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Buckeye Firearms Association and the citizens of central Ohio recognize the poor leadership that the City of Columbus has experienced over the past 8 years under the direction of the current Mayor. Columbus has witnessed the installation of red light cameras, a substantial surge of gang activity, home invasions, increased crime around the campus area, and a huge upswing in crime violence in general.
According to 2006 FBI stats, Columbus has 731,547 citizens. Columbus had a staggering 586 reported rapes committed against innocent victims. Columbus women are nearly 7 times more likely per capita to be raped in Columbus than New York City. There were nearly 6000 violent crimes reported in Columbus during 2006. 1 person in every 122 people will become a victim of violent crime on our streets. Columbus needs a Mayor who will put a stop to violent crime.
Under the incompetent leadership of the current Mayor, the citizens have experienced a direct assault on our Second Amendment Rights. The City had imposed an unenforceable "assault weapons ban". The assault weapons ban made criminals out of law abiding citizens who obtained concealed handgun licenses for self defense, who wanted to carry 11 rounds of ammunition instead of 10 in their firearms.
The citizens of the City of Columbus also experienced the loss of the 2007 NRA Annual Convention and the 20-30 million dollars it would have brought to the city and surrounding businesses. Michael Coleman stated that "Columbus didn't need the NRA's 20 million dollars". Over 60,000 good people from across the nation were told they were not welcome to our city. With a slogan like "Ohio, the heart of it all", we need a mayor that has a heart and has sense about him.
Bill Todd has given Buckeye Firearms Association his assurance that under his mayoral leadership of the City of Columbus, he will protect the 2nd Amendment Rights of the Columbus citizens. A Bill Todd administration understands that you will never solve crime problems by harassing law abiding citizens, and an economic recovery will not come from turning away business and offending people who want to visit our great state. He supports our constitution and understands that the government exists to serve it's people.
Columbus needs a change. Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to give our support and endorsement to Mr. Bill Todd as the candidate for Mayor of the City of Columbus. Please join us in voting for the candidate that will support your 2nd Amendment Rights on Nov. 6.
A credibility issue mistaken as a safety issue.
By John Longenecker
As most of my readers know, I do not write for gun owners, but specifically for the Non-gun owners. What do 80 million gun owners know that non-gun owners don't know? Self-defense is not an opinion or a side of the aisle, it is a life skill. A totally non-partisan survival skill. It is this which is deliberately ignored by officials on their political say-so backed by force.
Though a household may plan for root canal, unemployment, illness or car accident - how the household will meet and even survive criminal violence is the most neglected area of household management. This, of course, extends to family members away from home, as in workplace or school campus. You do not check your citizen authority at the Admissions Office.
When will they learn? Well, we need them to learn now. Workplace or campus bans of personal weapons gives the shooter an enormous tactical advantage, and acts to the detriment of the students and workers. In this manner, the campus might as well hold the coat of the next shooter.
And campuses must learn this: We will never stop the next school shooter - or any school or workplace shooters - by psychoanalyzing or profiling them, giving them time and opportunity of their choosing, but by better preparing the target to respond immediately. Disarming students means waiting for someone to arrive. It means waiting for someone else to protect you, or get kicked out of school. All the profiling is nothing more than a stalling tactic to avoid the obvious: arming students and workers as they choose in order that they operate on their citizen authority when facing grave danger in the absence of first responders. The lesson to learn is Citizen Authority.
This defect and refusal to learn is emphasized by the fact that Dover cannot locate the shooter at the time of this piece. Keep trying.
Citizens play a vital role in crime control, and excluding citizens from the process is dangerous on so many levels.
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