Of course, the Left is always trying to put their own fallacious spin on history.

Prohibition didn’t work, but that was then and this is now, right?  The war on drugs didn’t work, but that was…oh wait, it’s still happening now.

Criminals will always find a way to get what they want, without exception.  People who are intent on murdering other people will find a way to do it.  Yet, some would prefer to believe that restrictions on guns (or even a complete confiscation of them) would mean that criminals won’t be able to obtain them either.  Anyone who believes this really needs to have their head examined and that’s putting it as nicely as I can.

While Obama spoke in Chicago a few nights ago, several young people were killed in cold blood with guns.  Chicago has stringent requirements in order to be able to buy and own a gun.  Chicago also has some of the highest numbers in gun violence in the nation.  Criminals do not care about obeying gun laws, no more than they care about “thou shalt not kill.”

The following letter is from Columbine survivor Evan M. Todd.  He disagrees with this administration’s policies with respect to gun control.  He says what he means and it is an interesting read.

I’m getting so tired of those on the Left who are in control of policy-making for this country and deciding what is newsworthy.  It is obscene.  If it were not for foreign news sources, as well as independent bloggers, we would never hear both sides of an argument or discussion.  We would simply be spoon fed the liberal agenda.  As it is, that’s pretty much what we get whenever we turn on the news here in America.  It’s as close to being “state-run media” as anything that is broadcasts in Cuba or another dictatorship.  It is ridiculous and yet it exists.

Well, without further ado, here’s Mr. Todd’s letter.  A word of warning to those on the Left.  You will consider Mr. Todd’s letter as being disrespectful to Obama because he uses logic to point out the fallacies that are inherent within the gun control arguments from the Left.  I realize you will not recognize the fallacies because to you, they are truth, but know that they are there and part of Mr. Todd’s respectful dialogue.

It would be nice to believe that Mr. Todd’s letter actually had an impact on Obama’s thoughts and actions.  I doubt that it will happen.  It is very clear to me that those on the Left want to severely restrict, limit, and even confiscate guns.  It’s not because they think that guns are the problem.  It’s because they know that a citizenry with guns is a problem for a corrupt government.  We need look no further than the Battle of Athens, TN in 1946 to see what citizens did against such a corrupt local government, with the Constitutional use of the 2nd Amendment.  That is exactly why the framers of the Constitution included the 2nd Amendment.

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
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.

Critical Examination
Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy — but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.

Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?

You said, “If we can save just one person it is worth it.” Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:

First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.

Second, press Congress to repeal the “Gun Free Zone Act.” Don’t allow America’s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.

This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.

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 [1]

[1] http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/20/columbine-survivor-pens-bold-open-letter-to-obama-rejecting-gun-control-whose-side-are-you-on/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=Share%20Buttons

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