Hang in there with me again in this issue as the “it’s for the children,” do-gooders are just making it too easy for me. Having said that, I am going to need your assistance with this month’s column, as it requires some audience participation. The recent decision by the Columbus, Ohio City Council, lead by Mr. Michael C. Mentel, President Pro-tem of said council, in all of their infinite wisdom and concern for their ordinary, law abiding subjects, is that it is in their best interest to ban “assault weapons.” Of course, this only applies to their city, as they have no authority elsewhere in the great state of Ohio, which also happens to be my birthplace. Fortunately, the NRA waved “bye-bye” and took their annual convention and its estimated $20 million elsewhere. For me, I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that this gentleman and the rest of his lap dogs of legislation care so much about my relatives up there.
Following is the actual text of a letter that I dug up, written by the aforementioned Mr. Mentel and his partner in penmanship and fellow Councilmember, Mr. Kevin L Boyce, addressed to Governor Taft back on April 21st, 2004. This was penned when this group of ill-informed sissies was scared to death of the passage of Ohio’s concealed carry law.
For the audience participation part, I’m going to ask that you read the letter twice. On the first approach, read everything but the red copy and you will have the actual letter as penned by the above bleeding hearts. On the second approach, read the text in its entirety, including the red copy and you will have the actual meaning of the letter by virtue of what they left out. Fortunately, I’m able to fill in the blanks.
Now, this letter was written at the time the Ohio CCW took effect in April of last year and although I don’t have the exact figures of how many murders were committed by law abiding, license holders, I’m sure it’s “pert near” zero. I can also say with near certainty that Mr. Michael C. Mentel has never had to step over that “river of blood” to get to his car after a long, hard day of figuring out how to screw the people of Columbus out of their constitutional rights.
The good folks of Columbus need to bounce this architect of Armageddon from his cushy Council chair, for it won’t be long before he begins going after their right to eat fatty foods or smoke cigarettes anywhere except their own homes. I would love to ask this man or any of the other Council members if they would feel safer with a cell phone or a handgun entering one of Columbus’ crack neighborhoods to fix a pothole, deliver a pizza, drop off/pick up a fare or work on someone’s home. Fortunately for him, he doesn’t have a real job; he merely sits atop his ivory tower of taxation attempting to scare the good people of Columbus into believing that they will be “mowed down” in the streets with one of his self defined “weapons of war.” Good Lord.
[ Mark A. Walters is the Director of Gun Safety Education and an NRA Certified Instructor in 3 disciplines. He is also the owner of 45 Caliber Transfer, LLC and a local firearms/Second Amendment activist in his hometown. ]