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An Open Letter to Gun Lovers

Dear Gun Lovers:

I know that every time a Democrat gets elected president, you feel the necessity to go to gun shops and gun shows and snatch up as many guns as you possibly can, but please, cut it out.

I know that the Newtown Massacre and other recent shooting incidents have left a nasty taste in the general public’s mouth; the media is focusing on gun control and what’s going to become of laws on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and I understand why that worried you.

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Just yesterday, I was splitting the wood from a recently chopped down tree in my front yard and I got a call from my friend.  He was at the Nation’s Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center trying to sell his assault rifle.  He had maybe put about $1700 worth of parts into his weapon and he was getting offers upwards of $3000 for it.

This was not an isolated incident.

The gun show, which was attracting local and national news all weekend due to protestors, lines wrapping around the building, and surging sales, was packed with all walks of life looking to buy and sell their weapons- which I’m totally fine with.  One lady on the news, when she asked a vendor how much he was selling his assault rifles for (he had ripped the price tags off of them) looked shocked and appalled when he coyly replied “Five thousand dollars.”

Here’s a disclaimer, everybody- I love guns.  I’ve been shooting since I was eight years old in Michigan and I loved growing up on military bases around the world because of how enamored I am with gun culture- I’m a friend of the cause.

But here’s my point- We need to police our own.  Nobody is looking at recreational gun lovers in a positive light right now because a lot of us are acting like insane people.  Admit that a mistake has been made with such tragedies as Newtown, but be quick to remind those who judge that guns save lives too.

You know what?  Just wait and see what happens.  Obama didn’t take your guns away in 2009 and he probably won’t in 2013.

Love,

Karl Dobias

27 comments

  1. Were just keeping the GDP in the black at this time, you don’t have to thank us because we do our part for the US..

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  2. Obama didn’t take your guns away in 2009 and he probably won’t in 2013. The key word in your comment is “PROBABLY”. You probably will not be struck by lighting, but I’ll bet you do not stand under trees in a thunder storm. This regime lies when the truth would work, so why should we believe anything they say unless it will hurt the country?

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  3. With friends like this pudknocker we don’t need any more enemies like our president and democrat Congress.

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  4. Don’t underestimate the threat to your Second Amendment which protects each and every other right you have..

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  5. Have you seen what Feinstein is proposing – making AR15’s subject to the same Class 3 provisions as Machine Guns???? While you can argue that would not be taking away your guns – the lying politicians can make legal ownership so onerous that people refuse (or are unable) to comply – thereby making them felons.

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  6. This is a situation of the unprepared rushing to the store at the last moment as a (perceived) disaster is about to strike, clearing the shelves at any cost. All the while the prepared sit back and think: How on earth could anyone pay that much for …(whatever.) These aren’t the gun loving god fearing people scrambling for the crumbs. It’s the unprepared.

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  7. Our greatest problem is that the conservative base, and the group with the most at stake in the gun debate in this country, doesn’t vote. Liberals stage massive “get out the vote” campaigns and get derelects elected like the crew in office now. If we don’t do the same and toss these idiots out on the street, we’re creating the situation we’re concerned about.

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  8. Karl, if you are on the side of Freedom, as you insinuate, do not call an AR-15 or a Modern Sporting Rifle an assault rifle. The antis are misusing language in order to win the rights fight and quash ours. An assault rifle has a selector switch allowing for 3 round bursts or full auto. These have been tightly controlled since the 30’3 and thus 5, 10 and $15,000 prices are not uncommon. An AR-15 or a semi-auto AK-47 will fire 1 round for each squeeze of the trigger. This technology has been fielded since the end of the 19th Century and comes in many flavors and colors, not all scary black packaging. In fact, since Liberals hate black guns, I’d say they are racists! Happy New year!

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    • At last, someone who know something about firearms! That’s the problem, most people dont. They believe what they hear from the MSM or from their uninformed friends. How we would be able to get this message out is number one, how we would be able to get folks to understand is number two. You and I have extensive experience and background in this area but most people are ignorant of basic facts. Just another product of our failed education system. Keep the faith and keep your powder dry.

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    • The ignorant politicians and news talking (empty) heads use the term “assault rifle” and “high power” without having any knowledge of what they are speaking. Ownership of an “assault weapon”, without an expensive and closely monitored permit, has been illegal in America since the passing of the National Firearms Act in 1934.

      Copy and paste into your address bar to learn the tremendous difference between the semi-automatic rifle and the assault rifle.

      youtube.com/watch?v=YjM9fcEzSJ0&NR=1

      Copy and paste into your address bar to learn the truth about AK-47 and AR-15 firepower. It ain’t what you have been told.

      youtube.com/watch?v=Vgr3kTU68uw&NR=1

      If a law is unjust,
      a man is not only right to disobey it,
      he is obligated to do so.
      Thomas Jefferson

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  9. Since we are a nation of individuals, how about this: You let me decide what I will do in regard to gun purchases, magazines, etc., and I will let you decide what you will do. I think that’s how this system is supposed to work.

    Oops. Forgot about the dictator in the White House. I guess he’s an exception … ?

