Recently, after a tragic assault weapon shooting spree in Alabama that cost 11 Americans their lives, the National Rifle Association informed the country that it was an inappropriate time to debate policies to prevent gun violence as the afflicted community was in mourning. Given that 82 Americans die from gun violence every day, it leads one to wonder if the gun lobby’s “right time” will ever come.
Thankfully, though, not all opponents of gun control heed the NRA’s gag order, and we are blessed to receive some wonderful missives that advance the national dialogue on this critical issue. Over the past six months…
We heard from fans of CSGV President Mike Beard’s “Mondays with Mike” blog…
From: lawrence mattera [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Mondays with the “Porky little bastard”
Date: March 31, 2009
Call mike what he is .
We heard from those seeking gainful employment…
From: Karl Hadley [email@example.com]
Subject: job opportunity
Date: March 28, 2009
I’d like to apply for the job of lying to dumb-ass people on your behalf. I have absolutely no problem telling and constantly repeating blatant lies in order to make cash. Hire me you stupid bitch.
We heard from those that believe that nonprofit employees can afford “personnel bodyguards” and who we’re eager to make a bet with…
From: Michael Beairsto [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Stop sending me your propaganda
Date: March 11, 2009
…Most of America knows that once you get a law passed to outlawing assault weapons your group will go after hand guns than hunting rifles, than bows and arrows, than knives, than forks, steak knives and spoons. Get my drift.
If my family and I lived in a well protected community and could afford personnel body guards just like you folks, I probably would side with your organization on this issue. But, I don’t live in guarded communities so if you please I would like to maintain the option to buy a gun if I ever feel like I needed to in order that I may protect my family. Or would you tell me, oh well, so sorry, it’s not your fault if I can’t live in a gated community and my your family dies by the hand of some criminal who can and will get a gun no matter what laws you get on the books. But, that’s right we poor common people are just what, a commodity that can be replaced at the drop of a hat. Does that sound about right for all you goody-to-shoes in the world
By the way I do not own any guns. Just wanted to clear that up for you. But I’ll bet a buck you do.
… The way I see it, if you don’t own a gun take of the rose colored glasses and look at the real world around you, it will scare the crap out of you …
God help us if your side wins. Oh yeah, you probably don’t believe in God either. I just hope my family and I are gone from this world before your side wins.
Palm Bay, Fl
We heard from loquacious and heavily-armed insurrectionists…
From: Christopher J. Jones
Subject: Thanks for your support
Date: February 16, 2009
I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you do. Thanks to your organization and others incompetence regarding guns, I am now able to purchase just about any gun I want. I am the proud owner of 3 “ASSUALT RIFLES” and 5 “HAND GUNS”. I feel it’s only a matter of time before the 2nd Amendment is realized and the infringements currently placed on weapons are completely removed from the books and I may be able to purchase an “AUTOMATIC RIFLE” … You have to understand, the 2nd Amendment protects the individual right to purchase, store, and bear arms and that “right” will not be “INFRINGED”. That includes bans on evil magazines and pistol grips too. It was not meant to protect hunters or target shooters…but rather enable people like you and me to have a defense against a tyrannical government, should one ever come to power …
We heard from the next Monty Hall/Howie Mandel…
Subject: gun violence
Date: February 15, 2009
i’ll make you a deal. you take EVERY gun away from EVERY criminal in the country, and i’ll give you my guns, but so long as even one criminal has a gun… leave me, my guns AND my right to carry that gun alone. deal?
… law abiding citizens such as myself ( i live just outside the city of Detroit, MI.) do not carry a gun because we are afraid, we carry them so we don’t ever have to be afraid. I would dare any one of you people to walk down the city streets of detroit after dark, alone and unarmed….. i dare ya. those of us that live here don’t have a choice …
if you have anything intelligent to say, please respond. if all you can say is the normal anti-gun bullshit, don’t bother.
We heard from insurrectionists who understand the definition of “criminal”…
From: Joel Jensen [email@example.com]
Date: January 30, 2009
Criminals dont obey gun laws. THATS WHY THEY ARE CRIMINALS. only honest people will follow gun laws.
How can you be so damn one sided?
How can a society protect itself from its government without weapons?
Do you really trust the government?
We even heard from a New Age Gun-Toting Poet…
Subject: RE: Gun Control
Date: January 25, 2009
Statistics be damned.
Statistics lie when applied to an ideology.
Violent criminals are a total drain on our society, in equally destructive ways other than homicide.
An armed citizenry has as much right to combat these parasites as the police, which we pay an inordinate amount of money to do so-not to mention the court system, jails, parole, etc.
A dead perp is a very economical solution to this problem.
If we had as many chalk lines as unsolved violent crimes, what would we do with the multi-billion dollar surplus?
What would the wrongfully incarcerated do with their freedom?
What would the victims do with their closure?
How would we handle the peace of mind in knowing that these animals have been thinned to the point of near extinction?
An armed society is a polite society when lethal self defense is respected.
It is our duty to protect our families, not surrender to some creep.
To me it is as clear and clean as a mountain stream, and I am at total peace with this obligation.
And finally, we heard from someone who’s never been to a gun show…
From: Allan Sentineri [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: [RE]Stop the NRA’s Anti-Democratic Legislation in Senate
Date: September 29, 2008
people who carry around guns tend to be black democrats and liberals
Until we open our mailbag again, we are fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this insight into how to save the 30,000+ lives lost to gun violence each year in America.