Senator Cecile Bledsoe (R-AR 3rd)
3rd-term Republican from Arkansas.
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Active Duty Sailor against any proposed gun ban or registration

Sen. Cecile Bledsoe

January 10, 2013

borthers and Sisters of the Great State of Arkansas,

 I urge you to take a strong look at any proposed gun bans and voice your opposition towards any new law that would ban any modern firearms. Instead look towards what will truly make our society safer and that is education. I would like to see legislation that required gun owners to obtain training and mandated gun licenses. I remember growing up and attending our hunters education course with my grandfather prior to my first deer season and then again before I could purchase a hunting permit. I was 12 and not sure it was a law, but my parents felt it was the responsible thing to do. I still remember the gun safety rules I learned then and apply them when I go shooting today. Surprisingly, they are the same rules applied in our nations military. (Keep you finger straight and of the trigger until you are ready to fire, and never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shot, and so on).
Keeping honest men and women from gun ownership would only cause further divide in our great country while educating and licenses gun owners could help build a better understanding and increase our public safety. People see a gun in public and because of how the media sensationalized violence it has made them scared and causes panic. It is because they are uneducated about the truth. i agree one senseless death is too many, but if that was the case we would have banned tobacco and alcohol. Gun violence is only a small percent of violent crime and assault weapons (only because they look, but do not function like military weapons) account for an even smaller percentage of violent crime. Any laws banning would just over tax an already burdened legal system without making us any safer.
Too many politicians are jumping on this agenda without offering any real legislation that will help prevent or make us safe. We need to focus our attention on job creation, education, poverty, and drug abuse and I truly believe if we can solve those problems there would be no need for gun control. Thank you for your service, I know it does not get said enough.

Pea Ridge , AR