Dave Kraft
Vail, CO, Colorado

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January 13, 2013
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Vail Daily letter: Government gun plot

I don't have any children, but if I did, they would never attend public school. It's not because I would fear another Sandy Hook massacre. It's because teaching critical thinking and nurturing children to become unique and dynamic individuals is not a major part of public school programming.

Putting guards at schools is not the solution to the perceived problem of murderous lunatics targeting children at any given moment. Allowing teachers to carry guns, if they want to, is part of our American heritage of protecting ourselves instead of expecting someone else to do the job.

The statistical probability of being murdered at school is still incredibly small, yet the overreaction to Sandy Hook is enormous.

The powers that be are already busily exploiting the Sandy Hook tragedy to ramrod anti-gun legislation. The strategy is to incrementally outlaw all private gun ownership with steps that seem reasonable on the surface, like banning so-called assault weapons. There's always the misdirection on intent by stating that your right to hunt will never be taken away. The unalienable right to bear arms has zero to do with hunting.

If we could just convince all the violent criminals and murderous sociopaths to follow gun control laws, perhaps gun control could be effective at curtailing criminal gun violence. Expecting the criminally insane to follow laws is like trying to teach your dog to drive. You are likely to be very disappointed in the results.

To protect yourself with guns of any type should be a choice as a free American. I don't personally feel the need to walk around armed, but I would never stand in the way of someone else doing so.

I don't own a gun at the moment, but I know how to use them effectively. When I was 10 years old, I was given a 12-gauge shotgun for Christmas. It was an incredibly lethal weapon, but my father drilled into me proper gun safety. He taught me guns are like any tool. When used properly, they can provide food on the table or defend your family from attack. Guns can be just flat out fun shooting trap and skeet targets.

Yet there will always be some individuals who use tools improperly - even insanely so, like the guy on YouTube who juggles three running chainsaws. Do we feel the need to outlaw chainsaws because of one insane individual? I cut a cord of wood yesterday with a chainsaw and never once did I get the urge to juggle with it.

I had my share of dealing with bullies while growing up and as an adult. I never once considered loading my gun to deal with the problem. I taught myself how to fight with my fists when it became necessary. I defended friends who could not defend themselves. Bullying will always be part of growing up. Bullying cannot be effectively outlawed, any more so than criminal gun violence.

Henry Bornstein's last letter held up Japan as an example of a society nearly devoid of gun violence, as if that should make us want to emulate the Japanese way. The Japanese are taught blind obedience to authority. Take, for example, the nuclear power plant disaster. People who complained of radiation sickness in Japan were referred to shrinks instead of proper medical treatment. Only a blindly obedient people would accept such nonsense from the authorities. And we should emulate the Japanese way with gun prohibition?

If you go to the United Nations in New York, there's a prominent sculpture of a revolver pistol with its barrel tied in a square knot. The symbolism is not very subtle. It's not a machine gun barrel tied in a knot - it's a standard colt revolver. Pistol revolvers have long been the standard bearer of safe, reliable personal self-defense for more than a century in this great land.

The message you get from this piece of art is powerful: The United Nations has a goal and is on a mission to disarm the average American citizen and monopolize deadly force in the hands of government. The revolver sculpture says more about its mission than the small arms ban treaty that they are trying to push on the United States. Enacting the U.N. small arms ban treaty is a way to cancel the Second Amendment on an international level.

Dave Kraft


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