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Emily Askey Ethics Dr. McClung January 29, 2013 Gun Control: a Letter to Obama If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so. -Thomas Jefferson No guns! Yes, we should have guns! Are we safe? These are the questions surrounding the American citizens today. Many propaganda has overtaken the internet, and many arguments have ensued this hot topic. This paper, however, is not to the people, but rather to the president. It shall proceed as follows: Dear Mr. President Obama, I would like to understand what you are trying to accomplish by taking away guns. I would also like to, on behalf of the American people that you represent, share with you why this proposition is irrevocably nonsensical. To begin, I must address the fact that in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, it quotes exactly this: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. I understand that at this moment, Mr. President, you are about to rebuttal. You might be about to say Im not taking away guns, but rather limiting the amount of guns that go out, ensuring they only go to those who are right-minded. However, I assure you that this is not the issue that is at hand. If you limit how many guns go out to individuals, there will most certainly be a black market. All of those willing to jump through your hoops, those law-abiding citizens, will be in more danger as there will be records of who has or doesnt have a gun. It is those law-abiding citizens that you

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ought to want to protect (though I will give you the benefit of the doubt that your intention is to protect them). It has also been brought alarmingly to my attention that you stated that you would take away arms regardless of what congress ruled. Even if you didnt go through with this, it is much too bold a statement to make in a diplomatic society. It is a threat to who America is as a whole, as our forefathers created us.

It is here that I begin to examine more thoroughly the points in which I have made in the introduction. I will not hold back on opinion as you have the most important job in the United States of America. Thus, I will not spare your feelings for the sake of the country. No offense, Mr. President, but have you studied history at all? Are you aware that at one point, the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed because it was unsuccessful (much like the amendment you are currently trying to place)? Much like in those days, people loved their alcohol as much as people treasure their rights to hold guns with or without government approval. If you take away the rights of owning a gun without a background check, there will be an abundant black market, much like that of the Speakeasies. The more laws a government imposes on its people, the more rebellion will build. Rather than being safe, there will be a retaliation. The famous words of Ronald Reagan ring truthfully: I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free

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unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. The truth is quite loud and obnoxious. Everyone becomes greedy at some point in their lives. If most of the power is in the governments hands and not the people, the government officials will begin naturally making decisions that go in their favor-which includes you. If the power is taken from the people, justice will certainly never be served. Taking away guns will only take away more liberties and cause American citizens to be more unprepared for disaster. Since there will be a booming black market, those unable to go through the long process of approval who will be unable to protect their families, students, etc. will illegally acquire guns. The very instance you are trying to prevent will only come back double-fold, causing an even bigger catastrophe than there ever was before. Also, people have been killing others since the very beginning of time. Whether or not one has a gun is not the issue. One can be strangled, hit with a stone or brick, stabbed, etc. Not every weapon can be confiscated. There is no way that one could be background checked for the right to hold a stone. Or do you believe this can be done? It would be interesting to see you try. Most importantly, if you actually meant to fulfill your threat to take away our rights despite what congress rules, you destroy the very meaning of our republic. You will destroy every good work that the previous presidents worked with care to build. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan invested every part of themselves to understand what America really needed, and considered every option. Mr. President, seeing as I am only a college student who does not invest my time in the thought of politics can see many things wrong with your philosophies, it is utterly obvious that you are not taking time to understand that this is not what the American people think is rightat least all of the right-

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minded Americans. If congress is ruling against you, I believe you should rethink your odds. Making a statement so bold only makes you eligible for a real reign of fury upon you.

I have a fear, Mr. President-a fear that you are bringing into power a communistic government. I will confirm my fear with the proof of your actions. First, you are favoring the poor quite a lot, and taking from the rich. It is made clear by your statement: We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by, Obama said. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. Dear sir, there will always be people who are more rich than others. The difference is that they work for their money, and the poor live off of the government with no actual will to get a job. If they earn enough, the government will stop paying for their groceries. I do agree that sometimes there is a family who really does need help, but those qualifications need to be heightened considerably. The fact that you are trying to even us out terrifies me. The people who have money worked very hard to get it. Your statement is the exact definition of communism. Now, combine that with stricter gun control, and your threat to make a decision for congress. You have the highest power in the United States as the leader of our country. This also means that you are protected by guns,

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have a lot of money, and live it up while using your power to make any decision you want. If you want so badly to make the Americans conform to your idealism, try giving up your money to the poor, and surrendering the protection of your guns. After all, they are too dangerous, right? You could kill someone with those guns. I mean, if everyone registers their guns, you can be rest assured that those who want to harm you will have no means to do so without those insolent weapons.

The last and final point on my agenda is to make you aware of what you already know we are a declining country. We are helplessly in debt, and as a country, are losing power. If you make so rash a decision as to take away our rights to bare arms, our countrys values will begin to lose its support. The people will revolt against the government, and soon the United States will be in shambles. Another country, seeing our weakness, will most likely secure its power over us, and all the glorious stories of the United States will fade. Those who fought and died for our freedom will have died in vain. Do you want that? Do you wish to see the United States fall to such a low level? Only you can change what has happened to this once glorious country, Mr. President.

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All in all, the conclusion, dear sir, is that this law threatens the little freedom left of the American people. We have the right to bear arms, and a congress that stands against you. Please dont try to make our situation any worse than it already is. Although it seems as if we are fine on the outside, the inside is crumblingand the American people know it. Our old constitution created by our forefathers is threatened by all of your suggested policies. How can you be so blind as to not see that, or pretend not to see it? Please, dear sir, consider all that I have said, as I speak on the behalf of many. It is smart to listen to the people, as the government is supposed to be by the people, for the people. We cannot tell a lie. With you as our president, we are doomed unless you make a change.

Sincerely, a concerned college student