May 8, 2013
It was with great amusement that I read in the Sunday Sun about the NRA member who was interviewed at the annual convention in Houston and said he would like for the NRA leaders and the leaders of the country to work together to find common ground. According to the polls there is overwhelming support for closing the loophole on background checks. The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that 88 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. There is your common ground.
January 22, 2013
I become almost speechless when I hear the NRA and people like Fort Worth, Texas, Mayor Betsy Price speak of their right to assault weapons and the high-capacity magazines for them. I cannot understand why any "good, outstanding citizens" need them. This is beyond the scope of the Second Amendment. I admire President Barack and Vice President Joe Biden for being steadfast in the policies they wish to pass. We, the people, are supposed to be running the United States, not the NRA. As for the better mental health policies and services the opponents of gun control like to put forth, I wonder if they realize they are the very ones who vote to cut these services.
January 14, 2013
The past few days, we've been wowed in the network news that since the Newtown, Conn. shootings, the NRA has recruited 100,000 new members. Impressive! Until you look at a few real stats: The number of NRA supporters is being touted as 4.2 million. I looked up the U.S. Census figures. The nation's 2012 population was 311,591,917. Those under 18 comprised 23.7 percent or 73,847,284. That means the total U.S. adult population is 237,744,633. If 4.2 million of those adults are members of the NRA, that means that 233,544,633 adults are not members of the NRA. That is, 98.2 percent of all U.S. adults choose not to join the National Rifle Association.
May 20, 2013
I understand that there are about 310 million people living in the United States, and private citizens here own about 300 million firearms. If these figures are even roughly correct, then the gun industry faces the challenge of selling into a saturated market. They clearly have a motive for promoting repeat and multiple sales while repressing any regulations that would slow down the process or discourage the buyer. In November of 2012, a barbaric mass human sacrifice was performed in Newtown, Conn.
July 25, 2012
Blaming the National Rifle Association when guns are used in criminal deaths as Dan Rodricks did in his recent column ("Adapting to the newest form of gun insanity," July 24) is like blaming the Alcohol Beverage Industry Association when a drunk driver kills someone. Or blaming the American Medical Association when a doctor causes an unnecessary death. The sole blame for the mass murders in Aurora, Colo., is squarely on the perpetrator for his very evil deeds. Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace
December 28, 2012
Your recent editorial expressed outrage at the National Rifle Association's ridiculous claim that the answer to the Newtown school shooting is more guns in schools ("NRA to America: Blame yourself, not us," Dec. 21). But what position did you expect the NRA to take? The NRA does not represent gun safety advocates, nor does it represent gun owners. It is a trade association largely funded by gun manufacturers and its sole mission is to promote gun sales and increase profits for those manufacturers.