Georgia Mayor’s Response to Mayors Against Illegal Guns is PRICELESS
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Dear Mayor Lockhart,
I recently invited you to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bipartisan coalition of mayors from across the country representing more than 68 million Americans to reduce gun violence. I wanted to follow up to ensure that you saw our letter. A member of my team will be in contact with your staff to inquire about whether you plan to join our fast growing coalition of mayors. Additional information on the coalition and instructions for joining are contained in the letter below. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lockhart didn’t just tell them no, he told them Hell No, and gave them the reasons why in the following communication.
I do not support your efforts. I oppose efforts to require private sellers with minimal sales (non-dealers) to perform background checks. I am proud that gun shows are regularly conducted in Forest Park.
If you really want to reduce illegal gun sales, perhaps your energy would be better focused in petitioning the BATF to end its illegal gunwalking. Because of Operation Fast and Furious, Brian Terry was murdered with a weapon sold by our own government.
Your organization claims that the goal is “protecting the rights of Americans to own guns, while fighting to keep criminals from possessing guns illegally,” yet none of your “Coalition Principles” further any such protections. One of the principles is to “keep lethal, military style weapons off our streets.” First, I am awestruck that you would focus on “lethal guns.” It seems that guns’ lethality is the point of their design.
That you believe a gun’s “military style” makes it more lethal is asinine, and however you would define such style does not make guns so designed illegal. Your stated goals–protecting legal ownership and eliminating criminals from illegally possessing guns–are belied by your specific objectives. What you propose would convert what is currently legal possession into criminal behavior. You may have fooled other mayors, and you may have other fools who agree with your actual objectives, but you haven’t fooled me.
That your organization was founded by Michael Bloomberg, who criminalized the sale of sodas of a certain size, is telling. It is impossible to believe such a man is really concerned with the protections afforded by our Constitution.