New Hampshire –-(Ammoland.com)- The entire Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is deeply saddened by the murders that occurred in Parkland, Florida. However, we reject the concept that the acts of a criminal who violated Florida's gun free school zone law and then committed murder, in any way justify increased gun control on law abiding gun owners anywhere.
I know that we have been sending a lot of email, but we are working very hard to keep gun owners engaged with events that are happening in Concord. We don't send email just to send email; each message you receive from us will have an action item.
Last week, in a sneak attack, reminiscent of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Senator Martha Hennessey, without warning offered a floor amendment to SB 357 that will create, for the first time ever, a New Hampshire law that will allow local school boards to ban guns. Senator Hennessy appeared to have caught many other senators off guard and the amendment was referred to the Senate Education Committee for “study”.
Senator Hennessey is blaming you, the law abiding gun owner for the acts of a murderer. She is attempting to curtail your civil right to be armed because of the criminal acts of a murderer. I find it hard to believe that someone who plans to commit murder will worry about a ban on gun possession in a school.
It has recently been reported that an armed Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff was at the scene of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but instead of engaging the shooter and attempting to save lives, the coward, Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson waited outside for at least 4 minutes while people were murdered.
And in case you haven't heard, his boss Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is calling for new gun control, this call comes after his office failed to investigate reports that the alleged shooter was planning this attack and amid updated news reports that are now indicating other Broward Sheriff's deputies might have also displayed acts of cowardice instead of acts of heroism.
Senator Hennessey seems to be answering that call and pushing gun control right here in New Hampshire.
But we don't need gun control in New Hampshire, we need to continue to allow legally armed adults to carry guns. That is a powerful deterrent.
The good news is that legislators and local school boards are finally admitting that they do not have the authority to ban guns in schools.
The bad news is that the anti-gun left will be working over the next week to convince Senators to support the Hennessey gun ban amendment which will not be considered by the Senate Education Committee before March 6, 2018.
The facts are quite simple, when law abiding adults are not deprived of their Second Amendment Civil Rights, lives are saved. Why? Because the criminals do not know who is armed and who will be able to offer an armed response to an attack. Gun free zones are free fire zones that cost lives. Here are some recent mass murders that occurred in presumably gun free zones:
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland Florida – 17 murdered because the state of Florida prohibits possession of a firearm by anyone other than law enforcement in a school. Coach Aaron Feis was murdered shielding students from gun fire. If gun possession was not banned Coach Feis was the type of person who may have carried a concealed gun. Sadly, the state of Florida did not give him that choice.
- First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas – 26 were murdered for voluntarily obeying the church's gun ban. The murderer was stopped by a neighbor who was armed with an AR 15 type rifle and who is also an NRA Certified Instructor.
- Pulse Nighclub, Orlando, Florida – 49 people were murdered because the state of Florida bans the carrying of guns at anyplace where the primary business is the sale of alcohol for consumption. Pulse was primarily a bar, not a restaurant so guns were banned and no one was able to offer armed resistance to the murderer.
I think you get the idea that gun free zones cost lives and legally armed citizens save lives. Here is what you need to do to stop the Hennessy gun ban:
Send this prewritten message to all members of the Senate Education Committee:
Please vote NO on Senator Hennessey's amendment allowing local school boards to ban guns. This amendment has been offered in response to the murders in Florida that were a direct result of law enforcement's failure to act as well as cowardice by some Deputy Sheriff's. We do not have a problem in New Hampshire schools precisely because we allow law abiding adults to carry guns. That is a powerful deterrent. Please do not act on emotion, but rather on facts, and the facts are that guns, in the hands of law abiding people, save lives.
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
Chairman Senator John Reagan, , 603-271-4063 email [email protected]
Vice Chairman Senator Bob Guida, 603-271-3074 email [email protected]
Senator Ruth Ward 603-271-6733 email [email protected]
Senator David Watters 603-271-8631 email: [email protected]
Senator Jay Kahn 603-271-8631 email: [email protected]
If any of these Senators write back to you please forward a copy to me at: [email protected]
About New Hampshire Firearms Coalition:
The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is New Hampshire’s only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization. While many so-called “gun rights groups” work to curry favor with politicians and the media, NHFC is working aggressively to hold politicians accountable and to put a stop to gun control. Visit: www.nhfc-ontarget.org