Dear Mr. LaPierre,
As executive director of the National Rifle Association you have made many statements about our President wanting to take guns from your members. You have instilled in your organization a fear and loathing of our President, claiming he is working in concert with the United Nations on a plot to relinquish the sovereignty of the United States. You have used lies, misrepresentations and myths to further your own personal conspiracy theory backed by such conservative groups as the Heritage Foundation, John Birch Society, Americans for Prosperity and ALEC.
The truth is there has been no attempt by our President to take away anyone’s guns and you know it. If he had, 27 people would still be alive. Within the last few months we have seen shootings in movie theaters, malls and now a school, are you ready to admit you are wrong?
Imagine it was your child lying dead, every parent in America has been doing that for the last two days, what would you do to protect your children? What steps are you willing to take to ensure this never happens again? Many of us are terrified to send our children to school tomorrow, because we know there are too many guns out there, and that some owners aren’t properly trained in the use and care of guns. So Mr. LaPierre, what are you willing to do to stop the next mass murderer from using a gun?
I know what we can do, and you are the person who can help. Call on your membership to insist on a Safe Gun Act. In addition to banning semi-automatic weapons, we need a ban on large ammunition clips. I am by no means an expert on this, but you are, so please, tell your members, it is time.
We also need to have basic safety regulation. In order to protect and ensure our 2nd amendment rights are not infringed upon, all gun owners will be registered and licensed under the framework of the well-regulated clause within the 2nd amendment. Gun owners will be required to do annual safety training and testing, including fitness testing, annual inspection of all weapons and proof of ownership of an approved gun safe.
Why do we need this? Because owning a gun is a responsibility as well as a right. Annual safety classes will ensure that every gun owner understands and protects that weapon from unauthorized use.
Many people are saying, but Lisa, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Honestly, I realize this, and that is why we also need to have a serious conversation about our society and what has gone so sadly wrong that so many young white men think that picking up a gun and murdering people, even children, is acceptable.
Common sense gun regulation is not gun control, it is not taking away anyone’s gun, it does however take away the ease of a disturbed person getting a gun and murdering innocent people. We the American people will not allow a few conspiracy theorists to continue to put the rest of us at risk. We will insist Congress pass this legislation, the question is, are you going to be on the right side of this issue and help us protect our children?