Thursday, December 13, 2007

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

Lancaster, PA: The country’s largest third party, based on voter registration, the Constitution Party, points to recent shootings in Omaha, Nebraska and Arvada and Colorado Springs, Colorado and suggests Americans question the notion that more and stricter gun laws save lives.

New Life Church member Jeanne Assam protected the lives of members of her church Sunday by using a firearm.
“An armed civilian acting swiftly and deliberately saved the lives of perhaps as many as 100 people (USA Today) thereby stopping a madman who was on a murderous rampage”, said Constitution Party National Committee Chairman Jim Clymer. “Instead of four dead bodies there would have been scores more if not for the fact that a law-abiding citizen ended the carnage by using a gun”, added Clymer.

“Just note the horrific consequences of having so-called ‘gun-free zones’ in light of the bloody scenes at Virginia Tech and the Omaha Mall. It should be apparent that guns in the hands of law-abiding people save lives,” Clymer noted.

The Constitution Party believes the media have downplayed the most important aspect of this tragic story.

News stories have focused on the past law enforcement experience of the woman who stopped the killer. Calling her a "security guard", reports made it appear Jeanne Assam was part of “an elite group with special abilities and opportunities most people lack; this could not be further from the truth. Able-bodied people of both genders across a wide spectrum of age have the capacity and should have the un-infringed, God-given right to defend innocent life”, Clymer said.

Reports mentioned she was "trained, licensed, and background-checked". That is true of millions of Americans with concealed weapons permits. The media spin suggested this heroic woman was not simply an armed citizen exercising basic 2nd amendment rights.

“Others interested in defending their lives against ever-increasing rampage shootings would do well to ignore the implication that they could never do what she did, that they should never dare to consider defending their lives and the lives of others,” Clymer added.

The Constitution Party encourages all Americans to look critically at the example of this tragedy that could have been worse, and note the effort to disarm Americans with more gun laws has not resulted in fewer shootings. “On the contrary, schools and other places where people are prevented from carrying self-defense weapons have become easy targets for gunmen. It’s time Americans stop and think about where all these shootings are taking place…certainly not at police stations or places where there would be armed resistance”, said Clymer.

The Constitution Party calls on all Americans to acknowledge that guns don’t kill people, criminals do…and in so doing stand up for the 2nd Amendment.


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