Letter to the editor: I joined the NRA because I was worried about them

Letter to the editor: I joined the NRA because I was worried about them

FILE — In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, an attendee at a gun-rights rally wears a hat supporting the National Rifle Association, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. A New York judge on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, denied the National Rifle Association’s bid to throw out a state lawsuit that seeks to put the powerful gun advocacy group out of business. NRA revisited Six years ago, I sent this letter to the editor: “I joined the NRA today. I’m an unlikely member because I neither own a gun nor want one. But I’m increasingly concerned that the rhetoric, the policies, the media messaging, the politics and the money managed by this incredibly powerful organization may get me, or someone close to me, killed — literally. The NRA’s stated intent is to “protect our second amendment rights” to carry firearms for self-protection. But the juggernaut of fear it pours forth, which has led to near-zero regulation of firearms, is having disastrous consequences for public safety, mine included. The NRA posits that we have the right to have a gun with us at all times, in all places, should we have need of it. So, very soon I fear, that’s what we’ve got: Dodge City, everyone with a gun strapped to their thigh. I believe its “no compromise” policy on any comprehensive gun legislation must be tempered if we are to have a civil society. I support whole-heartedly the NRA’s gun safety programs and emphasis, but I believe thoughtful gun […]

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