Currently, our great nation faces unprecedented challenges. Threats, internal and abroad, and fear have eroded our rights as citizens. Throughout our history, to the very establishment of this new nation, the individual American citizen has boldly responded when our rights of liberty have been threatened.
Once again, the people of D.C. and America near a precipice; our present government has sought and will continue to undermine the people\'s access to the Bill of Rights through retroactive redefinition.
The First Amendment provides: \"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.\" By mistaking the people to mean a collective entity, this Government has jeopardized the fundamental infrastructure of freedom and civil liberties in our Constitution.
Stemming from concern with crime in our nation\'s cities, including D.C., something shared by many Americans, collectivists have passionately argued against the individualistic view of the Second Amendment. Notwithstanding the sincerity of their concern and the seriousness of the problem, crime is not the result fire arms being available to law-abiding citizens. Instead, increasingly robust evidence has linked high-school dropout rates and income inequality with crime. It is our persistent failure to address these sources of crime, lack of educational and economic opportunities, which has allowed lawlessness to flourish. Americans, and the residents of D.C. in particular, cannot afford to risk the foundations of our Republic merely to create a false sense of security.
We need, and we deserve, creative and rational approaches to preventing crime at its source, not the gratuitous destruction of our Constitution.
It is time for the individual American citizen to again defend the fundamental justice of our Bill of Rights. It is time for an ordinary citizen to stand up and once again represent the people. It is time for Mr. Heller to take the next step in his defense of our core civil liberties. We need an elected representative who will fight not for vested interests, not to simply maintain the status quo of the political establishment, but for the average citizen and the Constitution of these United States. Our political class has failed us, and we need a true citizen-patriot to help right the ship.
We ask you today to run on our behalf, Mr. Heller.
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