Columbine survivor tells Glenn about his amazing letter to President Obama

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Liberals love to trot out victims and play the victim card. They believe if you just put someone in front of cameras who has suffered some harm, it will cause you to wilt and give up on your agenda. So it will be very interesting to see how the left handles Evan Todd, who was the first person shot in the library at Columbine High School in April 1999, and he also happens to be extremely pro-Second Amendment. Evan joined Glenn on his TV show to discuss the letter he wrote to President Obama. Check out the interview in the clip above.

Evan Todd’s letter is below:

Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now — but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.

Selling to Criminals

Mr. President, these are your words: “And finally, Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.”

Why don’t we start with Eric Holder and thoroughly investigate the Fast and Furious program?

Furthermore, the vast majority of these mass murderers bought their weapons legally and jumped through all the hoops —  because they were determined to murder. Adding more hoops and red tape will not stop these types of people. It doesn’t now — so what makes you think it will in the future? Criminals who cannot buy guns legally just resort to the black market.

Criminals and murderers will always find a way.

Critical Examination

Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy — but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.

Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?

You said, “If we can save just one person it is worth it.” Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:

First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.

Second, press Congress to repeal the “Gun Free Zone Act.” Don’t allow America’s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.

This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.

Mr. President, do the right thing, restore freedom, and save lives. Show the American people that you stand with them and not with thugs and criminals.

Respectfully,

Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd

  • Draxx

    They don’t want us to Protect Our Children, Family, and Friends…

    It is clear by the Policies that they keep shoving down our throats!  Regulations and Laws create more bad people then sway them from doing the wrong thing.  Take something like Marijuana, a teenager gets busted for possession and then goes to Juvenile Dentention/Custody and locked up with other teenagers that commit heavier crimes.  They learn the ways of other criminals and even make plans for when they are released to commit more crimes.  When it Propagates more teenagers become a part of the legal system, and eventually someone who would have went to college/work is now breaking into someones house and doing stuff like Meth or Heroine.  When in the first place they should have done a simple intervention and education to the problems that come with drugs, instead the indoctrinate them into Criminals!  Parents also need to take the time to teach their children right form wrong, all too often they work and the kids are left home alone bored and segregated from the world.  To occupy their time they sit and play video games, and over time the games become the same thing just another day.  Eventually they start to smoke marijuana to make things interesting again (or at least different than the same old stuff).  Then they need to get more to keep up the habit, and go to criminals to buy it, thus starting a loop of destruction.  Yeah, not everyone gets into this kind of rut, or if they do they realize what they are doing wrong and stop.  But many do not and they continue until the shit hits the fan, and start into heavier stuff because of the Criminal Justice System is very flawed… Less Laws and Better Activities in Life have proven to reduce crime.  Also, if someone is intent on breaking the law, you can’t stop them until it’s too late!!!

  • sailboat165

    Fantastic letter. It will fall on deaf ears of course but a great letter just the same. If BO really wanted to save lives he would make a requirement of being hired on as a teacher, they take a course on firearms and they would have to be armed while working.

  • Draxx

    Evan Todd, Thanks for standing up for what’s right.  We know that Obummer will not listen to your “Educated” Words in His Ignorance of Reality…  I am sorry that you ever had to go through that, especially at a young age!

  • sparducks

     Thanks Evan. It’s a great letter and may have worked on Joseph Stalin. It won’t work on this clown though. He’s hell bent to destroy America.

  • Anonymous

    Where are our staple Liberal Trolls to smear the character of this Columbine Student?

  • Anonymous

    Duuuuhhhh GUNZ!!!! I feel badly for people who can’t get an erection and have to resort to guns

  • Anonymous

    This entire story was sad and Glenn Beck should be embarrassed.
    Only a few days ago, Glenn was whining and crying about liberals politicizing the deaths of innocent children and now he is doing the same thing by exploiting the thoughts of a survivor.
    Glenn Beck is a disgusting hypocrite. 

  • Michael Anderson

    Todd published an open letter. He offered his thoughts for public consumption, and Glenn is simply giving some attention to them. Furthermore, Todd is an adult whose tragedy took place years ago. He is not “doing the same thing.” 

  • Anonymous

    Valid points about Todd.

  • Anonymous

    Um, what about us girls who love to go to the range and shoot?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you l_a_c, I think you are the first person on here I have seen with such an honest reply…you give me hope we can seek common ground : ) 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Evan,

    We are missing something in our search for answers to the recent spate of gun violence.

    A short visit to http://www.ssristories.org will show you media documentation about the connection between psychiatric drugs and many many of these shooters.  There are 4800 reported cases there involving these drugs and violence.

    FDA Black Box warnings for antidepressants and antipsychotics tell of suicidal and violent tendencies these drugs produce.  The two teenagers at Columbine were on these drugs.

    Yet, NO ONE in the mainstream media or talk radio is talking about this connection.

    Trace the widespread introduction of these drugs into society and you will find the beginnings of mass shootings, military suicides and more.

    If we are to do more than deprive gun owners of their rights, we need to make psychiatric drugs part of the discussion.

    Richard Haworth 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Morgan/100000253121773 Carol Morgan

     the decrepit excuse for a prez probably won’t even see it, so it is a good idea to put it out to the public in any way possible, and i do not see it as exploitative, the kid could have chosen not to talk to Glenn, but he wanted to make an impact.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    Historically, worldwide, it has been governments who have committed mass murder of millins, including children.  First order of business – disarm the unsuspecting law-abiding citizens.  Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot, Stalin and Hitler come readily to mind. I believe there is an agenda and to some who want to ramp up that agenda the ends justify the means.