The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


February 17, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Public invited to comment on proposals


My call

I received this from a friend via email, thank you Jeff Furman, and as far as I’m concerned, it holds true.

As an outdoor writer who is a life member in the NRA, a NRA Multi Certified Firearms Instructor (Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun), a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, a NRA Certified Conceal Carry Instructor, a Certified Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor in the disciplines of Rifle, Shotgun and Archery, a 4H Certified Shooting Sports Instructor in the disciplines of Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Archery, a Certified National and International Bow Hunter Education Instructor, a Certified Ohio Hunter Education Instructor, a Certified Young Marines Firearms Instructor in the disciplines of Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, and a Certified National Field Archery Association Level 1 Instructor who loves his guns and bows just as much if not more than most I fell duty-bound to share it with you.

Also, the views and statements written here are that of myself and not that of the Star Beacon.  

n A person steals guns, (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n Shoots and kills his own mother (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n Transports these guns loaded (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n Brings guns onto school property (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

 n Breaks into the school (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n Discharges the weapons within city limits (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n Murders 26 people (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

n And commits suicide (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

And there are people in this country that somehow think passing another law banning guns would protect us from someone like this. If you haven’t noticed, people like this are not concerned about breaking laws; they only care about fulfilling their own twisted agenda. The only people that a gun ban law would impact are the law-abiding citizens, which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect ourselves.

Write your senators, your congressmen, and your state representatives. We’re all in this together whether you’re a hunter, sport shooter or just a backyard plinker. If we don’t stick together and let them know how we feel we will loose.

My goal is to keep you informed about the outdoors, and I hope I do that well, not soap box about a bunch of hypocritical bureaucrats in Washington who sit in their ivory towers and are so far removed from the real world they don’t even know what a law-abiding firearms owner really is.

With that said, I’ll leave you with this — you have to stand up for what you believe, if not, you stand for nothing at all:

n Contact Senator Portman, 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, Phone: (202) 224-3353, email link

n Contact Senator Brown: 713 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, Phone: (202) 224-2315, email link

n Contact Representative Joyce: 1535 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: (202) 225-5731 email link,

n Contact Senator Capri Cafaro, Senate Building, 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, 43215, Phone: (614) 466-7182 email link,

n Contact Representative John Patterson, District 99, 77 S. High St, 10th Floor, Columbus, 43215, (614) 466-1405 email link

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