NRA just isn’t what it used to be

NRA just isn't what it used to be

I got some mail last week from the National Rifle Association. They wanted money. I would have been inclined to donate years ago, when I remembered the NRA as the sponsor of my gun safety classes when I was a kid. That was when the NRA advocated for the Second Amendment by emphasizing responsible gun ownership and safe shooting. I apologize for what I am about to say to the NRA members in Quay County, whose guns are for predators who prey on their livestock, for hunting that provides recreation and meat, and for just-in-case, because it can take police a long time to get out to their homes. Today’s NRA is not the one they have belonged to for generations, the sensible advocate for the right to keep and bear arms. Last week’s letter was signed by a shameless, self-aggrandizing charlatan, whose name and title made up the second line of the NRA’s letterhead, right at the top of the page, of course. “Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president.” He was hysterical. “I’m not talking about run-of-the-mill gun control,” he spluttered. Then, in arm-waving, boldface type, he screeched, “I’m talking about armed government agents storming your house, taking your guns, and hauling you off to prison.” Really, Wayne? I know better and so do you. We’re as close to this scenario as Tucumcari is to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Later, in breathless boldface, LaPierre continued, “And make no mistake. If we as free citizens let down our guard for one […]

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