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Letter: NRA’s propaganda designed to sow fear

NRA’s propaganda designed to sow fear

Clearly, a great gulf exists today between those who wish for more gun control legislation and those who don’t. The Second Amendment of our Constitution states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” State militias were important in 1789, when this amendment was adopted. Times have changed since then, and so have the “arms” that people have a right to keep and bear.

Among rational, reasonable adults, there surely must be ideas that would lead to reducing problems related to guns while maintaining legal rights. In our radically individualistic culture, we need to find a way to work together for the good of all.

Recently, I received a mailing from the National Rifle Association of America inviting me to join. It contained the following statements: “Your constitutional right to own a gun is under attack by anti-gun politicians, radical billionaires, a dishonest media and the freedom-hating Hollywood elite. They’ve vowed to fight on and never surrender … Not until they’ve banned, confiscated and destroyed our guns, just like they did in England and Australia.”

Paranoia is a mental disorder in which a person wrongly thinks that others are persecuting him or her. It appears to me that this NRA propaganda, lacking any semblance of logic or reason, is designed to sow fear and distrust. We cannot solve a problem if such paranoid pandering prevails.

John Rex