Columbine Survivor's Letter to the President MUST READ!

This letter is an open letter to President Obama from Evan M. Todd, a survivor of the Columbine massacre. This is a must read from someone who was actually shot and wounded during a terrible act of violence…
 
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.

Respectfully,

Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd

Like Popeye Used to Say... I Am What I Am

Why do we think God has some lofty expectations that we have to live up to? We act like if we don't follow some list of rules exactly (most of which are really just man-made traditions or doctrine), God will be angry with us and not forgive us.

But God poured out his wrath on his SON on the cross. We don't have to suffer that wrath because it was already dealt with two thousand years ago!  It's history!  Sometimes we act as if Jesus' death on a cross wasn't sufficient for our sin, as if what we've done is so horrible that even GOD didn't see it coming.  So we try to live up to some make-believe standard that we set for ourselves because we don't deserve God's forgiveness.  Guess what? WE DON'T! That's how awesome he is. He doesn't give us what we deserve, because what we deserve is eternal death.

Think about this: Why did God raise Jesus from the dead? Could it be because he was satisfied with his death as our punishment? Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10) The same is true for each of us who have obeyed the gospel: we are what we are, which is SAVED, by the grace of God!  He promises that if we repent of our sin, no matter what it is or how horrible we think it is, he will forgive us.  Because Jesus willingly got what we deserved. He took 100% of our punishment, so that God was satisfied with it as payment in full.

So quit acting like you still have work to do to somehow earn your salvation and focus instead on working hard because you are saved!  You can experience a lot more joy that way!

We Knew Her When...

I don't find the time to post like I used to.  I miss it and I hope to get back to it soon, it's a great way to "get things off my chest" while also getting feedback from readers that often times can help me figure things out. Until I can get back to writing again, I will enjoy the writings of friends and family.  I recently linked you to my daughter's blog.  Today I want to point you towards Amy's writings.

Amy is an amazing woman, but I'll let you learn about her from her writings.  She was recently published in Christian Woman, which totally rocks 'cause I suggested she submit an article to them about a year ago... and she did!  And they published it!  So now, when she becomes a world-famous author, I can say, "Yeah, I had a hand in that."  Or NOT. Just kidding, I'm just so excited for her and for everything God has planned for her.  Seriously, head over there and see what I mean.

I'll write again... eventually!

Answered Prayers

So I've mentioned my daughter... you should learn about her first-hand:

One Woman Won By Him

She amazes me and is proof that God answers our prayers!

The Awesomeness that is my Grandson

If you ever thought that nothing could compare to the love you have for your children, wait until they give you grandchildren.

We have one. His adorableness is insane and his laughter is contagious. He's one
and 3/4 years old and growing up way too fast. His name is Gabriel and he has got to be the most-loved person on the planet, I'm just sure of it.

Because of some personal setbacks in my daughter's life, she and Gabriel moved in with us last summer. It's been a tough adjustment for all of us, but he has made even the hard parts worth it. I get to come home from work every day and be greeted by his beautiful face as he runs up to me saying "Oh, hi!" with a big grin on his face. That feeling of "there's someone in the world who is genuinely excited to see me" immediately makes even rough days easier.

He looks so much like his mom, I sometimes catch myself just examining his face and being transported back in time to when I was a young mother and she was this beautiful little child. And I remember what it all felt like: the uncertainty about what kind of future I could give her, whether I was cut out to be a good mom, the bizarre feeling that my heart was no longer inside my body but now lived in her, I gain more respect for my daughter knowing that she is now experiencing all that with her son.

Thank you Lord for blessing our family with this little boy; I pray that we can be the grandparents he deserves.