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Let Congress Pack Heat and Allow Us to Do the Same

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In 1996 Martin Bryant terrorized the nation of Australia.  Called a “pathetic social misfit,” Bryant opened fire in the popular resort town Port Arthur, Tasmania killing 35 people (including children) and injuring more than a dozen others.  The public outcry over the carnage led then Prime Minister John Howard to push for some of the strictest gun laws in his country’s history.


On the heels of the Arizona tragedy, an increasing number of politicians are attempting to do the same.  Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) have all publicly discussed increased gun regulation. President Obama also hinted at the idea in his speech last Wednesday, saying the shootings prompted a discussion of the “merits of gun safety laws.”


While politicians may rush to avoid allowing a crisis to go to waste, the American people feel differently. A Rasmussen poll over Monday and Tuesday last week after the shootings found:


“Only 29% of Adults think stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like the one in Arizona last Saturday. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree and say stronger gun control would not make a difference.”


Rasmussen also reported a new high, 56 percent, for those opposing more gun control laws.  This is 19 percentage points higher than in April 2007 in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings.


Days after the tragedy in Tucson, gun sales in Arizona rose 60 percent, with a 5 percent increase nationwide. Perhaps the American public knows something that our representatives in government do not: the Second Amendment provides us the right and ability to protect and defend ourselves and our families.

  • ·         According to (CNS), the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS) reported that “14 million guns were sold in 2009, the biggest year since the system began recording data in 1998,” while at the same time “according to the FBI, the number of violent crimes of all types declined in 2009 by 5.3 percent and property crimes declined 4.6 percent.”

    ·         Gun control laws did not work in Australia. A 2008 Time magazine article titled Australia’s Gun Laws: Little Effect, cited a report by Samara McPhedran of the University of Sydney and concluded that “12 years on, new research suggests the government response to Port Arthur was a waste of public money and has made no difference to the country's gun-related death rates.”

    With the souring economy and uncertainty about the direction of the country or their future, Americans are experiencing more than a malaise; they are doubtful about ability of the government to protect its people.

    I fully support Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX) proposal to allow members of Congress to carry firearms in Washington, DC to protect themselves and their families as long as they allow us to continue to do the same.

    Question of the day:  Do you support stricter gun control laws? Please go to http://voxverus.com/ and cast your vote to be forwarded to your representatives.

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Nelson Propane

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