A Letter From Sarah Brady
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April 21st, 2007 11:37 AM
A Letter From Sarah Brady
Not sure how I got on this e-mail list, but here it was staring me in the face over my morning coffee.
Ask Our Officials: "What are YOU going to do about it?"
My heart continues to ache for the victims, their families, and the Virginia Tech community. After my husband was shot by a deranged man, our lives were never the same. But at some point, Jim and I decided to stop hurting and take action.
Eight years ago today was the horrific tragedy at Columbine High School. And in that eight years, no significant action has been taken in our country to prevent gun violence.
Elected officials continue to ignore our gun violence problem. It’s time for them to answer one question: "What are YOU going to do about it?"
We’re waging a campaign to ask our nation's leaders . . . the President, the Congress, the presidential candidates, state officials and local governments . . . asking them, "What are YOU going to do about it?"
32 people were murdered on Monday at Virginia Tech
32 people are murdered every day by gun violence in America
As a nation we must do better
Sarah Brady, Chair
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Dear, Ms. Brady
I am a gun owner, a Vietnam combat veteran, and a soon to be Concealed Carry Licensee, you and I are so far apart in our view on gun violence and what it would take to resolve it that I’m afraid there isn’t much common ground between us. What I see as the cap-stone of the divide between our view points is your marketing slogan “Ask our Officials…What are YOU going to do about it?” My take would be a little different; I would instead say “Ask YOURSELF …What am I going to do about it?” Taking away a citizens right to defend themselves and their families is not the answer, expecting our elected officials to legislate violence out of existence is an unreal expectation, depending on them for our personal safety is foolhardy at best. Our Founding Fathers were wise men who laid down a set of checks and balances to ensure that the power of the government rested in “We the People”, that means that the responsibility for my security and ultimately my Nations security rests in the “me”.
So, what am “I” going to do about gun violence?
(1) Finish getting my CCL and carry, so that I can defend myself and my family
(2) Teach my children and grandchildren self-sufficiency and that they have moral obligations to themselves and our nation.
(3) Support groups that advocate and promote our 2nd amendment rights.
Lastly, I feel it is despicable for a group such as yours to use the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech as a marketing ploy to get donations or to push their agenda, but since you asked me my view, “if just 1 of the students or teachers had been a CCW holder and allowed to carry a pistol on campus for protection, there is a chance 32 people would be alive and 1 deranged shooter no longer a threat.”
“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” James Dean
Phil (NRA Member and Vietnam Vet)
------------- My CCW ----------------
No Guns Here Boss
I gave them to the naked Pigmy's in New Guinea
April 21st, 2007 12:00 PM
A witty saying proves nothing.
April 21st, 2007 12:06 PM
Very nice . If gunnies could all be so succinct and display common sense like that it would make it a lot harder for the antis to spew forward their message . I have heard the antis speak , and to tell you the truth , if they were in debate class , they would fail miserably . As long as we don't revert to their tactics of emotion vs facts and logic , we will come out ahead .
April 21st, 2007 12:11 PM
I bet they showcase your response on their website. (sarcasm off)
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
April 21st, 2007 12:16 PM
Excellent response! That basically sums up my feelings.
April 21st, 2007 01:15 PM
Excellent letter in response to the emotional carnage they (Brady) create.
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
April 21st, 2007 01:16 PM
"There is no such thing as too much ammo. Unless you're swimming!"
April 21st, 2007 02:06 PM
+1 airbornerangerboogie. You hit the nail on the head this time.
One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
In God we trust.
April 21st, 2007 02:14 PM
April 21st, 2007 03:33 PM
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
-- Theodore Roosevelt --
April 21st, 2007 05:10 PM
I got the same letter; I think it came about after I took an online poll against gun control and the Brady Bunch. You had a better response then I did, good job!
"Hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have."
- William Munny (Clint Eastwood in the Unfrogivin)
“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“My Idea of a fair fight is beating baby seals with a club”
April 21st, 2007 10:10 PM
Very well worded.. Too bad the idiots won't understand..
"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
General George Patton
April 22nd, 2007 04:35 AM
Hear, hear!! By the way thanks for your service to this country
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
April 22nd, 2007 06:38 AM
Very good response
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