Teen supports President Obama’s gun control policy

Dear Editor,

My name is Christopher Vaughn Heyward and I live in Quail Valley, Missouri City.

I will be going to Elkins High School as a freshman this coming school year. I am also a Boy Scout and have achieved the rank of Life in Troop 1631.

I am writing this letter to support the President’s gun control policy which is common sense legislation.

I believe that people should have the right own a gun; however, people should not be able to own assault weapons or high capacity magazines.

This concerns me because many innocent people have died for no apparent reason such as in Sandy Hook, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona and I don’t want Missouri City, Texas to be one of those places.

Assault weapons and high capacity magazines are not used for hunting or self-defense. Therefore there is no reason for an individual to own them.

The only people who should have access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines are the Military and Law Enforcement.

Yours truly,
Christopher Vaughn Heyward
Life Scout
Vikings Patrol
Troop 1631

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1 Comment for “Teen supports President Obama’s gun control policy”

  1. Willbill

    “….people should not be able to own assault weapons or high capacity magazines.”

    Christopher, in 2011, Aks, ARs, Uzis and all other semi-auto “Assault Weapons” as well as all other rifles accounted for 323 murders nationwide even with those so called “High capacity magazines.” That is less than three percent of all homicides and comes to less than one homicide a day. Not only does that mean that no one in you state will be murdered by an “Assault Weapon” or any other rifle this month but likely not next month, or even the month after that.

    By contrast, over five times the number of murders, 1,649, were with knives or cutting instruments, over two and a quarter the numbers of murders, 728, were with hands, fists, feet, etc, and more murders, 496, were committed using blunt objects like clubs, hammers, baseball bats, etc.

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8

    Additionally, a study funded by the Department of Justice concluded, “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.”

    https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/204431.pdf

    In an April 5, 1996, column in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, who forthrightly supports total gun prohibition, wrote, “Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”

    “The only people who should have access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines are the Military and Law Enforcement.”

    When I purchased my AR-15 over thirty years ago no one called it a “Assault Weapon” or “Killing Machine” “Battlefield Weapon,” “Rapid Fire Weapon” Etc. It was the semi-auto (Fires one shot per one pull of the trigger) version of the semi-auto plus full-auto (Fires continuously as long as the trigger is pulled) M-16, but citizen disarmament zealots and organizations found that they could gain support for gun bans through semantics. For example, they called affordable handguns “Saturday Night Specials” or “Junk Guns.” So, they started calling AR-15s and the like “Assault Style Weapons” and later just “Assault Weapons” in an attempt to deceive the public into believing that they were advocating banning machine guns. No military force on earth use AR-15s or any other semi-automatic only rifle. They use the full automatic and semi-automatic M-16s, M-4s, AK-47s, Etc.

    As Josh Sugarmann, the executive director and founder of the Violence Policy Center, put it in Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988, “The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”

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