I occasionally post guest blog entries from readers. By posting them that does not show I agree or disagree with the content. Here is a letter from Sean about gun control laws.
Dear Mayor Claudia Bill - de la Pena:
I attended the forum on gun control. I've been a resident of Ventura County the vast majority of my life. I've called the Conejo Valley my home for the past four years. I thank you for attending.
I don't set out to change your mind. I find it almost completely non-productive to change an adult's mind. What I wish to do is provide some clarity.
For example, you said that automatic weapons are illegal. They are legal and heavily regulated in over half of the 50 states.
You also mentioned that the country you grew up in, Germany didn't have a lot of gun murders. True. However, before and during World War II, they killed 11.5 million - 12 million of their own people after passing strict gun control measures. They were also thwarted from invading Switzerland. Switzerland's people had and still have the right to bear arms. Not just any arms, but military style weapons. Please visit www.jpfo.org for more clarity on this issue and read "Target Switzerland" .
You threw out an odd stat on accidental shootings. More people (and children) die accidentally by drowning in pools than they do by accidental shootings. http://www.m1-garand-rifle.com/firearms-versus-swimming-pools.php I have Nixle alerts for the TO area, and I can't remember the last time I got an alert about a young child dying by getting accidentally shot. That would actually be national news. I do remember at least twice getting notifications of TWO drownings in the past two years in the Conejo Valley. There are less pools than privately owned firearms in the Conejo Valley and more accidental deaths by swimming pools.
You had also mentioned how you witnessed the parents of Newtown victims, and other victims of other gun violence. I wish to expose you to another victim of gun violence and his thoughts on the matter. Evan Todd survived the Columbine massacre.
and here's some video http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/21/beck-talks-gun-control-with-columbine-survivor-who-wrote-scathing-letter-to-obama-plus-bill-oreilly-weighs-in/
I'd also like to show you some other victims of violent crime and how this issue affects them:
As a police officer my heart goes out to those we can't get to in time. They have the right to defend themselves. No one has the right to disarm these victims.
I found your description of the 2nd amendment in desperate need of clarity. You started with "we don't have a militia." First, that is a preamble. "shall not be infringed" also is in the 2nd amendment. The militia according to the government's definition is all able-bodied males from the ages of 18-45 in the entire country.
10 USC CHAPTER 13 - THE MILITIA
Sec. 311. Militia: composition and classes
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied
males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section
313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a
declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States
and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the
(b) The classes of the militia are -
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard
and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of
the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the
Basically the unorganized militia consists of all US Citizens under the age of 46.
This is an awesome link, by an affiliated religious website.
Under the original militia act of 1792:
I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.
During the Second World War the unorganized militia was used to patrol costlines because all National Guard units had been Federalized.
I hope this provides some clarity. God Bless you and have a great week.
This is an issue I have spent a lot of thought and prayer on. I hope I've succeeded in adding some clarity on this matter.