Attack on NRA's values and mission false and misleading

The National Rifle Association is made up of men and women with children and grandchildren. We mourn the death of the children in Newtown as much as anyone else. Joe Mehrekens’ comment “Above all, the NRA agenda kills — just as if they pulled the trigger themselves” is a lie that is evil and filled with hatred.

Why was the psycho who did the shooting on the streets? Our intelligence organizations can hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan so why aren’t they identifying these psychos and either getting help for them or taking them off the street? Where is our protection? Why do we feed our kids with violence through video games? Why are movies, filled with violence, so popular in the theaters and on television? Why do millions of people tune in to boxing and watch as each beats the other until one is so badly hurt that he can no longer defend himself? This is what our society has become.

The two young men who committed the murders at the Columbine High School had been bulled relentlessly. We see news stories where others have been bullied to the point where they felt no one cared about them and they felt so helpless that they took their own life. Where were the schools and the police when these kids needed help? What kind of parents let their kids do this bullying?

I have a life time membership in the NRA. I joined because there are organizations that want to take my guns away and to stop me from hunting. They blame guns for the failings of our society. Mehrekens makes the statement, “Moreover, the NRA type doctrine implicitly assumes that 20 children and 6 adults tragically lost is a terrible but acceptable tradeoff in a dangerous world…” The NRA has never thought this way and never will. There are millions of us who are law abiding and enjoy the shooting sports and hunting. We also believe that our founding fathers were not idiots. They wrote the second amendment for a good reason. We have a right to defend our homes and families and they wrote that protection into our constitution. Every time a horrendous tragedy like occurs, the anti gun anti hunting people make use of it to push their own agenda. That is disrespectful of the families who lose loved ones.

Gary Miller

Juneau

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