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    • Conservative: I don’t like guns, so I won’t buy or own one.
      Libturd: I don’t like guns, so I don’t want anyone to own one.
      Big Difference! ! !

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  10. Who wrote this, feinstein or biden?

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  11. In a word,don’t count on it! Between Obama and Feinstein, our guns may be history.I will tell you one thing, if someday someone comes to collect your guns, you’re going to see the beginning of a civil war that will make the last one look like a block party.The time has come for the public to stand up for their guranteed rights under the constitution, and put a stop to this commie style take over.Writing to your represenatives is a waste of time because they’re all a bunch of ass kissers. The time has come for term limits to get rid of all these career politicians who have their own agenda.Run them off at the ballot box and elect someone who will protect your rights.

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    • As long as We the People allow ourselves to be governed by those that No longer work for our Citizens, And allow these ” Self Governing Traitors “, to our Country, A free Ticket to Continue, Unimpeded by You the Citizen, This Country will Fall!
      Have any one of you even noticed; The ONLY time Our So-Called Citizen Elected Government, Wants anything to do with Us Citizens, Is Only when an ELECTION is to take place or The Bills need Paying??? All other times, We the People become the ” INVISIBLE MASSES “, They Never See Us or Hear our Words, WHY????, There too Busy to bother with us, the little, unimportant people!

      As for the GUN Control Issue,I had Many & I’ve Lost Them to Floods, The response from the Police when I Tried to File a Report, We need the Serial Numbers, For the reports, However,The paperwork was Lost to the Flood waters as well, & I was told, No numbers, No Reports!!
      The bad thing is, I’m on record of Purchasing those Guns & Will be Held Libel If & when, They come for my Guns.
      People, Believe me when I say, A Gun is ONLY as good as the Person pulling the Trigger !
      For that matter, Set aside the Panic Buying & look beyond that Problem to see the real culprit behind these issues.
      Back in My History, I had the honor of being a CUB Scout in Michigan, we learned many things, Like Self Respect, The Value of Honesty, Loyalty,Bravery & Faith, Among others. We also had Den Leaders that Taught us, Hunting, with a Sling, A B-B-Gun & The safety that goes with each.
      Later I entered into the Boy Scouts of America, Where everything we had learned in the Cub-Scouts was repeated & even more Skills were added, Including Advanced Hunting & Trapping skills, Intensive Gun Safety & Care Courses (For Advance Eagle Scouts) and the Safe Shooting of 22Cal. 410Ga. Shot-Guns, 20Ga. & 12ga. as well. NEVER once did any of the scouts hurt anyone else. We Also learned the Value of FAITH in GOD. RESPECT for our PARENTS, PASTORS, TEACHERS & Government.
      But then came the 60’s, Like a thunderclap from HELL.
      Nearly everything learned in the 50’s & before was tossed out the window & Trashed!
      All things (Over Time) became New, & as a Citizen, You were to changed with it willingly or Forced by NEW REGULATIONS to do so.On of those changes that took place was the War (So-Called Police Action) in Viet-Nam, then the Forceful Removal of ALL JEWISH/CHRISTIAN FAITH & GOD, from our Schools, (Now controlled by the u.S.Government)However as a Replacement for GOD, The Schools were Furnished with books of other Religions, Including the SATANIC BIBLE, Books on WITCHCRAFT, SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, HUMANISM & YOGA!, To name a few.
      In those few short years, Following these Government Influenced Changes, We Sent Men to the Moon, Buried Thousands of U.S.Military Personal, from the WAR in NAM, Designed a DRUG Culture from Government research in MIND CONTROLLING EXPERIMENTS, for the Military – This DRUG was later identified as L.S.D.!
      Then came the Hippie movement, T^he Burning of the Draft-Cards, The Liberated Females, Planed Parenthood, Then the Licensed Murder of UNBORN BABIES, some call ABORTION!,Then the ever so slow changing of Past Histories. Riots involving RACE, The Increase of Crime, Family’s Splitting up,The Dumbing down of our Students by the Introduction of Electronics on a Massive Scale, In School, College & The Workplace!
      Why Think, Let the Machine do your thinking for you?
      Then we Quickly jumped on the Train & went rolling out of sight, fast was no longer acceptable, We needed to go Faster & faster, Faster Cars, Trains, Planes,Bikes, Jets, With no end in sight.
      more Money for Less Work! Became the new Battle cry. If you don’t build it CHEEP, We’ll send the work over seas & Still charge the Consumer the Highest Price our GREEDY little hands can grab.
      A Government out of CONTROL! The INMATES running the ASYLUM, that was Once the Head of our FREE NATION!
      Don’t worry about Gun Control, We have more than enough on our plates that has become far worse, & at my last check, STONES Haven’t been Outlawed, ,,,,,Yet!

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      • Truth is indisputable

        I really wish many of my friends and acquaintances would read statements made on this site as they will never have the opportunity to take this in. The mainstream news and talk shows have had their impact quite negatively installed in their brains. We need to take the time to try and speak out to the people that need to be educated (friends, co-workers, family members, our teachers, maybe then they can teach, and anyone willing to listen or debate. We need to have the strength in numbers that the absent minded left wing has. Truth is scary to them but we must do our best to show and teach them for otherwise we are facing, along with our children a dismal future that will end in the downfall of this nation. I’ve turned a few around, lost friends. But it is worth it.

