Keep and Bear Arms
Home Members Login/Join About Us News/Editorials Archives Take Action Your Voice Web Services Free Email
You are 1 of 214 active visitors Saturday, October 01, 2022
EMAIL NEWS
Main Email List:
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

State Email Lists:
Click Here
SUPPORT KABA
» Join/Renew Online
» Join/Renew by Mail
» Make a Donation
» Magazine Subscriptions
» KABA Memorial Fund
» Advertise Here
» Use KABA Free Email

» JOIN/Renew NOW! «
 
SUPPORT OUR SUPPORTERS

 

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

Keep and Bear Arms - Vote In Our Polls
Do you oppose Biden's anti-gun executive orders?
Yes
No
Undecided

Current results
Earlier poll results
2508 people voted

 

SPONSORED LINKS

 
» U.S. Gun Laws
» AmeriPAC
» NoInternetTax
» Gun Show On The Net
» 2nd Amendment Show
» SEMPER FIrearms
» Colt Collectors Assoc.
» Personal Defense Solutions

 

 


Keep and Bear Arms

Search:

Archived Information

Top | Last 30 Days | Search | Add to Archives | Newsletter | Featured Item


Response to Article on the Santa Cruz MMM vigil

by Michael Pelletier
San Jose, CA

Originally published on this website December 6, 2000

Ms Jones,

I have a few points to note on your article that appeared in the December 4th Santa Cruz Sentinel: http://www.santa-cruz.com/archive/2000/December/04/top/stories/3top.htm

1. The MMM organizers would not allow the self-defense advocates into the auditorium until people carrying guns arrived - namely, the Campus Police. The hypocrisy and irony runs thick.

2. There were about 60-70 self-defense advocates, and maybe 12 or so MMM affiliates, including the organizers. The word is "most," not "many."

3. A man leading his children past the self-defense advocates repeatedly said "These are right-wing extremists, they don't care if children get shot," obviously trying to bait us into a reaction. The third or fourth time he leveled this grave insult, he was called a liar in a clear and unmistakable voice. He promptly got extremely agitated, then hustled over and went nose-to-nose with the person who spoke the truth. Who needed the protection of the campus police here?

We ALL CARE. We ALL want the same thing, gun-owners and gun-haters alike! NOBODY wants to see people's lives cut short by any means, a firearm or otherwise, and it's a flat-out lying insult to accuse us of not caring.

This is why the NRA runs the Eddie Eagle program -- teaching youngsters not to touch real guns -- and their numerous firearms safety training programs, to teach everyone from law enforcement officers to wheelchair-bound grandmothers the rules for the safe and proper handling of firearms. The NRA has been a leader in firearms safety education for nearly 125 years.

But the MMM's focus on "gun violence" and "gun trauma" dismisses the trauma faced by those who have lost loved ones to knives, clubs, and fists.

The MMM talks about guns as the disease, rather than one of the thousands of symptoms of a moral sickness that has permeated our society. It's not about "guns," it's about VIOLENCE, and John Brown -- the Gunderson High School student who was stabbed to death on November 29 at a San Jose light rail station -- and his mother Debra, came to understand this fact intimately and personally: John, in the moments before his death, and Debra, painfully and for the rest of her life.

The MMM focuses on the sometimes-increased lethality of firearms as compared to knives, clubs, or fists, but without addressing, or seeming to WANT to address, the wound in the human soul that causes one person to desire to strike out against another or against themselves, regardless of the tool they choose. It seems that they're sending the message that spousal abuse is less terrible if the "angry man" doesn't have a gun.

The MMM focuses on "feeling" safe, but not on "being" safe. Did they "feel" safer when the two campus police officers showed up with their sidearms? Then why do they rail against each one of us having the right and ability to provide for our own and our families' safety by carrying that same effective tool for defense against violent attackers, if we so choose?

A battered wife might FEEL safer carrying a donated cellphone, but she won't BE safe if the 911 operator has to helplessly listen to an attempted murder over the phone while waiting for the police to show up with their guns. What about giving the wife a gun to defend herself? The MMM doesn't want to think about it, apparently. They're too busy making crayon scribbles over pictures of guns.

It's time for all of us to drop the language of division and hate, and work together to fight the REAL causes of violence and despair in our society. This would be more productive than demonizing and denouncing guns and gun owners, and more effective than working to strip the weak of their best tool against the strong who would do them harm.

The NRA challenged the MMM last year to match their donation of a million dollars towards gun safety education. The MMM spurned and ridiculed this offer last year, but I think it's time for them to step up to the plate and put their money where their mouth is. It's time for the MMM to make a real difference in gun safety instead of occupying themselves with attacking the NRA and millions of peaceful law-abiding gun owners.


To Get Your Letters Printed Here
Click here and read submission guidelines.

Printer Version

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
When you sit down to negotiate on what you already have, you lose. —REP. MARIE PARENTE

COPYRIGHT POLICY: The posting of copyrighted articles and other content, in whole or in part, is not allowed here. We have made an effort to educate our users about this policy and we are extremely serious about this. Users who are caught violating this rule will be warned and/or banned.
If you are the owner of content that you believe has been posted on this site without your permission, please contact our webmaster by following this link. Please include with your message: (1) the particulars of the infringement, including a description of the content, (2) a link to that content here and (3) information concerning where the content in question was originally posted/published. We will address your complaint as quickly as possible. Thank you.

 
NOTICE:  The information contained in this site is not to be considered as legal advice. In no way are Keep And Bear Arms .com or any of its agents responsible for the actions of our members or site visitors. Also, because this web site is a Free Speech Zone, opinions, ideas, beliefs, suggestions, practices and concepts throughout this site may or may not represent those of Keep And Bear Arms .com. All rights reserved. Articles that are original to this site may be redistributed provided they are left intact and a link to http://www.KeepAndBearArms.com is given. Click here for Contact Information for representatives of KeepAndBearArms.com.

Thawte.com is the leading provider of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificate solutions used by enterprises, Web sites, and consumers to conduct secure communications and transactions over the Internet and private networks.

KeepAndBearArms.com, Inc. © 1999-2022, All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy