2018-06-28 / Letters

‘Let’s stop the madness,’ keep NRA in check

To the editor:

A recent letter claims that “the Second Amendment is a very simple to understand part of our Constitution.” This would be true if the second amendment read very simply “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

But the whole sentence includes the modifier, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” which embeds it in a particular historical period when there were neither automatic weapons nor an army to use them. So when the writer asks us to imagine the colonists banning automatic weaponry, he asks us to imagine the unimaginable.

The big problem with this letter, as with so many, is the sleight of hand whereby advocating sane gun regulation is the same as advocating a ban on guns altogether. This is an example of The Big Lie. It has been perpetuated at every turn by the NRA leadership. And it caused my dad, who loved guns and owned many, to drop his membership.

Let’s stop the madness. Vote for representatives who have the courage to buck the NRA and support such eminently reasonable steps as universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and banning access to devices like “bump stocks” that convert semi-automatic to automatic weapons.

Porter Abbott
Gills Pier Road

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