Dear President Obama,
I voted for you just a few weeks ago and in addition to hoping you were the best candidate to protect our planet I also thought you were the best candidate to do something about the growing problem of gun violence in our country. After the Aurora shootings you took no action, while I did not agree with your inaction I understood politically why you did not bring it up during an election. Now is the time for you to lead our country and do something about our gun violence.
Your advisors can give you the statistics you need about gun related deaths in the country I want to tell you about what I want to see happen in this country.
I want to see every gun owner licensed with a process similar to a driver’s license including a written test and practical test that includes gun safety, assembly, care and other items expected of responsible gun owner.
I want to see gun owners insuring their weapons making sure they are continually inspected like cars to ensure that they are being cared for and stored properly.
Make automatic and semi-automatic weapons illegal. Regardless of what the laws have been on the topic they have not worked. No more automatic and semiautomatic weapons, make them illegal to everyone. Anyone who has a grandfathered one (like the one used in Newtown) must keep it at registered location (like a hunting club or a police station) and it must be checked out for use.
Make the main mechanical part of the semi-automatic and automatic weapons illegal, not available for sale in the US and can no longer be made in the US. Since anyone with basic knowledge of guns can assemble an entire gun from parts so this is the only real way to keep the count the same and lower of these kinds of weapons (ask your ATF agents about Waco, they will explain it to you).
Set a limit to the number of weapons a person can own and can buy a year and in a lifetime.
None of these measures will stop gun violence completely. Sadly there are to many guns in the country and every day you refuse to act more and more people are going to buy them to “protect” themselves and because they are afraid they are going to lose the right soon so they want to get the most they can.
Please do not let another day go by, do not let Congress go home for the holidays to their families without making it clear that this violence will not continue under your leadership.
My children, your children as well as Charlotte, Daniel, Rachel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Dawn, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Anne Marie, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Lauren, Mary, Victoria, Benjamin, and Allison are looking for you to be a leader. Please do not let any of us down.
Leigh (Miss A and Boom Boom’s Mom)
- President Obama and Vice President Biden
- Frank Lautenberg (D)
- Robert Menendez (D)
- Bill Pascrell (D)