The First Responder is just that, he/she is the one who makes the conscience choice to race into harm’s way to give aid, comfort and protection of the innocent with complete reckless abandonment for their own safety. The Law-Makers of our states’ and our nation’s capital have all stated how they are determined to ensure that each First-Responder has the means, materials, and the training to give aid, support, and safety to those who are in need. We are told that this task is so important, that we must give portions of our paychecks in the form of taxes to ensure these requirements are met.
For multiple generations, our government has spent trillions of dollars paying the salaries of brave men and women, purchased equipment and training to prepare these people to be finest First Responders possible. These same politicians whom we have elected to hold a temporary office are now actively pursuing the elimination of the capacity of our First Responders. Why are we being told we will all be safer, more secure and better protected if we confiscate their protective equipment?
Mr. President, Senators, Congress, and Civic Leaders, I am my family’s First Responder! I am the First Responder to the members of my church, to my children’s soccer team, to my neighbors, to the strangers in the convenience store, and to the family whose vehicle has broken down on the side of the road at night in the cold. I have volunteered for this responsibility.
As a Veteran with more than three tours, a former weapons instructor, an avid hunter, a licensed CCW Permit holder, and someone who has more than forty years of experience with firearms and no accidents, why would you wish to ensure my capacity to respond to any threat will be inadequate? Why do you wish to ensure that the criminals I face, will not only out number me, but also outgun me?
If you, or anyone, would take the time to research the published records of the FBI and the CDC, it has been repeatedly proven that Gun-Control is an abstract failure on all counts. It has been proven that only Lawful Citizens hold to laws. It has been proven that no Gun-Control Laws, new or existing would have prevented the school/mass shootings in the recent years. And it has been proven that without adequate equipment, a First Responder cannot perform he/her responsibilities as required to ensure the safety and protection of those in crisis.
As a First Responder, I am asking you to simply allow me, and the millions of citizens similar to me, to have the equipment and means to protect and aid the innocent. I do this not only free of charge to any government, I am also willing to purchase my own personal equipment, pay for my own training sessions, and to pay the taxes for such which go along with the responsibility to have the capacity to aid others.
I am the First Responder!