Dear Heads of the NRA,
I kinda get your position to an extent, your responsibility as you think, is to protect the 2nd amendment.
I, as an activist and human, would personally would never own a gun.
I have many people I love who do own guns and are responsible gun owners and I trust them, not only with my life, but lives of those I love the most.
This is what I’m failing to get about the NRA…
You can protect the 2nd amendment and still condemn those who commit evil acts of violence used with guns, by at least condemning the murderers.
2 days ago, when a shooter entered an Oklahoma City restaurant, he was taken down by 2 people who were armed and the NRA responded this way :
“Just another example of how the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”.
That would be great and applicable if we were still in the 1940’s.
Unfortunately, being in the 2010s and so many tragedies that involved multiple fatalities, with bad guys with guns, that doesn’t hold true, any longer.
And while no one died last Thursday, those good guys with a gun, while maybe preventing fatalities, didn’t prevent people getting shot.
I’m not taking away the good they may/or actually have done, by killing the shooter before he could shoot more victims.
Most people have to have driver’s education to legally drive a car.
If a wealthy person who decided to drive, even sober, got behind the wheel with no education whatsoever about driving, got into a vehicle, killed one of your loved ones, you wouldn’t sue the driver, civilly as well as expect criminal charges?
There are warning items on things that could be abused or that could accidentally kill someone, even in the most innocent circumstances, such as alcohol or medications.
If you can’t get behind sensible gun laws, you can at least condemn evil usage of guns, at a bare minimum.
And NOT attack those who are afraid of their loved ones dying from gun violence and ESPECIALLY not attack those who lost loved ones in the gun massacres, such as the Parkland students or other newly minted gun control activists who’ve had to witness or lose loved ones and friends from a gun massacre.
Defending the 2nd amendment and denouncing horrific violence that is used by evil people with a gun, doesn’t have to be an either/or situation.
Not only that, it could save lives with no financial or loss to your organizations credibility, by at least condemning these horrific atrocities.
And for those who believe similar to what I’m asking of you, I do mention as an activist about massacres that involve other weapons or non weapons, weaponized (i.e. cars and planes) to kill as many people as possible and that discussion which is badly needed, would be easier to have, if the NRA would at least DO or SAY something denouncing those who massacre with a gun.
p.s. If I’m missing something about seeing absolutely NO need for civilians to have automatic weapons and you aren’t willing to do anything about that, how much is the NRA giving up or giving in, if they educate on the right way (if there is one) to use a bump stock for their users and if they can’t, then at least give consideration on supporting the ban of them?
p.s.s. And if it’s not too much to ask, in addition to condemning gun violence by evil people, how about education and highlighting what you hope for with your members, that they use guns safe and in a responsible manner, whether it be to keep themselves and loved ones safe or for recreation, whether it be target practice and/or hunting (don’t even start with me PETA peeps, K? You do animals, I do humans, thanks).
Editorial Note: I apologize and edit that I did prior to publication in my 12th paragraph, didn’t take place and while updated completely skewed in the original published form of this blog , as my intent, which was that those patrons who did kill that shooter at the OKC restaurant, probably did prevent more people being shot and/or possibly killed.