The Honorable John Doe
2222 Rayburn House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Re: Any Bills that Enact Further Gun Control Regulations
Dear Representative John Doe:
Following the recent public shooting in our district, there have been many calls from citizens and congressmen alike that seek to make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to exercise their 2nd amendment right to bear arms. As a responsible gun owner in your district, I take gun crime very seriously and have suggestions that stand a much better chance of preventing these shootings in the future.
Before any potential laws are proposed or enacted, I would like to outline some arguments against further restrictions and gun control attempts.
To Counter Popular Arguments:
- The vast majority of the perpetrators in recent major shootings obtained their guns legally or had stolen them. This means making it more difficult to legally purchase a gun will not necessarily prevent future similar crimes but will definitely make it more difficult on those seeking guns for self-defense or other legal uses like hunting.
- Most of these shootings occur in locations that already ban guns. Public high schools, movie theaters, college campuses, etc. all post signs that guns are not allowed on the premises. This has not stopped these tragedies from occurring, so it will not help to ban guns in more public places.
- Banning or restricting guns only addresses one potential weapon. If someone is intent on doing harm but cannot obtain a gun, they will improvise. They can create a bomb. They can use a vehicle on a busy sidewalk. They can use a knife. The idea of legislating our gun crime away is ludicrous; it only turns into another form of violent crime. All of this is the case assuming the criminal doesn’t simply steal a gun or go to the black market to circumvent harsher gun-banning laws.
- Mental health treatment should get a serious look here. These mass shootings are almost always committed by someone who has a detectable and oftentimes treatable mental illness. Without enough public resources, funding and awareness, these ill people go years without treatment. The early warnings signs are noticed but friends and family are unable to get them help with the current treatment system. Additional funding and restructuring to make access easier to navigate and obtain could help prevent future shootings.
- Economic conditions are often a factor in day-to-day street crime. These shootings are not often covered outside of local news like the mass shootings that get weeks of national media attention. Yet most people who die by gun are caught in the middle of illegal drug rings, gangs and other street crimes that occur regularly in economically depressed areas. If we can find a way to boost these regions through education, economic stimulus and clean-up projects – which could employ locals – to boost property values and attract new businesses, we could get to the root of many of our problems.
I’m sure there are many other solutions that can help us address the cause of our country’s gun crimes and violence rather than the misleading symptoms thereof. Restricting guns only hurts those who have them for good reason. Let’s make our laws work for us, not against us.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope you vote against any bills that miss the root of this problem and instead focus on authoring or co-sponsoring bills that truly help.
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Anytown, State 98887