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Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it

Columbine survivor Evan Todd released an open letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights.

He recently outlined why he fervently disagrees with the gun control policies that have been proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. TheBlazeinterviewed Todd earlier this week and subsequently detailed how his experience being shot back in 1999 has shaped his views on the issue.

The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate. On universal background checks, Todd expresses his fears that “universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation.” Additionally, he says his belief that assault weapons bans are ineffective and argues that the first law did little to stop violence when it was in effect from 1994 until 2004; he cites Columbine as a prime example.

“It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher,” he writes. “The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.”

“Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?,” he asks the president in the text. “Whose side are you on?”

Read Todd’s open letter to Obama, below.

Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.


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Amanda Rochelle Yates's insight:

What I really like about this is the fact that it was written by a Columbine survivor. Not just any survivor, but one who was wounded during the attack. He is not anti-gun, even given his history. I love when he says thatwith proposed gun laws "would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?" And since when have criminals followed the law?

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:14 PM

Good letter...think Obama will read it or throw it in the reject waste basket, while he continues to push his gun control legislation down our throats??

Brianna Moore's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:16 PM

I admire this students courage to write a hand written letter to the president. I believe that if there are more people like this student, Mr. president will start to listen. I truely hope that Obama read the letter, because the student made some thourough points.

Brittany Turany's comment, March 23, 2013 1:32 PM
This student made some very strong points and it is interesting to see the veiw of someone who has lived through a mass shooting.
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Benefits to Reloading your own Ammo

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Amanda Rochelle Yates's comment, April 22, 2013 12:19 AM
My uncle reloads his own ammo because he is an avid gun collector and non of the stores in his town have stocks of ammo. He will also sell his reloads. A person can make a living off of reloading because people are so desperate to get ammo.
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Why is there an ammo shortage?

If you've been to the sporting goods section lately you may have noticed they were running low on the most popular calibers. Actually, that's an understatement. In some areas, its impossible to get...
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Amanda Rochelle Yates's comment, April 22, 2013 12:19 AM
I agree that the fear of a ban on weapons did cause a lot of the ammo to go. But I think that you can't ignore the huge purchases of ammo by Homeland Security. Some conspiracy theorists think that Obama is making brass hard to find on purpose.
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Ammo Shortages: More Than Simple Supply and Demand?

Ammo Shortages: More Than Simple Supply and Demand? | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it
Despite much speculation that huge government agency orders for billions of rounds of ammunition are deliberately designed to result in "de facto" gun control, a more reasoned response is that demand is outstripping supply and it will eventually...
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I like that this affirms the fact that fear is causing a shortage and not the government. I also really like when they call out the conspiracy theorist, saying his claims are unsupported and the fact that he is the one playing off of people's fears and emotions.

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Twitter / TheAngryPrepper: The Ammo shortage is real. ...

Twitter / TheAngryPrepper: The Ammo shortage is real. ... | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it
The Ammo shortage is real. #preparedness #Bugout #shtf #PrepperAlerts #PrepperTalk #preppergear #preppersguide http://t.co/xrDZ9AxxY6
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This image of an ammo shelf in a store is one that is all to familiar to me.  I am an avid hunter and I love shooting my guns for target practice and for fun.  Ammo for any type of gun is beginning to become very difficult to find.  I own a 243 rifle, and a 12 gauge shot gun.  I can usually find bullets for both of them, but when buying ammo for my 9mm hand gun, the task becomes nearly impossible.  Every store I visit is sold out of 9mm, and when they do get a stock in, there is a limit on how many boxes you can buy.  For me, the ammo shortage is inconvenient because it impedes on my fun shooting my guns.

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Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’

Former Columbine Student Writes Open Letter To Obama Against Gun Control: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it

Columbine survivor Evan Todd released an open letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights.

He recently outlined why he fervently disagrees with the gun control policies that have been proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. TheBlazeinterviewed Todd earlier this week and subsequently detailed how his experience being shot back in 1999 has shaped his views on the issue.

The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate. On universal background checks, Todd expresses his fears that “universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation.” Additionally, he says his belief that assault weapons bans are ineffective and argues that the first law did little to stop violence when it was in effect from 1994 until 2004; he cites Columbine as a prime example.

“It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher,” he writes. “The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.”

“Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?,” he asks the president in the text. “Whose side are you on?”

Read Todd’s open letter to Obama, below.

Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.


Via littlebytesnews
Amanda Rochelle Yates's insight:

What I really like about this is the fact that it was written by a Columbine survivor. Not just any survivor, but one who was wounded during the attack. He is not anti-gun, even given his history. I love when he says thatwith proposed gun laws "would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens?" And since when have criminals followed the law?

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:14 PM

Good letter...think Obama will read it or throw it in the reject waste basket, while he continues to push his gun control legislation down our throats??

Brianna Moore's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:16 PM

I admire this students courage to write a hand written letter to the president. I believe that if there are more people like this student, Mr. president will start to listen. I truely hope that Obama read the letter, because the student made some thourough points.

Brittany Turany's comment, March 23, 2013 1:32 PM
This student made some very strong points and it is interesting to see the veiw of someone who has lived through a mass shooting.
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Charleston Voice: An Insider’s Perspective on Ammo Shortages

Charleston Voice: An Insider’s Perspective on Ammo Shortages | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it

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Amanda Rochelle Yates's comment, April 22, 2013 1:02 AM
I think that it is nice to hear about the shortage from an insider's perspective. This let's us know that it's not some sort of conspiracy, but just the industry playing the wrong card at the wrong time and just trying to play catch up.
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Probable causes and likely results of ammo shortage

Probable causes and likely results of ammo shortage | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it
Several factors appear to be driving the ammunition shortage, among them:
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I like that once again it was not the government intentionally limiting ammo. The article also shows that it is the most basic rule of economics: Supply and demand. There is more demand than the supply.

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Colt Pistols & Ammo Shortage Solutions, This week on Student of the Gun - AmmoLand.com (press release)

Colt Pistols & Ammo Shortage Solutions, This week on Student of the Gun - AmmoLand.com (press release) | 2013 Ammo Shortage | Scoop.it
Colt Pistols & Ammo Shortage Solutions, This week on Student of the Gun AmmoLand.com (press release) LUVERNE, AL --(Ammoland.com)- Lately, either folks are having a tough time finding practice ammo or they don't want to shoot up all of their...
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What I liked most about this article was the comments that users had made. They are affirming the suspicions of conspiracy, but don't fully know what they are talking about

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The Ammo Shortage is an Illusion

The problem with the ammo shortage is not a lack of ammo, it is the fact that it is getting hijacked and sold at inflated prices. Just say no to overpriced ammo.
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Amanda Rochelle Yates's comment, April 22, 2013 2:03 AM
What I liked about this is the fact that he is basically saying that people aren't searching hard enough for their ammo. Just because it isn't in a box store doesn't mean it's not out there.