I hardly know where to begin to address the recent letter by Miranda Viscoli about gun violence. I have seldom seen more misinformed opinions and even dangerous demands in a single missive.
I’ll start with her dangerous demand that local businesses put up “Gun Free Zone” placards in their windows to prevent concealed carry holders from entering their stores. Is Ms.Viscoli truly unaware that all of the schoolchildren she claims to care about were shot in “Gun Free Zones”?
Does she really believe that a piece of paper in a window will be heeded by a madman? Or worse – that preventing honest, law-abiding citizens who have trained and qualified for a concealed carry permit will somehow be a danger to her? What madness! Instead of a “Gun Free Zone”, why not call it what it really is – a “Defenseless Victim Zone”? (See refs 1&2 below)
Her hatred of the NRA – which promotes freedom and responsibility in firearm ownership – is visceral. Why spew such hate towards an organization that promotes freedom and responsible gun ownership? An organization that has many safety programs, including the “Eddie Eagle” program designed to teach kids not to handle or play with firearms they might find? Programs that encourage training in firearms safety and properly storing firearms so they don’t fall into the wrong hands? Why the hatred?
The three organization she touts, on the other hand, regularly publish misleading information or even outright lies about gun owners and gun ownership in our state and our country. They know the facts are not on their side, but they peruse their wrong-headed agenda anyway. They seem to really believe that disarming honest, law-abiding people will make us safer. In fact the exact opposite is true. (See refs 3&4 below)
As to background checks-the vast majority of legal gun purchasers already undergo an FBI background check. The vast majority of criminals simply ignore such laws. What do you hope to accomplish? (see ref 5, reports and statistics links on the page)
If you are inclined to believe her opinion that the NRA is promoting an “extremist view” of the Second Amendment, I hope you will visit the links below to see what our founding Fathers had to say about the Bill of Rights, and the second Amendment in particular. (see refs 6 & 7)
Finally, if someone like Ms. Viscoli can claim that protecting our Second Amendment rights is “extreme”, you can bet others like her will be on the bandwagon to denigrate our other rights as well. We are already seeing attacks on our First Amendment rights: to free speech, and freedom to practice our religions. Look at the widespread spying on American citizens that has recently been made public.
Finally, consider the great body of evidence showing that restricting law-abiding people from having firearms causes an increase in crime, not a decrease! (see refs 9-23)
The good news is that thanks to our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, We The People can stop those like Ms. Viscoli from imposing their dangerous foolishness on the rest of us.