My Speech at Village of Ellenville Board Meeting on Banning of Firearms In Response to Newtown Shootings 12/20/2012
BASIS FOR SPEECH
Times Herald Record reported:
“Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan isn’t waiting around for Washington to take action in the wake of the Newtown shootings. He’s called a special meeting of the Village Board to discuss legislation that would ban possession of handguns, assault and semi-automatic weapons. Kaplan said in a press release he was fed up with the lack “of any meaningful attempt to prevent similar acts in the future.””It’s time for municipalities to take up the issue of gun control,” he told the Times Herald-Record. “We’ve got to get a local conversation going.”
Once again politicians look to punish and decrease the safety of law abiding citizens in order to make themselves feel good about doing something in the face of tragedy. I say this because gun-control and gun bans have been proven time and time again to harm the law abiding citizens and embolden the criminals, so there is no other reason to enact these laws, but to make oneself feel good.
14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder while babysitting siblings June 23, 2012 By: Joe Newby
In June of 2012 a 14-year-old Phoenix Arizona boy shot a 37yr old armed man who busted in his front door in an attempted afternoon home invasion. The kid was babysitting 3 siblings; ages 8, 10 and 12.
The incident began with a woman ringing the doorbell and the kid ignoring it because he did not recognize the woman. The 14 yr old then heard the door being busted in and grabbed his father’s gun and rushed the kids upstairs.
“While at the top of the stairs, he saw” the armed man break through the front door. The boy fired, wounding and stopping the home invader in his tracks. He took his siblings to the neighbors and called the cops.
If your proposed ban was in place in Phoenix this story could have ended in any number of ways. The beating, kidnapping, rape, and or murder of four children being the worse, but at the least it would have ended with this family being robbed of their property. Instead, thanks to a gun and a trained and educated 14yr old, this family lost no property or life and saw no harm come to these kids.
Suzanna Gratia Hupp testified before congress how Texas legislation resulted in the death of her parents and 20 others. The law, alleged to make citizens safer, prevented her from carrying her revolver into the restaurant where she ate with her parents.
So when a lunatic crashed his truck through the window and began slowly and methodically shooting patrons, her gun was locked in her glove box and she and all the other law abiding patrons were left defenseless because people like yourselves thought it would be a good idea to prevent citizens from carrying their firearms. 20 more were injured and 20 or more escaped that day.
Can I guarantee that if Miss Hupp and even a few others of the more than 60 present had been in possession of their firearms there would not have been 22 dead. No. But I can guarantee they would have at least had chance to save themselves as opposed to sitting there like helpless targets. And I can also guarantee that Victoria Soto and the other teachers who died shielding their students in Newtown would have a much greater chance of being with us today if they had a gun in their hand.
18yr old single mother Sarah McKinley and her 3 month old in Oklahoma are alive, unbeaten, unmolested, and in full possession of their property today because she had access to her firearms when two men, one wielding a twelve inch knife, busted into her home. She shot and killed the garbage with the knife and the other one ran. “ABC reported that McKinley was on the phone with 911 for 21 minutes.”
90-year-old Jay Leone of California stopped a home invasion by shooting the burglar even after he himself was shot in the face by the burglar.
There are also video and data from the UK and Australia warning of the increase in crime on law abiding citizens because the criminals know that they are unarmed.
These stories are just a few that show teaching and training in proper gun use are the true means of deterring crime on, and saving the lives of, innocent law abiding citizens.
Whereas, gun bans and gun-control are the best way to increase crime against, and murder of, innocent law abiding citizens.
If you really want the community to be safer, then this board should advocate for family training and educational programs on the proper care, storage, and use of firearms. This way we can all be as prepared as the 14yr old in phoenix.
You may also want to send home fliers to parents explaining what Proximal Abandonment is.
On the Village of Ellenville website it say under:
“With the magnitude of the impact the Trustee’s duties have on the peoples’ rights and property it is essential that the trustee be accountable for his/her actions.”
You need to remember those words when you strip the right of the people to protect themselves.
During the recent drug seizure at least 3 of those arrested were gang members. Is this board expecting gang members and the other criminals in this area to abide by a firearm ban?
If the answer is no, which it obviously is, then this board has no right to disarm the law abiding citizens and prevent them from protecting their families.
When you deny a person the means of self defense you deny a person the right to self defense.
If this board passes this unconstitutional ban of firearms it will leave me with 2 options.
1st– I abide by the law and allow my family and propety to become helpless prey for the predators who will absolutely thank you for making their jobs easier.
2– I cease being a law abiding citizen and become a criminal because this board leaves me no choice but to purchase and/or possess firearms illegally in order to keep my family protected.
I will choose option 2 as I refuse to relinquish my right to protect my family and property to this or any other board.
So your ban in fact:
Will not reduce crimes by criminal citizens.
It will increase crimes against law abiding citizens.
It will force normally law abiding citizens to become criminals in order to protect their families and properties.
I’ll leave you with these words by Martin Luther King Jr.
One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.
Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
This is the link to my report on the meeting and the Mayor’s ignorant response.
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