On August 19th, 2009 Arthur Frommer posted a piece concerning guns in Arizona as he had witnessed on a news report. In it, Mr. Frommer stated the following, “I will not personally travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest. I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there.” The following is my response to Mr. Frommer.
Dear Mr Frommer,
Your irrational response to this situation is both disheartening and disturbing. You are disturbed by the sight of guns being carried in the open, but you’ve never expressed such concern over violent crime in the cities and states with stringent gun laws. Perhaps if you would engage in rational thought rather than affective thinking you would realize that gun restrictions, that you appear to be concerned with, only create the illusion of safety. A rational person would examine the statistical data and realize that gun laws do not have an appreciable effect on crime. This is because gun laws ignore the fundamental truth that criminals commit crimes. If an individual is willing to break the laws concerning assault or murder, it is irrational to believe that a law concerning gun possession would somehow cause them to abandon their criminal mentality and become a law abiding individual.
What you, and most other gun control activists, engaged in was an emotional reaction to a stimulus that you’ve been conditioned to associate with death and violence. I would recommend that you try a little exposure therapy and actually spend some time at your local NRA supported sportsman group and get to know the true face of lawful gun ownership. I’m a lifetime member of the NRA, a proud gun owner, and somebody that has never violated the law. You’re an elderly gentlemen, Mr Frommer. If you should be afraid of anything it’s a government run health care system that, burdened by debt, forces bureaucrats to ration health care services to those who are deemed less valuable.
While I find the actions of those brandishing weapons to be imprudent, they have every legal right under our constitution to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights responsibly and peacefully. You may find the free exercise of an individuals rights under the 2nd Amendment to be disturbing, Mr Frommer, but I’m far more disturbed by the Obama administration. An administration that created a program which advocated for private citizens to inform on those that challenged the presidents legislative agenda. Perhaps you should consider the effects of a powerful government targeting individuals, when it comes to the future of our Republic, before you overreact to a handful of misguided individuals.