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An open letter to Greg Nickels

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by CapitalistCreator, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. CapitalistCreator

    CapitalistCreator south puget sound New Member

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    Greg Nickels posted this statement on his facebook page on 10/22..


    I felt obliged to respond..
    you can see my original post here

    here is the text

    An open letter to Greg Nickels

    From Owen Welling, Gun Rights across America, Washington State Coordinator

    I find a lot of troubling opinions in you post about I594... but underlying it all is a lack of respect for an individual’s right to choose when entering into voluntary relationships, including your propensity to bully others because your views happen to share a "Majority" of public opinion. You would not come to my house and extort my compliant behavior with a gun in your hand, but you feel perfectly justified in asking law enforcement officers to do so because you and a whole bunch of people agree that you don't like what or how I choose to live my life. The simple fact is, I have not infringed or inhibited your life, choices or access in any way...

    We in the firearms community are VERY aware that actions brings consequences.. Especially in self-defense... it is what is so galling when people expose their gun phobias...

    IF I were to draw my weapon and fire in self-defense, I know that I would be subject to a four part test on the basis of a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER...

    Did that danger present the following?

    (A) the Ability to harm me

    (O) was the Opportunity presented to cause me harm

    (J) was I in Jeopardy? ( The clear and present danger)

    (P) had I taken reasonable measures to Preclude the danger (or de-escalate)?

    When you start to talk about preventative measures, as soon as you leave the realm of voluntary solutions and impose regulations (and felony penalties) for violations, you have taken aggressive, PREEMPTIVE actions without satisfying these criteria in a case by case basis. You are infringing on another rights without cause, casting a wide dragnet and harming more people than you help.

    I have referred to your comments in the original post in quotes, and invite you to set your emotions aside and RESEARCH ALL THE FACTS AND STATISTICS, not just the ones convenient to your cause. This is Washington State, we ALL know about cherry picking.

    " They do almost nothing to prevent criminals or deranged individuals from getting guns in the first place. That’s wrong. "

    NO VICTIM - NO CRIME.. even the supreme court is taking up the issue of restricting access to private property (IE.. a means of self-defense) for convicted felons... which goes to the current federal law that has criminal consequences for wide variety of prohibited persons for obtaining firearms -

    Also please, if you are going to wave around the statistic of how many criminals are PREVENTED from gaining access to firearms by denials on the NICS system.. Why weren’t they followed up and prosecuted as per the law??

    You can't have it both ways..

    "First, close the gun show loophole." - #1. FFL licensed dealers can only sell to people who pass a background check, even at gun shows... #2. There is a federal law in place so even if you SELL your firearm to a prohibited person, you've just committed a FEDERAL crime. But I digress, back to my original point.. NO VICTIM NO CRIME... if two people enter into a consensual transaction, wither it be alcohol, weed or sex or guns, HOW is that harming you??

    Crimes are to punish aggressors, where they have wronged an actual person. Let’s drop the social agenda and get your phobias worked on.

    "Second, ban assault guns." Why? Knives hammers and even fists kill more people each year... I hear rumblings overseas about banning knives with points, But they still have edges. What are you going to do about the fists and blunt objects?? And by the way, Did you know that innocent bystanders are 5x less likely to be harmed by an armed citizen than an law enforcement officer?

    "Third, require gun locks and safe gun storage" how are you going to enforce that without violating a citizen’s right to unlawful search and seizure... locks and storage to prevent child access is an EDUCATIONAL issue, just like they do with the drowning in pools. Pointing the guns of government at people is not going to make the safer. Heaven forbid you should call 911 instead of the suicide hotline...

    "Finally, collect information statewide on where crime guns are being purchased. " did you hear how much money Canada had wasted on their gun registry? It was over two billion a year towards the end.... plus there were issues with administrative fiat in asking people to turn in some weapons that they didn't like. In the end it was concluded that it gave officers a peace of mind, but did nothing to impact the public safety.

    "Would any of these steps have prevented the tragedy on Capitol Hill? We can’t say. But we do know that taken together, these commonsense steps will save innocent lives from being lost to gun violence on the streets in our communities. "

    Even by Obama's CDC study, the LOW END of the Defensive gun uses (DGU) each year are 500,000 with the upper limit of 3,000,000. So you would sacrifice half a million innocent people to violent criminals.. Some of whom WILL DIE, in order to potentially save 30,000 (of which 2/3 are SUICIDES?) (Remember the freedom of self-determination??)

    So you will infringe upon people’s natural rights to self-determination, property and privacy AND self-defense to save that ONE LIFE. But if you understood the unreported nature of DGUs, you know that these measures will not save lives, they will cost them in the form of innocent people disarmed in the face of violent criminals who do not respect the laws... no matter what form you make them or how many papers you pile on.

    Gun control does not add up. It doesn't save lives. It costs them...

    You may have less people harmed by "gun violence" but when criminals know that good people are unarmed, they become more bold
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    You can't fix stupid, but at least you corrected that idiot.
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  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    The schmuck tipped his hand on his long range goal, banning "assault"guns. ALL guns are assault guns, you metrosexual sackless runt.
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