… To be clear, our family has differing views on gun rights and gun control. What we do agree on is that those who wish to score political points should not use a confused, misguided, 15-year old boy to make their case.
We ask those in the media and those who would use the media to make their political case, to not use Nehemiah as a pawn for ratings or to score political points. He is a troubled young man who made a terrible decision that will haunt him and his family forever. …
These are the words of New Mexico State Senator Eric Griego, speaking on behalf of his family. The senator’s nephew, Nehemiah Griego, “is accused of killing his parents Greg and Sarah Griego, along with 9-year-old Zephania, 5-year-old Jael and 2-year-old Angelina. The weapons used in the killings – a .22 rifle and an AR-15 rifle – belonged to his parents and were in the home legally… .” Despite the horrific nature of Nehemiah’s crime, despite the fact that the murders occurred just days ago, and despite the fact that an inaccurately labelled “assault rifle” was used, Senator Griego refuses to take up the panicked and simple-minded cause of “gun control.”
Guns don’t jump into people’s hands. Guns don’t have the power to control people’s minds. Gun control has no effect on reducing crime. For example, “the homicide rate in England and Wales has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 gun control law and 15% higher since the outset of the 1997 handgun ban.” Disarming citizens, forcing gun owners to get finger-printed and/or be put on lists, and banning semi-automatic weapons won’t do anything to stop violent crime. The crazies and thugs of our society will never register their guns nor will they be deprived from obtaining guns as they will just continue to get their weapons on the black market.
Those who advocate “gun control” are: 1) looking for quick fixes to complex problems, and/or 2) trying to seize/maintain political power by disarming good citizens. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT GUN RIGHTS.