Sir: I have written you once before regarding your speech at the dedication of the flight 93 memorial. I was honored by your personal response. This email is in regards to the current issues surrounding gun violence. The issues are obviously multi-factoral, but I just want to share a personal story regarding Assualt weapons. I have often heard the phrase, "who really needs one?" Back in the mid 90's, my wife and I were, during a fishing trip, involved in a prolonged and very terrify encounter with 3 evil men. The nearest law enforcement was literally hours away (out West, in the plains and intermountain west, this can still be true today). We were completely on our own. Even today, I can still recall the feeling of terror and helplessness as we sped away from them, with them in high speed pursuit. I had a pistol on the seat beside me, but from a tactical point-of-view, I knew I was at a life-threatening disadvantage--I still remember thinking during that ordeal that I wished I had an AR with me. While my wife and I survived, that experience has changed us both.
Firearms are merely tools--deadly tools, yes, but still tools. While evil men (and the occasional woman) have access to these kinds of tools, do not deprive us law-abiding citizens of the means to defend ourselves because the EVIL men and women are indeed still out there, seeking to prey on those who they see as "easy meat".
Chaplain, LTC, US Army Retired