Ocean City Today

Modern NRA engages in bullying

Readers' Forum
May 10, 2018



printed 05/11/2018



Supporters have come to the defense of the NRA organization and continue that loyal support, even in the wake of continued mass shootings.

Their logic is that it is not the NRA that pulls the trigger. That the NRA is a gun safety organization. Of course, the NRA did not pull the trigger.

The NRA of the past supported gun control even to the extent of co-authoring gun restrictions, including tommy guns of the time. That viewpoint and defense of the NRA is nostalgic, sweet and loving but it is not the NRA of today.

Bullies that contribute to suicides are found guilty. The modern NRA of today is equally guilty in mass shootings.

They, in fact, oppose and bully, no matter how small initiatives may be, each and every idea that is even mentioned toward sane gun legislation. They attack and attack again and incite the proliferation of gun sales. More guns more opportunity for shootings.

They are relentless in their pursuit of squelching discussion of any gun legislation. This is not the NRA of the past. Quit defending what the NRA used to be.

We do support the right to bear arms. Most of our friends are avid hunters and sportsman. We fully support the right for personal protection. Those opinions, however, are not an all-inclusive.

Our opinion was and remains that the NRA of today is part of the problem and not part of the solution. Just recently, on the 30-day anniversary of the Valentine’s Day slaughter of Parkland High students, the NRA tweets a message, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you” with a picture of the assault weapon used in the slaughter. You be the judge.

The NRA stating that the media “loves these mass shootings,” really? As soon as the Florida Republican majority state legislature agreed to raise the purchase age from 18 to 21, the NRA sued the State of Florida.

Is the NRA that desperate to sell one more gun to a mass murdering 19-year-old … again? On Fox News (yes, I do watch it) a commentator suggested that instead of gun safety, students should be taught to “counterattack” a shooter.

Commentator Rick Santorum suggested that students learn CPR to help the victims of mass slaughter. Harden schools, do you know how much schools cost already? Arm teachers?

How is a cop going to determine the good guys and the bad guys in the 10 seconds of arriving on the scene with everyone shooting and armed?

Again, on Fox, Laura Ingram bullying the Parkland students with nasty, hateful remarks. These mass slaughter attacks, unless you have not heard, occur in churches, concerts, places of work, nightclubs, movie theaters, outdoor concerts, homes.

Even President Trump, after he timidly hinted at some weak form of gun safety, cowardly backed down after the NRA met with him and I guess, “told him” and he then did a compete about face.

This is a challenge, an invitation if you will, to engage in change that supports both the NRA and the individual rights of those who wish to have weapons with those who want a gun-free society.

As a tax-exempt organization, the NRA is supposed to promote social welfare for the common good, not the exclusive good. It should lose its tax-exempt status unless it does otherwise.

The NRA is a marketer of guns, not a promoter of the common good. Who are they kidding?

How far do you want to stretch and distort the Second Amendment. Defend yourself against the government?  In case you have not noticed, the government can out-shoot you. Their weapons are bigger.

As a fellow American citizen, we have the biggest weapon in the world, your vote. As with the First Amendment, there are limits, but, and as a person who respects the Second Amendment, we feel, like the majority of people, including actual NRA members, that there is no need to own assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and, quite frankly, they should not be allowed.

We need assault weapons limits, reinstated as they were, before they expired. Is there any room for discussion or compromise, or is it the NRA’s way or the highway?

Banning assault weapons will not singularly solve the mass slaughters, murders, and gun accidents that our country is experiencing. It will take background checks, waiting periods and a ban on assault weapons and much more.

The Republican Party, who are in control of this government along with Donald Trump, stand idly by as more opportunity for killings and profits from the sale of weapons designed to kill humans continues and they get their “A” rating and donations from the NRA. We are not fans of Trump , but on this issue, he, and he alone can address and solve this problem.

Do you really need that donation from the NRA? The perception is that the NRA owns the Republican Party. Perception is reality.

The time for thoughts and prayers and delaying action because “it’s too soon after a shooting” is over.  Make meaningful change now, Mr. Trump and Representative Harris. Are you really that afraid of the NRA. I think so.

Sandy and Palmer Gillis

Ocean City

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