So, I’m reading through my personal email today and came across this gem from a special fan of Guns Save Life:
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:34:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Orin Madden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Orin Madden <email@example.com>
Subject: Guns save lives day
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>, “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Let me first say I find you both to be a discrace to Americans everywhere. You take a sacred day where 20 first grade children and 6 proud educators lost there lives to gun violence, ill say it again, lost there lives to gun violence, and try to turn it around and celebrate weapons and put a message out that fire arms save lives. How many lives were saved on December 14th 2012 in Sandy Hook? What right do you have to celebrate? On 9/11 anniversarys do we as Americans celebrate “Military action saves lives day”? No, and simply because it would be nothing but disrespectful to the families of nearly 3,000 Americans who lost brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, grandfathers, friends, as well as a utterly preposterous idea. You should be ashamed of yourselves. As a young man after 9/11(I was 17 at the time) I joined the United States Marine Corps to help provide the blanket of freedom that you men and your families sleep under on a nightly basis. I carried the assault weapon that has been used in so many tragedys that have taken innocent lives in this country. It is a weapon system that has no place in the hands of civilians or in a civilized society. An assault weapon is exactly that, a weapon designed to assault, not protect, not to hunt, designed to take lives, which those of us in the military and law enforcement have to do from time to time to protect the innocent, to provide the blanket. It has no practical civilian use and I would challenge anyone to tell me different. Fire arms shouldnt be seen as something “cool” to have. I respect the right for gun ownership, this is America after all, but where do we draw the line in the sand. Did our founding fathers have any idea of the weapons systems we would have now a days? I can’t believe they did. What do you think they would say to a “Guns Save Lives Day”? I think they would be ashamed of us all. Especially trying to celbrate such a message on a day when “Guns Took Lives”. Childrens lives, children gentlemen. And educators, the sacred profession of those who help to mold and teach our children. They didn’t get to decide there own lives. The rehtoric will be that it was a maniac who took there lives. A maniac with a weapon that no civilian should have access to. Wouldn’t you agree? I’ve never written something like this, I guess this is the straw that broke the camels back for me. Celebrating on a day when 26 innocent Americans lost there lives to gun violence. It’s just flat out not right. How do you explain yourself to those children and educators families? You can’t. And you won’t. Which is cowardly. I hope you and your families are never visited by the gun violence that so many in this country have been visited by. I wonder if you men have ever been in a fire fight or shoot out, could you do what you think you would do? It’s not an easily answered question. I’ve seen many freeze up when it came down to it, takeing a life, any life, regardless of if their a maniac domestic terrorist or an enemy combatant is a fragile thing. It’s not something to celebrate, it is a life altering thing that will stick with you for your entire life. You will never forget it. Regardless of the evil intent that someone has, when you take a life, you take someones son, someones daughter, mother, father etc etc. There will be an empty place in someone’s life forever, and if you take a life, regardless of circumstance, there will be an empty place inside you forever. I read a quote from your ally Alan Gottlieb today “We dont want pro-gun control groups to own that day, we are going to be there first.” December 14th is not a day to be owned sirs. Not for your message, not for pro gun control messages, not for any messages. It is a day that we should all
remember in solemn. Wouldn’t you agree? Own the day, where do you get off? It is quite sickening. I liken it to the Westboro Baptist Church, who protest at my brothers and sisters in arms funerals. How do you feel about that? I respect your right you have your day, but pick another one. Its really as simple as that. It’s not a cop out, it’s the respectful right thing to do. You don’t protest against airline security on 9/11 right? Your better then this I hope, and I beleive if you truly cared about your message you’d see that it would be taken much better if not celebrated on a day when the gun took lives. Good day to you sirs.
2008-2009 American Citizen
Bless his little heart.