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Apr. 14, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

NRA has undue influence in debate

Connecticut passed the strictest gun control laws in the nation on a bipartisan approved bill, no doubt moved to act after the massacre in Newtown. On the same day, the NRA came out with its own blueprint to "solve" school violence by firearms.

Connecticut will require universal background checks on all sales of firearms, limit the capacity of "clips," etc. The NRA recommends training teachers to handle and carry weapons in our schools to protect our children.

Do we want our schools to become battlefields?

The debate about firearms is complex, with real and invented goals expressed. An example: The case of small firearms, handguns, which kill more people, many of them children in urban areas, than the higher-capacity assault rifles used to murder in our schools and other public venues, is rarely mentioned in the national debate.

We are a nation too much comfortable with violence by fire. Stories about bombings overseas, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and elsewhere, that makes the front page. Yet, more die in our so-called "civilized" nation than all the terrorist actions across the world each year. The 9-11 tragedy was a drop in the bucket compared to the yearly death toll by firearms in our country.

The NRA is allowed more exposure than its membership reflects -- but it has money. And money talks. Ninety percent of Americans favor background checks on ALL firearms sales, public and private, yet the NRA opposes this minimal requirement. Members of Congress are "thinking twice" about this most basic measure to include in their bills on gun control. Makes you wonder who influences government. You the voter or the funds flowing into the pockets of our representatives, from the NRA, from armament manufacturers ...

A very sad state of affairs, and a shame on our country.

Nicholas Freidin




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