Dear Blythe community members,

Every time one of these mass murders occurs, my wife, Glen, and I have a conversation about the terrible situation our country is in regarding murders attributable to firearms. We think significant change can be made to improve things.

Change will only occur as a result of our vote and any influence that we impose on our Senators and Representatives in Congress. So, if you feel as we do, let’s try and make change. Voice your feelings to our leadership and vote for those who are willing to make a change. (See the names and telephone numbers of those who currently represent us at the end of this letter.)

Glen and I have some opinions and some attitudes. We hope that by expressing them on this forum, it might energize some of you who agree with us to take action too. We have too many deaths in America attributable to firearms.

A recent report from National Public Radio (NPR) presents 2017 data, gathered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, that the USA has the 28th highest rate of violent gun deaths in the world. The USA suffers 4.43 violent gun deaths per 100,000 compared to the United Kingdom at .06 violent gun deaths per 100,000 and Japan at .04 violent gun deaths per 100,000.

We believe that we are in this situation simply because we have too many guns and we are not managing the access to these guns properly.

We believe that owning assault-like weapons are not appropriate in our society.

It’s a terrible shame that they are out there, but they are, and should be well managed. The establishment of more, and we mean many more, restrictions on the ownership and management of firearms in general, is what we should be doing.

In this area, the argument against comprehensive background checks seems to us to be ludicrous. If people are going to own guns, we think it’s in the best interest of our society that the wrong people be denied the privilege.

Comprehensive background checks would be one mechanism that would help in that area. It just seems self evident to us.

We don’t believe that controlling the ownership and use of firearms in our country is in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Ron shoots dove with some friends every year and we have friends that hunt deer every year. Others shoot clay pigeons or shoot paper targets on gun ranges and they own specialized firearms to do the job. In our opinion, there are a ton of restrictions and controls on firearms that could be imposed on our society and still preserve certain privileges such as those without violating the Second Amendment.

Australia does it.

We don’t believe that any controls on the management of firearms necessarily puts us on a slippery slope toward the total exclusion of the privilege to own some firearms. We think there are plenty good arguments to support our beliefs...certainly as many as exist in opposition. We are convinced that there are far too many firearms in the US...of all kinds.

We are convinced that our society could exist just fine without all of that hardware. Many societies do.

First to come to my mind is Great Britain (.06 deaths per 100,000), the second that jumps out is Japan (.04 deaths per 100,000), look at this compared to USA at 4.43 per 100,000.

Our country is no different than any other country in the sense that there are people out there that are mentally unstable, maybe not so serious that they impose on others immediate to them, but just have an unbalanced motivation and want to do something bad against those around them, on the job, in the home, on the highway or wherever.

If guns are readily available, by golly, that’s the way to do it.

Get that weapon, put a multi round magazine in, if you are motivated in a big way, and get out there and do the job! Why do we make those weapons so available?

Doesn’t seem to make much sense to us.

And the story and the record goes on. We Americans like to think that we are a great society! We like to be proud of who we are and what we represent. I don’t think that our record in this area is something to be proud of. We think that we don’t need so many guns and that they need to be well managed.

By coming together with a reasonable attitude we think that we can fight off the fanaticism and paranoia that the NRA promotes and make some changes. In America we speak through the vote...come along with us, and vote to generate more control of guns in America. Let’s Square things away.

More control may not solve our problem but we argue that it’s a step in the right direction.

We urge you to call these leaders to express your attitude ...and vote for change!

Raul Ruiz (our Congressional Representative) (202) 225-5330

Dianne Feinstein (our Congressional Senator) (203) 224-3841

Kamala Harris (our Congressional Senator) (202) 224-3553

Respectfully,

Ron and Glen Baker

Blythe

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