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"15 Year Old Girl Leaves Anti-Gun Politicians Speechless" - Need Transcript

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Good morning,

 I am  hoping you can  help me. Can you provide me with the transcript of the "15 Year Old Girl Leaves Anti-Gun Politicians Speechless".   I cannot understand the video because I am deaf and the caption feature quality on You Tube is NOT great.  I hope you can help me.

 Thank you,

 Denise Johnson


Editors Reply

I couldn't find anything but our readers are very industrious. I'll bet that by the end of the day we will have something for you. Please check back. I'll post the text here when I get it.
 
Peace,
Ernie

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" I am  hoping you can  help me. Can you provide me with the transcript of the "15 Year Old Girl Leaves Anti-Gun Politicians Speechless".   I cannot understand the video because I am deaf and the caption feature quality on You Tube is NOT great.  I hope you can help me.  Denise Johnson"

Glad to help, transcript follows.
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Fifteen years old and I’ve been shooting for almost eight years.  I’ve also been a part of the Maryland Rifle Club and Maryland State Rifle Team since I was 11.  We shoot semi-automatic AR-15s and my personal rifle is a Bushmaster.  Because of this, I have become eligible for various shooting scholarships to a wide array of the most prestigious colleges that have shooting teams.  Achieving stricter gun control laws would obliterate any opportunity I would have had to attend a decent college on a shooting scholarship.  Ever since I first learned how to shoot the issue with gun violence around the nation became clear: guns are not the problem, people are.  Purging our society of violence and murder cannot be done through gun control legislation, by signing this legislation you are not signing away gun violence, but instead liberating American citizens of our Constitutional rights. You’re not eliminating guns from society, but eliminating our ability to protect our lives, liberty and pursuits of happiness.  Chicago Illinois had had some of the strictest gun control in America, enacted for the past few years, and is currently more than twice as likely for you to be killed in Chicago as in the Afghani war.  For the past 11 years and 4 months in the Afghani war, 2,166 people have been killed.  Now in only 8 years in Chicago, 4,265 people have been killed and 3,371 of them were from being shot.  Is that really something we want to model our state laws after?  Now even if those 3,371 were killed with a rifle, which is barely one percent, 98 percent were killed with a handgun, so creating gun control legislation that targets assault rifles has statistically proven to weed out less than 1 percent of the problem if you’re lucky.   I’d also like to point out that none of the guns used in the Chicago shootings were licensed or registered to the people who used them, thus proving even further that simply restricting guns will not stop criminals from using them, nor will restricting guns stop criminals from harming others in general.  On December 14th of 2012, the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting, in central China a man stabbed 22 children and 1 adult.  Guns are not needed for mass murder and robbing American citizens of our rights to own them won’t solve anything.  You must also consider the fact that the majority of gun violence occurs in low income neighborhoods, raising the overall cost of owning a gun through higher licensing and registration fees denies the ability of low income individuals to protect themselves against the crime focused in the areas they live in.  Passing this legislation would be discriminating against these lower income individuals who are actually at a higher risk of being victimized in crimes.  To abolish or severely limit the Maryland residents’ as a whole to bear arms, which is the intent of the proposed legislation, is to essentially defeat the purpose of our own US Constitution.  The entire foundation of the United States was formed on the principle that the government, our government, is a government of the people, for the people, by the people, and taking away the people’s right to bear arms is taking away the people’s power in the government.  The second amendment, which grants the citizens the right to secure their natural rights, is the backbone of our democratic society.  I hope you all consider these points as you go to vote on this, or any other gun control bills.



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