I would like to thank you for your conviction in the issue of sensible legislation that would limit sales of weapons to those capable of using those weapons in a safe and sane manner. Currently, gun control is so important to Americans across our country. Sadly, the recent vote in the Senate regarding gun control failed. I say failed because that rightly describes the grade I give to this Congress.
Mr. President, although the recent failure of our Congress does not diminish the need to do everything we can to make America safer, I believe that this is only a minor setback. Sun Tzu wrote, “If you know your enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” Truly, the real enemy of our Nation is ignorance and fear. Together ignorance can always be defeated, and fear overcome.
America is too great a country to fail its own people. Weapons are merely tools that, like prescription drugs, ought to be controlled as substances that can potentially cause harm if used incorrectly. The term “legislate/regulate” has become one that denotes government overstepping the Constitution. Add to this the ever- percent scepter of government spending and the real issue that is central to the welfare of the American people is hidden behind a wall of rhetoric. Why not make firearms controlled substances and dealt with as medication currently is with levels of control. Doctors provide prescriptions for medications of certain higher control levels, possibly this logic could be used in the firearms debate.
Mr. President, in your recent address at the Rose Garden on April 17, 2013, you made the following statement:
“But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn't want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics -- the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.”
I humbly suggest that possibly you did not necessarily mean what you said. “Criminals and those with severe mental illnesses,” is a clear and logical comment. However, I am one of those “criminals” and I find it troubling that I am paired with those who suffer “severe mental illness.”
I am a criminal because I am an ex-felon. You articulated what my research attempts to demonstrate-that once a person is identified with crime, then they are always identified with by crime. “Criminals” includes not only those six million serving time in prison in America, but also all those who have pled/been found guilty who have either served their time in prison or were not sentenced to prison for their crimes. I would estimate that that number is close to 90+ million “criminals.”
Mr. President, I am one of those individuals. I have served my time and have led a very productive life. I am at peace because I took responsibility for my failings and then made sure I would never break the law again. I believe I am where God intended me to be before I intervened with worldly desire. When I left prison I have spent everyday of the last 15 years doing everything I can to help my fellow man. In a real way prison made me holy, as if born again into society a child with a fresh start.
I do not want a gun. I want a way to re-enter society. And I believe there are many millions of Americans, who share my dream-to be forgiven. And everyday more “criminals” are being created to live their lives in quite desperation, never free of prison and never free from crime, displaced next to “those with severe mental illnesses.”
I am certainly not the only person in America who heard your words and fought back sadness. But that is only motivation for us to work harder to create a process of true re-integration. People need to be able to see a goal that encourages good citizenship and pride in our country.
Mr. President, I am eager to serve again this great country of ours. I want to do everything I can to be an example of what hard work and conviction can accomplish in America today. I am as always available to discuss this with you or any of your chosen representatives.
Mr. President, I am always your faithful servant.
brian edward malnes
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