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Enough is Enough, Ban Assault Weapons

Military-style semi-automatic assault weapons have only one purpose, to kill people in large numbers. No hunter needs it and no individual needs it to protect their home.

On the morning of April 20, 1999, 12 children and one teacher were brutally murdered while attending school at Columbine High School in Colorado. In the one place where our children should be safe, in the one place where we should ensure their safety, we failed, and 13 innocent people lost their lives. There are no excuses that will suffice, there is only regret and haunting thoughts of what could have prevented this terrible day.

For educators and law enforcement, those that dedicate their lives to protecting our children, nothing was ever going to be the same. There was a silent vow to do everything possible to prevent another day like Columbine High School experienced. In every way possible schools were made more secure; school security personnel were added, uniformed school resource police officers were stationed at our schools, surveillance cameras installed, new security procedures were practiced and drilled, lock-downs were now as much a part of a school day as the old fire drills.  But the old fire drills never generated the anxiety that comes with an "active shooter" drill in the hallways of our schools. The vow to protect our school children after Columbine was a solemn oath kept by law enforcement and educators to this day.

The tragedy did not change everyone, not everyone took steps to protect our school children from another day like April 20, 1999. The gun lobby and the National Rifle Association still fought for their right to sell any bullet and any gun, even assault weapons. Military-style semi-automatic assault weapons have only one purpose, to kill people in large numbers. No hunter needs it and no individual needs it to protect their home. Assault weapons were used in both the Columbine High School and Aurora Movie Theater massacres. Even though both of these deadly events occurred in Colorado, an 18-year-old in this state can still buy a deadly assault weapon, but it is illegal for that same 18-year-old to buy an alcoholic beverage; there is something extremely inconsistent and illogical about that fact. 

The simple fact is that Congress is afraid of the NRA, afraid to do what is necessary to prevent future carnage resulting from the use of assault weapons on innocent people and children in our schools, our movie theaters, or anywhere else. Continue to allow law abiding citizens to have firearms and shotguns, but no assault weapons. We all need to stand up to the National Rifle Association and say
enough is enough, no citizen should own a military-style assault weapon.

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John Jay July 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM
If Bob Grifiths had his way, this woman would be dead: The Armed Citizen February 23, 2012 2/23/2012: Food delivery drivers have statistically one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America. Whether that weighed on the mind of a Papa John’s delivery driver when he obtained a concealed-carry permit isn’t clear, but he was glad he did when a man stuck a stolen pistol through his car window and said, “What you gonna do is drop off that money.” The driver drew a .38-cal. revolver and emptied the cylinder. The wounded assailant dropped his pistol and ran into a house across the street, where he was found by police. (The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, 11/05/11)
John Jay July 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM
If Bob Grifiths had his way, this attorney would be dead: The Armed Citizen January 11, 2012 1/11/2012: Hard-working attorney Curt Crowley was at the office late one evening when he heard a filing cabinet open and close. Knowing he should be the only one in the office, he retrieved his .40-cal. handgun, peered out the door and discovered a burglar rifling through cabinets. “I told him to freeze, but not in language you can repeat,” Crowley recalled. “He ended up begging me not to kill him.” Crowley held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, 10/10/11)
John Jay July 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM
You see Bob, and "enough is enough" there are thousands of ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to protect themselves, their families and innocent people with lawfully owned firearms. Don't expect me to buy into Obama's anti-2nd Amendment propaganda when HE and his ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER knowingly and willingly let THOUSANDS of illegal semi-auto firearms get into the hands of Mexican and American drug gangs so that it would create a backlash against lawful semi-auto firearms. What Obama and Holder did was commit high crime -- a FELONY -- that resulted in the DEATHS of innocent people and American Federals agents. So don't try and make me look like I am a criminal for minding my own business and safely using firearms -- go talk to Obama and Holder and ask them WHY they allowed drug gangs to obtain arms from the United States.
John Jay July 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM
We need to see this headline: Eric Holder and Barack Obama: Guilty of gun-running that lead the murder of a federal agent: Here is Obama's Watergate -- Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting -- a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington. The House approved a pair of criminal and civil measures against the attorney general, marking the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress. House members approved the criminal contempt measure in a 255-67 vote. Almost every House Republican backed the measure, along with 17 Democrats. Shortly thereafter, the civil measure passed in a sharply polarized 258-95 vote.
NJarhead July 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM
"gjc, What could you possibly have to worry about? You don't know me and I doubt you know a thing about the Marine Corps., or any other of our armed services for that matter.

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