With President Obama using every stage prop tragedy survivor at his disposal to help demagogue the gun control conversation, one could easily be led to believe that victims of mass shooting tragedies and their families have aligned themselves fully behind the president; his efforts to reinstate an “assault weapons” ban and more invasive initiatives aimed at limiting the sale and possession of firearms. But the president’s speeches and the narrative being driven by the mainstream media fall woefully short from telling the entire story.
For most American 40 and younger, the horrific shooting at Columbine in 1999 was perhaps, the first chapter in a new era of mass shootings in this country. And a survivor of that tragedy, Evan Todd, is now speaking out in opposition to those who seem determined to use these horrible tragedies to further their political agendas.
The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate. On universal background checks, Todd expresses his fears that “universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation.” Additionally, he says his belief that assault weapons bans are ineffective and argues that the first law did little to stop violence when it was in effect from 1994 until 2004; he cites Columbine as a prime example.
“It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher,” he writes. “The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.”