A letter to the city council of NYC


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NIGHTWATCH
July 22, 2003, 01:51 AM
I plan to follow up on this with a phone call.





Suffer: a: to submit to or be forced to endure b: to feel keenly: labor under~thirst
c: undergo, experience death, pain, distress d: to sustain loss or damage.



Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary


Dear representative,

There is purpose in defining the word above. Something that will come to play in the latter part of my letter. My name is T. Benabe. I was born in NYC in 1964. The eldest son of four boys. My parents first came here from the island of Puerto Rico sometime in the late forties.

My generation of brooklynites were the last to see games such as stickball, buck-buck, hot peas and butter, king's and such. You see, we lived on the streets. Before the video game era took hold, we sought our friends. Real people, to play with and pass the time of day. We were all good kids and the memories are sweet.

I can remember in my experience as a child owning a few toy guns. They were great. The looked authentic. My favorite was a lever-action shotgun I had that actually popped and smoked afterward. They played a large part in my formative years. They were my companions on every adventure, and comfort when dealing with the monsters that lived in my closet. What is most important however, when I reflect on this time in my life, is that I never had to worry about being killed because of it. The question here is not the problem of children playing with toy guns, but those who would kill children who play with toy guns. Which leads me to some further points.

Gunowners and now many non-gunowners alike have realized that not only is gun control a failure, but by design is meant to disarm and infringe upon the civil rights of the law-abiding. It is a malignancy in light of the facts that will continue to support the concerns of many millions in this country, from all walks of life, that the ultimate goal of gun control advocates is to disarm americans. The question I ask myself daily is when does a citizen stop being "law-abiding" when those laws become unjust? Unconstitutional. Corrupt. And what does he do about it when the system in place is failing the people? Your argument on the costs to the city relating to gun violence becomes mute when you consider the cost, both financial and emotional, to the families of the victims that you work so diligently to disarm.

" Those who make peaceful revolution impossable make violent revolution inevitable. Those who renounce the use of their arms against a corrupt political machine are the very people who make that violence inevitable. Passivity only encourages the machine to expand " - John F. Kennedy


When I hear of further burdens such as " liability insurance" being considered on gun owners, I have to consider at what point will you succeed in turning me into a criminal. At what point will I wake up one fine morning only to find myself on the wrong side of some unconstitutional law that would blemish my life in a way as to not ever recover fully.

I have suffered, my whole life, my mother suffered, raising four boys on her own, to be decent people. I have suffered to remain a " law-abiding" citizen. Consider this deeply when you consider passing written laws against the will of my efforts. Against the will and knowledge of my freedom. And do not make the mistake of endangering the welfare of my future because of your personal disregard for the second amendment and our sacred constitution. Dont make the mistake of turning me into a criminal.

Sincerely,

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Standing Wolf
July 22, 2003, 03:41 PM
It is a malignancy in light of the facts that will continue to support the concerns of many millions in this country, from all walks of life, that the ultimate goal of gun control advocates is to disarm americans.

You've got two sentences going on at once. I think you could drop everything before "...the ultimate goal," and use that as the start. "Americans" needs a capital A, because it's a proper noun.

Your conclusion:

Dont make the mistake of turning me into a criminal.

is very strong, but "don't" needs an apostrophe, since it's a contraction of "do not."

The Kennedy quote is very strong. I think you're on a good path.

StLGlocker
July 22, 2003, 04:45 PM
Nice letter. If you'll permit me to play Grammar Cop for a moment, I'll add to Standing Wolf's corrections...

"Something that will come to play in the latter part of my letter." - sentence fragment, consider revising that line to "There is purpose in defining the word above, something that will come into play in the latter part of my letter."

"The eldest son of four boys." - same thing, sentence fragment, combine it with the previous sentence, and seperate the two with a comma.

"The looked authentic" - correct "The" to "They".

"gunowners" should be "gun owners", "non-gun owners", etc.

Correct "impossable" in the Kennedy quote to "impossible".

alan
July 22, 2003, 05:00 PM
Nightwatch:

Despite problems with sentence structure and run-on sentences, mentioned by others, GOOD LETTER.

Unfortunately, I doubt that the sachems at City Council will pay any real attention to it. I left NYC in 1967, after testifying against the then proposed, subsequently enacted, registrastion of long guns, owned by city residents, kept within the city, for instance, where you lived.

Possibly if wholesale changes were made in the mayors office, as well as city council, but that requires the people to pull their heads out of the sand, something they consistently seem unwilling or unable to do, sad to note.

Once again, good letter.

NIGHTWATCH
July 22, 2003, 05:50 PM
Thanks guys for the feedback. I will make those corrections before I send it out later this week. ;)
I will be sending a copy to a Mr. Brophy of RPSA-PAC. He often appears before the council on these matters. The hope is that he will use it on my behalf. Thanks again for your suggestions.

Stickjockey
July 22, 2003, 10:25 PM
Nightwatch-

Your argument on the costs to the city relating to gun violence becomes mute when you consider the cost, both financial and emotional, to the families of the victims that you work so diligently to disarm.

I think the word you're looking for is "moot".

NIGHTWATCH
July 24, 2003, 12:24 AM
Thanks again. "Mute" will suffice. Im just glad my letter wasnt any stronger than it was and that the perp was caught. Had I sent this out a week ago, I might have heard a dozen heavy running feet at my door. :uhoh: ..... S.O.B'S would have been sorry. :evil:


Knock first. :)

Zundfolge
July 24, 2003, 12:40 AM
My only fear is that they will read this letter as "if you pass another gun control law, I will start shooting".

I know that's not what you where saying, but when read through the distorted minds of those in city hall in NYC (especially after 9/11 and today's shooting) I wouldn't be surprised to wake up one morning to a couple of NYC's finest at your door (and with the Patriot Act, you may find Feds).

NIGHTWATCH
July 24, 2003, 03:18 AM
If that was my intention, It would have been done. This letter was to say, DONT make the mistake of messing up my life. Make me a "criminal". Destroy any faith I have, and make me tired of living. Yes, it would then be a mistake. :fire:

This is the whole point. If we fear saying NO MORE. If we fear getting involved. If we fear sacrifice, than we can never win. All gunowners have a face. I think its time they show them to their elected officials.

I recently walked into my district representatives office to express how a MMM sign in his office window offended me. Guess what? Next day, it was gone. Go figure. ;)

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