As I wrestled with the potential value this letter might have, I am reminded of the words of this old sailor busy baling out his leaking lifeboat with a tin cup: “Every little bit helps”.
When I think about the incident at Sandy Hook elementary School, some questions come to mind, along with answers from NRA supporters that do not appear to be logical.
The Second Amendment clearly states that a citizen may bear arms in a well-regulated militia.
No doubt our nation’s founders were referring to a militia similar to that of our National Guard.
Each state has one, and they are known to be well-regulated.
Additionally, their members are sworn to protect their state and nation.
Somehow, the gun manufacturers and the NRA convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a more liberal interpretation of the terms of the amendment.
Although not intended, that interpretation has led to death and misery to tens of thousands of American citizens, and allowed the gun manufacturers to flourish financially.
Some NRA members, the gun lobbyists and a number of legislators object to banning military-type assault weapons.
They also contend that extended magazines capable of discharging dozens of rounds in a few seconds has nothing to do with the recent carnage our country has experienced in the past few months, even though those weapons and extended magazines were used to commit those atrocities.
I recall that a wood plug had to be inserted in a shotgun, allowing only three rounds to be expended while hunting waterfowl or upland game birds.
This requirement was approved by the NRA.
Are we to assume that the NRA finds it more important to protect birds than our children?
I don’t think so, but why are they so opposed to stricter background checks on potential buyers that could expose someone with severe mental disorder.
It is only reasonable to assume that opposition to President Obama’s program to curb the gun violence that has caused so much grief can only be attributed to manufacturer’s bottom line.
I would like to think otherwise, but after listening to the callous and defiant response to the president’s plan, it is hard to draw any other conclusion.
Most NRA members have no need or even want these military-type firearms.
Instead the majority wish only to use their rifle for deer hunting and their shotguns for game birds, or for occasional clay pigeon marksman contests.
It would be great if the rank and file members of the NRA would support the drive to keep all guns out of the hands of these deranged assassins.