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Friday, Dec 21 2012 11:00 PM

Target criminals, not their tools

By The Bakersfield Californian

So, state Sen. Kevin de Leon has introduced legislation to charge citizens $50 for a permit to buy ammunition. I am quite sure he won't be the last to introduce legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

He claims it's because "we must protect our children." So I have a question for him: Who will protect mine? You see, I am an avid fisherman and have yet to go fishing this year because I simply cannot afford the ever-rising cost of a license -- and unlike criminals (who ironically don't care about laws), I don't fish without one. Now, you want to charge me to buy ammunition above and beyond the price of the said product while criminals will buy and sell ammunition on what will become an even more lucrative black market not unlike the one caused by the failed "war on drugs"?

I am a former U.S. Marine and I can assure you I will do whatever it is that I have to do to protect my family, but I can also assure you that you cannot legislate or litigate human behavior, and by enacting even more laws to attack the tools of crazy men instead of dealing with the crazy men, all you are doing is making it harder for me to protect what I love.

This is not what I wore the uniform of this country to defend; in fact, it's what we were tasked with fighting. I remember my oath, especially the last few words: "both foreign and domestic."

Ian Pickett

Bakersfield

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