Mr. Mayor, members of the council, Citizens of Oak Harbor, and of the United States,
I come to you tonight with a heavy heart. I see a beautiful country divided and conflicted. I see a constitution being eroded and the rights that so many have fought and died for slowly lost. I see men and women who were elected leaders pushing personal agendas and ramrodding the rights of the people through legislation. I would like to thank mayor Dudley for being one of the few to take a stand for his oath of office and for what is right and true. Mayor Dudley has proved to his community he understand that it is We the People, Not We the Government. I would also like to thank the council for their roll in our local government, and personal sacrifice on the behalf of our city.
I also come to you tonight with hope. I see a stirring in the hearts of Americans across the Nation. I see good people standing up for what is right, and standing their ground against those who would like to take our rights away. We cannot allow the 2nd amendment or any part of the Constitution to be eroded. We must protect that which has protected us. The 2nd amendment is not just there to allow us to hunt and shoot for sport, or even just to allow us to protect ourselves from criminals who may enter our homes. Isoroku Yamamoto, the commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II once said, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Not only does gun ownership and the 2nd amendment help keep us safe from local criminals, and from a tyrannical government, it helps keep us safe from other countries who may mean us harm. I propose that we do something positive and look at ways to improve life and prevent tragedy without diminishing our rights and freedoms.
Many people are afraid of firearms for all of the wrong reasons. They have been taught to fear guns and the ones who posses them. It is good to have a healthy respect for something so powerful. The same way that you would respect a chainsaw or a vehicle traveling 60 mph down the freeway. All of these should be handled with care, all of these require training, and all of these can certainly cause tragedy in the wrong hands. I propose that we invest ourselves in training and education for firearms. We must teach our children to respect guns for the right reasons. We must teach them that they are not toys, but instruments of protection which defend our freedom. We must insure that our children can protect themselves, for these same reasons, in the future when we are no longer there to protect them ourselves. Training and education will reduce accidental injury and death, and will provide understanding to those of us who were not raised to understand their purpose. We must also turn to our medical community for answers to the mental illness that has been responsible for so many tragedies in the present and in the past. I believe that we can prevent tragedy by helping people with their issues, and not treating the American people like children who cannot be trusted. The American people cannot be punished for the actions of one sick man.
We must remember how important it is for the 2nd amendment to stand, unchanged. We must maintain a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. I urge the people of Oak Harbor, and of the United States, do not let our rights be eroded, get involved in your local, state and federal politics. Our rights are far to important to be ramrodded through legislation without indebth thought and careful attention. Take a stand for the sake of your friends, for your family, for America!
Thank you all for listening,
Carry on Brothers!!!
Written By: Lucas R Yonkman of Oak Harbor, WA. 2/5/2013