Hi, My name is Mark Rogers.
I was born into a gun owning family. I was taught to take pride in my ownership of them, but also to take care when using them. Treat a weapon as if it's always loaded, even if you know it's not.
My family has a long heritage of Gun Ownership, including an AK47 I currently own (Semi-Automatic), and my brother, who owns an AR-15 (Also Semi-Automatic.)
CREDO Action recently released a petition to call for President Obama to reinstate the Assault Weapons ban. I found this astonishing (And even worse, I attempted to read their petition but it forced me to autmoatically sign it by clicking the link in the E-mail, and now I can't remove my signature!). As a member of this great nation, I have constitutional rights, the Second Amendment, that holds the key phrase letting me own firearms, whether they be a Rifle, a Shot Gun, or an 'Assault Weapon,' as they have deemed. As members of the Army, my brother and myself feel citizens have the right of possessing these firearms, and feel that the right to own an 'Assault Weapon' is critical to to some of the foundations of the Second Amendment..
I'm asking you, the Community of Change.org, to help me stand up and say that guns are Okay, no matter what type of class of 'weapon' they are. If you feel that the Colorado Shootings mean that things should now change, here's information I have obtained over a recent looking into about the shooting and the weapons involved.
The AR-15 that the shooter, James Holmes, had possessed would have not been banned if the Assault Weapons Ban was renewed in 2004. Colt released, after the original Ban, the Match Target H-Bar. This weapon is made up of the same exact specifications as an AR-15, but minus a CAR, or Adjustable Stock (replaced with a M-16 style stock), and a Mount for a Bayonet. As someone who has held an M-16 and a M-4/A-15, the Stock doesn't make a difference. The weapon still shot the .223 caliber round, the same used in the shooting.
The Legislation also provided a loophole that any weapon or ammunition produced before the Ban passed would still be obtainable. That means his AR-15, the ammunition, and even the 100 round magazine he used would still be obtainable as long as it was produced before the ban took effect.
In the end, what good does the law do for those who break it? The simple and short point of it all is disarming the law abiding citizens doesn't make up for anything, and only means outlaws can have weapons to use. Not only do I personally target practice and hunt with my AK-47, but I also use it as a weapon to defend my home, having it constantly ready to use in the event that my house is broken into, putting my family's life is in danger.
Statistics show that banning weapons only increases crime rates. The After 1968 and 1997 British gun control laws, British homicide rate has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 gun control law and 15% higher since the outset of the 1997 handgun ban.
Another of these Statistics: Since the outset of the Florida right-to-carry law, the Florida murder rate has averaged 36% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 15% lower. These both are just two of a good few examples of how Gun Control works.
Please, help me keep the hobby and Right of several million Americans, my family included, legal, by telling President Obama and Governor Romney to tell Congress NOT to Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
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