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An Open Letter to the ENTIRE Town of Westford

This is an open letter to the town of Westford about the banning of firearms

To Whom It May Concern, 


I'm writing to you today about comments coming from a member of The Board of Selectmen in Westford. It has come to my attention that Selectmen Jeffries has stated yet again that he plans to go forward with banning firearms in Westford. The idea that is being proposed is not only illogical but it's also unconstitutional. If Mr. Jeffries is unhappy with the current firearm laws in this Country then he's free to move to another country which bans firearms. Such countries like Mexico, who have a complete ban on firearms, must be more acceptable to Mr. Jeffries. As we can plainly see, banning guns works in Mexico……... Also, England has banned private ownership of firearms and they're still pulling 4000 illegal guns off their streets every month.

Also, it has been statistically proven that were firearms are banned crime increases. We don't have to look at other countries to see this. Let's take a look at Chicago and see how well firearm bans have worked there. More people died in Chicago last year from gun violence than were killed in Afghanistan last year. Please tell me how this is logical, Afghanistan is a war zone and Chicago is a modern metropolitan city.

I don't know who they think you are trying to tell Citizens that they are not allowed to defend themselves! You have no idea how aggravated all of this has made me. Let me give you a little bit of information and background on me. So you know where I'm coming from.

1) I am not a resident of Westford. With that said, there is a chance that I would be traveling through your community from time to time and these bans and laws may affect me.
2) I'm currently the bearer of a Class A, unrestricted, high-capacity licensed to carry.
3) I am the owner of multiple firearms, all of which except magazines in excess of five rounds.
4) I'm a veteran of operation Iraqi freedom. 5) I served in TWO Branches of the U.S. Military.
6) Due to the fact of the stated in numbers four and five. I have taken an oath "To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same" and I take this oath VERY seriously and do not believe that it has an expiration date.

With the above information stated I feel that it's my obligation to also mention that at all times I carry at least one firearm. I say that because should, you pass your restriction, I may find myself in your town. If I get arrested I will sue the crap out of your town for violating my constitutional rights. I don't care if the lawsuit bankrupts the town of Westford because my Rights are more important than the funds that the entire town has.


Something that should be realized, as far as the Second Amendment goes, our founding fathers carefully worded it. If you notice they never mentioned what types of firearms WE THE PEOPLE are allowed to own. Our founding fathers realized that firearms would advance in years to come and they wanted us to be able to be as equally armed as the government in this country. The purpose for the Second Amendment doesn't have anything to do with hunting or self-defense. Our founding fathers saw hunting as a fundamental right in order to put food on the table. They also saw self-defense as a fundamental human right.  

Come to think of it, should Westford pass this by-law; I will personally organize a class action lawsuit, on constitutional grounds, against the town. In the lawsuit I will name each individual member of the border selectmen (in their official capacity), the town itself and possibly the police chief (in his official capacity). I will also name any officer who has arrested anybody or fined anybody under this law. I will make sure that this lawsuit puts the town of Westford into bankruptcy. Should you choose to call my bluff and pass such a bylaw you will see what a mistake you've made.

I want to make something clear so that nothing I've said gets taken the wrong way. I'm not making threats of violence or physical assaults. My only agenda is standing up for the Rights of law-abiding citizens. If the people of Westford want something done that will be meaningful and make a difference then they should get on their law enforcement officials, as well as their elected officials, about enforcing CURRENT laws. The answer is not creating new laws were turning law-abiding citizens into potential criminals. I hope that the people understand that idiotic laws, such as the ones proposed in Westford, will not make any difference in preventing crime. By banning firearms, you will ensure two things:

1) Only criminals, police officers and government agents will have firearms.

2) There will be more unarmed VICTIMS in Westford then there needs to be.

Sincerely,

One EXTREMELY PISSED OFF American Veteran

P.S. Please read the Second Amendment AGAIN! Here it is:

Amendment II

"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."

