An Open Letter to Vice-President Biden

Dear Joe:

Congratulations on your appointment to lead a presidential commission to end gun-related violence.

As an NRA Board member, husband, father, grandfather, law enforcement officer, and genuinely concerned American, I too want nothing more than to see these evil, senseless massacres stopped.  I concur with the president and caring people everywhere–it’s time to end these slaughters.

As you gather your team to study these massacres and how to stop them, I offer to you my services and a lifetime of expertise on guns in all their implementations.  While I strongly differ with the president on many issues, I agree with him that we must work with all we can possibly muster to end these massacres.

As you begin to formulate your thoughts on how to proceed with your task, I hope your starting point is to provide the president with the facts regarding these slaughters and to offer him common sense recommendations that are void of a political agenda and that will actually make a meaningful difference.  If the American people smell a political agenda here, that will only bog down our efforts.

In the spirit of goodwill and a deep desire to end these gut-wrenching, incredibly sad, senseless rampages, I offer you the following recommendations.

I encourage you to get President Obama to lead this effort by providing a number of public service announcements.  These announcements should include watching out for each other, encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s lives regarding entertainment choices, and various indicators we should watch for in people who are unstable.

Clearly, the focus on solving these mass murders must be on the mentally ill.  In almost every mass killing instance, there were ample red flags and warning alarms that were either avoided or not acted upon by mental health professionals, family members, friends and acquaintances.  While I deeply respect an individual’s privacy and civil liberties, the American people need basic awareness on what indicators to look for regarding potential violent psychotic people.  Our collective safety begins with being collectively vigilant.

You will find in your assessment that all of these massacres have occurred in gun free zones.  What gun free zones create is an environment whereby good people are unarmed and virtually defenseless against a psychotic intent on committing mass murder.  Gun free zones are modern killing fields. I implore you to recommend that Congress pass a law to ban gun free zones immediately.

Just like your full-time armed security detail, qualified citizens with authorized, legal concealed carry permits should be able to carry weapons virtually everywhere to protect themselves, their loved ones and innocents.

I also implore you to strongly consider recommending that trained school officials have access to a weapon to protect the students.  Just as airline pilots may have access to a weapon to prevent another 9-11 mass murder, school officials should also be trained to stop mass murder at our schools.

What I don’t encourage you to recommend is to ban any weapon, magazine capacity, or type of ammunition.  That won’t solve anything other than to prevent the 99.999 percent of responsible, law-abiding Americans from enjoying these modern weapons as we do now.  We should never recommend or develop public policy that restricts the rights of the good guys based upon what evil people do or might do.  If that were the case, alcohol would still be banned.  As you may know, drunk drivers kill an estimated 12,000 Americans each year and hurt tens of thousands more.

I encourage you to also keep  this misnamed “gun violence” in perspective.  While all deaths are tragic, the vast majority of gun-related deaths and violence are committed by gang members who do not use guns that only look like, but do not perform like, military assault weapons.  The majority of crime where a firearm is used is committed with handguns.  I concurred with you back in 2008 when you stated, “If he (Barack Obama) tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.” I trust you still maintain these sentiments.

Again, I offer you my services and a lifetime of expertise.  I look forward to hearing from you.




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  1. Richard Buchman

    As usual, Ted hits the nail on the head!
    All we can do is hope that they’re capable of comprehending it.

    • Charles In TX

      If the current administration were capable of understanding it, there would be a non-partisan effort to come up with solutions, not led by VP Biden.

      Thanks Ted for your efforts.

  2. Ernst C

    Ted, As usual, you give common sense solutions. It’s to bad that our so-called leaders, will not use logic and reason, such as you propose, to help solve these horrific tragedies in our nation. They will continue with their gun grabbing agenda and use an emotional, knee jerk reaction to fan an anti-gun reaction in the nation. I want to wrong and that they will ask you to help them find the right solutions, but disarming law abiding citizens, gun control and gun bans and ‘gun free zones,’ which in reality are victim killing fields, are not the answer..

  3. Donnie W.

    As a classroom teacher of 17 years, I would welcome the ability to defend my students–your kids–if the need arose. Gun free zones are not the answer considering how many deaths we have occuring in them. As usual, this task force is political posturing on the part of the dominant party. Common sense does not work in DC. This will ultimately have to be decided on a state and ISD level.

  4. Mike Crognale

    Nicely reasoned and written sir. I can only hope that it actually gets to Biden but I strongly suspect that it’s already been round files by the liberal traitors on his staff.
    Nice try though,

  5. Marc Falsetti

    Dead Nuts on target Ted ~ Bravo!
    But I think you lost Ol’ Joe when you said ”and to offer him (Obama) common sense recommendations that are void of a political agenda and that will actually make a meaningful difference.”
    Sorry to say these Miscreants ALWAYS have an agenda and the words
    common sense is not in their vocabulary …. Good Luck Brother!

  6. Jeff

    Shows you how little commons sense there is in the White House compared to what this man is saying, he’s right!

  7. paula adelman

    Good letter Ted. But I believe you have a better chance at getting the “Cat Scratch Fever” than havin Joe Biden pay any attention to your well thought out, and accurate letter!
    Paula Adelman

  8. Jim Reinhart


    also though I think we should have mandatory light infantry training for all High shool students 6 weeks each summer coordinated with Military Reserve Centers students would learn to protect family friends and neighbors and also be instructed in community and family values.

  9. Jon

    Hey Ted. Agree with must everything and will share your message. One question/argument. Isn’t another common thread the use of high powered automatic weapons, specifaclly the AR-15.

    I don’t know the specific history of th AR-15. But I am pretty sure this weapon was designed, built and used for war (to kill other humans fast).

    Happy holidays! I grew up in Manchester, big fan. Look forward to some feedback!

  10. Dennis

    Ted. Well said! I haven’t seen any comment on Lanzas 1st victim! His OWN Mother. Shot in the head, point blank range in her bed at home by her son with a gun SHE bought, gave training and access to it by her, but didn’t even trust him to cook his own meals at home!!!