NRA is a lost legacy

Dear Editor:

I belonged to the National Rifle Association for many years, but I resigned my membership along with President George H.W. Bush when they refused to support gun locks.

I am a gun owner and hunter, and I believe in the right to bear arms. I don’t believe, however, our Founding Fathers had any idea of the evolution of guns when they held the muzzle loaders in their hands and passed the Second Amendment. The insanity of the propaganda that overshadows all common sense has never been brought to light more than through the current battle over gun laws. Any reasonable person with an ounce of common sense and understanding certainly understands we have a serious problem in this country.

When our terrorist enemies broadcast available guns without even an identification check at gun shows, then what are they waiting for? Something is terribly wrong – we know it, and those who legislate in Washington know it, too.

We spend trillions of dollars to protect against terrorism in America. Yet counting the 9/11 disaster, we have suffered approximately 3,500 deaths related to terrorism in America since 2000. However, with an annual death rate associated with gun violence in America of 30,000, we have suffered 390,000 deaths during the same period.

We invest nothing to prevent it, and in fact, we actually promote the availability of firearms. There is no way to tell how much the NRA and gun manufacturers financially promote this, but the vote in the Senate may give you some idea. The fear of reprisal and primary challenges to lifetime politicians certainly showed its ugly face on Wednesday.

Even those who deeply wanted to support change feared the mighty power of the NRA. The American people be damned; they are just going to have to live with it. The bill that was introduced covered all bases including making it a felony with serious prison time for anyone trying to create a national registry of gun owners.

The main sticking point the NRA promoted and misled the people on is when it said the bill would create a registry. The Senate itself has created a stopgap in protecting the minority decisions overriding the American majority with the 60-vote mandate, something our Founding Fathers did not include in the Constitution. The Senate is made up of two senators from each state. And with 50 states, that’s 100 votes, and the majority rules.

Someone please tell the Senate that a majority is 51 votes. Because the Senate fails to go by the common sense of this sound judgment, the bill could muster only 58 supporting votes. It was filibustered with amendments, and the amendment that would have saved it did not pass with only 55 votes. The majority leader later changed his vote to “nay” so it could be brought up again at a later date. Ninety percent of the Republicans voted against it, and 90 percent of the Democrats voted for it. Go figure!

Jim Childers

New Castle