9-12 Patriots speak out on gun control

January 25, 2013

The following letter was sent to the Delaware General Assembly with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

We are writing you today to share the voices of 1,500-plus who attended (along with 300 to 400 who were turned away) the 2nd Amendment Freedom Rally this past Sunday in Dover, organized and sponsored by the 9-12 Delaware Patriots and Delaware State Sportsmen's Association on the current gun control issue.

We believe in the Delaware Constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution.  They define the purposes and limits of government. They are a carefully poured foundation by the founders of both our state and country. We are confident that you are completely aware of the oath of office, in which you swore or affirmed to  "always uphold and defend" our country's and state's constitution. We strongly encourage you to read the words of our Delaware Constitution on the right to keep and bear arms;

Section 20. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for hunting and recreational use.
Having read these words and remembering the words of your oath, we trust that you will honor the people that you represent by not usurping the constitution, but by upholding its wisdom.

Gov. Jack Markell, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden's proposals are not about keeping our children safe.  These proposals are about an agenda to ban guns from law-abiding citizens.  Not one law-abiding citizen has ever taken a gun into a school, theater, workplace or someone's home and used it to cause harm.  However, many many law-abiding citizens have used their guns to protect life.

We would also like to remind you, with all due respect, that you are servants of the people and for the people. Your place is with us. You are not above us or below us but with us. While the power seems great at times, with so many treating you as royalty or celebrities, we encourage you to remain humble.  It is with that humbleness you will be able to see clearly the will of the people.  We thank you for your service and consideration of our letter.

Sandi Minard
The Delaware 9-12 Patriots

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