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They Just Don't Trust the People With Guns

From: Robert Camp <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 12:27:00 -0500
Subject: Rebuttal to 10/28 article

Dear Jan,

Regarding your article in the St. Petersburg Times, Columns: Workplace bad enough without a gun around

When you are wrong, you are really wrong. First, the fairly trivial wrong: Much to the dismay of readers who may share your abysmal level of Constitutional scholarship, the Constitution doesn't say ANYTHING about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Those words don't appear there but are in the Declaration of Independence. Now, even though I consider this a fairly trivial mistake, it did seem to be the centerpiece of your thesis. Does the fact that the Supreme Court doesn't decide issues based on the Declaration of Independence take ANY of the wind out of your sails? Probably not. Since you haven't really thought this though, the validity of your argument probably doesn't matter to you. "The right to a good time" is a laughable premise.

What this boils down to is the fact that you, and anti-gun politicians, just don't trust the people with guns. The facts don't get in your way at all. Read "More Guns, Less Crime" by John Lott. I know, the left tries to discredit his research simply by decreeing it invalid, but they have long since given up trying to find anything specific about it that is ACTUALLY invalid. He studied crime rates in EVERY SINGLE COUNTY in the United States over a ten year period and found that when the law requires that ordinary citizens be issued permits to carry concealed firearms if they aren't "criminals or crazy", SURPRISE!, crime rates go down. Not sometimes. Not usually. Every single time.

"Blood running in the streets!" "Open season on police officers!" "Shoot-outs over traffic altercations!" These are the squeals of anti-gun politicians and leftist editorial writers every time "shall issue" concealed carry laws are proposed. Guess what, none of these things have ever happened.

"Gun Free Zones for Criminals" is what you are proposing and it is stupid and dangerous. I retired after 25 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. I carried a gun every day of that time and continue to do so. I know that guns carried by ordinary, law abiding citizens are a benefit to society, not a danger.

Very truly yours,

Robert Camp, Jr.
Kennesaw, GA

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