A member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia received this response to a letter re: gun control sent to U.S. Representative André “The Tea Party is Racist” Carson (D), Indiana’s 7th Congressional District.
October 31, 2011
Dear Mr. **********
Thank you for contacting me to voice your concerns about the protection of the Second Amendment.
As a former law enforcement officer, I respect the constitutionally guaranteed right of all Americans to bear arms and believe that it should be protected. Most American gun owners register their weapons, follow all necessary safety precautions, and use them only as tools for protection or recreation. However, the United States has an unacceptably high level of gun crime. I believe that strong restrictions must enacted that protect both the public and the Second Amendment rights of all Americans . . .
I appreciate hearing your thoughts and concerns about this important issue. Thank you for contacting me and please let me know if I can be of assistance to you on other matters.
Member of Congress
Our AI responded thusly:
Sent: 11/2/2011 9:45:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 2nd Ammendment
I am shocked at the misguided assumptions in your response.
I challenge you to provide any valid data to validate the concept that Gun Control
will reduce crime. Indeed, in cities such as Chicago, New York, and D.C. where, until
recently, the strictest firearm laws in the country were in place, firearm related crimes ran wide open, and still does.
The only thing registration does is provide the Government an inventory of legal firearms by owner’s name and address, which serves no practical purpose. The bad guys will always have access to guns and I would suspect the implementation of Gun Control/Registration could well create a larger black market than already exists.
Having worked in Corrections for 20+ years, I have gained an insight into mentality of many criminals. I seriously doubt that any laws or registration schemes, no,matter how well intended, would have deterred them from acquiring the tools needed to pursue their chosen vocation.
The cost of implementing any program related to gun control would be better spent on Crime Prevention at local levels.