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Marc Folco's "Open Season": Video doesn't speak for all gun owners

Posted by bdutton

Posted on 06:04, Sunday, July 25

Marc Folco's "Open Season": Video doesn't speak for all gun owners


There's a video on YouTube by Citizens for Safety featuring James Mathes and a young woman attempting to dupe the public into believing they are speaking on behalf of all hunters and gun owners.

(Link to video)

Mathes says he's the hunter and gun owner and the woman says she's a gun owner and that they are in support of the Governor's foolish one-gun-a-month bill (H.4102). The video is so full of bull dust, you have to put a clothespin on your nose when you watch it. Don't be fooled by these imposters.

Mathes says, "I'm 'the' guy who owns guns, I'm 'the' guy who hunts," implying that he's our spokesman and that his opinion is mainstream and the norm. Maybe he hunts and owns a gun or two but he's not "the" average hunter or gun owner — not by a long shot. He's not speaking on behalf of the hunting and shooting community and he's not our poster boy by any stretch of the imagination.

 

 He goes on to say, "to restrict gun purchases to one gun a month seems 'very' reasonable to me and something I support."

Through the bill, the Governor foolhardily expects to curtail gun trafficking by limiting law-abiding citizens to purchasing only one gun in a 30-day period. In essence, he accuses us lawful gun owners of both immoral and illegal behavior. What law-abiding citizen endures the expensive and lengthy licensing process, buys guns legally at a licensed dealer, then resells those guns to gang-bangers, drug dealers and murderers, knowing that the gun will eventually be traced back to him when said felon is arrested or the gun is found at the scene of a murder or drug bust? Make any sense to you? Me neither.

So, Mathes has no problem with the Governor accusing of him of supplying gang-bangers with their guns? By limiting people like Mathes to just one gun a month, the illegal gun supply in the bowels of our inner cities is going to dry up? He takes no offense to that? I'm an avid hunter and competitive shooter and I'm extremely insulted by the Governor's imbecilic accusation. I think I can speak for the shooting and hunting community with much greater clout than Mathes when I say that gun owners, hunters and supporters of the Second Amendment are outraged with the bill and the accusation. And that the video is a bunch of hogwash with the intent of political and personal gain.

Mathes appears to enjoy positions of power. At one time, he was the head of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Now, he's the executive director of SMILES (SouthCoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Service). Could it be that his video appearance is just another stepping stone to further personal and political gain, kowtowing to the liberal anti-gun climate in Massachusetts?

Mathes continues, "If keeping one gun out of the hands of somebody that might hurt somebody in New Bedford, then it's a very easy decision for me and something that should be supported."

A not-so-brilliant line used all too often by bleeding-heart liberals to pull heartstrings and try to further their agendas. If Mathes wants to play that way, let's play. Let's put his "if it will save one life" theory to work in hopes of developing a peril-free utopia.

Sadly, several small children already have drowned in pools in Massachusetts this summer, the most recent being a set of two-year old twin girls in Lynnfield about two weeks ago. A tragic, heart-breaking accident. So let's make sure there are no more.

Let's outlaw the use of private swimming pools unless the owner employs at his/her expense, a professional lifeguard, that is to be on duty at all times, 24 hours a day. Why not? Lynnfield Police said that the parents had the proper safety measures in place but the kids still found their way into the pool. So lifeguards now will be required, 'round the clock. If the owner refuses to employ a lifeguard, the pool must be filled in at the owners expense. Why not? If it will save just one life, won't it be worth it? Isn't that what Mathes said? It's not even a constitutional right to own a pool, so stop your crying and belly-aching. It's a constitutional right to own a gun and people are trying to infringe on that.

The woman in the video says, "I don't understand why anyone would have a problem with more — with a limitation of one gun a month."

The real gun owners and the real hunters have a problem with it because they are being wrongly blamed for illegal and immoral activity. The Governor is linking us with the illegal drug trade, drive-bys, gang-bangers and children and mothers getting killed in our streets. We have a problem with it because if someone passes away and leaves his collection of a dozen guns to his best friend or a family member, it will take them a year just to obtain their heirlooms. Many collectors, shooters and hunters own many more than 12 guns. Why should it take years for heirs to claim ownership of them?

In shooting and hunting, like any other pastimes, part of the fun is buying, trading, selling and collecting equipment (and guns). Many shooters will buy, sell or trade two or more in a month. Why shouldn't a law-abiding citizen be able to buy a pair of collectibles with his license and hard-earned money without having to come back in a month for the second one? Why should his Second Amendment rights be infringed upon? Why should a lawful citizen be forced to give up his civil liberties and be subject to a government that says, "we don't trust you buying more than one gun a month because we think you're turning around and selling them to the gang-bangers."

The woman goes on to say that there should be reasonable limitations put on guns, implying that there aren't enough restrictions, but the lawbooks are full of gun laws and regulations. And "straw purchases" where a licensed person buys a gun for an unlicensed person, are already illegal.

She also said, "I own two, uhh, Smith and Wessons. They are mainly for personal protection." Then why isn't she shooting one of her Smiths in the video? According to Jon Greene, chief of education for Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL), the handgun she is firing on the range is a Walther P22 in .22 caliber. And she is not wearing any eye or ear protection while shooting and she flinches at each and every shot. Not the typical behavior of someone who claims to be a gun owner/shooter. And why does she own two guns for personal protection? Isn't one enough?

She also says, "Working with young people and families that have had to bury their children — I see the other side." Well, I feel sorry for those families too, but the funerals of their young weren't linked to me or any other law-abiding gun owner, hunter or shooter that I know.

It's my belief that a lot of these groups won't deal with the real problem of illegal drug and gun trafficking, but rather keep the gun issue fired up so a select few can keep their cushy "director" jobs.

Nancy Robinson, the director of Citizens for Safety used to be with MATH (Mass. Against Trafficking Handguns), another anti-gun group. See what I mean? To me, it's all political pandering and the real gun owners, hunters and those concerned about their civil rights don't take kindly to being played as pawns to further personal and political gain at the expense of our constitutional rights.

Mathes may be well-respected in business and society, but if he ever had any respect in the hunting and shooting community at one time, he doesn't have a shred left now. No hunter, gun owner or law abiding citizen worth his salt would utter such spineless and pasty drivel as he did in his attempt to throw law-abiding gun owners under the bus to feed his appetite for political gain.

If all the colonists rolled over to expose their soft underbellies like Mathes did, we'd still be subject to the Queen of England and there would be no Bill of Rights.

Marc Folco is the outdoor writer for The Standard-Times. Contact him at openseason1988@aol.com.