I just sent emails requesting action on gun control to President Obama, my two senators, my representative and governor. Even though I hunt, I recognize that we do NOT need the kind of guns used in this week's murders in Connecticut. I can not imagine a deer standing still for 60 seconds while I shoot off 30 rounds.
While the founding fathers guaranteed the right to bear arms, and that right should be protected, the guns used in 1776 were flintlocks which required minutes to reload and shoot a single shot. Our founders never envisioned the types of weapons now available.
My pastor made this comment, stop selling high volume ammo clips to the public and part of the problem will eventually solve itself. In this way, I need not take on the fight of what is, or is not a semi-automatic assault weapon. I recognize that a black market will always exist, and that some people will be able to get around such a ban, but this would definitely help the problem.
Please contact your elected representatives within the next 24 hours and ask them to take action on gun control by banning large ammunition clips / magazines. It's easy to send a message when you use their web sites. The entire process took me less than 15 minutes. Thank you.
Once again, let me be clear that I support a US citizen's right to own guns such as shotguns and 22 caliber hunting rifles, but we also needed intelligent gun control laws. Here is an earlier post which demonstrates my support for hunting: Pheasant, not just for breakfast anymore!
Post Update on January 8, 2013: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have started up a new organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, which will advocate for the passage of intelligent gun control laws in the USA. Both individuals are gun owners, and supporters of the US 2nd Amendment.
I just donated. Please note that this new organization is a PAC, and not a charity. Your contribution is NOT tax deductible.
Here is a demonstration of what was required to shoot a Brown Bess Flintlock Musket at the time of the Revolutionary War. If you want to see the actual loading and firing, skip forward to the 4:30 minute point in the video.