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    Letter to the editor

    I just sent to the local paper. I am waiting to see if I get a call back...

    TO BAN GUNS OR NOT TO BAN GUNS…THAT IS THE QUESTION

    Last week’s shooting in Florida, like all past mass shootings, is tragic. I cannot begin to understand what parents’ feel, who lose a child, how they cope, or how they function after living through the worst day of their lives.

    I am not trivializing victims of criminal activity but I am pointing out how the media and public leaders at all levels are trivializing certain criminal acts by not providing the same amount of media coverage and showing their hypocrisy with their solutions and calls to action.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reporting tool for 2016, there were 15,070 murders reported in the United States. This report is broken down by state and type of weapon used to commit the murder.

    The media, public leaders, and others are calling for a ban on assault weapons in order to stop mass shootings. The protests by students and public leaders are given constant coverage by television news channels and front page headlines on the internet and news papers.

    The term assault weapon and semi automatic is misleading when talking about the AR platform and rifles in general. The key items aside from being semi automatic and having a detachable magazine are; folding or collapsible stock, pistol grip, bayonet lug, grenade launcher, barrel shroud, and a threaded barrel for a flash suppressor, sound suppressor, or compensator. The term semi automatic gives non firearm people an impression that there is a way to make the firearm fully automatic and AR does not stand for assault rifle. AR stands for Armalite, the company who created the platform in mid 1950’s. The folding or collapsible stock, pistol grip, bayonet lug, grenade launcher, barrel shroud, and threaded barrel for a flash suppressor, sound suppressor, or compensator do not make the rifle shoot farther or faster. A grenade launcher is considered a “destructive device” under the National Firearms Act.

    You can buy “hunting style” rifles that are semi automatic and have detachable magazines in the traditional calibers that AR platforms are sold. A prime example is a Benelli R1. It looks like a pellet gun but has the same shooting characteristics as an AR style rife. A “hunting style” rifle can have its barrel threaded to accept a flash suppressor, sound suppressor, or compensator. I personally own a Savage .22 magnum that has a threaded barrel to accept a sound suppressor.

    In 2016, there were 374 murders committed in the United States by suspects with rifles. The Federal Bureau of Investigation does not breakdown the types of rifles in this table. To quell any arguments, let’s just assume that all of the rifles used were semi automatic AR style platforms. The AR platform is currently the most popular platform in the United States.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting tool for 2016 reported there were 4,066 people who were killed in the United States by knives or cutting weapons, other weapons, and hands, fists, or feet.

    Where are the protests and news coverage for those 4,066 victims and their families? Where are our elected leaders expressing their outrage over these killings? Where are the calls to ban knives, clubs, bats, and hands, fists, or feet? How do we prevent future deaths of these forgotten crimes for these 4,066 victims?

    How do you regulate behavior? We are human beings and not robots. The government cannot control what people think and how they act no matter what is banned or made criminally liable. Alcohol was once outlawed and drugs are currently illegal in all 50 states under Federal law.

    We have laws in the United States for traffic offenses, theft, robbery, rape, murder, etc. The punishments range from fines, jail time, and the death penalty. You can’t get more harsh than the death penalty, yet we had over 15,000 people murdered despite the penalty for murder being death in certain states.

    According to the National Highway transportation Administration there were 10,497 drunk driving deaths in the United States in 2016. I have never personally seen anyone in the media or a public official blaming the car for driving drunk and killing an innocent person. The drivers are blamed.

    After the Boston bombing, I saw no one blaming the pressure cookers for killing 3 people and maiming approximately 264 people. The Tsarnaev brothers were blamed. Why? Because they committed the crime.

    The Los Angeles Times published an article on October 2, 2017 about mass shootings in the United States. They chronicled shootings that occurred from 1984-2017 in public places, schools, workplaces, and churches. In 33 years there have been 50 mass shootings. All of these shootings were equally tragic but the fact remains we don’t have hundreds of mass shootings every year despite gun ownership in the United States and rifles were not used in all 50 of these shootings.

    Why do guns get blamed for deaths people caused by firearms? Cars don’t kill people without drunk or distracted drivers behind the wheel, pressure cookers don’t kill people unless they are turned into bombs by terrorists and placed into a crowd, and guns don’t kill people unless they are being handled by a criminal who is pulling the trigger and trying to kill innocent people. The only time a shooting is not blamed on a gun is when a law enforcement officer shoots a bad guy. The law enforcement officer is blamed.

