Because New Hampshire Needs More Crime
Apparently, the "inconvenient truth" that the violent crime rate in New Hampshire - a state that recognizes it citizens' right to self-defense - is so much lower than that of New York or Massachusetts escapes them and has no place in their power-driven agenda.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are personally contacting every mayor in New Hampshire asking them to sign onto Mayor Bloomberg's New York-style gun control agenda.
Please call your Mayor and find out if he/she have received such a call, then, discourage them from signing onto this outrageous attack on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Then, please call the Gun Owners of New Hampshire at (603) 225-4664 and let them know whether or not your Mayor received that call.
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Citizens throughout New Hampshire are counting on you to contact Your Mayor TODAY!
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This letter is going out in today's mail.
October 5, 2006
1 Junkins Ave,
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Attn: Steve Marchand, Mayor
Dear Mayor Marchand,
I am writing you today concerning some troubling news I read recently about Boston Mayor Tom Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign to personally contact every mayor in the State of New Hampshire in an effort to export New York/Massachusetts-style gun control laws to the Granite State.
First, a little background on myself.
I am a 40-year-old resident of Boston, a father of twin 4-year-old girls, and a licensed gun owner. I am writing to you, because my wife and I are in the process of relocating our family to the New Hampshire seacoast region in the very near future. In fact, I had two job interviews this week, including one with a construction management firm in Portsmouth.
I spent quite a bit of time in Portsmouth when I had family living there a few years back, and my wife and I absolutely love the city and the people there. It is, in my opinion, the crown jewel of the New England seacoast, and I have every intention to move to the area as soon as possible, in order to provide my children with the best possible living and learning environment.
Now, on to the matter at hand.
As you’re likely aware, drug-fueled gang violence is on the rise in the City of Boston. We saw a 10-year-high in the city's homicide rate in 2005, and we're on pace to match or exceed that total this year. Incidents of armed robbery and armed assault, whether by gun, knife, or brick are also becoming more frequent occurrences. Sadly, Mayor Menino is now helplessly stuck in "Blame New Hampshire" mode, claiming that New Hampshire's, as well as Maine's and Vermont's, recognition of its citizens' inherent right to keep and carry firearms for their defense is somehow turning the inner city youths in Boston, and its surrounding communities, to lives of crime and lawlessness.
I implore you to not be taken in by his rhetoric.
It is not by some inexplicable, sheer stroke of luck that New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont all enjoy a significantly lower crime rate than Massachusetts or New York. Nor, is it merely coincidental that the population of New Hampshire continues to grow, while Massachusetts is now in its second straight year of population decline.
The "common-sense" gun laws that Mayors Bloomberg and Menino are looking to foist upon the people of New Hampshire, through this deceptive public relations campaign, fly in the face of everything that this country and her people stand for. These two "leaders" honestly believe the nation, as a whole, would be better off if all women were denied the right to defend themselves from abusive husbands or sexual predators, not just the women living within their respective borders.
They wish to extend the right to marry to all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation (a position with which I agree), but should a gay or lesbian couple be walking home through a city park at night and be set upon by a gang of angry bigots, armed with metal pipes and baseball bats, Mayors Bloomberg and Menino are doing everything in their power to see to it that the laws favor the safety and well-being of the violent, bigoted thugs.
This is not my definition of "progressive" social policy.
The process of obtaining permission from the City of Boston to own a handgun is one that cost me in excess of $900, out of my own pocket. While the rich and powerful in this city are able to afford (or circumvent altogether) this costly endeavor, it leaves the people who live and work in the crime-ridden, low-income neighborhoods of the city at the mercy of the armed thugs walking the streets (for whom all the gun control laws in the world mean nothing) for their safety and well-being.
And, now, Tom Menino wants to export this Utopian paradise of his over the northern border of the Commonwealth into your city and state.
As a responsible, law-abiding citizen and future resident of New Hampshire, I'm asking you to politely inform Mayors Bloomberg and Menino that you've got things well in hand in your city, that you have no intention of turning Portsmouth into a miniature version of New York City, and that they'd be more than welcome to come up and visit, for a fresh cup of coffee at the Friendly Toast or a pint of Black Cat Stout at the Portsmouth Brewery, anytime they want to get away from the crime and violence running rampant in their cities.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.