|The NRA does represent many Americans|
Letter to the Editor:
We read with fascination the letters written by Mary Jo Berner and Susan Sommer regarding the recent failure of the gun control legislation.
This was democracy at work, but both Ms. Berner and Ms. Sommer seem to believe there is some type of underlying conspiracy when Democrats do not get their way.We are stupefied that those who lean Democrat or liberal cannot understand that intelligent and good-hearted people might disagree with their stance on gun control. Why can’t they understand that there can be a difference of opinion on issues such as this?
Ms. Berner noted the National Rifle Association (NRA) spent $1.8 million to unseat Russ Feingold in 2010. That seems like nothing compared to the $15 million that Planned Parenthood poured into re-electing Barack Obama.
The NRA is painted as some independent monster that is eating away at our democratic process, rather than an organization with 5 million members who are committed enough to our Second Amendment right to bear arms that we provide the funding to the NRA so that they can advocate on our behalf.
Ms. Sommer notes that the NRA “does not represent the will of the people.” She might be surprised that a recent Gallup poll showed 100 million Americans own guns. There are about 240 million Americans over the age of 18, which means close to half of Americans are gun owners. There are many of us whose will has been represented.
Even if you believe the NRA is not representing us, you must concede that our legislators did indeed represent those of us who legally own guns when they voted against the background check bill.
Perhaps more importantly we need to review the fundamental problem with this bill. Placing more restrictions on law-abiding Americans who purchase their guns legally will do absolutely nothing to stem the violence perpetrated by those buying guns illegally or stealing them from family members and others.
It is also interesting to note that the horrible loss of life at Columbine, Aurora, and Sandy Hook all took place in gun-free zones. It is hard to imagine that those who perpetrated these awful crimes did not know they would be in a place where there would be no resistance.
Bob and Nancy Vogt
South Milwaukee and
|Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:56 PM|