White house looking for feedback on reducing gun violence
I stumbled across this link posted on another forum i frequent, i figured it would do well to post it here as well.
Share Your Thoughts on Reducing Gun Violence | The White House
I feel this is something everyone here should do..
They want your opinions, and they've made it easy for you to do..
You don't need to write anything super long, something along the lines of " I don't think XXXX is the answer, instead I encourage you to to look into XXXX" would be more than enough.
They don't know your opinions unless you make them known
here is what i wrote in case you are interested...
Dear Mr. President,
I know you are eager find a solution to the gun violence problem we are currently facing in this country, as a legal gun owner and law abiding citizen I must say I wish to find a solution as well. I know you have expressed wished to enact legislation similar to the Clinton era Assault weapon ban, I must say in good conscious that this is only a 'band-aid' fix and does not address the real issue at hand. The Clinton era assault weapons ban did nothing to stop the tragedy that happened at Columbine high school, and you will find FBI statistics proved it was not effective in reducing violent crimes in general across the country .I am sure I dont have to tell you that by definition, criminals do not obey the law, which is why I feel any new legislation regarding gun control will only serve to inhibit the rights of legal gun owners (the very people who you not need be concerned with).
I feel the root of this issue is the current state of mental health in this country. As it stands now, much of America is woefully ignorant of mental health and how large of a factor it plays in preventing tragedies like the events at Newton, CT. We need to encourage those who are ill to seek treatment, and encourage friends and families to speak up if they notice odd or disturbing behavior. Mental healthcare needs to be made more available, and we need to remove the stigma that is currently surrounding mental health to ensure people are more willing to accept treatment. I suggest Annual mental health screening by qualified individuals in High schools would be a great way to find and treat those who may be a potential risk to themselves and others before they can act would go a long way in preventing future tragedies.
I would like to thank you for reaching out to the country and allowing me to give my input into the matter.
you need to use your 1st amendment rights to help defend your 2nd.