Dear Mr. President,
As I've done for the past two administrations, I thought I'd write you a letter sharing the concerns that I and so many others who are gun owners have. I have my doubts that you'll ever even see this but I have to try anyway.
Sir, you promised to be the president for all Americans — both those who voted for you, as well as those who did not. I have no shame in saying that I did not vote for you, but I am still an American citizen and hope that you won't ostracize the millions of gun owners who believe in the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.
I'd also like to be clear, sir, that the Second Amendment says nothing about hunting as many have falsely posited. It should be understood that hunting is a byproduct of gun ownership, but this was never the goal the founding fathers had when they put pen to paper to ratify the Bill of Rights. Why would the unorganized militia as outlined in 10 USC 246 need the 2A to go hunting?
They wouldn't. I think you know this, sir, and I implore you to remember this fact when gun control legislation comes across your desk.
As of right now Mr. President, you hold all the power. You have at your disposal a democrat controlled congress and can pass any laws you'd like.
Please just remember the people when you go to sign. What would the people you work for (all of us, and not just the ones from your party) want you to do? Recent studies have shown that gun control efforts are at the very bottom on the list of things people want you to focus on, or at least close to it, for at least the start of your term. It's no wonder as to why it's so low, with a global pandemic taking place AND adding millions of new gun owners to the millions who have already existed. In 2019 there were 19 million concealed carry permit holders and that number grew considerably in 2020.
The actual number of people who carry guns for self-defense is actually somewhat higher than that, being that several states don't require a permit to carry. Those numbers are just the folks who want to carry a gun for self-defense. There are millions more gun owners who still hold fast to their guns who don't carry.
I know many of these people, and they are very pro-gun.
You will be getting bombarded by people from anti-gun groups who will expect, even demand, that you listen to them. They have the strict goal of removing guns from everyday citizens like me and do NOT represent a majority of Americans. And while I can agree that something needs to be done about street violence, punishing people who already bend over backwards to abide by the law is not the way to proceed.
Punishing people who want to follow the law is not the answer, especially when there are so many other measures that can be taken that already exist. Sir, we already go through background checks for gun purchases. And when that system is followed, when the governmental agencies at all levels do their part, it weeds out so many bad actors.
Instead of violating a right so many of us hold dear to our hearts, why don't we try to follow the laws that are already in place? Instead of a ban on the most popular guns in America turning millions of gun owners into criminals, wouldn't it make more sense to prevent those who are already criminals from buying guns by following laws already put in place?
For example, in 2019 I reported on a story about my home state of North Carolina where crimes weren't properly being reported. Reporters got word that 145,000 people who should have been blocked from buying a gun due to violent crimes were not in the background check database.
Sir, that is just one state in the Union, and if my home state has failed in this regard, I'm sure there are others. Here is a link to the original news source.
That is just one example, Mr. President, but I know your time is precious so we'll move on.
If you really want to unite the country, enacting gun control measures is not the way to do it. You will inadvertently isolate millions of people as you push them further away.
In closing, I urge you to take your oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States as it is written, very seriously. I urge you to not sign any gun control legislation that will further alienate nearly half of the country. Nothing good will come from that.
Thank you for your time, Mr. President, and good luck.