Dear Mr. President,

Violent crime rates in the U.S. have been dropping for two decades and fell to even lower rates AFTER the federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004. See the FBI Uniform Crime Report to confirm:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-1

Currently, 49 States have provisions for concealed carry.

There is no causal relationship to gun control and crime. Studies from Harvard agree:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

Meanwhile, vehicular backup incidents claim 110 children every year. Legislation was passed to address this in 2008 but, five years later, this law has yet to be implemented. If not now, when?

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/delays-litter-long-road-vehicle-rearview-rules-102153265–finance.html

That’s the equivalent of four Sandy Hook incidents every year during your first term.

If the concern is to do something, even if it saves just one child, why not act on already-passed legislation that could save 110 each year?

What’s the explanation for pushing for restrictions when FBI data and Harvard studies show gun control schemes have no effect on crime?

This administration is exploiting tragedy to push for restrictions that can’t possibly help. In light of such easily-obtained facts, to suggest otherwise is an insult to the American people and to your elected position.

John M. Buol Jr.
SFC, USAR

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