There are approximately 90 MILLION LEGAL GUN OWNERS in America.  They own upwards of 300 MILLION legal guns.  They probably own TRILLIONS of rounds of legal ammunition.  Yet, more than likely, NOT ONE of those legal gun owners, legal guns, or legal ammunition killed anyone yesterday.

    Saying we should pass gun restrictions because of mass shootings is like saying we should pass speech restrictions because of charismatic mass murderers such as Hitler, Mao, and Stalin.  I can guarantee you, the words from murderous madmen have caused a multitude of more deaths than deranged individual mass killers.

    I am not seeking to diminish the problems or the tragedies caused by a person when a gun is abused.  However, should we not have an honest meaningful debate identifying the underlying problems so that tangible real-world solutions can be enacted?  

    The problems related to gun violence involve anger, hatred, greed, selfishness, irresponsibility, and all the other countless shortcomings of human nature and sin.  The problems of gun violence and mass shootings will never decrease if we are continually focusing on the effect and not the cause.

    Gun control has always been more to do with CONTROL than it really has to do with guns.  Those desiring more gun control, often don't even know simple facts concerning what they are talking about.  There have been, there are, and there forever will be... people who continue to work at eroding America's Constitution, either through their well-intentioned but misguided personal ignorance of history, or through their individual greed, or through their outright malice to our nation.

    America does not have a gun problem.  We have a Liberal Progressive and Media problem attempting to use fear as a weapon to gain more control and political power, at the expense of the individual rights of law abiding citizens.  The right to bear arms is affirmed, not granted, by the Constitution; as are all the rights enumerated in The Bill of Rights.

    Thomas Jefferson stated, "Laws that forbid the carry of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...

    Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

    "Paper Laws" do not and cannot stop all human behavior.  This is why we as individuals whether at schools, churches, workplaces, or in our homes must be able and prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Jim Espeseth
Bagley, Minnesota