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  12. Lawrence Drummond

    We do indeed need to ‘police’ our own and we do a pretty good job of it looking at the statistics for misuse of concealed carry weapons (very, very low for all ccw and zero or very low for each of the states where ccw is permitted). Sane and responsible use of all guns appears to be the rule rather than the exception.

    However the mentally unbalanced or criminal either cannot or will not be controlled.

    The ‘mistake’ was in creating ‘killing zones’ aka ‘criminal safe zones’ aka ‘gun free zones’.

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  13. Mr. Dobias,
    I truly do not understand what you mean by “policing our own” in this article. You do not offer anything in particular that poses a legitimate need for being policed. If you’re shocked by the price that someone may charge for this rifle or that, perhaps you’d be well advised to further research the market for the weapons in question and discern whether someone REALLY has decided to charge too much or not.
    Consumers can very easily avoid being cheated by having a fair idea of what they can expect from the market.

    Other than that, I see nothing that CAN be legitimately policed.
    Please be much more specific with what you mean.

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  14. Agh! I cringed each time the author (mis)used the term assault rifle. Perhaps a bit more education on the facts before writing such an article. I understand the sentiment he is trying to convey but please don’t accept through your use of the anti’s terminology.
    Further, it is a free market at it’s best when demand goes up so do the prices. It seems silly to many of us who are watching (mostly) from the sidelines. But the recent name calling to those who are making a profit from their advance preparation, go for it. No one is forcing you to pay their price. And when the demand recedes, so will the prices.
    As for the “probably won’t”, I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of that gamble.

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    • Kendall, That is a good Bet, or Sucker bet at most. After-all, One of this Nations Greatest Mistakes happened, Due to Some, That Relied on, The Fool’s Bet, of,”Probably won’t Happen”, Namely the Removal of The CHRISTIAN/JEWISH GOD, HIS Holy Words, The Teaching of MORALITY, HONESTY & FAIR-PLAY !
      From that point in American History too Today, Many of our Nation’s Problems started & Those in Charge have been trying their Damnedest to Cover these Facts Up!
      Just Watch, Mention ANYTHING dealing with FAITH or GOD, & The ATHEIST come crawling out of the Woodwork like Bed Bugs, Poised to KILL anyone that Dares speak their Mind. These Bugs use, FILTH, LIES, HATE & INTIMIDATION To Shut up the FAITHFUL. & when that doesn’t work, They really get Nasty, ALL for Something they claim DOESN’T EXIST????
      Many of our Forefathers didn’t have guns, unless they lived outside of a settlement. Guns, Were Expensive even back then. Most got their First Gun from a War time fallen Enemy, of Comrade in arms.many more used Hatchets & Spears until a gun came along.
      But did you Know, Long before the first gun was invented, our ancestors were merrily killing each-other with Swords, Spears, Axes & Knives, as well as Arrows & Bows??
      And that is just of the more common weapons.
      forget about all of that High-tech gear being distributed to our armed forces & police, That is Kid’s stuff, Compared to the Human Mind!
      To be sure, These new weapons can do a lot of damage in a very short time. But sooner or later, a fight comes down to one thing only, The Human Brain. And if you read recent stories, they are getting closer to brain Control every day..

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  15. Shall we takeaway cars for DUI’s? or maybe ride bikes to protest the RISE of gas prices? a lot of complaining, but solutions fail to reach my ears…. if they come for our weapons of self defense would we (you) shoot them and who are they that we would shoot the officer who lives on your street who helped you with a ticket? Or the National Guard member who works beside you at work. THINK! about it please. our founding fathers used there words along with there guns to build a nation. what will our tools be.

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  16. Maybe Obama won’t take you gun away, but it could possibly be someone else. My 75 yr old neighbor was jumped by a gang of kids who came into his yard, started playing football and destroying shrubbery. He was jumped when he asked them to leave. They were teenagers. He managed to get into his house, grab his 38 and ask his wife to call the police. The police took him and the kids to jail. Here’s the good part: the judge asked the old man to drop assault charges against one-juvenile delingquent in exchange for charges against him. Then the judge kept the old man’s gun. Question: why don’t we discipline the teenager who led the assault; he already has a record. And what about the others?And why can’t the old man have his gun back? Guess we the elderly neighbors will have to help arm and defend this judicially abused senior. Now comes the big task: reeducating the neighbors, the cops and the judge! Payback for the judge may be hell if he’s elected!

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  17. Why do I get this strange feeling I smell Tyranny in the air?

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  18. The author is right about one thing: Obama nor anybody else will take my guns in 2013 (He will try tho’)! Atleast not that I’ll be around to witness!!Nor many of the thugs that they would send to take them!!!
    Molon Labe, sissy boys! They’re waintin’ for you!!

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  19. Since they are going to try to confiscate our guns because they kill people does that mean they will confiscate our cars because more people are killed in car wrecks. We all should be so lucky as to live in Chicago or in the state of illinois where there is much gun control.

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