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Protagoras February 24, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Mike, Let me put it another way - limiting the sale of magazines to those with smaller capacity are not going to prevent violent events like these from occurring in the first place, so why even have this law? Shouldn't Americans look to real solutions that will actually be steps to preventing this from happening? What has been lost in all of the noise created by the deluge of new laws to ban this and prohibit that is the honest discussion and review of our mental health policies and rules currently in existence. Shouldn't we as a nation that is loving and caring of each other look to doing something that will may actually prevent one of these events from happening? (nothing will completely stop violence, that is another issue entirely). I have personally been in many community mental health centers throughout the country and can tell you what the doctors and staff are dealing with is not easy. I must believe that the current state of mental health treatment in and out of community mental health centers is not what President Kennedy had in mind when he created them in the early 60's. An honest assessment and analysis of mental health policy in the US as well as the level of exposure to violence on tv, movies and video games would go a lot further to minimizing the occurrence of such events rather than prohibiting the magazine capacity. and for the record, I do not own one of thes modern sporting rifles, or so-called 'assault rifles' by the public.
Mike February 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM
An American Veteran said: "Why should I need to take the couple of seconds to reload if I don't need to?" Bingo. This was probably the same reasoning used by the shooters in both Aurora and Columbine. Luckily in Aurora, the drum jammed. Protagoras, you make a good point about mag limits not actually stopping violence from occurring, but as you accurately mention, the time taken to reload helped bystanders in Arizona subdue Loughner. It also may have enabled some in the VA Tech shooting to escape. The existing mag limits would have a negligible effect on any law-abiding citizen with a CCW from using it during an emergency, mainly due concealment being strongly related to the size of the magazine. Most people I know have EDC weapons of 7-9 rounds or less. As American Veteran has pointed out, drum mags and other high-cap mags have only one purpose: to kill as many people as possible without reloading. If you worry about your stately suburban manse being overrun by a platoon of brain-hungry zombies or other neer-do-wells, then maybe a drum mag might make sense. Until then, it's a solution for a non-existent problem.
Bill Wells February 26, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I don't know how safe it is where you live, but my "stately suburban manse" is in the middle of one of the more dangerous sections of Lowell, and there are in fact brain-dead druggies and other ne'er-do-wells shuffling around outside. If Westford were to be successful with a standard size magazine ban for my anti-assault weapons, Lowell would be about a second and a half behind.
Mike February 26, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Bill, it actually is pretty safe where we live, which is the entire point of living where we live. But I've lived in places that make the Acre look like DisneyWorld. And unless the "brain-dead druggies" are storming your castle walls en masse, high-capacity magazines are useless. Have you considered a moat and drawbridge?
Michael Eisenhower February 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Mike, how do you envision dealing with the millions of pre-ban (both pre-1994, and pre-201x?) > 10 round magazines that are in existence. Do you want a nationwide confiscation of private property? What is so special about 10 rounds? Let's make it 7, like NY, or perhaps 5. Yeah 5 sounds good, nobody needs more than 5... wait how about 4? ....
Bill Wells February 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM
You should feel pretty safe there, Mike. You're one of about 1300 legal gun owners in Westford, more than 1000 of you holding Class A licenses.
Mike February 27, 2013 at 02:13 PM
...and I'm one of them.
Mike February 27, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Michael, that's actually an extremely easy issue to handle: registration of high-cap mags, and make all sales of high-cap mags go through an FFL transfer and its background check. Some of that is already done by existing regs in place, so it wouldn't be a bureaucratic quagmire. And it allows people who have legally obtained pre-ban mags in Mass. to keep them.
An American Veteran February 27, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Mike, My CCW weapons have between 6 and 15 round mags but I take offense to you comparing me to the mentally ill CRIMINALS who commit these crimes. When was the last time you heard about me going on a shooting spree? Why regulate how many rounds I can have or how many rounds a magazine can hold? These WILL NOT stop criminals. I don't want to be out gunned by the people trying to kill me. All I ask for is an even playing field. None of these restrictions will affect a single criminal. "that's actually an extremely easy issue to handle: registration of high-cap mags, and make all sales of high-cap mags go through an FFL transfer and its background check." How do you plan to pay for this new program?? We have a hard enough time paying for (and getting what we pay for) from the current background check system. Also, Registering the magazines would require that they have serial numbers and to do that would cost the owners money. Also, it would require all manufactures to spend more money on new equipment to stamp newly made magazines so that they can be tracked. Companies won't do that and neither will owners of current magazines. Also, Registration is illegal in this state. It's also illegal on a Federal Level too. "Some of that is already done by existing regs in place, so it wouldn't be a bureaucratic quagmire."
An American Veteran February 27, 2013 at 04:39 PM
None of that is already being done. All you need to show an FFL who is selling a pre-ban mag is a Class A LTC. I'm pretty sure that criminals aren't buying their magazines from stores though. And it allows people who have legally obtained pre-ban mags in Mass. to keep them." We already can. My Beta Mags are Pre-Ban. and it'll be a cold day in Hades before I'll allow the state to track my magazines. Registration leads to confiscation!!!
An American Veteran February 27, 2013 at 04:47 PM
