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Dear Supporter of Freedom,

Throughout the last few years we have been hearing stories about landmines. All negative things--children blowing up, mines killing and dismembering people even after the wars end. The media has reported that hundreds of thousands explosive landmines left in the earth are blowing to shreds innocent civilians. A Princess dies in a car crash who was anti-mine and mines get negative publicity! (Why didn't cars get bad press?) Then a misguided anti-mine group got the Nobel prize. (Do those Norwegians realize that Nobel got rich off dynamite and that he probably would have liked things that blow up like mines--not the people that want to ban them!) And even the President of the United States, while thankfully not calling for a mine ban, has insisted that only mines whose charges self-destruct be used in the United States Military. Fortunately, he is not thwarting free mine use in areas such as South Korea. And the latest anti-mine media hype: The flood last year in Mozambique that floated the mines to new spots.

But if you can look beyond all of this media sensationalism and hoopla there is another side to these landmine stories. Mines can provide a country an effective defense against enemies. It is easy to get alarmed at a few landmine accidents, now that the United States is at peace. But if the Nazis or the Communists were marching into your home town to destroy your way of life, or maybe even to deport you to a concentration camp, wouldn't you rest easier knowing that there were mines in their path way? The potential for war does not look threatening for the United States at this time. However, things change. If the US risks some unknown danger of invasion in the future it is best to be prepared. Preparation means a strong defense, and a strong mine program is a part of that defense.

Even if no one invades the United States in the future, other countries will be and are now at peril. Mines can help them defend themselves against the heartbreak of savage military aggression.

Landmines do other good things besides defending people against evil enemies. They provide jobs. Thousands of people are gainfully employed in the manufacture and distribution of these products. To curtail mine production would mean increasing unemployment, and decreasing our GNP. To not take advantage of the expanding mine market from increasing regional wars would only cut exports and broaden our trade deficit.

There has been talk about limiting mine production to mines that cease functioning after a specific time period. THE AMERICAN MINE ASSOCIATION opposes this unnecessary government regulation. These devices would be more expensive, limiting sales to poorer countries who should have the same opportunities to defend themselves just as much as wealthier nations. When there are military conflicts it is difficult or impossible to predict the duration. How would a general decide whether to use the one year model or the three year model? Suppose a country fears an invasion within a year and plants mines with a yearly expiration. Then the enemy invades the country after the mines have expired. Expiring mines can be dangerous. What about defective expiring mines? A child can be playing in a former mine field thought to be safe and then kaboom! Because of this expiring mines may be less safe than normal mines.

We believe in choice. A self-destructing mine can be a useful option for some military strategies -- and we welcome this diversification to the mine industry. But traditional mines are also an important strategic tool and an impetus for our economy. People should have the choice to decide what type of mine they buy and sell without unnecessary government regulation.

Even if you live in an area without war, mines can be useful. With the alarming and dangerous crime rate wouldn't you feel safer from burglars and violent attacks if you had mines surrounding your house? If there were not unnecessary government regulations prohibiting civilian mine sales we could be helping to protect you and your loved ones against thugs, thieves, serial killers and rapists. Have you ever been bothered by stray dogs and cats fouling up your yard? Our industry has the products that would teach them and their owners a lesson they will never forget.

If our government is serious about fighting crime why can't we sell our mines to the law abiding public? Innovative mine companies have crime fighting products ready to go. For example, one company has designed an anti-car theft device. If someone breaks the car's windows or fools with the lock mechanism he is immediately blown to smithereens. What is keeping this potentially crime busting product from the market? You guessed it--government regulation.

Perhaps you are still thinking, "But what about all the kids and innocent people who were blown up?" Unfortunately, as with any product, accidents happen. Cars kill thousands of people every year. Does that mean we should ban cars? Have you ever fallen on steps? I've banged my head a few times myself. Perhaps you also hurt yourself. Should we ban steps? Have you ever accidentally burned yourself with a match? Should we ban matches? As a response to criticism our industry has pledged to do what we can to make our products safer. As you are reading this several mine companies are planning to label their products to encourage safety. The words, "Use Responsibly," will be printed in plain sight in five languages and in Braille on each mine product produced.

We hope you will take the opportunity to join the AMERICAN MINE ASSOCIATION. With your support we hope to continue defending the right to use mines to insure liberty.

Please send us your membership dues today.
Remember, when mines are outlawed only outlaws will have mines.

Thank you,
Brian Friedkin
Chairman, President, CEO
THE AMERICAN MINE ASSOCIATION

 

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