I don’t tend to reprint press releases, mostly I find them yawn inducing. This one however caught my attention. The gun debate has been raging for decades, and the NRA has become a major contributor to political friends. As of right now I cannot find a direct link between Alan Korwin and the NRA, but I am sure that with a little digging it will surface. I can smell it.

I rather like it. Mr Korwin has 14 books in print, 10 of which are on the subject of gun laws. It is odd how a simple amendment to the constitution, could provoke such a furor.

It is short and sweet

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Of course this was long before the invention of automatic weapons, grenades, and ICBM’s. I could be wrong, but I do believe that having an ICBM missile in your private launch silo might contravene some local and federal, even international laws. But what are national or even international laws for? The answer seems to be that they should be ignored.

My favorite quote from Mr Korwin:

So if you want to “do something” with huge grass-roots support and get it done, try promoting gun-safety training and marksmanship in schools. Watch what happens then.

My eyeballs roll into the back of my head. “OK class we are having gun day tomorrow. So remember to bring your parents favorite weapon to class tomorrow. Alas we are unable to supply ammo, the school budget cannot stretch that far, so fill your pockets with whatever you can find”.

No doubt Mr Korwin would also be handing out prizes for biggest gun. Turn up with a 50 cal machine gun you are in.

This is a stupid idea regardless of how you view the gun debate. For your amusement here is the press release.

Alan Korwin, Publisher
Bloomfield Press
4848 E. Cactus, #505-440
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2016

An open letter to the President of the United States

Re: Increasingly common public slaughter

Dear Mr. Obama,

I agree with your recent remarks — it’s terrifying to have all these shootings. I want it to stop as much as you or anyone. And I share your frustration in seeing nothing get done.

What I don’t understand is why you keep trying to do the same things and get blocked.

You know that those plans will meet with fierce resistance. Instead, try something that the community at large might accept, and finally move us ahead. Work both sides.

Stop harping about background checks, with the now tired litany about how it’s so reasonable, yet you can’t even get that.

Well, OK, you can’t. It’s time to accept that. But you don’t seem to know why. The gun owners out here know why.

The shootings would not have been stopped by background checks.

It’s the wrong answer to the problem.

It would have affected all of us — and so we resist — but it would not have “done something” about the psychotic murderers we want to stop. Let’s not get into what the proposed bills really proposed, that’s for another day.

So if you want to “do something” with huge grass-roots support and get it done, try promoting gun-safety training and marksmanship in schools. Watch what happens then.

Right now schools are a gaping cavern of ignorance on the subject of guns. Kids think guns are the fun blood bath they see in pop culture. Do something about that.

Work with the firearms community — not against it. We’re your constituency too. Teach gun safety and respect for arms — like 100 million decent gun owners have — instead of leaving the festering ignorance in place. The forbidden fruit of guns — a word students can’t even voice — can’t be helping.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the support of 100 million gun owners, instead of banging heads with us all the time? Teachers, school administrators, their unions, students, most haven’t got a clue about the true role of guns in our lives and culture. Let us educate them. Let there be light.

Prominent doctors have suggested treating guns, which they too understand poorly, as germs and disease. Louis Brandeis framed it well: the best disinfectant is a little light.

Encourage gun-safety and marksmanship training for all Americans, to teach respect for this constitutionally protected property. You’ll garner the significant support you seek, and do something to move a culture that has grown inured, as you have so eloquently noted, to something it should not tolerate. Get something done.

It’s a good first step.


Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America

Alan Korwin is the author of fourteen books, ten of them on gun law, and runs the website GunLaws.com. His company, Bloomfield Press, is the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the country.

How this is supposed to fix the gun problem is beyond me, but I am sure that there are smarter people than me that can explain.

Simon Barrett

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