Thursday, December 27, 2012

As 2012 ends, now is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their country.

Freedom is about taking action.  Politics is about lobbying and the most powerful form of that is still "grassroots" action.

Now is the time to begin sending lawmakers letters and emails telling them that to prove that our nation truly does respect the Second Amendment, any new laws and regulations passed regarding firearms must include a provision recognizing the Right of every American citizen to always have access to the equipment necessary to participate in the one aspect of shooting that most closely reflects the   preservation of a well regulated militia as being necessary to the security of a free state, the promotion of practice with the current U.S. Service Rifle.

It is time we insist that the deliberation of our Nation's law mature beyond the specious argument that only sport or self-defense as sanctioned by a benevolent government are the determinants of what arms the citizenry.  This is false.  In its very notion it is a reversion to the People being subjects to the whimsy of the powerful; the very reason Colonists came to the Americas.  The very reason immigrants still come to this land.

It is time to remind ourselves that the body of the People remains the most powerful asset this Nation has.   That we should not be remiss and dismissive of so important a resource to the betterment of public safety as America's gun owners, the very people best equipped to aid in the furthering of a culture of safety and tranquility if only the rhetoric of politics could learn to go beyond seeing the People as pawns in a game of influence.   It is time to admit that if we truly want solutions that save lives, it makes no sense to cut off such an expansive and cost effective resource.  Partnership really is the only way to reach our objectives.  Always has been, always will be.

Make note in your respectful but stern admonitions that you and millions of other Americans now make it part of your test to see if government can still remember how important the basic tenets of this Nation are to its longevity far beyond whatever one moment in time challenges us with.  That We the People know our culture is still a baby in the lifetime of cultures.  If we lose our way, we will never make it to celebrate an eon.

Respectfully to my fellow citizens,
Dennis Santiago

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