My town is very safe. We're a "Will Issue" town so as long you meet the requirements you WILL get a Class A LTC. The CoP doesn't believe in the Class B LTC. It's useless and has the same requirements as a Class A. One issue that I have in my town though is that in the area I live it will take the police about 5-8 mins to arrive. They usually drive by my house when I do call because my house is numbered out of order. That adds to the response time. I feel safer with AR-15 and my pistols than I do with the police. There's a misconception about the police though. They're not here to protect you from criminals. They're here to investigate the crime that occurred. If they arrive in time to stop a crime in the process than it's a plus. It's YOUR job to protect yourself.
Mike February 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
American Vet, I think I should have been more clear on one point. I'm not saying your mindset is the same as those mass killers, but your rationale for having the drum mags is exactly the same: you have them because they enable a user to kill as many people as possible without reloading. Of course, the main difference is that you have said you intend to only use yours in defense of your home, in the unlikely event that your home is attacked by scores of assailants who wouldn't be dissuaded by the first well-placed shots of armed resistance. Who knows? Maybe you're envisioning waves of attackers storming your porch, with the later ones not getting the message from the bodies piled up in the doorway. (You must really be a high-value target to warrant such sacrifices.) :) Few mass killers were criminals before they went on their rampages. Most obtained their weapons legally. Some of them were described as fairly normal, maybe a bit quirky, before they snapped. Rarely do they have any issues with their neighbors, who generally learn of their misdeeds on the news, or when camera trucks pull up asking for interviews. If someone is going to "snap" I'd rather they do it without a drum magazine....gives the rest of us a bit more time to aim. :)
Mike February 27, 2013 at 08:30 PM
American Vet, we may disagree on drum mags, but I fully understand and agree with your point about protecting ourselves and not relying on the police for everything. I live in a pretty safe town. In the unlikely event that one of my armed neighbors turns violent, I feel safer with my own AR-10. Better takedown than an AR-15 and more distance..
Bill Wells February 28, 2013 at 06:25 AM
"If someone is going to "snap" I'd rather they do it without a drum magazine....gives the rest of us a bit more time to aim. :)" Now, see, if you had a 25 rd magazine (and I say "if" because I'm sure you'd never own one;) in your AR-10, you wouldn't need to waste time aiming, and you'd have something left for the neighbor on your other side.
Mike February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Bill, that's a really good point. With a 25-round mag, one could dispatch snapped neighbors, a couple of random circus clowns, a wandering buck or two, and still have a few rounds left over for plinking.
Fullmer March 02, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Drugs becoming more rampant at the high school not gonna be good for property values in town.
Vincent DiRico March 03, 2013 at 01:44 PM
as far as I can tell statements of: - "rampant drugs" - the building admin is mean to me - no one appreciates me, ... are only coming from disgruntled, ZERO steppers!
Dan March 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Rampant drugs: Here are corroborating data from the WPS themselves, look at EXCLUSIONS, at WA these are almost all for drugs, WA is exponentially the leader even bear lyrics double Fitchburg. http://westford.patch.com/d/articles/westford-academy-nashoba-tech-significantly-above-state-graduation-average For every kid caught there are 2 dozen easy using and selling behind dumpsters in stairwells and whatnot. Dismiss it if you want but talk to any WA student and they will tell you how pervasive drugs, including coca in, cracked, oxygen and heroin are up there. And yes, not good for learning Or property values. DOPE mentum!!!
Dan March 03, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Cocaine crack and oxycotton (darn autocorrect )
Vincent DiRico March 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
you can grasp at straws all you like: 1) it will not erase the ZERO you and other town employees took 2) if you really care about anything other than ZEROs, if you know about areas where these deals take place then you should DO SOMETHING about it (I would), maybe speak to the new building officer and not knock him on the other threads here No matter the outcome of future steps, COLA, ... the WPS system would be better without the people behind the drive-by comments!
Amber March 03, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Some editing would have been nice. For grammar, not content.
Amber March 03, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Lucky you! I heard getting a Class A approved by your police chief is practically an act of God.
Amber March 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM
And a Class A in MA is so restrictive, it gives you reciprocity in a LOT of other, less restrictive states. Most gun-taking Dems in this state are so ban-happy it's nuts, but they have no real idea how regulated we already are.
Amber March 03, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Actually, Vinny, the kids I've had through there have all said WA has a pretty serious H/C problem; some have gone as far as to say while they have seen a lot of weed at Lowell High nothing touches the copious and rampant availability of harder stuff at WA. Having a young SRO could be good, but it could also be unproductive if the teens are somehow being tipped off in advance of the "random" checks.
Amber March 03, 2013 at 06:49 PM
The SRO knows.
Amber March 03, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Apple developers don't know oxygen from oxycontin. But they can probably all tell you the stats on a number of creatures from WoW, MtG, or D&D. ;)
An American Veteran March 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Amber, My Town is a "Will Issue" Town. If I move to another town I may not be able to renew my unrestricted Class A.
An American Veteran March 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Amber, I do the best I can. I never did do too good in school in that area. Sorry.
Vincent DiRico March 03, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Sorry that sounds like different straws to me. Remember as they say with mutual funds: past performance is no guarantee ... Stating the SRO "knows" opens oneself up to the following: what does he know? what proof do you have of that? and when do you plan to present those facts to the building admin and/or SC? Nothing on those proves my hypothesis of different straws.
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