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My Letter to Wayne LaPierre, Executive Director, National Rifle Association

We the American people will not allow a few conspiracy theorists to continue to put the rest of us at risk

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?

Sincerely,

Lisa Longo

 

 

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Jennifer Daywalt December 17, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Lisa, I'm not interested in getting into guns or no guns. However what I do want to say is stronger legislation regarding guns would not have helped in this situation as the shooter was not the legal owner of the guns. The hard truth is if someone wants to gain possession of a firearm they can. Just as they can gain access to drugs, alcohol when underage, etc. I just feel that we need to look at everything involved including mental illness. Of course that is no excuse and it does not take away anyone's pain, however there are other issues to consider in this type of situation. And if we are looking for solutions, then we have to look at the entire picture.
Lisa Longo December 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
I agree. The reason I think we need to start with basic gun safety regulation is this, if his mother had been required to take annual safety training class and fitness evaluation would she have kept the guns in a combination locked gun safe? Would she have been able to renew if we wrote regs in such a way to ensure that all people living in a household are registered? I think it is imperative we make gun ownership not just a right, but a responsibility. We need to enact the well-regulated clause of the 2nd amendment. That is the first step. And then, we need to have a serious national discussion on mental health services, and health services in general. Family support and counseling. How our society is failing and why. I absolutely agree with you on that.
Lisa Longo December 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Today I wrote to our Principal and Superintendent, to ask that we plan a series of town hall meetings on this: Good Morning Dr. Fegley & Dr. Parkinson, How are you both? I know that you, like me and millions of others are mourning and grabbling with the horrible tragedy that happened on Friday. Sierra and I have talked, but she does not seem to understand the gravity of what happened. I am afraid our children are becoming accustomed to this type of horror and it scares me. I know the school has done drills, lock-downs, and told the students to hide, and I have given Sierra even more instruction, but I wonder if it is time to do more, to have a workshop on schools, violence and more. The hardest thing I have ever done was dropping Sierra off at school today and I imagine it was the same for other parents. I think we need to have town hall meetings in our school district, and we need to talk about what we can do. Do our children and teachers need to be trained in self-defense? What are the options we can take? As parents, what role do we think access to guns and violent video games have had on our children?
Lisa Longo December 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I think it would be great to have a moderated discussion, actually several, one in each school, for parents and for students, for younger students, it would be with their parents, for older students with teachers and counselors. Is this something you think we could do? It might even be several presentations, and I am happy to help develop a program for our PASD. Please, let's make this a national conversation on many topics; gun regulation, bullying, isolation, family issues, community building, school safety, health care, and much more. I also want to thank you and all the teachers and staff, nationwide, the heroism of the teachers and staff in Newtown show again how very noble and caring teachers really are. Thank you, Lisa
John Wolf December 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Cigaretts have been taxed almost to eradication, so might gun ammunition. The medical bills and funeral expenses in the Aurora masacre exceeded $5.3 million. The distribution after hospital bills was on average of $5000 per victem. If gun liability insurance were required of gun owners at higher rates for automatic and high powered rifles. To imagine someone to look into the face of a 6 year old and pull the triger 20 times is un beliveable. Just as un beliveabe is to be more concerned over protection of the protection of assualt weapons. This carnage has to stop.
John Q. Public December 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Far more people are killed each year with knives, than semi-auto rifles. Last year, 1,694 were killed by knives, and 323 by rifles - of all types, bolt, black power, and semi-auto. BTW, the medical costs associated with knife injuries exceeds that caused by rifles - of all types. I don't know how many rifles were 'assault,' but it was less than the 323.
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