Carin van Zyl has heard terminally ill patients beg to die.
I also Have a Dream! Martin Luther King, Jr. Certainly, my cause may not be as grandiose as his or others like him, but there is at least a similarity. King spoke of equality; my dream is for the same. He sought equality for mankind. I want an equal playing field in the business community and a halt to the practice of being treated as, at best, a second class citizen or at worse, a pariah or blight on the liberal community.
Yes, I am a gun owner; a person among many who feels like a target of persecution. Along with others, I have passed a Federal Bureau of Investigation Instant Background check in order to buy and posses a long gun. I am one of millions who has passed rigorous background surveillance simply to be able to handle a hand gun within New York State.
Citizens who have demonstrated their mental stability, community worthiness, legal right and simply by being a good and honest person should not be looked at, as a threat, but as an ally.
I have been an FFL Dealer for nearly forty years regulated by the erratic laws in New York State, ones that govern sales, possession, use, registration, carrying and other restrictions, but are not simply created and voted on by our Legislature, but are entwined among a myriad of agencies, judges and burocrats to do with as they will.
And believe me, if you could discover all which pertain to gun regulations they would fill a book.
Do we seriously need them with all their complications? I would say, probably not. The school law needs to go. We need to bring our children up with a sense of history and the American perspective.
But my dream centers on my other gun related business.
In the nearly thirty-five years that we have promoted shows throughout the Northeast, in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and including Long Island, we had very little difficulties with show venues.
We rented Armories in New York State and others quite extensively, we ran shows in schools along with other promoters who did the same. All things changed with Columbine and the crazed kids who lived out their video fantasies.
And several other similar events perpetrated by similar unstable young people have occurred since. This breakdown of a social issue should be used as a lesson in how to reach and treat people with problems before they engage in carnage but should not be used in a way to discriminate against a legal and legitimate business like ours.
Schools and Colleges need money and renting their common ground facilities like field houses and gymnasiums should not only be for craft fairs and flower shows; they should go back to treating us gun show promoters with equality.
Or, so as to not discriminate against us, rent to no one at all. My dream of equality is to recognize that these great United States were only able to be formed, established and grown through the use of firearms. History may be unsettling to some but both a Pilgrim and a settler needed a gun as much or perhaps even more than a hammer and a saw.
But know this, all those tools were essential then and still are today. Protecting life and property in our Twenty-first Century may outweigh the primitive need for deer hide clothing and venison steaks, however, the realm of the hunting gun will never be lost.
It is said that there are probably million firearms in the hands of US citizens. That is enough to arm the whole populace. That is enough to wage war on invaders or on an oppressive government, as the Founders of our Constitution envisioned.
It is certainly enough to fuel our Gun Show community through most of our lifetimes. Guns are never going away. They will be improved in the eye of the new purchaser or collected in the beholding eye of the historian but never will they disappear. For them to do so would be the need to make the American spirit disappear; to make the American dream of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness disappear.
I want equality in our laws for gun related businesses and equality for gun owners. But when these same individuals resort to theft and coercion I want to be free from prosecutors who would rather defend the perpetrator rather than the victim or homeowner who defends his person or property. We gun owners have passed both the test of time and tests of community, it is time we regained our first class freedom and Second Amendment rights.
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