Wed, Feb. 26

Letter: Enforce the 20,000 gun laws already on America’s books


I am an Independent voter and a supporter of the US Constitution. I am neither a “mass murderer” nor a “wannabe.” I am a disabled American veteran and a member of the NRA. I was a member of the US Air Force from 1967 until 1971, during the Vietnam War, and received an honorable discharge. I do not “go out in the woods to play war or shoot pictures of people.” War is not a game. I have gone through training to obtain my Arizona concealed weapons permit. Hunting, marksmanship training and target shooting are major hobbies for millions of law abiding citizens. Firearm collecting is also part of that hobby as well as reloading, gunsmithing and woodworking.

Before we let the government make more “gun control” laws that they are unable to enforce, we must be sure they are enforcing the 20,000 already on the books. Recently, in New York, a felon started a fire to lure firemen so he could shoot and kill them. When the firemen arrived, he murdered two and wounded two others. New York, Chicago and Washington DC have some of the strictest gun control laws on their books, but this didn’t prevent a felon in New York, who is barred from owning a firearm, from obtaining one. We need to work on the mental side of the equation and get the mentally ill help. No law will ever prevent a mentally ill person from committing crimes.

Gun bans have been tried numerous times and failed. You cannot stop an irrational act. If a person wants to commit such an horrendous act, they will do so, gun or no gun. People who carry firearms legally are not the problem, but most likely the deterrent. How is the national ban on firearms in the United States of Mexico working out for their citizens? Private individuals in Mexico cannot own a gun to protect or defend themselves and their families from criminals and the cartels.

You will never keep guns out of the hands of criminals and outlaws. Remember, it takes a good man or woman with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. “Gun Free” zones do not work. To the bad guys, the sign means there is no one armed inside, so come on in. This goes for schools, banks, restaurants, theaters and businesses who post “No Firearms Allowed” signs to invite the bad guys in to rob or shoot patrons and workers alike because firearms are banned and no one inside is able to defend themselves.

If I remember correctly, in 2009 and again in 2011, President Obama took the money designated for security in our schools and transferred it to the Department of Homeland Security. This resulted in removing police officers from schools. But not from the school where Obama’s children are enrolled. Not only are security officers on duty there, but also the US Secret Service. Transfer the money back from Homeland Security and return it to the schools where it belongs. Volunteers In Protection are needed in our schools now. My question: Are there enough retired men and women living in Yavapai County who have an Arizona CWP willing to volunteer their services for several hours a week to protect our school children?

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” - Thomas Jefferson

Fred Roberts

Lake Montezuma

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