I sympathize with you and your family’s tragic loss, as I do for the family of Adam Ward. Vicki Gardner is also in my prayers and I hope that she recovers quickly and well.
That said, I would kindly like to ask you to get off of my back! Your new found crusade to attack me, other Virginians, and Americans who had nothing to do with the evil actions of Vester Flanagan, is uncalled for and driven by unchecked emotion and ignorance. I am sick and tired of you leftists who hate liberty using every tragedy as a soap box to stand on to attack the freedoms that our founding fathers have secured for us and that our men and women in uniform have protected for over two centuries. You liberals always want to take advantage of every shocking event to catch the public off guard in a moment of despair, so that we will willingly relinquish more of our freedom in the false hope that it will be replaced with more security.
I challenge you sir: how do you expect me to be safer if we pass any new gun control law? Name one gun control law that will leave the liberty of all free Americans intact while somehow disarming the people who are willing to ignore law to commit murder? If you can’t answer this question, then you have no business harassing Virginians or other Americans with your impotent agitation. I have the RIGHT to keep and bear arms and that right shall not be infringed, by you or anyone else.
Why do you think that violating my 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendment Rights will do anything to prevent a single crime? We are already forced to undergo unconstitutional background checks. Vester Flanagan passed one of your statist checks. Obviously they don’t work. They force us to incriminate ourselves against our 5th Amendment rights. They allow an unwarranted search of our past, violating our 4th Amendment rights. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t say, “Shall not be infringed UNLESS…” There is absolutely nothing that can be searched for, which can be used to infringe on our right to keep and bear arms, so why do the check in the first place? If there is something so horrible in our past that should prevent us from owning a gun, then it should also prevent us from getting out of prison in the first place. You cannot convict me or anyone else for a crime we did not yet commit. If you can’t keep a truly violent person behind bars after they have committed a crime, then there is a problem with the system. Address that problem if you like, because it is a real issue. Leave free Americans alone.
I don’t know what kind of new gun control laws you seek, but it doesn’t matter. You statists will always take every step you can on your never ending march to push us to the left, but this time you won’t get to take that step. You have been all over the media, primarily MSNBC, cackling about how it’s time for reasonable gun control. Using adjectives like reasonable to advance a false premise no longer works. We the People are sick and tired of reasonable violations of our rights and principles as Americans. The talking heads on MSNBC are wringing their hands, giddy with excitement and glee over the fuel you are providing them to put freedom under a torch. It’s a sick thing to see in America, especially in Virginia. I am a Virginian, sir. Virginia is where the Revolutionary War was won! We are not going to bow down to your proposed boot of tyranny on our throats.
Virginia has a fantastic history of throwing gun control bills out while still in committee before they are even brought to a vote by the full Senate or House of Delegates. Thankfully, your admittedly tragic situation will lose all of its shock value by the time the Virginia General Assembly begins the 2016 session. You aren’t going to be able to ride a wave of emotion over the better judgement of the Virginian people to ambush our rights with a sneak attack. Cooler heads by that time will prevail over your hot headed ranting.
Your daughter’s situation was absolutely horrible and there is little she could have done to protect herself under a surprise attack by a crazy person. However, had Adam or Vicki been armed, they could have possibly done something before Vester’s attention turned to them. It is indisputable that they would have had a better chance to mitigate at least some of the damage had they been armed. We have now witnessed on live TV how easy it is for a bad guy with a gun to go unchallenged when firing upon a group of unarmed innocent people. Nothing that you propose would stop the bad guy from having a gun. You only make it harder for the good guys to defend themselves.
Year after year the FBI continues reporting increased gun sales and decreased crime, especially gun related crime. In the U.S. in 2013 around 20 million guns were sold and murder fell by 6%. Burglary fell by 14%. Assault fell by 1.6%. Over the course of a decade we’ve seen fantastic numbers like this reported by the FBI, yet you people on the left continue your drum beat against guns! All statistics show the same results and even more so in Virginia. If you, Mr. Parker, want to do something to actually bring about a positive change, then why don’t you direct your energy toward something that will actually do some good? Why don’t you fight to make punishments fit the crime? Instead of letting the most violent criminals out of prison early, why don’t you fight to have them kept there. There will be plenty of room for them in prison if we stop filling our prisons with people who commit victimless crimes. Lock up the truly violent among us and throw away the key. Those who are free, even the felons, would be able to enjoy all of the rights that the Constitution protects and the truly evil among us will be behind bars where they can do no more harm.
Unfortunately, locking up the truly violent criminals for good doesn’t fit your liberal agenda. You on the left need those violent criminals out, so that they can commit more crimes that can be used as emotional catalysts to attack our freedoms again and again. As the left likes to say, “never let a crisis go to waste.”
I completely understand that you are suffering a heartbreaking misfortune right now. I know that it has your emotions running high. However, your feelings do not and will never trump my God given, constitutional rights! Stop blaming innocent people and inanimate objects for the evil actions of an extremely finite number of monsters. Stop looking to government to violate the constitution in order to appease your misplaced desires. You are spitting in the face of those of us who would have been most willing to reach out and comfort you. Instead, you are joining the chorus of a bunch of leftists who couldn’t care less about you or your daughter, but merely exploit you as another convenient tool in their effort to take down freedom. Vester Flanagan is the intended result of the rabid vitriol of the leftists you are siding with. You need to step back and examine the facts without an emotional bias and get off my back!
AMP (Anna Maria Perez)
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