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Josh’s Response to an Anti-Gun Email

12:14:10 PM

Hi Dave. Good morning. I’ve just finished making the kids their French toast, and eating some myself. Time available now to do adult stuff.

First off, thank you for writing to me. Political apathy is a bigger threat to our Republic than just about anything else. Being engaged is key. I’m so glad you are willing to take time to write to me.

Right now I’m not a candidate, although I do anticipate running again in a few years. But I’m involved politically, a lot, and I respond to all contacts I receive, including helping people access their government services, when they ask.

The Second Amendment has zero to do with hunting or target shooting. It is fundamentally about armed militias not under federal control, members of which own and bear their individually owned military grade firearms.

Yes, I recognize that this makes many Americans uncomfortable, especially those who choose not to exercise certain of their rights.
The beauty of our Constitution is that it stands strong against the whims of social graces, which change frequently along with moods and fashions. The Constitution is designed to hold together the country with an untearable fabric.

So, Dave, your opinion applies to choices you make in your life. It does not apply to those Americans who choose to exercise their full rights.

Americans do not need to explain their Constitutional choices or rights.

AR15s and high capacity clips are involved in a small fraction of crime. And they are critical to fulfilling the Second Amendment’s purpose. So we will keep them.

If the current federal government makes them “illegal,” tens of millions of Americans will dissent, resist, defy, and disobey. Any government that would make tens of millions of Americans criminals overnight by virtue of otherwise legal guns they’ve owned, is a government without our consent and exactly the reason why we need the Second Amendment. And AR15s.

Forty-five out of the fifty states have constitutional protections of military grade firearms equally strong, or stronger, than the Second Amendment. Thus, guns are and always have been a core part of America that lots of people are today uncomfortable with. I’m sorry that you are uncomfortable with them. Maybe I can take you shooting. It’s safe, fun. Let me know.

Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol. Book bans failed. Abortion advocates say that women will have abortions, whether they are legal, or not. The same facts hold with guns: no one is taking our guns. Prohibitionist laws will drive them underground, into the woods, etc, and will force a Constitutional crisis.

Already hundreds of sheriffs (and their deputies) across America have stated they will not enforce a gun ban, and they will arrest anyone trying to enforce it. That’s a Constitutional crisis right there, different official law enforcers pitted against one another. With guns.

While the local militias have been in disuse since the end of the Civil War, it appears that these Constitutionally mandated civilian forces are beginning to reassemble. I urge you to look into the early militias. They were community based, grass roots, and according to our founders, expressly for the purpose of counterbalancing a federal army.

To that end, and because the Army has M16s, we will keep our AR15s.

Because so many Americans are still self reliant and resistant to government involvement in their lives, tens of millions choose to rely on the Constitution as their source of civic life. Others, sadly, have become statists, where they elevate, venerate, and capitulate to the federal government. This was not the America founded in 1776. It’s not my America. It’s not a Constitutional America.

Those who want America to be something else probably should move to a place that better meets their needs.
Again, thank you for writing.

Stay in touch. And tell me if you want to go to the range.

Josh First

On Feb 17, 2013, at 3:06 AM, Dave / Deb wrote:

Dear candidate First

I am strongly anti assault weapons , huge ammo clips, and strongly for all background checks.

But I still recognize the right of citizens to own guns for hunting and self protection. I support the 2nd amendment.

Technology has created weapons far more deadly than any one will ever need outside of war.

Your arguments are faulty.
The NRA and the gun manufacturers are trying to sell as many guns as possible through fear tactics.

This will only result in more and more deaths- from anything from mass murders to domestic violence to simple accidents especially when children get ahold of guns.

I am dismayed that you are running for office in Dauphin County, Pa.
Please get Wayne LaPierre to campaign for you.
You will find out how the vast majority of sane people feel when you only get about 20% of the vote.

Dave S.

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