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Contact Your Federal Officials
Rep. Terri Sewell
Sen. Richard Shelby
February 21, 2013
I strongly encourage you to oppose the so-called Universal Background Checks (UBC) for gun purchasers. On any level, this is a bad idea. It will not achieve its stated objectives and will bring into play many serious abuses against US Civil Liberties. In discussion of the UBC please consider the following:
1) We already have a universal background checking system in place: the NICS. All personal information is reported through NICS and approve by checking existing Federal Criminal databases. The vast majority of guns sold in this country are run through NICS. The system, like all government programs, functions poorly and has blocked 1000s of legitimate buyers of firearms; good people denied their rights. Moreover, this system itself is an invasion of individual privacy and, contrary to federal law, the provided information has been integrated into illegal databases by the ATF. Meanwhile violent criminals do whatever they’ve always done: stealing or obtaining their guns through illegal sources. UBC will not affect criminals just as the current system generally does not.
2) The real intent of UBC is to track, control, limit, ration, and/or outlaw many varieties of guns, and ultimately confiscate legal personally held firearms.
Even if that’s not the intention of your Congress, those that follow you can easily change this. Private gun transfers should remain legal and untracked by any government etentity since doing so does not decrease crime. And yet proponents know UBC cannot work without creating a National Firearms Registry. They will demand national gun registration with attached felonies for non-compliance as they seek to identify, track, and eliminate personal firearms. With this system in place, politicians can “call in” whatever guns, through current political expediency, are determined to be “evil.” In this expanded UBC system, criminals, of course, will be unaffected. Bad guys can illegally manufacture dangerous devices anytime they want regardless of law.
3) Many abuses of the UBC system will ensue. The creation of an all encompassing Federal Gun Owner Database will be used to the destruction of liberty and privacy for all Americans. Integration of contrived medical disqualifiers will be abused (like treatment for depression after the loss of a family member a decade ago!), extra fees and taxes will be assessed, dissemination of gun owner data in public forums could occur (leading to theft and murders), integration of national ID systems and political classifications could be integrated…just to name a few. The government has no business tracking this information and it’s a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment. True assistance to gun violence can be accomplished in two simple ways:
A) Strengthen American value systems instead of tearing them down. Support families and their instruction of their children, not by liberal government educational systems but by families. This WILL reduce gun crime. Good children, taught by loving parents and guardians, grow up to be good people, protecting life not destroying it.
B) Eliminate gun free zones with national legislation. Civilian gun ownership
has to be allowed in all reasonable venues to eliminate these mass shootings: schools, shopping areas, churches, stadiums, etc. Immediate armed response by both LE and armed civilians stops these shootings, proven in recent history.UBC will prove to be catastrophic for America.
I truly appreciate your support in defending the Second Amendment and will continually reward you with my support. However, should you choose to uphold these unwise and ill conceived proposals, prudence demands my reassessment of your representation of what I consider the best interests for our state, our country, and my family, and could result in removal of any future consideration for you and/or your campaign.
Besemer , AL