Columbine Survivor's Letter to Obama Opposing Gun Control


February 21, 2013, 07:13 AM
Powerful:Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.

Selling to Criminals

Mr. President, these are your words: “And finally, Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

Why don’t we start with Eric Holder and thoroughly investigate the Fast and Furious program?

Furthermore, the vast majority of these mass murderers bought their weapons legally and jumped through all the hoops — because they were determined to murder. Adding more hoops and red tape will not stop these types of people. It doesn’t now — so what makes you think it will in the future? Criminals who cannot buy guns legally just resort to the black market.

Criminals and murderers will always find a way.

Critical Examination

Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy — but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.

Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?

You said, “If we can save just one person it is worth it.” Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:

First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.

Second, press Congress to repeal the “Gun Free Zone Act.” Don’t allow America’s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.

This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.

Mr. President, do the right thing, restore freedom, and save lives. Show the American people that you stand with them and not with thugs and criminals.


Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. ToddSource (

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February 21, 2013, 07:48 AM
Well written and insightful. Forward and post to everyone in your address book, including reps. I did.

February 21, 2013, 08:40 AM
Forward and post to everyone in your address book, including reps. I did.Good idea.

ole farmerbuck
February 21, 2013, 08:58 AM
Yep, well written. Forwarding

February 21, 2013, 09:38 AM

Interesting how the MSM hasn't been airing this letter all over the place!

February 21, 2013, 02:06 PM
A young man who thinks for himself and has a brain, absolutely refreshing! As some know here at THR my brother was murdered when he was on leave from Iraq. He was shot by a guy that had the firearm illegally. That didn't stop him just as much as it doesn't stop other whack-jobs. I know the pain of gun violence, I still have problems every day, I'm tearing up just typing this. Every time someone that I love just goes out for groceries or a gallon of milk I worry. It is not just pain. It is the loss. It is knowing that I will never see or talk to my brother again.How would more gun control have saved my brother?

I have a personally signed letter from the President thanking my family for my brothers service and giving condolences for his murder. I never thought that all guns should have been confiscated. I thought about the last conversation that we had. My brother had talked about getting a carry concealed permit. If he had would he have lived? Maybe, maybe not. At least he would have had a chance. I know in the most painfull way possible that when seconds count the police are only minutes away. By the time the police got there it had been a little over 3 minutes. Listening to the 911 call and the prosecutor showing me the video was more painfull than words can describe.

You hear all the time about home invasions with 3 or more perpetrators. A revolver with 6 rounds or a magazine of 7 may not be enough. Police that are "highly trained" as most of these anti-gun people say barely get 20%( and this is probably an overly generous number) of their rounds to connect. Look at the picture of that truck that the LA police shot up. It looks like 20 or more rounds were fired but thank God they missed so much and didn't kill two law abiding women just delivering newspapers.

So yes, I do need 30 rounds. Yes, an AR-15 is a great home defense weapon. Ask any professional shooting competitor and they will tell you it is far easier to be accurate with a rifle than a handgun. Yes, a semi-auto rifle is better than a double barrel because being out of ammo because you have shot 2 attackers and having to reload while the third or fourth perpetrators rush you is not a situation I care to be in. Yes, the 2nd Amendment protects my right to a comparable weapon that is commonly used by the military. The types that want to take our firearms are the draft dodgers, the silver spoon fed, and the wanna-be dictators. They are the types of people who have never helped their fellow American unless it was a chance for a photo op to make them look good.

Finally, Yes, I have lost someone to gun violence! Don't you dare try to say "If you had lost someone to gun violence you would agree with us". I have and I don't!!!

February 21, 2013, 02:11 PM
Great letter.

February 21, 2013, 06:31 PM
This is very well written. I'm glad he stepped up and had the courage to speak his mind.

February 21, 2013, 06:53 PM
Great letter, he should be talking at our state senate.

February 21, 2013, 11:53 PM
He should be interviewed by Piers Morgan.

February 22, 2013, 12:37 AM
Referring to the last bold sentence, I also lost someone to gun violence, years ago, and it was the most devastating period of my life I've encountered in 57 years.

I dropped-out of college because of it. He held a doctorate, and was teaching at the college I was attending. I was one of his students.

You see, it was my father, it was self-inflicted, and he was suffering from terminal leukemia.

This action has not changed my belief about firearms, even though I lost a loved one.

It may not be the way a loved one is lost to gun violence, in most instances, but it is no less damaging to those left behind, because of it.

February 22, 2013, 01:29 PM
Glen Beck read it on air today.

February 22, 2013, 04:33 PM
Brilliantly stated by Mr. Todd -- I have forwarded it on to my contact list.


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