I believe, and hope, I have attempted to make my feelings clear on why I, as a parent of a murdered son, am so adamantly opposed to gun control. Primarily, from my viewpoint, it all boils down to one simple and logical conclusion gun control has never, and will never solve the problem of gun violence, and firearm related homicides. This being said, I want to further expand on life events, circumstances and happenstances, as I have experienced them that have led me to my beliefs and opinions.
Without again elaborating the details surrounding my son’s murderer gaining possession of a firearm illegally, the simple fact and circumstance is that he did exactly that, ignored all existing gun control laws and got his hands on a 9 millimeter handgun illegally.
Just a couple of days ago we were witness to an eight-hour oratorical lambasting by Minority House Leader Pelosi of those that did not agree with her and her liberal leftist allies in government and political base, concerning illegal immigrants and immigration. She feels those that have come to and are in our country illegally should be allowed to, and has the right to remain here at the tax paying expense of all Americans either born or migrated here, legally.
Further, she adamantly feels that those here illegally must be given protection, sanctuary, if you will, not to be arrested and deported by ICE when they commit a crime. The true intent of politicians like Nancy Pelosi is the epitome of hypocrisy, her care, and her political ally’s so-called compassion for them hides a thinly veiled assurance and attempt of those persons giving votes to her like-minded politicians.
Getting back to the focus of my Facebook Page, Crime Victims Against Gun Control, that gun-control doesn’t work, the happenstances surrounding my son Tom’s murder mirrors the all too frequent news stories reported every day in America that many murders committed are by members of illegal immigrants.
My son Tom was murdered by a member of an Asian gang in the Los Angeles area. At least one of those gang members involved was in the U.S. illegally, coming to America at age 10 on a student visa and never going back to his native country of birth. Once this person was arrested and charged with involvement of the murder of my son, stood trial and was convicted of a lesser offense of assault with a deadly weapon against one of his friends, he was deported back to his country of birth after serving his time.
From the time of my son’s murder in 1993 until the conviction and sentencing, appeal and re-sentencing of his murderer in 1995 my son’s mother, sister and I were in court during numerous hearings and court proceedings. We even made the trip from Los Angeles to the INS (at that time) detention center in Eloy, Arizona to attend the deportation hearing of this illegal immigrant. All of these court attendances and the deportation hearing in 1996 were at our expense and we were never reimbursed one-cent for them. Yet the likes of Nancy Pelosi and the liberal left elitist want to compensate these criminals either directly or by use of the taxpayer’s money in some form or manner.
As I see it, and more importantly, as I have experienced, I will continue my battle to preserve my 2nd Amendment Right to bear arms for defense of home and self, while at the same time speak out against the politicians that will take those rights one law at a time, while at the same instance giving protection and sanctuary to those illegal immigrants that will harm or kill us.
As President Trump said in his SOTU message, “Americans are Dreamers too,” but the dreams of having a better life should not be replaced by a legalized nightmare of forfeiting our birthrights, benefit of our labor and aspirations to those that come here illegally and steal those from us.
At the same time, we will not stand idly by and give up our 2nd Amendment Rights without putting up a fight, hopefully peacefully, legally, but also defiantly if it comes to that.
I shall always be a Crime Victim Against Gun Control as well as a victim of the results of illegal immigration.