    Gun Control is not the answer. Some say gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to buy cars. I am a huge fan of the cartoon American Dad. The creator, Seth Macfarlane did a segment on guns kill people. In the segment, the dad, Stan Smith who works for the CIA took out his gun and threw it on the table and told it to kill in front of his liberal daughter who had told him guns kill people. The gun laid on the table did not fire after Stan’s repeated instructions to kill. I know it’s a cartoon but there’s a whole lot of truth in that segment.
    I have heard people say that citizens in the United States don’t need guns because we have police. That makes a much sense as me saying you shouldn’t have a fire extinguisher because we have firemen. I live in a rural setting, if my home catches fire, my home will burn to the ground before the fire department can arrive and extinguish the fire.

    When both of those items are needed and the police and fire departments aren’t readily available, and you don’t have either one, you kind of screwed. I am a proactive type of person. I try to live by the Boy Scout motto and the Marine Corps slogan.

    The official motto of the Boy Scouts of America is Be Prepared. These two simple words require tremendous responsibility. A scout is required to be mentally disciplined and physically fit as to be able to do the right thing at the right moment which sometimes can be a life threatening situation.

    The unofficial slogan used in the United States Marine Corps is Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. This is simply a mindset that allows you to deal with any physical, mental, or spiritual hardship.
    The citizens of the United States have more freedom than most other people in the world. Our freedom requires that we as Americans have a responsibility for our own preservation.
    I am not saying you have to retain a private security team or carry a gun, but you must be aware of your surroundings have a plan for potential undesirable events. The days of “ignorance is bliss” are over.

    During former President Barrack Obama’s Newtown Connecticut speech, he said “If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try.”
    I agree with his statement. My interpretation of his statement is probably not what he had in mind.

    Stadiums, Casinos, and government buildings (all types – i.e, Social Security office, Department of Motor Vehicles, Smithsonian, etc.) have armed security. Last time I checked, our public schools are government buildings. It is time to put armed security officers and / or armed teachers.

    There are numerous news articles showing good guys with guns stopping bad guys with guns. These stories are not widely published in the main stream media but with the internet you can search news at the local level and read about these heroes who saved a large number of lives.

    To use part of former President Obama’s quote “If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town… then surely we have an obligation to try. It’s time to try a different solution."

    Five California school districts: North Cow Creek, Kern High School District, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District; Folsom Cordova Unified School District; and Anderson Union High School District allowed teachers to be armed.

    Democrats in California’s state legislature passed a bill stripping authority to arm teachers away from the districts. Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law. So much for President Obama’s approach to try a different solution.

    I have not seen one gun free zone sign protect people from a mass shooting to date. If trained armed personnel are not the answer to help protect kids in schools, what new federal law will prevent mass killings?

    I am a patriotic American, former Boy Scout leader, former United States Marine, active Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and most importantly I am a father of three children who attend public school and husband to my wife who is a public school teacher.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    John L. Maddock III
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    Hope they print your well written editorial without editing.
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    That is the most truth and common sense that I have seen put together in a long time. Thank you.
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    Very well stated.

    With your permission, I'd like to pass this on (with or without your signature).

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    Feel free to pass on. My 15 yo son found a typo. I have since corrected.
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    There has been endless media coverage on every shooting over the last few years where they disclose the suffering of the victims and their families. They profile the shooter in microscopic detail with stories and photos going back years. The shooters name and photo becomes public knowledge and a household word. They become hero’s to many disturbed individuals.
    I finally heard a statement from one newscaster who says it all without having a clue. He said “the news media has covered these mass shootings for years and it just seems to be getting worse”.
    When there is an arsonist in an area and the news media starts doing story after story about it the number of copycat arsonists skyrocket.
    Has anyone wondered if the news media started running endless coverage about how horrible and wrong it is for someone to wear dirty underware for a hat in public? Half the people in America would be doing it.

    I believe in the first amendment, but isn't this part of the problem?
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    Very well written and to the point. Hope it sheds light on the truth to at least a few antis.

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    Not only do I blame the crazy person who picked up a gun and started a slaughter, I blame the people who insisted that a sign be posted on every school that says "firearms prohibited on this site". Crazies read that and see "Easy unarmed targets with no possible means of stopping you whatsoever". A gun free zone is a place where you are free to use a gun and commit atrocities unopposed. You can't blame the gun and you can't blame the sign. It's the policy. LIBERALISM: Find a Cure.
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    Very well written and thanks for your service. That would do well sent to President Trump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Very well written and thanks for your service. That would do well sent to President Trump.
    Please forward it to him. I have a chain of command issue.
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