The Passion for our Rights Runs Deep
Earlier this week I received an e-mail from Charles Kozlowski, who lives in Bergen County. As we conversed via e-mail, it was invigorating to see the passion that so many of us have as Americans. Like many of us, he cherishes his God given rights as an American. In his e-mail, Charles sums up the frustrations of so many law abiding New Jersey citizens. His words are very poignant, and his last line is one which we should all think long and hard about. His e-mail is reprinted below.
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From: charles kozlowski [mailto:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 4:52 PM
I am a life-long resident of New Jersey, and a gun owner for more than 30 years.
None of my guns have ever harmed a living creature, nor do I wish them to ever harm one.
It seems that every time an atrocity is committed, the Liberal left decided to punish those that had nothing to do with it, citing a fault of society and not the fault of the perpetrator. Target shooting was a sport I enjoyed on a weekly basis. More and more, NJ laws and regulations have driven local gun ranges out of business- I now have to drive many miles, and spend a great deal more money - reducing my sport shooting activities to a few times a year.
I have filled out all the paperwork, submitted to the background checks, waited the waiting periods, and followed all the laws required of me to pursue my sport; gladly doing my part to help ensure that firearms do not fall into the wrong hands. After the tragedy in Connecticut, NJ has decided that it’s laws (already some of the strictest in the country) are not sufficient to ensure public safety. The 23 additional laws that have recently been proposed (especially the mandatory home inspection) are ridiculous and infuriating. There comes a time to say “Enough - no more”. None of these proposals will make residents any safer- they only add to the already long list of infringements on our rights. It has become clear to me that the intent of the legislature is to make private gun ownership so expensive, so troublesome, and so prone to invasions of their privacy that New Jersey gun owners either give up their property and their Firearms ID cards or leave the state.
The time has come to place candidates in office that value individual freedoms, and stop punishing the law abiding for the acts of a few criminals.