Here is the body of a letter sent to my US Representative concerning HR 861: National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act
Dear Representative xxxxxxxx,
I am one of your constituents living in xxxxxxxx, CT and I am writing to you today concerning H.R. 861: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2007.
In the aftermath of the three shootings over the past few days, I believe it is clear that a national right to carry law is necessary, even mandatory.
The shooting at the Westwoods Mall left 8 citizens dead (not counting the shooter). If the mall had not posted the property as a “gun free zone”, the death toll may have been lower as a law abiding citizen may have had the opportunity to bring the situation to an earlier end. Omaha police responded in 6 minutes, which is not bad for a large city, but even that was too late as the shooter took his own life and the nightmare was over before police even arrived on the scene.
Jeanne Assam, a parishioner at the New Life Church in Colorado, was a volunteer security guard who was able to put the shooter down before he killed anymore of the worshippers. Yes she was a former police officer, but in this capacity she was a private citizen lawfully licensed to carry a concealed weapon. This is clearly a case that demonstrates that concealed carry laws do work, and the tight controls that currently exist need to be relaxed to allow all citizens to defend themselves. In several cases (Castle Rock v. Gonzales, Deshaney v. Winnebago CTY. SOC. SERVS. DEPT.), the US Supreme Court upheld the fact that it is not law enforcements responsibility to protect its’ citizenry. If a person can’t rely on law enforcement to protect ones self and family, then one must be legally empowered to do it themselves.
I am not advocating a return to the Wild West days of old, but rather a standard law throughout the country that allows a properly licensed person to carry in all 50 states.
Now more than ever, people need to be able to properly defend themselves, with the right to meet force with force.
When looking at Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Trolley Square Mall shooting in Salt Lake City, and the Westwoods Mall in Omaha, it is clear that "gun free zones" do not work. All they do is prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves as criminals’ intent on inflicting as many casualties as possible disregard these laws and signs.
Utah is one of several states that allow properly licensed college students to carry on campus, and there has not been a surge in gun-related crimes. One has to be 21 to obtain a permit, with no history of violence, mental health issues, and a host of other disqualifiers. Those who have jumped through the necessary hoops are not the ones committing gun crimes, but it could have only taken one person properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon to limit the number of casualties at Westwoods, Columbine, and VA Tech.
I urge you to help get HR. 861 moved out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
I urge all of you to write something similar to your reps and senators as well. I am sending similar versions to both of CT's senators as well concerning S. 388.