Open letter to Republican Senator on NRA role in gun control
Senator Richard Burr: My name is Justin Arthur and I reside in Winterville, North Carolina. Today I witness your office blatantly disregard the popular opinion of the citizens of this great United States of America. Furthermore, you have succumbed to shameless lobbying from groups that should have no place in lawmaking. This, sadly, should not have been a surprise as you currently hold an “A” rating from the NRA and have sided with their suggestions on how you should cast your vote nearly 100% of the time; not to mention the extravagant amount of monetary support you have accepted from them over your tenure in the senate.
As one of your constituents, why do I protest your vote against gun control? First, these military weapons and ammunition are designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. Hence, the massacre of 20 children and 6 staff members in Newtown, Connecticut in a matter of minutes. Do not misunderstand, I am a supporter of the Second Amendment for gun owners who are hunters and other responsible citizens. I feel that the gun lobby and NRA are trying to scare citizens into thinking that President Obama wants to get rid of the Second Amendment; that is simply not true.
The president, with the input of the Vice President Joe Biden and his committees, want to put reasonable controls in place to protect and prevent the killing of children and the thousands of innocent citizens who are killed by guns each year with safeguards such as: background checks for all gun buyers (which would only expand already existing background check laws to guns purchased at gun shows or online), ban high-capacity ammunition clips, reinstate the assault weapons ban, prohibit the possession of armor piercing ammunition, increase penalties for gun trafficking, and appropriate approximately $4 billion to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on duty.
When 90% of the American public, the same public that elected you to office, agree with expanded background checks, among other gun control measures, one would only hope that you could complete your job of supporting the popular public opinion.
This is about fulfilling your duty to ensure public safety. Gun violence can and will be cut by intelligent and vigorously enforced laws. I hope you will find the courage and foresight to vote for the above measures, which strike me as very reasonable and in no way threatening either to hunting or to a citizen’s right to self-defense. It is always important for a person in your position of great power to remember: You work for the people; you are the voice of the people; there is no place for you or your big business financiers opinion in politics. Be our voice. My very best regards, Justin Arthur