This letter is in response to “City will review gun investments” in the Feb. 6 Napa Valley Register.
Now is the time for cooler heads to prevail and to let the grief felt for the children and brave staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., be turned into the energy and hard work of an analytical search for solid root causes for that horrific mass shooting, as well as others of the recent past.
The nature of the changes and mass punishments being proposed in the anguish felt for the loss of innocent lives is fueling a mob-like mentality that matches the murderous sentences of the Salem witch trials, and the long list of racist atrocities in the 1960s.
The mob is looking for a target for its anger; firearms are demonized, as are everyday citizens who choose to own them for home defense, shooting competitions and putting food on the table in Appalachia, Alaska and several other states where “poor people” subsist.
How about we level the playing field and boycott Napa Pipe and all other pipe vendors as potential sources of pipe bombs?
Fuel oil, fertilizer and rental truck businesses provided Timothy McVeigh everything he needed to build a bomb that killed more than 100 people and wounded 500 others. Every oil distributor, feed store and truck leasing business must be equally examined.
All vendors of clothespins, rubber bands and copper tubing will have to be probed, because any kid in a street gang knows how to use those items to create a “zip gun.”
Finally, and perhaps a shock to those who choose not to deal with firearms, is the need to consider seizure of 3-D printers, from which operable pistols have already been built.
I don’t want to belabor these points; I just ask for impartiality and analytical thought, instead of burning witches at the stake — again.
Perhaps a good starting point would be to acknowledge that America is home to 15 million sociopaths, 2 million psychopaths and a very large unknown number of psychotically ill living undiagnosed among our general population. And those statistics don’t count the imprisoned.
There is also far more at stake in what happens over the next two to three months, buried in innocuous and innocent-appearing executive branch directives. Hiding behind the drama of the acrimonious campaigns and the misdirection of American attention by the Sandy Hook atrocity, two documents are composed and ready to be forwarded for action.
I enjoin you to make a part of your cool-headed look at the entire landscape of our constitutional rights the careful reading of two documents: Executive Order 13609 of May 1, 2012 and the United Nations Small Arms Treaty offered to the U.N.
They are linked documents, both written loosely enough to — “in the spirit of international cooperation” — allow other member nations to levy a new and different set of gun ownership regulations, and at the direction of the United Nations, have enforcement, creation of a world database and gun checks carried out by non-American, blue-helmeted U.N. soldiers.
When you read the two documents, please carefully note how the verbiage allows one to play into the other for execution. Our Second Amendment can easily be modified and superseded by U.N. laws, with no reclama from the United States. Another “my hands are clean” rendition.
As a postscript, I am a husband, father, grandfather, friend, patriot, combat veteran, former member of a military shooting team, and military range safety officer.
In 51 years of shooting for combat, food and competition, and two home invasions, I have never seen one weapon jump out of its holster or rifle rack and create heinous mass deaths. The person behind the weapon was going to kill, even if they had to use a zip gun.
William J. Harris / Napa