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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - February 28, 2018

By Linly Stum

March 1, 2018

To the Editor:

"We have met the enemy, and it is us.” (Walt Kelly, POGO comic strip)

Every member of the NRA shares responsibility for what happened at Las Vegas, Nevada; the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Sandy Hook, and the school at Parkland, Florida.

No one even questions that it was the NRA that convinced Congress to allow military-style assault rifles to be made available to the general public.  I thought it was wrong then, and now know that it was, profoundly so.  They were developed to kill or wound as many of the enemy as possible, as fast as possible.

The military-style assault rifle really has little use as a legitimate hunting rifle for a number of reasons.  I have carried a rifle or shotgun hunting for more than 50 years and can tell you that, more than 90% of the time, you get one shot, and, if you miss, a rare second chance.  The 30-round clip on the assault rifle is just ridiculous for legal hunting, and the 223 bullet is not legal for any game larger than a coyote.  For small game, the assault rifle is a poor choice for reasons that can be explained by math and physics that I won’t take time here to explain.  And the 30-round clip is silly for small game.

Now, back to “it is us.”  It regrettably is us because millions of non-NRA members voted for the Representatives and Senate members that sold their souls to the NRA for a few dollars, and for this I am truly sorry.

Some time ago, I watched Wayne LaPierre of the NRA testify before a Senate Committee and wondered why his comments sounded like he was talking to first graders.  Did he really think those Senators were that naive or slow?  Now, I wonder if he was right.

According to a January 18, 2018 article by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon of newspaper empire McClatchy Publishing, even the Russians saw the NRA as a vehicle to further their goals in the USA by funneling money through the NRA for the 2016 elections, a move which prompted an FBI investigation .  Yes, we met the enemy and it was us.  If we could only quit making these terrible mistakes.

When I point a finger in anger at someone, the most important one, the thumb, is pointing back at me.

The following lyrics are from the song “Do Something” by Matthew West and fit the current political climate perfectly.  We need to do a much better job selecting those who represent us.

So, I shook my fist at Heaven

Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

Linly Stum

Would your school sign on to this and send to your legislators?

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