More Gun Control Mom … Please!

An open letter from a Virginia resident, to DC, Maryland, Chicago and other localities which deny their citizens and visitors their Constitutionally guaranteed right to self-defense, thanking them for their tough gun-owner control laws.

With such anti-rights localities for neighbors Virginia becomes far less attractive to the bad guys and a much safer place to live.

Citizen Militia

Up the Avenue from the Eggman's Portfolio
Welcome to New York?

Dear D.C., Maryland, Chicago and New York City:

Thank you for your tough gun control laws, please keep up the good work!

A short trip to New York has always been enjoyable and helps me get back some perspective on life. I’m comfortable in the subways and know where not to go and when not to go there.

That being said, one thing is different — my heightened situational awareness. Maybe it’s the permanent State Police presence at government offices near my client’s or the huddles of ‘barely old enough to shave’ kids at Grand Central wearing fatigues and carrying what everybody knew to be unloaded guns. (This seemed somewhat like Barney Fife asking permission to put his bullet in his gun. Then again, maybe Kent State did teach a few lessons.)

A few of the small, dark neighborhood streets I normally enjoy visiting for great ethnic food felt ominous and uncomfortable. I couldn’t put my finger on the feeling until I analyzed it.

I’m usually dressed for business and look like a typical, law-abiding person, going about their affairs. Looking like a law-abiding citizen may be great for meetings, sales calls and traffic stops, but on the streets of New York, Chicago, Maryland and D.C. it’s like wearing a big “PLEASE ROB ME – I’M HELPLESS” sign across your back.

But I feel so much better knowing that your police will arrive within minutes to draw an outline around my body.

Or perhaps it’s the Three middle-aged, Middle Eastern men, Two with backpacks, who boarded the subway unchallenged while one of your cities finest obsessed over a suspicious piece of electronics in my rollabout. It was obviously a digital projector, but an officer (Lt.) had to verify that it was harmless. During the 20 or so Minutes that passed, I was effectively ‘in custody’ because I was not allowed to leave, but also told that I was, “not under arrest.”

Here’s the catch-22.

When I advised the officer that since I was not under arrest, that I would be leaving, he told me that if I did, I would be arrested.

This was very reassuring, knowing that even though I would miss my flight and lose a full day of billable time, it would be worth it to see so many high-ranking and high-paid public servants obscessing over my security.

Treatment like that can’t help but make a person feel WANTED.

(I still can’t help wondering if the middle-aged, middle-eastern men with the backpacks made it to their destination OK.)

With all of the above in mind, however, I always feel a sense of relief and gratitude when I return to Virginia.

Thanks to my time in your city, I have a sense of how uneasy a criminal must be when looking for prey on my Virginia
streets. Every one of the poor things must feel as if they could be the next chalk outline, sort of like how I feel when I’m in your town.

Helping me keep my situational awareness finely honed is yet another positive outcome of my visit.

While in your city I’m constantly looking over my shoulder, not knowing whether the next bunch of rowdy ‘thugged-out looking’ teens are ‘hip’ tourist kids from Des Moines or armed thugs, ready to attack.

It’s that uneasy uncertainty that keeps me cautious and steers me wide to avoid potential unsafe encounters.

All of the above are impressive, but the number one reason I support your tough anti-gunowner stance is because it helps keep me safe when I’m back home.

It’s well established that criminals fear encountering an armed victim more than being caught by the police. Criminals in Virginia (and other right to carry states) are never quite sure if the next passerby will be
a potential victim, or be ready to present a swift, effective and deadly

It’s not knowing who the good-guys with guns are that helps keep the violent criminals on the other side of the Potomac river.

In summary, thank you New York, D.C., Chicago and Maryland. By continuing to keep your most honest and law-abiding subjects disarmed and helpless you are empowering armed criminals, making them feel safe and welcome.

You give them power to fearlessly and arrogantly wander among your sheep, culling out prey with disdain for both law and authority.

After all, who is a criminal more likely to hit — a known defenseless victim, or a stranger who may be armed and prepared to resist with deadly force if necessary?

With such anti-rights localities for neighbors Virginia becomes far less attractive to the bad guys and a much safer place to live.

I have great empathy for your situation and hope that some day all of our rights will be fully restored.

In the interim, however — better you than me!


Steve Eggleston