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Letter: NRA needs to re-examine stance, welcome dialogue

NRA needs to re-examine stance, welcome dialogue

As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I would like to suggest that arguably the greatest threat to its future is the National Rifle Association. My personal belief is that the majority of the citizens of this country support the Second Amendment. It is also my personal belief that the majority of the citizens of this country support common-sense measures to try to ensure that firearms are purchased, stored and used responsibly.

The NRA is not wrong in stating that there are people who want to take firearms away from the citizens. However, the NRA’s semi-hysterical pronouncements of doom in regard to any attempt to manage firearms in this country and the concurrent obstruction of those efforts will only tip the balance of the scale in its favor for so long.

The drip, drip, drip onto the other side of the scale of one mass shooting after another and of individual shooting deaths that could have been prevented by some of the less intrusive oversight proposals will eventually flip the scales away from the NRA. When that does happen the needle on the scale will most likely overshoot any reasonable balance point and land heavily on the side of regulation.

The NRA and its allies need to understand that by not participating in a rational discussion of how best to manage firearms, they are helping to bring about the very result they are trying to prevent.

Brian Rose

East Amherst

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